26 Jun What different types of events does the EYP organise? – Part 1: Sessions
The National Committees and the International Office of the European Youth Parliament organise almost 500 events annually, all run by voluntary young people. The types of events most frequently organised generally follow our session concept but are vastly different in terms of length, target group and topics discussed.
The events organised are called “sessions”. At a session, young people take up different roles starting from delegates who are the main participants of the event, to the organisers and other volunteers running the session. About a third of a session is spent with teambuilding where delegates get to know each other and learn how to interact with their group. After that, a focus is given to more in-depth research and debating on specific socio-political issues in committee work, where a group of delegates dives deeper in a topic and forms suggestions for future policies. These suggestions – called resolutions – are then debated in a plenary format in the General Assembly at the end of a session. The whole session is framed with a cultural programme introducing participants to the location where the session takes place. You can read more about the EYP session concept here.
Through its sessions the EYP aims at promoting active European citizenship, intercultural dialogue and European values. Sessions increase participants’ knowledge about Europe’s cultural diversity, prepare them for active participation in society, contribute to the development of their personal skills and provide a forum for debate and reflection on current topics of European politics.