Over 40 Year 12 and 13 students from across the Island will come together for the 23rd Annual Youth Assembly on Tuesday 30 March, at 1:30pm. The event, which will be held remotely using Teams, will give young participants an opportunity to question Ministers and Assistant Ministers about a range of topics – from parking charges to vaccine passports – and to learn about the way Jersey’s parliament works.
The event will mirror a States Meeting as closely as possible in order to provide students with first-hand experience of the Assembly. Aiming to promote a clear understanding of how Jersey’s political system works, students will be given a forum to express their views and contribute to formal political debate. As well as developing valuable skills, the Youth Assembly aims to inspire young people to take a more active role in the democratic process in the future and realise that they can make a difference in our community.
A wide range of topics have been selected for debate by students, following a robust Question Time which will include 15 minutes of questions without notice to the Chief Minister. This year’s topics include legalising all recreational drugs in Jersey and paying women more than male colleagues for the same job. Students from five of Jersey’s post-16 colleges will take part in this year’s Assembly – Jersey College for Girls, Victoria College, De la Salle, Beaulieu and Hautlieu.
The Bailiff will formally open the event and Chair the question period. The Deputy of Grouville, Carolyn Labey, Chair of the CPA Jersey Branch, will preside over the Assembly and the Deputy Greffier of the States, Lisa Hart, will act as the Clerk. The annual event is sponsored by the Jersey Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Assembly will be webcast in the same way as a regular States meeting.
States of Jersey Press Release.