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Connecting Voices is written, recorded and produced by the Jersey Youth Parliament members. Catch up with the group here to discover the work involved in each campaign and hear the voice of young people living in Jersey today.

Initial Reflections

Edith, JYP Member | 11/03/2021

We had a session of the Youth Parliament a couple of weekends ago and it was super fun to debate with people and have nuanced discussions whilst being educated by my peers and the group facilitators. I’m excited that we are going to be proceeding with some of the campaign ideas that we’ve explored so far, and they all seem worthwhile. Personally, it’s heartening to meet so many lovely people who are also passionate about politics. I wanted to be part of the Youth Parliament because I feel that politics is sometimes not a high priority amongst young people in Jersey. Like others, I probably know more and care more about politics in the wider world than on my own doorstep. Therefore, it would be great if the Youth Parliament could make more people, including myself, aware of what’s going on in Jersey. That is one of the reasons why this initiative is a positive step forward. Having met everyone, it’s wonderful to see a group of people that reflects Jersey’s diversity; the lack of that in traditional politics can be disillusioning. As a result, I believe it is fundamental that we get curious about politics and when push comes to shove, inform ourselves and turn out to vote. People won’t do this if they don’t feel they can make a difference. Ensuring that young people’s voices are valued is of paramount importance for the future of our island. So, at the Youth Parliament we would like to encourage debate and discussion that engages people and makes them feel empowered to become part of the political process.

The Jersey Youth Parliament, but what's that to me?

Kenan, JYP Member | 10/20/2021

The Jersey Youth Parliament, but what’s that to me? You need not worry, I won’t write an 8-page document that dodges the real question, I’ll tell you simply.
For me, the youth parliament is a place to express the views of the ‘forgotten’.

YES, you have to be 16 to vote but young people say their first words around the age of 2 and this causes me great concern.

For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included and when young people have no say in the political process, it means that a significant proportion of the population has little/no voice or influence in decisions. There are 23,000 young people on our island and that’s how many are getting left behind in our government’s minds. So, what better way for our politicians to recognise us then to form our own advisory government?

Our politicians NEED to listen to young people more often, and not only when it is convenient. Politics directly affects young people and the decisions made now will affect us later in life. Therefore, the youth parliament to me is a place where I can guarantee to help the voice of all our young people in Jersey to be HEARD and LISTENED to.

Initial Reflections

Edith, JYP Member | 11/03/2021

We had a session of the Youth Parliament a couple of weekends ago and it was super fun to debate with people and have nuanced discussions whilst being educated by my peers and the group facilitators. I’m excited that we are going to be proceeding with some of the campaign ideas that we’ve explored so far, and they all seem worthwhile. Personally, it’s heartening to meet so many lovely people who are also passionate about politics. I wanted to be part of the Youth Parliament because I feel that politics is sometimes not a high priority amongst young people in Jersey. Like others, I probably know more and care more about politics in the wider world than on my own doorstep. Therefore, it would be great if the Youth Parliament could make more people, including myself, aware of what’s going on in Jersey. That is one of the reasons why this initiative is a positive step forward. Having met everyone, it’s wonderful to see a group of people that reflects Jersey’s diversity; the lack of that in traditional politics can be disillusioning. As a result, I believe it is fundamental that we get curious about politics and when push comes to shove, inform ourselves and turn out to vote. People won’t do this if they don’t feel they can make a difference. Ensuring that young people’s voices are valued is of paramount importance for the future of our island. So, at the Youth Parliament we would like to encourage debate and discussion that engages people and makes them feel empowered to become part of the political process.

The Jersey Youth Parliament, but what's that to me?

Kenan, JYP Member | 10/20/2021

The Jersey Youth Parliament, but what’s that to me? You need not worry, I won’t write an 8-page document that dodges the real question, I’ll tell you simply.
For me, the youth parliament is a place to express the views of the ‘forgotten’.

YES, you have to be 16 to vote but young people say their first words around the age of 2 and this causes me great concern.

For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included and when young people have no say in the political process, it means that a significant proportion of the population has little/no voice or influence in decisions. There are 23,000 young people on our island and that’s how many are getting left behind in our government’s minds. So, what better way for our politicians to recognise us then to form our own advisory government?

Our politicians NEED to listen to young people more often, and not only when it is convenient. Politics directly affects young people and the decisions made now will affect us later in life. Therefore, the youth parliament to me is a place where I can guarantee to help the voice of all our young people in Jersey to be HEARD and LISTENED to.

Podcasts

Explore the journey of the Jersey Youth Parliament from start up to present day. Find out about the political structures and processes in place on the island of Jersey, how young people have listened, shared ideas and what goes on behind the scenes in the JYP.

 

Connecting Voices

July 2021 · 22m

We are the Jersey Youth Parliament (1/10)