What is committee work?
One of the most important parts of any National or International Session is Committee Work, facilitated by your Chair. The aim of Committee Work is to write a resolution which expresses the combined opinion of your whole committee on your given subject. At Nationals, you will write a resolution which will then be debated in General Assembly. In Committee Work, your Chair will lead discussions and brainstorming about the problems surrounding your topic, and then encourage you to suggest possible solutions. This will be drafted into a resolution format and finally phrased to make sure that the points that you are trying to get across will be understood by all participants. Although it all sounds like quite hard work, Committee Work is often the delegates’ favourite part of a session – you get to discuss your ideas with others and create a whole resolution from scratch.
What is the aim of committee work?
Committee work is excellent preparation for any future sessions you may attend. If you progress to attend an International Session or Forum you will also create a resolution to defend in General Assembly, working with individuals from across EYP’s 41 associations and organisations. As well as this, committee work teaches you some of EYP’s core values: hearing everyone’s opinions and respecting other people’s views. Throughout the day, it is important that you let others speak, whilst also sharing your own opinions. Don’t get too worried about what you say, it’s not that important who had the original idea, but how it is discussed and formulated by the group. Committee work is both rewarding and enjoyable, and you should make the most of being surrounded by others who are keen to hear your opinion and accepting of what you have to say!
By the end of the second day at this National session, you will have had fun teambuilding with your “EYPers” both out and in your committees, analysed and discussed your topic in committee work, and will be set to defend your hard work as a committee in General Assembly.