Mary Mackillop Catholic College student selected for YMCA NSW Youth Parliament

Anita Woodward and McMahon MP Chris Bowen.
Anita Woodward and McMahon MP Chris Bowen.

Mental health, environment, public transport and education are some of the issues Anita Woodward will debate as part of her involvement in the 18th annual YMCA NSW Youth Parliament in July.

The Mary Mackillop Catholic College student is one of 80 high school students given the opportunity to learn about the parliamentary process and extend their leadership skills.

A key part of the program is encouraging young people to have a say in issues affecting their community with the cohort to debate topics in the chambers at State Parliament House in Sydney.

"This program allows like-minded individuals like me to unite together and help make a difference in NSW. It also shines a light on issues currently facing our communities as well as our state," Anita said.

McMahon MP Chris Bowen, said it's fantastic to see young people get involved in the political process.

"By giving our young people a platform to be heard, we not only empower them but open up so many opportunities to improve and strengthen our communities through their ideas", Mr Bowen said.

At the end of the sitting week, all bills passed at the Youth Parliament will be presented to NSW MPs for consideration.

Over the past 18 years, the program has had more than half a dozen pieces of youth legislation passed into NSW law, including the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.