Nominees for the Virgin Islands Youth Parliament recently completed their first of three training sessions on the entire proceedings of the House of Assembly.
A government commissioned media release said the nominees were selected from among youth organisations, churches and nonprofit organisations.
The nominees will be taught the principles of governance and democracy, and also the functions of the House of Assembly.
“During our workshops and training, youth parliamentarians will learn about the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly, the role of the Speaker, the Constitution, the history of the Legislature, the art of debate and public speaking and how to dress for success as young parliamentarians,” Speaker of the House Julian Willock stated.
Improved national awareness and leadership
Willock who is also the Chairman of the Special Select Committee which is responsible for the youth parliament, further said that the goal at the end of the sessions is to ensure that the nominees are better equipped with a greater sense of national awareness and possess an improved ability to lead.
“All of you will be very versed on how parliament works, the importance and role of the legislative branch, the art of public speaking and debate, the topical issues affecting the Virgin Islands, just to name a few,” Willock added.
The youth parliament is expected to be comprised of 40 youths from all across the territory, ranging from the ages of 18 to 35. They are selected by all 13 members of the House, including the Speaker and the Director of Youth Affairs & Sports.
The second session of the training workshops is set for Monday March 23, which is one week prior to the official launching of youth parliament.