The reduced active participation of young people in society is one of the main problems facing the European Union. This problem is generated by ignorance of the topics covered as well as the lack of tools for promoting and facilitating a more active participation.
Therefore, to encourage and foster a more active citizenry, it is necessary to prepare young people to acquire habits of participation and involvement in the issues of society, allowing them to acquire knowledge and skills, access to resources and opportunities. In this sense arises the drafting of Youth Participation: What Future?.
This will be held in the city of Figueira da Foz and has a duration of five months, beginning on August 1, 2014 and the terminus January 1, 2014, consisting of two activities: Study Visit in 24-29 October /14 and Youth exchange in 14 to 20 November / 14.
During the Study Visit, with 31 participants from 10 countries, Portugal, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Italy, Ukraine, Norway, Armenia and Spain will discuss the possibility of creating formal spaces to promote youth participation.
In Youth Exchange, 24 youth and 6 leaders from different countries of Europe, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia may develop the ideas generated during the first activity.
The participants will consist of experts in the field of youth, youth monitors, association presidents, political leaders in the area of youth; associations and employment, active population; with experience, knowledge and motivation to examine the issue of the participation of young, developing new network projects and encourage active citizenship. Develop a methodology to help young people understand the importance of active citizenship in society and the construction of Europe is one of the goals of this project. For this reason we intend to learn and analyze youth participation activities through debates, workshops, round tables, group dynamics, conferences and study visits to different political institutions and youth associations.
The methodology will be participatory and interactive, with the objective of encouraging teamwork, learning and acquiring skills through the implementation and exchange of ideas, provided by each country and organization.
It is also intended to improve language and communication skills, enhanced through the work of multicultural groups.
Leaders, youth workers and responsible for youth policy and employment may discuss and reflect on common concerns as well as try to find strategies for promoting success and equate the implementation of tools / programs used successfully in other contexts. We intend to compile a series of proposals that can be streamlined through a pro-active attitude on the part of young people, in different realities. During this meeting we will motivate the youth to join the association movement in order to establish partnerships at European level that enable the development of a Europe more attentive to the needs of their local communities.
The development of this project will develop mechanisms and renew the promotion tools of the active participation of young people in their local areas, increase their degree of identification with European citizenship, spark interest in youth mobility.
This meeting will also enable the development of future joint projects between the different partners, which will involve new participants, thereby enhancing the impact of this project and the multiplier effect of the results and learnings.
Many young people, thanks to this project can meet the opportunities offered by the Erasmus program +. This way we will indirectly promote the project's impact at European level.
fficial facebook page of the ErasmusPlus JA project entitled "Youth Participation - What Future?" organized by Grupo 207 AEP.