This is the third and final part of Josh’s time at 3 Generate. If you haven’t already read part one or two, then its advised that you do so, either keep scrolling or click the links to go straight there.
Day three Sunday, Final day at 3 G sad emoji :
Bed and Breakfast:
I slowly dragged my self from my bed and made my self a good old fashioned cuppa. Same as Saturday without the queue and at 7:15 am. The reason behind this was so that 1) I could avoid the queue and 2), I didn’t want to miss the briefing on how the election would work and the activities that would happen.
Morning Prayer/ Briefing:
They said that they wanted to take forward the events and the energy that had been put in so far, they re-enforced that people shouldn’t talk about who they would be voting for. They said that the voting may take longer than expected due to the volume of people that they had (all 1,200 eligible voters). To prevent people from not voting, they had told the staff at Pontins to delay all activities until the voting had finished. The briefing finished in prayer.
Briefing on how the elections would happen:
All doors into venues that was holding people for voting would be shut after all candidates had spoken at both venues. Voting would begin immediately after, this was to prevent people voting more than once. I would be telling people to have their wristbands which had a barcode on, to be ready to present them to the reps so that they could have a polling card. The polling card would then could be exchanged for a voting card once they’d gone through into the voting room. In between the candidates there would be a video of their proposals as well as a video of what had happened during the event. (Most of the videos can be found on facebook and twitter using #3generate) I was given a tour around the election room. The election room was like those that you find at general elections.
I listened to some of the hustings, which were all rather well prepared. The three candidates had to answer three questions: why are you a Christian, what can you offer to the table and why should you become Youth President. I thought that I may struggle with some of these if I was asked those questions in front of a large audience!
The room that I was in, had 14-23-year-olds in and also had the most people in (upwards of 700 people). In order to prevent massive queues, the plan was to take people from the front in sections of three. During which there were three challenges that the reps had to compete which were; make a tower out of potato (frozen chips or potatoes), juice a fruit (lemon, Orange, cucumber or pineapple) using either (tweezers, hand juicer, cake candle or a pen) and draw the host using their mouth with a pen. I thought you need planning permission to make an extension or a building, good job that there wasn’t any council folk there.
Their voting system was STV (same as CEYC’s) and on the ballot sheet, there were: the three candidates for Youth President, two people going for BYC rep, one person going for Ecumenical rep and another going for council rep.
The election process went extremely well, finishing 10 minutes before the allotted time, whereas the other venue finished at the allotted time. Due to my role as an observer, I was allowed into the other venue, as they hadn’t finished their voting.
The other venue was catering for 11-13 year olds, and so they expected to finish later due to the younger audience not knowing what to do. The same entertainment was provided, however different presenters and people doing the challenges. Because they had to entertain for longer, the contestants had to have another challenge added on, who could down the amount they’d juiced the fastest. The contestants had almost equal amounts of juice in their cups. They also had an added challenge of who could tell the best jokes, and it was also opened up to the audience.
Lunch was a takeaway sandwich, mini-roll and juice box. The aim of which was that people would eat them on the way home. I talked to Samuel, We talked about how our events contrasted to theirs. We also talked about having a partnership hoody, for when we went to each other’s events such as this and them retrospectively, so that we could be easily recognised, and so that people could ask questions about us.
And that was Josh’s report on 3 Generations