Young leaders tackle the big issues in parliament
RICHMOND River High School student Josie Coles has been confirmed as one of our new peak advocates at the NSW Legislative Assembly of the 2014 YMCA NSW Youth Parliament.
The 17-year-old "is looking forward to fighting for changes for NSW TAFE students".
"I feel strongly about this and also the increasing episodes in North Coast mental health issues including anxiety and depression, and how we can help; young people can make a difference.
"I'd like NSW Youth MPs to address these important issues so we can present them to the NSW Parliament for deliberation."
Youth Parliament provides 15 to 18-year-olds, as Members of the Youth Legislative Assembly, the platform to voice their opinions on issues important to them.
In past years, bills passed include the Safe Havens Act (for the protection of children from child abuse) and the Same-Sex Discrimination in Schools Act.
Josie is joined this year by Harry Gregg (Trinity CC) and Jay Kapodostrias (Kyogle HS) as our Lismore electorate representatives.