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The Youth Forum Switzerland: Everything you Need to Know

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Hi, my name is Aurore and I am a senior at this school. I am one of the lead student organisers of the Youth Forum Switzerland and I am going to answer some of the questions I’ve been hearing quite often around school.

Do I have to go?

Yes, unless you are in 9th grade and will be on the ski trip.

Do I just come in normal time?

Yes, you will have to be at school for 8:45 and will be allowed to leave at 16:00, however, you may stay for longer if you wish to speak to speakers. 

I forgot what I signed up for. What do I do?

You should have received a confirmation email when you signed up through Eventbrite however, if you somehow misplaced it, you will receive a copy of your schedule on the day. 

Who will be at school?

Grades 10, 11 and 12 will be at school along with the staff. The 30 speakers will also be here along with 75 students from Luzern Alpenquai, Kanton Schule Willisau, International School of Basel, Montana, Stiftsschule Engelberg, International Community School Zurich, ISZL Middle School and ISOCS. 

What happens at lunch?

There are three lunch blocks so not everyone will be having lunch at the same time and will have lunch just as always. Hot lunch will be served or you may bring your lunch and students with privileges will be allowed to leave campus as long as they return on time for their next panel or talk. 

I forgot to sign up for a lunch. When do I eat?

Not signing up for a lunch is perfectly fine. You will have 15-minute breaks between everything so if you did not sign up for a lunch, you will have many opportunities to snack throughout the day. 

What do I have to do to prepare?

First of all make sure you are signed up on Eventbrite. There is nothing else you really need to do but this day will be a great opportunity for you to meet new and important people so the more you know the people on your panels and talks the easier it will be for you to find the people you want to see and talk to them. Both speakers and student will have a busy schedule so if you know a bit about your speaker and maybe have some questions ready, the more useful your conversations will be. If you are particularly interested in a specific speaker, you can sign up to be an ambassador for that speaker during the day and just help them around the school and make sure they get to where they should be on time. If you are interested, go speak to Ms. Davidson or just drop her an email. 

What is a panel and what is a talk?

Talks are presentations or speeches that are held by one speaker on a topic of their choice. Panels are composed of 4 to 5 speakers and a moderator and will be just like the PDW panel that was held in the gym. Panels will have a built-in 20 minutes Q and A. 

What do I do during a panel?

The panel discussion will run for about 20 minutes and you will then have 5 minutes to speak to anyone around you and think of any questions you may wish to ask. This will be followed by a 20 minute Q and A. It would be smart to maybe bring a notebook or take notes of some questions you may wish to ask during the panel discussion. You may direct your questions at one specific speaker or ask it to the whole panel. As you will have 15 minutes to get to your next panel or talk at the end, you may also wish to go up and ask a speaker a question or speak to them. 

Hopefully I covered the biggest one, feel free to comment any more questions you have and I will try and answer them as soon as possible. 

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