“The Power of YOU(th)” is an attempt to establish and stimulate a dialogue between European youths on local, national and European level. It will allow youths the opportunity to enter into a conversation and to come to a democratic solution on a European level with peers, teachers and policy makers. Research on local till European level has shown that youths would like to be involved in the process of democratic decision-making. On the other hand there is a huge suspicion towards the government and policy makers and that youths feel that their voice doesn’t matter.
To come to a satisfactory end result it is necessary to make first an inventory on how Europe is perceived nowadays. We will plan several actions to make an inventory on what the future of Europe will look like when, for example the youth of today will take over the positions of the old establishment (politicians, policy makers, teachers, etc)
The objectives of “The Power of YOU(th)” are:
- To encourage involvement of young people in daily democratic life
- To develop dialogue and stimulate democracy
- To bring young people closer to the establishment
- To give input on and to develop youth democracy projects
- To experience to work within an European identity
- To develop personal skills and knowledge of the youngsters
- To develop an “The Power of YOU(th)” imagine
The first step is to organize a youth exchange and to establish a dialogue among the participated youths on what the future of Europe will look like when youth of today takes over the positions of the old establishment. The unravelling of possible topics will occur through a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, intercultural dialogue, role play, creating questionnaires, simulations, outdoor activities etc.
The second step is that each country takes the join vision back home and organize discussions and presentations of the exchange outcome with fellow students, peers, visitors of the local youth centre, student councils and with members of the old establishment.
The third step will be use to evaluate the results of the first two steps and to develop it further by intercultural dialogue, art expression and debates. This can be done by exercises, debates, intercultural dialogue, role play and workshops such as theatre play, collage, art and video making.
That final results come together in a brochure and will present after returning to the visitors of the youth centre, to fellow students, peers, student councils and with the old establishment.
The applicants should fulfill the following conditions
- They should be prepared to pass on the information, skills and contacts;
- The age for participating is between 16 till 22;
- They should be able to use English as a working language;
- We expect an open and active role from every applicant;
- The applicant should attend the full duration of the project
The partner countries of this project are: Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Spain, The Netherlands. Each partner country will work with a fixed basic group consisting of 6 youths plus 1 youth leader.
If interested, please fill in the application form
Working language: English
15 – 22 February first meeting in Bulgaria (click here to find Concept program of youth exchange in Bulgaria)
25 April – 02 May second meeting in Serbia
For more “The power of YOU(th)” information please see the Preliminary-Info-Pack. You are also welcome to contact Asociatia Babilon Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org