Those taking part in the Sessions attend in one of a number of roles, which are detailed below:
The vast majority of those attending the session attend as delegates. They are the group for whom the session is organised. In the Autumn/Winter and Spring Sessions, the delegates are new to EYP (having been selected by their National Committee). On the other hand, the Summer Session is an opportunity for those who´ve already taken part in a session to return to EYP. To find out what the delegates do, visit "What makes a Session".
The chairs play a very important role in the session. They are there to guide the delegates, one chair leading each of the Committees, through Teambuilding and Committee Work through to the General Assembly. Being experienced EYPers, they are in a good position to empathise with the delegates, helping them along but not being too obtrusive - for example, they do not contribute their own ideas to Committee Work, but rather encourage and motivate the delegates to come up with and develop their own ideas. The team of chairs is in turn chaired by a ´Board´ normally consisting of a President and two Vice-Presidents.
Sessions are as intense as 9 days possibly could be, and often leave little time to reflect and absorb. That is where the "Session Newspaper" comes in - it is produced every day of the Session by a committed team of journalists ("journos" for short) who are also former EYP delegates. Normally one journo is dedicated to each committee, and they will write articles on the Committee´s working, as well as more general articles about different aspects of the session, not to mention the wider world outside. The team of journos is headed by an Editor, who chairs the team and is ultimately responsible for putting together the newspaper - which is then freely distributed to all the session participants. The articles, ranging from the sensible to the silly, both factual and funny, always make for an entertaining read.
At the Autumn/Winter and Spring Sessions, where the delegates are coming to EYP for the first time, having been selected as a school team, they will often be accompanied by one or two teachers. However from Arrivals onwards, the teachers have minimal interaction with their students, beyond periodically checking on their well-being. But it is no holiday for the teachers, who have a full Teachers´ Programme, with workshops on areas of interest such as ´citizenship´, interspersed with opportunities to explore the culture and ambience of the Session city and its environs.
Without the organisers, there would, of course, be no session - they are the ones who have been making preparations for months, even years, to ensure the 9 days of the Session go as smoothly as possible for all the participants. Their work continues right up until the last delegate has left, and they work tirelessly and without reward, other than the knowledge of what their efforts have achieved over the course of the Session. The organising team consists of those who´ve been to a previous session in one of the above roles, and is often augmented by ´adults´, normally members of the National EYP Committee in that country.