The Jersey Youth Parliament will work on 3 campaigns over your 18-month term. You will work on the campaign that most interests you with other members. As a group you will discuss, research, compile a report and present your findings to members of the States Assembly every 6 months. This gives time to discuss your research and make recommendations to the Ministers who work in your campaign areas. The Jersey Youth Parliament will also work with Scrutiny panels to explore work that is already taking place and how the Jersey Youth Parliament can feed into this process. Ministers might choose to ‘lodge a proposition’ to the States Assembly based on your recommendations.
If you have any other questions you would like us to answer about the JYP please contact us via one of our contact forms.
How will I get listened to?
How do we pick what we want to work on?
All young people across the island will be invited to put forward suggestions of campaigns and issues they would like the youth parliament to work on. Members will then present specific campaigns that they are passionate about to other members. A vote will take place and the top three will be the ones selected as the campaigns to work on.
What if they turn the proposition down?
There are lots of propositions that get raised in the States Chamber each year and some get accepted and some get turned down. States members will have a debate and be able to put forward their opinions in favour or against each proposition. Some of your recommendations may not get voted in favour which may be quite disheartening. After each vote we will regroup and reflect on the outcome and go over the minutes from the sitting. We will also ask for feedback form the Ministers. There maybe some minor tweaks needed for the proposition to get voted in and we will work on doing that if needs be. For some, they may not be practically possible due to various reasons and we will reflect on this. The important thing to focus on is the journey that it has taken to get there and what can be learned from it. It may not get voted in but there will have been lots of opportunity along the way for your voices to be heard and ways for it to have had a meaningful impact.
Will we just be working on 3 campaigns?
The plan is to have 3 campaigns over the 18-month term, however you may find that one campaign becomes a lot bigger than anticipated and so dates can be adjusted. It is up to the members how you would like to work it and three is just a suggested guide. It may be tricky to hold any more than 3 presentations as the chamber needs to be booked up well in advance.
There will also be the opportunity to be involved in scrutiny discussions as well as consultations. JYP will receive consultation requests through the website and it will be up to the members to decide if they would be happy to be involved or if they would like to direct it to other young people.
What if I apply and don’t get on? Will I still be able to speak up?
We are expecting the parliament to be popular and so unfortunately not everyone will be able to get a seat, however there will be lots of opportunities to get involved. Once the parliament have decided on the campaigns they will then be reaching out to other young islanders to get a wider perspective and voices. You will be able to join in one of these either through school, or your youth project. We will also be promoting them on social media.
On your application you can state if you are happy for us to keep your details and from time to time, we may contact you with other opportunities that may arise either with the Jersey Youth Parliament or at the youth service. This may involve being asked to sit on a working group, take part in interviews or be involved in government consultations. You have the option to withdraw this consent at any time.
We also expect that not all 40 members will stay on for a full 18-months so we may call up other applicants to see if they would like to join later on down the line.
If I don’t get on can I appeal?
We will try our best to select a diverse group as young people as possible, however if you feel this is not a fair representation and that you should be on it then you do have a right to appeal. This will involve contacted the principle Youth Officer, Mark Capern, and you can lodge a formal appeal that will then be considered.
How much time do I have to dedicate to it?
We appreciate how busy everybody already is and so we do not want Jersey Youth Parliament to take over your life. There will be monthly whole parliament meetings opportunities to go out to peers and other young people to gather wider voices. This may be once a week if you have time, but it may also be less.
There will be 3 residential weekends over the 18-month term in which it will be an opportunity to build relationships with your fellow members as well as undertake necessary training. They will be in February, September and January. Within the first few months we will try and meet weekly to undertake any additional training and to ensure a close bond between the members.
Just before presenting your findings to politicians the workload may increase depending on the role you take within the parliament. Please don’t be put off thinking you do not have the time, as it is flexible and we want to be able accommodate everyone. Yes it is a big commitment but please be honest if you cannot attend something or if something doesn’t fit into your life, we may be able to rearrange.
Do I have to commit to the full 18-month term?
Ideally yes, but we appreciate this is a long time when life can be so uncertain. We know that things change, people leave the island and other commitments take priority so yes we would love you to stay for 18 months but we know this isn’t always possible. We may have to open up applications again at some point over the term and that is ok or we may call up some applicants that for one reason on another didn’t join first time around.
What if I can’t make the residential?
The residential is going to be key to getting to know your fellow youth connect members as well as undertaking some important training. We recognize that a whole weekend may not be doable for everyone so we would ask you to attend as much as you can. If you cannot attend for the whole weekend, we will have to discuss this individually to see if there was a way to make up for what was missed.
What if I turn 18 when on JYC?
Not a problem. We are looking for young people predominantly 12-18 years old for when they start.
What will I get out of it?
You will hopefully get to make a real impact on the lives of islanders. You will get to work alongside a diverse group of young people and hopefully make some great friends. There will be the opportunity to undertake lots of training that may help you in lots of other areas of your lives. There will be the opportunity to gain a qualification if you are interested in it. This is the first youth parliament so you will be a pioneer in the field, leave a legacy and be an inspiration to many others in years to come.
I hate public speaking; can I still be involved?
Of course, not everyone will have to speak up in front on people. We will encourage everyone to give it a go if they feel comfortable and you will be able to take part in training and practice sessions to improve your confidence. There will be plenty of different jobs for people based on their skills and experience and no one will have to speak if they do not want to.
How will schools be involved?
We hope to have a teacher in each school that will be a link between Jersey Youth Parliament and the school. There will be members from each different school, potentially a few. We hope that schools will support you to be able to deliver workshops, assemblies or consultations with your peers to get a wider voice.
What influence will teachers at my school have on my application?
Each school will have a link teacher with Youth Connect. Initially they will be who you hand in an application to. We will meet with the teacher to discuss applications and then the selection panel will shortlist. You do not have to apply through your school. You can submit an application directly to the staff at Youth connect.
My teachers don’t like me, does this mean I won’t get considered?
No not at all. We want to ensure we have a diverse group of young people and we understand that a school environment doesn’t suit everybody, but we are sure no teachers dislike anyone. They will be thrilled that you are wanting to take on extra curricular activities. We will be working with teachers to shortlist young people and ensure that everybody is accounted for and considered based on there individual skills and desires to want to participate. There is an option to submit an application directly to Youth Connect if you are really concerned about a teacher not putting you forward. Applications will be anonymous when the final selection panel meet.
How many people will be on from my school?
There will at least two people from each school but there will probably be more. We want to ensure that there is a wide representation so want to ensure a balance from all schools and not see one school overrepresented or underrepresented.
Can I apply with a friend?
We welcome applications from all islanders but we can’t promise that two friends will be selected. Applications will be selected by a panel and all applications will be anonymous so that young people are selected due to their wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds. If one of you was selected and another not you would still be able to work together and could help each other when delivering workshops to others. You will hopefully develop new friendships on the parliament and mix with a whole range of young people.
I struggle with my writing; can I video my application?
Yes of course. We will accept applications any way that suits your own personality and skills.
I require extra support at school, will there be extra support to help with my learning/physical needs?
We want to make sure that there is a fair representation of islanders on the parliament, so we encourage all young people to apply. We will discuss with all young people about any additional support that is required and will make arrangements for this.
I speak English as a second language, will there be anyone available to help me if I don’t understand?
We encourage young islanders from all walks of life to apply and we will do everything we can to ensure that you get the most out of your time on the parliament. If you struggle to understand then we will do our best to support you and can look at getting a translator.
Will I be representing the views of my school or my own?
You will be representing your own views and the parliament and other young islanders. Over the 18 month term you will be able to put your own views forward as well as gathering viewpoints of other islanders through your outreach work. There is bound to be some disagreements amongst parliament members but ultimately you want to be working together on shared campaigns. There will be the opportunity to debate amongst yourselves and then come up with a shared vision that you will put across to states members.
Do we get paid?
You will not be paid a wage to sit on the parliament. You will receive refreshments at meetings and all residential costs will be covered. You will not be left out of pocket or be expected to use your own money to work on campaigns. The only costs you may incur is travel costs to meetings but if this is a barrier to participation, we can make arrangements.
Will I miss school to do it?
No, all meetings will take place after school, at weekends or in the holidays. We do not expect you to take time out of school to work on campaigns.
What is a parliament?
Generally, a modern parliament has three functions: representing voters, making laws, and overseeing the government via hearings and inquiries. Our parliament is called the States Assembly.
The Jersey Youth Parliament cannot make laws, but you do represent many islanders who cannot yet vote. The Youth Parliament can amplify your voice, and those of other young people’s, to those that hold power and share with them your perspective on issues that affect you.
What’s the point in it?
To ensure young people have a voice in the island. You make up a large part of the island and have extremely valuable things to contribute. What gets decided today affects you for many years to come. The voter turnout in Jersey for young people under 34 is only 32% compared to 73% for over 55’s. You don’t want to have the older members of society making decisions that affect your life. We would love to see voter turnout increase and even see younger people stand in the next election and by joining this you could help to make a real difference and influence others.
Is this the same as the youth assembly?
No this is different to the youth assembly. The youth assembly will still go ahead, and you can take part in both. Jersey Youth Parliament is a year-round project whereas the youth assembly only meets once a year to debate a specific topic and ask states members questions in the chamber.
What about the commonwealth youth parliament?
We hope to work closely with them and be in contact with the island representatives.
Will I get to travel with this role?
We hope that at some point there will be the opportunity to visit other youth parliaments in the UK and maybe in the future even further afield.
If the media approaches me in the run up to selection can I speak to them?
We can’t stop anyone talking to the media about the Jersey Youth Parliament, however we would like it if any media enquiries did come through the support staff initially. The Jersey Youth Parliament members will receive media training and we want to ensure that all potential members and actual members are not put into any positions that they feel uncomfortable with.