The Youth Session 2021 will take place from November 4 to 7 in Bern.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, 250 young people from all over Switzerland and abroad will have the opportunity to become politically active and represent their positions during four days. Everyone interested between the ages of 14 and 21 can register - regardless of language, educational background or party affiliation. The Youth Session is free of charge for all participants. Places for the Youth Session are allocated in a selection process aimed at ensuring the broadest possible representation of young people in Switzerland.
The round birthday of the Youth Session is a reason to celebrate! For 30 years, the Youth Session has offered young people the opportunity to gain political experience. It is a unique experience to stand at the speaker's podium in the National Council chamber and express one's views to the rest of the chamber.
What is different from a normal youth session?
In contrast to a normal Youth Session, this year young people from abroad are also allowed to take part in the Youth Session. Already in the past there were delegations of foreign guests. However, they tended to play a rather passive role and this year, young people from abroad will also be allowed to actively participate in the program. This way, they can experience what political co-determination is all about. At the same time, they can broaden their personal horizons in exchange with other participants. In order to cope with the increased number of participants, this year the chamber of the Council of States will also be opened for the Youth Session, which will also provide a better representation of actual political dynamics at the national level.
In order to make some parts of the Youth Session more accessible to the general public, a political festival will be held in the city of Bern this year on November 6. This will give interested people passing by and others a glimpse of what is happening in Swiss youth politics. To the same extent, the young people benefit from an informal exchange and by representing their opinions to others.