for the 5th European conference of the Europe Goes Local project

JINT vzw is looking for two facilitator who will be part of a team that will take care of the overall moderation and facilitation of the 5th European conference of the project called “Europe goes local – Supporting youth work on municipal level” .

Parameters of the Conference

Date:                                        23-25 May 2023

Venue:                                      Stockholm, Sweden

Number of participants:             ~150 pax

The specific focus of the 5th EGL event as it was agreed by the EGL Steering Group

Submitting offers

Please, send your proposal via e-mail to the project coordinator, Judit Balogh (judit.balogh@jint.be) the 30th of November 2022.

More information: Call for facilitators

Europe Goes Local contributed to the European Week of Regions and Cities via the webinar “YOUTH PARTICIPATION – How to foster youth participation in local communities?” on the 25th of October.

There were around 50 participants at the webinar from all over Europe. They were representing local and regional public authorities, youth organisations and other CSO organisations, public institutions, and funding programmes from Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Finland, Czeck Republic and Belgium.

The first half of the event was a panel discussion “Youth participation, why should we care?”. Three organisations, including Europe Goes Local (EGL), presented their good practices financed by different EU funding.

Altea

Paloma Verdú from Altea (Spain) told the participants about several initiatives they have with young people of different countries. They created a network and found partners in other projects, NGO’s, municipalities, … One of their projects is a volunteering program for young people in different countries. They also get volunteers from different countries who come work with them. In another initiative, they train young people to become a leader by offering to lead a group in a youth mobility project. They also offer traineeships. In all these initiatives, young people learn through non-formal education. The young people also get opportunities to participate in youth exchanges in Europe.

Idrija

Tomaž Vencelj, mayor of the Municipality of Idrija (Slovenia), introduced the second good practice Tools Of Participation. This project aimed to enable young people to become more active in politics and civil society. They worked together with 12 regions and they created action plans. The project took place from 2014 until 2018, but the municipality continues to follow the result of the project. Since the municipality was involved in this project, they still try to implement its goals today as well.

Europe Goes Local

Finally, Judit Balogh presented Europe Goes Local. She explained that EGL was started in 2016 as an initiative of Erasmus+ National Agencies. At the start of the project, there were 9 countries part of the project. Now there are 35 countries, including neighbouring countries from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Western Balkan, and more than 200 municipalities from all over Europe that are part of Europe Goes Local. The starting point is to help municipalities have quality youth work and to promote European opportunities. EGL wants to show that European funding can help a lot to make changes at the local level. Furthermore, she talked about EGL’s activities and the European Charter of Local Youthwork.

Discussion groups

During the second half of the webinar, the participants were divided in smaller groups. Participants could talk in each group about their organisations, and what they’re hoping to achieve. In each group, experts were present to present the participants opportunities that could help them achieve their goals.

The different groups talked about different kinds of activities they’ve done to implement youth participation, like:

They also talked about future ideas, like:

CERV

This event was a cross-sectoral cooperation, as it wasn’t organised by the youth sector or the Erasmus+ circle, but by the EU fund programme Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) of Slovenia. However, both CERV and E+ ESC offer mobility activities for young people. Through this event, Europe Goes Local made a bridge with CERV, another EU programme that also targets municipalities.

This webinar was organised by the CERV National Contact Point of Slovenia. CERV is the new Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme that was launched in 2021. This EU fund seeks to promote and protect rights and values.

“The CERV programme seeks to support and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. That includes a vibrant and empowered civil society, encouraging people’s democratic, civic and social participation and cultivating the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.”

You can also find the report by CERV here.

Social media

Facebook from the CERV international page

Facebook from the Slovenian national page

Linkedin from the Slovenian national page

Join the conference “Youth in Urban Space – Developments pre and post Corona, how municipalities and youth work could deal with them” on the 23th of January in Vienna (Austria) organised by Verein Wiener Jugendzentren.

The conference

This conference will present and discuss the results of this partnership among four major European cities on young people and youth work in public urban space, carried out by practitioners with researchers’ support. The conference will include policy and practise recommendations. 

The research

Several dozen youth workers researched during almost two years questions of public space in big cities concerning its usability for youth. Furthermore, they researched how this has changed over time, and how those four cities could adapt open youth work. The University for Continuing Education in Krems, Austria, was a leading research partner. Of course, this project also dealt with the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, even though it had originally been planned before that. 

The researchers used both quantitative and qualitative methods and interviewed more than 2000 youth and more than 400 youth workers.  Some of the methods they used were 24 one-week observation visits to gain intense insights and focus group interviews with both young people and youth workers, among others. They analysed data on both the regional and international level. Besides a study, the project will also deliver city specific brochures in the respective countries’ languages, and is producing short videos by and with youth. 

The application deadline is 9 December

You can find more info and how to apply here.

Documents

Cities of Learning is a project that aims to engage, connect and empower young people to learning, civic engagement, and careers. In July, more than 100 young people, youth workers, educators, policy and decisionmakers of the forum created 20 policy recommendations that they believe are vital and must be addressed in the next 10 years. Photographer Bennet Rietdorf made a photo coverage of the day.

All these policy recommendations of Cities of Learning fall under five priority topics:

A group picture of young people in a building
Photographer: Bennet Rietdorf

The recommendations of Cities of Learning

These are the Cities of Learning Policy Recommendations. You can also find the document with recommendations in this pdf or read all about it on the website of Cities of Learning.

“These recommendations are numbered for the purpose of reference only and not because of any one being more important than another. We believe all our recommendations are equally important and some should even be viewed collectively.”

A. Non-Formal Learning

These recommendations should be viewed holistically.

A.1 Schools should have at least one day of non-formal learning every month, delivered by professionals, young people or other individuals with experience in the field.

A.2 Stakeholders in formal education settings (including senior leaders, teachers, lecturers, parents, volunteers and others) should be better informed of the benefits of non-formal learning and should be connected with role models and professionals in the field.

A.3 Support and ensure more research is carried out on the impact, benefits and purpose of non-formal learning so they can be explained to stakeholders (including employers, parents, teachers, volunteers, lecturers and others) in order to promote it.

A.4 Local governments should facilitate and provide the resources for collaboration between NGOs, schools and other partners, creating a stronger and more holistic network where countries are able to work from the same baseline.”

A group of people are sitting in rows and listening to someone outside of the frame of the picture. Two young women raise their hands.
Photographer: Bennet Rietdorf

B. Sustainability

*DEMANDS NOT RECOMMENDATIONS

B.1 Ensure people are better informed about the benefits of sustainable lifestyles, empowering them to be advocates, custodians and campaigners for the planet. B.2 Businesses must be required to publish accurate, standardised data about pollution they produce in an accessible format and this process must be regulated independently. People should be empowered to put pressure on them based on the data.

B.3 Ensure young people are better informed on the issues so they can have an active role in shaping decisions about issues that affect their futures. This should include topics such as; circular economy, public awareness, extraction of resources, consumer practices and transport.

B.4 Governments should immediately take action on practical and solvable things including implementing policies and practice such as:

C. Inclusion

“C.1 Create more specific opportunities for participation of excluded young people (inclusive events, activities, language learning for inclusion, increased mobility to gain essential life experiences).

C.2 Local and regional governments should provide the resources to enable safe spaces, projects and activities for community cohesion and cultural exchanges that are available, relevant and engaging for their communities.

C.3 Formal education settings should actively facilitate a safe place to discuss LGBTQIA+ topics, including providing staff with appropriate training that allows young people the freedom to express themselves.

C.4 Create accessible and inclusive spaces and events accessible for all young people with disabilities by providing access support such as Personal Assistants, suitable physical infrastructure, sign language interpreters and Braille.

C.5 Governments should immediately provide the resources to enable specific opportunities for the integration of young refugees and immigrants to ensure they feel part of the community.”

Photographer: Bennet Rietdorf

D. Participation

These recommendations should be viewed holistically.

D.1 Considering and acting on young people’s opinions and interests must be a legal requirement for governments at local, regional, national and international levels. There must also be a mechanism to challenge decisions with clear timeframes and processes.

D.2 Campaigns and involvement opportunities should be designed to be engaging and appealing to young people, reaching them through the channels and locations they use and should promote political engagement.

D.3 Governments should ensure advisory youth councils and parliaments are established at local, national and international levels and provide a meaningful and impactful, creative and age appropriate democratic opportunity.

D.4 Governments at local, national and international levels should secure sustainable funding to ensure young people have the opportunity for participation projects and being part of a youth council or parliament.”

Photographer: Bennet Rietdorf

E. Mental Health

“E.1 The government should provide funds for schools to integrate the mental health and
healthy lifestyle practices in formal education by developing:

  • a subject “health education” that includes mental health, non-competitive physical activities, practice of healthy lifestyle and nutrition, and specialist training for teachers so they can deliver it;
  • a standardised mental health framework that institutions can use when writing new, or reviewing existing policies and procedures;
  • educating mental health mentors (peer to peer) and school staff on the topics.

E.2 The government should develop proper recourse mechanisms for free mental health services including:

  • Educating and preparing mental health mentors in communities in addition to psychologists and medical professionals;
  • Easy access to mental health helplines, professionals and services;
  • Regular health checks at schools provided by psychologists and the chance for students to take part in training to become health mentors;
  • Providing existing publications for children and adults covering the topics (cartoons, books).

E.3 The government should recognise the importance of mental health and its visibility. They should do this by:

Photographer: Bennet Rietdorf

More info

Cities of Learning is an online platform where young people can find learning opportunities. You can browse an interactive map of an area or look up events and learning opportunities based on your interests.

Find more about Cities of Learning here:

Europe Goes Local will once again join the European Week of Regions and Cities. This time, we will join the round table “Youth participation, why should we care?” during the event “YOUTH PARTICIPATION – How to foster youth participation in local communities?”. The discussion will take place on the 25th of October at 10.CET. You can register here.

The other participants will be the city council of Altea, project VOLUNTEU: Volunteering citizens as a response to social COVID19 crisis, JINT, the municipality of Idrija, and the project Governance and Youth in the Alps. Europe Goes Local has also ran joint sessions in the past.

Invitation

Youth participation is key to the democratic and inclusive development of local communities. Join EU Region Week on 25th October at 10.00 CET to learn how to foster youth participation in practice.

The event “YOUTH PARTICIPATION – How to foster youth participation in local communities?” will highlight the importance of youth participation for the development of local communities, showing approaches and funding opportunities available. It’s a follow-up event of the “Getting more children and young people participating in the workings of democracy: success stories” event, organized by DG JUSTICE and EACEA during the EU Week of Regions and Cities.

Agenda

The debate will be moderated by CERV točka, Slovenian national contact point of programme CERV.

For additional information please write to cerv-tocka@pina.si.

You can register here.

You can find the pdf with the invitation here.

Apply for the seminar ‘Visible Value: Strengthening the implementation of the European Youth Work Agenda in Eastern and Southeast Europe’ by 29 September!

Find more info here.

The study visit will provide insights to the reality of local youth work and youth participation, through visiting three municipalities of the region. It will take place from the 9th to the 12th of November in Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia. The application deadline is 4 October.

The study visit will provide insights to the reality of local youth work and youth participation, through visiting three municipalities of the region. You will meet a diversity of local stakeholders, experts and practitioners and reflect on quality aspects of youth work and youth participation from the perspective of Europe Goes Local and Democracy Reloading tools.

You can find more information and apply here.

During this study visit you will to get to know the Finnish youth sector and youth participation work in Finland, especially in the municipal field and locally. The study visit will take place from the 12th to the 16th of December in Helsinki, Finland.

Aims & objectives

Participants

The Study visit seeks to involve and invite various actors and stakeholders of youth work, youth participation and the inclusion sector from practice, policy and research from all over Europe.

Accessibility and sustainability

The venue where we organise the event is accessible for wheelchairs. We will also consider your special needs so that you can fully participate in the training. If you need a support person, accessible room and transport or supporting tools, we will try to arrange them for you. If you are selected to attend this Study visit please tell us your needs already beforehand so that we can be ready. We will also send a questionnaire about special needs and dietary restrictions to all those selected.

Find more information and how to apply here. The application deadline is 25 September.

Are you a municipality officer (or their partner) who wants to improve your youth policies, structures, and projects engaging young people in municipal decision-making?

Then apply for a webinar from Democracy Reloading this autumn! There are webinars on 28 September, 26 October and 30 November 2022.

The webinars will

Find more info and how to apply here.

The second Project Lab of Europe Goes Local focuses on rural youth work. This training will take place in Chalkidiki (Greece) from the 14th to the 17th of November 2022. The participants will also join a preparatory webinar and an online meet and greet session in October. If you’re interested in a general Project Lab about local youth work, you can apply for the Project Lab in Bonn.

Project Labs

The Europe Goes Local Project Labs are international training and networking events. They bring officials and practitioners in youth work together to strengthen the usage and exploitation of the possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes for youth work at municipal level.

Specifically, the Project Labs aim to:

Find more information about this project lab on rural youth work here, and apply until the 20th of September here.

You can also still apply for the Project Lab in Bonn until the 5th of September. This project lab doesn’t have a specific theme.