Empowering Youth Participation in EU

EYP2The project includes as much as 5 member states (CY, IT, RO, GR, LT) and young people from 10 different organisations. The coordinator is DOREA Educational Institute and the training will be held by Naoum Liotas.

During the initial / starting phase of the project, focus groups are going to be held within each organisation locally in order to write down the ideas and needs of young people who live in Europe in regard to the political and social system. They will ry to find answers on questions: How do young people envision themselves as active citizens with a powerful say in the shaping of the Future of Europe? How can Europe help make their voice heard?

Based on these focus groups, three meetings will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, in Thessaloniki, Greece and in Caltanissetta, Italy. The central activity of the project will be hosted in Limassol where 24 young people, 8 locals and 16 from the rest of the partners, will meet. Young people attending the meeting will have the opportunity to receive non-formal education and training on decision-making and citizen participation in the democratic processes (e.g. voting, referenda, consultations and petitions) currently active in the EU during this 6-day event. The other two meetings in Thessaloniki and Caltanissetta will be of 16 people (8 locals and one person from each foreign organisation), giving the opportunity to discuss issues of participation and writing down the ideas that will be included in the ‘European Youth Participation Guide’ that will be the final product of the project. Young people will form a network and will be supported by an online forum to actively continue to exchange their views and opinions even after the end of the duration of the project. A thorough evaluation of the project will also take place by participants and promoters who will aim at scaling this project up in the future during a skype meeting at the final phase of the project.

The output of the project will be the result of focus groups, meetings and intercultural dialogues and will be a ‘European Youth Participation Guide’ which will be created with the active involvement of all promoters. This guide will act as a training manual where the most active and relevant European actors in policy-making will be described and explained and at the same time it will present the opportunities that young people have for having their voice heard.

The next training will be held in Caltanisetta, Italy.

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