Parra Youth Matters   University of Sydney DIMIA You Me Us - Living in Harmony Council for Multicultural Australia
talkin culture thinkin youth
   

the youth jury

About Parra Youth Matters
Citizens Juries
News & Events
The Youth Jury
The Project Team
Recommendations
Get Involved
Frequently Asked Questions
Links

This was the project teams first attempt at something like this and as would be expected, forming an agenda for a youth jury is a lot more difficult than it may sound. We went through about 7 drafts before we hit a final copy. We had to be sure that every part of the agenda was given a perfect time frame because there was so much to do we had to make sure we had the required time to do it in. Furthermore we had to be flexible enough so as to allow for last minute changes so as to ensure that the things that needed to be discussed were discussed.

In addition, we also had to ensure that every process we designed for facilitating the small and large group discussions was fair to every juror and was easy to follow. There needed to be enough time for jurors to say what they wanted to say but not so long that jurors would become bored or stuck at certain issues.

This process required several hundred meeting for the project team (okay maybe only 10 or so). It was so important that everyone knew where they were meant to be at every minute. Furthermore the team recognised how instrumental we would all be in the process and therefore spent quite while deliberating on our own roles in the process and of course that every little part of everyone’s role fitted into the time frame allocated to each agenda item.

Agenda

Day 1

10:00 - 10:40 Formal Opening.
10:40 - 11:30 Morning Tea.
11:30 - 11:40 Welcome by Chairperson.
11:40 - 12:00 Refresher of the Youth Jury Process.
12:00 - 12:55 Deliberations and Formation of Questions for the First Speaker Panel - Experiences of Media (Small Groups).
12:55 - 1:05 Agreement of Questions and Back-up Questions (Large Group).
1:05 - 1:45 Lunch.
1:45 - 2:15 First Presenter Panel.
2:15 - 2:50 Discussion of New Thoughts /Perspectives (Small Groups).
2:50 - 3:05 Afternoon Tea.
3:05 - 3:50 Identifying Key Ideas as a Group (Large Group).
3:50 - 4:00 Debrief.

Day 2

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome & Agenda handout.
10:15 - 10:55 Deliberations and formation of questions for the second speaker panel - experiences of media (Small Groups).
10:55 - 11:10 Agreement on questions and back-up questions (Large Group).
11:10 - 11:30 Morning tea (Jurors assemble for the plenary session at 11:25).
11:30 - 12:00 Second presenter panel.
12:00 - 12:35 Discussion of new thoughts and perspectives that have arisen from the plenary session.
12:35 - 1:05 Lunch.
1:05 - 1:55 Deliberations and formation of questions for the third speaker panel - academia panel (Large Group).
1:55 - 2:05 Review of questions and deliberations (Large Group).
2:05 - 2:35 Third presenter panel.
2:35 - 2:50 Afternoon tea.
2:50 - 3:05 Personal Reflection.
3:05 - 3:40 Braindump.
3:40 - 4:00 Debrief.

Day 3

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome & Agenda Handout.
10:10 - 10:25 Walk through of the Youth Jury report and the recommendations process.
10:25 - 10:55 Recommendations process 1: challenging the ‘charge’ (small groups).
10:55 - 11:10 Morning tea.
11:10 - 12:20 Recommendations process 2: confirming problems with the ‘charge’ (large group).
12:20 - 12:50 Lunch.
12:50 - 2:10 Recommendations process 3: creating and confirming solutions for problems raised (large group).
2:10 - 2:25 Afternoon tea.
2:25 - 3:10 Recommendation process 3 continued.
3:10 - 3:40 Evaluation
3:40 - 4:00 Debrief and close.