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YOUTH 2 EUROPE
Youth 2 EUrope
About the project
Members of the consortium researched and identified that there is a need of young people across the EU to better understand EU, its values, policies and institutions. For this reason, youth knowledge and active citizenship must be increased, and necessary tools to ensure youth political engagement should be provided.
The Applicant Mano Europa and its 3 partners, through the Y2EU project, will develop and promote solutions to encourage youth active citizenship through inclusive European Parliament simulations, and active participation non-formal education activities to the target groups and wider audience.
The Youth2EUrope Training Course for Youth Workers
The Youth2EUrope training course for youth workers took place from 4th – 8th September in Osijek, Croatia. The primary objective of this activity was to develop a network of trained youth workers aiming to mobilize a growing youth community interested in EU matters and stimulate the active participation of young people.
Focus Group Activity Implemented in Italy
After the dissemination of the research questionnaire, Glocal Factory organized two focus groups with young people to discuss and debate the topic, one online and one offline.
Focus group in Croatia
Focus groups in Croatia were conducted in two meetings with 16 young participants interested in the topics of youth involvement in EU projects and programs and the opportunities that the EU offers to young people. Both focus groups were based on the results of the research we conducted among young people from Lithuania, Portugal, Italy and Croatia, and it related to the knowledge of young people about the European Parliament and the possibilities of involvement in political processes. In both focus groups, young people were quite engaged and had diverse thoughts about the interest of young people and the information of young people. What contributes to such results is the lack of interest of young people in engagement at the European level, which stems from the attitude that they cannot contribute with their role at the European level. Furthermore, vast majority of participants agreed with the results that point out that young people distrust political institutions and due to that don’t take active role in politics and decision making processes.
The participants stated that young people feel that they cannot contribute to any change with their voice, from which comes the feeling of helplessness and rejection of collective responsibility, but that it is important that young people are co-creators in events that promote European values and importance. As soon as young people have invested time, knowledge and opinion, they will be more involved in EU youth policies. Better promotion of mobility and similar EU projects is needed and the youth should learn about it from the youth. Another important conclusion is that Civic education should be part of the educational curriculum, and political education to be carried out in high school for all 3 or 4 years in Croatian education system. The participants had a basis on which they could comment on the results and give opinions, the discussion was constructive, and the transfer of experiences was at a good level.
Our project aims to achieve following objectives:
What Participants say
“Participating in the focus groups activity broaden my horizons on how important are European institutions for all of us in European Union.”
LAURA - Lithuania
“I gained more knowledge on how decisions of European Parliament affect us here in Lithuania”
MIGLE - LITHUANIA
“I understood that if I want to influence some policies, I should go and vote on every elections, including the one for European parliament”
Meet The Partners
Our project consortiium exists of four countries