Digital, Inclusive, and Green Participation discussed in the new series of articles on Horizontal Priorities of the EU Youth Programmes

27 September 2021

Credits: Participation Resource Pool

As the deadlines for the II application round of the Erasmus+ KA 1, KA2 & European Solidarity Corps Programmes are approaching this autumn, SALTO PI presents a series of five articles on the Horizontal Priorities of the abovementioned EU Youth Programmes (Inclusion & Diversity, Digital Transformation and Environment & fight against climate change):

Ahoy, adventure! Young people and the European digital transformation journey by Dr Alicja Pawluczuk, an ICTD Research Fellow at the United Nations University, and a Strategic Consultant on defining Digital Transformation at SALTO PI. Alicja’s research and community education practice focuses on digital youth work, youth digital inclusion, and gender digital inclusion.

Staking a claim for inclusive societies: the importance of stakeholders for fostering youth participation by Peter Mitchell, a cultural historian, researcher and Executive Director of Lernlabor. Since 2015, Peter has developed and implemented educational and cultural projects in Germany, Ukraine, Greece, Norway and Mali.

Story of an environmental awakening and How can European youth projects be made more sustainable? by  Esther Vallado, a freelance trainer and facilitator specialising in environmental issues, sustainability and connection with nature. She is the founding manager of the NGO Biodiversa, where she creates environmental education and awareness-raising experiences for young people and adults.

How can youth work respond successfully to the climate and environmental crises? by Carlos Buj, an environmental trainer and climate activist behind He designs and facilitates experiential activities in nature aimed at expanding ecological consciousness. He has also worked in drug harm reduction educational activities.

The articles are written for the youth workers, youth organisations, young people, youth representatives, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the youth field.  They intend to give a good understanding of how each EU Youth Programme horizontal priority is connected to youth participation and how it could be enhanced in the projects planned by the reader.

Here are a few questions that you might find an answer to while reading:

  • How the chosen Erasmus+ priority connects to Youth Participation?
  • What can illustrate the reality, trends, problems and solutions of the chosen horizontal priority topic?
  • What are the main challenges for Youth Participation in relation to the priority area?
  • What kind of initiatives have already been emerging to address the priority in the youth work field / policy?
  • In what ways can priority-focused projects be participatory for the youth?
  • What practical guidance is available to make projects more sustainable / inclusive / digitally-transformative?

The articles follow various journalistic formats (interviews, feature story, opinion article) and provide further resources for the reader to check out on the topic.

Enrich your understanding on Youth Participation with fresh thoughts and ideas. And don’t forget to share the articles further!


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