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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.

September 2022

New JYP members meet for first time!

The newly selected JYP members met for the first time at a team building residential at Crabbe.  The three days was spent getting to know each other and thinking about the eighteen months ahead.

Activities included pizza making, coasteering, high ropes, discussions about the UNCRC and what rights are not being met properly, campaign planning, video making, arts and crafts and lots of biscuit eating!

July 2022

JYP Final Presentation to the States Assembly

On the hottest day ever recorded, JYP headed to the States Chamber, to present their final findings and recommendations to the newly elected States Assembly members.

Each campaign had a chance to present and then were asked questions without notice from states members sitting in the chamber.

This marks the end of the 18 month term for the current members and they have done such a fantastic job.  We wish them all good luck in the future.  You can watch the presentations on the link below.

Members thoughts on the event:

“The last presentation was really amazing because it marked the end of 18 months of collaboration within the JYP to hopefully make a difference in Jersey and it was great to feel like we might be listened to and that our voices and opinions were valued.”

“Preparing and delivering the feedback to the states assembly was was not only enjoyable but useful in honing my presentation skills and articulation”

https://statesassembly.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/687079

Little Parliament

February 2022
On 22nd February we held our first ‘Little Parliament’ for year 6 students. They had some great discussions about issues affecting them and things they would like to see changed in the island. This video captures what was shared.  Topics covered include safety, education and health.  A huge well done to the students for their contributions.

 

Mental Health Campaign

Where to get help

The mental health campaign group have spent some time researching where young people in Jersey can get support for mental health problems.  They have put together an information poster to highlight the different agencies and support available.  Please click on the link below to view, we hope you find it useful.

JYP Where to get help in Jersey

JYP Ask the Ministers Live Q&A

JYP were invited to be the hosts and in the audience for the ‘Ask the Ministers’ Live Q&A on 24th November.

Members questioned the Children and Education Minister Deputy Scott Wickenden, the Minister for CAMHS Deputy Trevor Pointon, Minister for International Development Deputy Carolyn Labey, Assistant Minister for the Environment Deputy Gregory Guida and Health Minister Deputy Richard Renouf.

Topics covered include mental health, refugees, autism diagnosis waiting times,  recycling, climate change, things to do in jersey and lots more.

JYP Campaign Updates

Reports from the States Assembly presentation on 28th September 2021

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.

September 2022

New JYP members meet for first time!

The newly selected JYP members met for the first time at a team building residential at Crabbe.  The three days was spent getting to know each other and thinking about the eighteen months ahead.

Activities included pizza making, coasteering, high ropes, discussions about the UNCRC and what rights are not being met properly, campaign planning, video making, arts and crafts and lots of biscuit eating!

July 2022

JYP Final Presentation to the States Assembly

On the hottest day ever recorded, JYP headed to the States Chamber, to present their final findings and recommendations to the newly elected States Assembly members.

Each campaign had a chance to present and then were asked questions without notice from states members sitting in the chamber.

This marks the end of the 18 month term for the current members and they have done such a fantastic job.  We wish them all good luck in the future.  You can watch the presentations on the link below.

Members thoughts on the event:

“The last presentation was really amazing because it marked the end of 18 months of collaboration within the JYP to hopefully make a difference in Jersey and it was great to feel like we might be listened to and that our voices and opinions were valued.”

“Preparing and delivering the feedback to the states assembly was was not only enjoyable but useful in honing my presentation skills and articulation”

https://statesassembly.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/687079

Little Parliament

February 2022
On 22nd February we held our first ‘Little Parliament’ for year 6 students. They had some great discussions about issues affecting them and things they would like to see changed in the island. This video captures what was shared.  Topics covered include safety, education and health.  A huge well done to the students for their contributions.

 

Mental Health Campaign

Where to get help

The mental health campaign group have spent some time researching where young people in Jersey can get support for mental health problems.  They have put together an information poster to highlight the different agencies and support available.  Please click on the link below to view, we hope you find it useful.

JYP Where to get help in Jersey

JYP Ask the Ministers Live Q&A

JYP were invited to be the hosts and in the audience for the ‘Ask the Ministers’ Live Q&A on 24th November.

Members questioned the Children and Education Minister Deputy Scott Wickenden, the Minister for CAMHS Deputy Trevor Pointon, Minister for International Development Deputy Carolyn Labey, Assistant Minister for the Environment Deputy Gregory Guida and Health Minister Deputy Richard Renouf.

Topics covered include mental health, refugees, autism diagnosis waiting times,  recycling, climate change, things to do in jersey and lots more.

JYP Campaign Updates

Reports from the States Assembly presentation on 28th September 2021

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

February 2022 · 23m

Children’s Mental Health Week

Connecting Voices

October 2021 · 24m

Black History Month

Connecting Voices

October 2021 · 24m

Crime and Prejudice

Connecting Voices

September 2021 · 21m

A step towards a better mind

Connecting Voices

August 2021 · 16m

Pride!

Connecting Voices

August 2021 · 15m

People, Power, Protest!

Connecting Voices

July 2021 · 17m

Plastic Free Parliament

Connecting Voices

July 2021 · 22m

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