The most inspiring moment was being able to create something new together with people from different cultural backgrounds. It really gives the feeling of unity in Europe.
This ten-day training course in Estonia showed youth leaders, educators and social workers how to encourage young people to get involved in politics and become more active as citizens. By improving their ability to influence decisions and promote their own exciting ideas, we can really help to increase youth participation. Whether you work in a youth council or an NGO, the training methods developed by the project can easily become part of your regular group sessions.
For me, participation is about citizens making informed decisions on all aspects of their lives: economic, political, cultural and social. It's not just being informed but deciding on what action to take. A sense of belonging is the foundation for participation. If you feel that you don’t belong and don’t understand your rights and duties, it’s very hard to participate in a meaningful way.
Annely KaselaParticipant and media person in the project team
Through elaborating the manifestos and intellectual outputs of the project, participants learned how important it is to start political engagement at an early age. They also found out how youngsters can influence politics by coming up with policy proposals and action plans. A true example of participation and exchange across 12 countries!
About the project
Erasmus+ / Mobility of Youth Workers
EU Youth Programme Priority:
Participation in Democratic Life
Youth Participation / Activism and Decision Making
The 28 youth workers who took part were able to share their new skills with youth groups all across Europe. Successful promotion of the project outcomes has been supported online: check out this engaging journey about participation with the hashtag #participatoryeurope on Facebook and on Instagram!
Mittetulundusühing Discovering Opportunities (EE), EUDUCATE (ES), Mladejki centar za razvitie- Vzaimopomosht (BG), Udruga gluhih i nagluhih Nova Gradiska (HR), Bué Fixe- Associação de Jovens (PT), ProAtlântico – Associação Juvenil (PT), ASOCIATIA GEYC (RO), EduEra (SK), European Youth Centre Břeclav (CZ), ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE STRAUSS (IT), Youth Empowerment Center (EL), Asociacija “Aktyvus jaunimas” (LT), Oriel (IT), SINOP EGITIM PROGRAMLARI VE EVRENSEL VE KULTUREL AKTIVITELER DERNEGI (TR)