EYP is a whole galaxy of opportunities. However, when you first join our network in Russia or abroad, you most probably start your journey with a session. Our newcomers usually ask us a lot of questions about it.
What does it mean to participate in a session? Who can become a participant? What will I exactly be doing during a session? Do I need to prepare somehow beforehand?
Below we are going to answer these and many other questions regarding an EYP session and possible ways you can participate in it!
The European Youth Parliament’s (EYP) main event format is called “sessions” where young people from one or more countries get together. All of the networks’ sessions are run by volunteers who take up different roles during the event.
Every EYP session is a product of intense and exciting work done by many volunteers. A standard session consists of three key elements: teambuilding, committee work and the General Assembly. Teambuilding happens at the very beginning of a session and usually takes an entire day. It is always a mixture of various activities which help delegates to know each other better, facilitate communication and get ready for an effective team work. Then the committee work starts. During this time delegates discuss current sociopolitical issues and come up with their own solutions. As a result, they produce a resolution that is later present at the General Assembly. The General Assembly serves as a platform where all committees come together in order to debate each other’s suggestions and vote on whether a resolution shall be adopted or not.
A first-time participant becomes a session’s delegate. Delegates are the biggest group of participants at a session. They give the session a purpose and anchor point. They get to know each other during teambuilding, discuss current sociopolitical issues in committee work and debate their suggestions which are also called resolutions during the General Assembly. Being a delegate is the best way to boost your soft skills, make friends from all over Europe and contribute to solving complex issues of our time.
Organisers are volunteers usually from the country the session takes place in who make sure the event logistics run smoothly and the participants’ needs are met. The team of organisers is usually led by one or more Head Organisers who are often more experienced alumni of the network. Their work begins a few months before the session starts with, for instance, organising conference venues, communicating with partners and guiding delegates through the selection procedure. It ideally fits those who would like to try themselves as real-time event-managers and enjoy communicating with a lot of different people, including important stake-holders.
The Media Team is led by one or two Editors and captures the session in a variety of different formats. From visual output such as photos or session videos to printed magazines and leaflets, the media team members document the progress of the event and create memories. The social media channels of a session are often run by the media team using them as a platform where they relate to people not present at the event and present the highlights and main discussion points from the session days. It ideally fits those who love taking photos, interviewing people, editing video-posts and capturing the brightest emotions of others.
The Chairpersons are the committee leaders who facilitate the work of the group. Before the session starts, the chairperson of each committee focuses on providing delegates with an overview of the issue they will discuss later on. At the session, they guide the committee and its delegates through the three different stages of the programme. Their responsibilities range from planning teambuilding games to moderating committee work to devising the speech list for the General Assembly. It ideally fits those who are keen on sharing their energy and knowledge with others while being attentive and helpful along the whole way.