Democracy Builders – Youth Exchange

From the 1st to the 8th of December, three young people from Youth Express Network took part in the youth exchange Democracy Builders, which brought together 40 young people from 8 different European countries.

Coordinated by one of our Romanian member organisation Association Youth Vision, the event aimed at supporting the active participation of young people in democratic life, developing the dialogue between them and representatives and facilitating understanding of the European legislative process. 

Laura was one of the french participants 🙂 Here’s her take on what happened there 😉

“Over the week, we all reflected about what the European institutions are, like the European bank, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and worked in groups on different workshops.

This week was very rewarding for me because I was able to speak in English all week but it still requires a lot of effort. It is important for me to work on topics that concern me to try to make a difference because as they say, youth is the future of tomorrow.

Being able to cut back from my daily life by participating in these kind of event allows me to continue to progress and to make the voices of young people heard.”

This project was supported by
the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Democracy Builders – Training course

21 young people gathered in Constanta (Romania) between 20-28 of May for a training course aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in the democratic voting process.

Youth Express Network was there, represented by a delegation of 3 volunteers from our French Member Organisation Parcours le Monde Grand Est.

This training course, coordinated by one of our Romanian member organisations Youth Vision, gathered partners from France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal and Spain. It was supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

This project was set in the context of the European Election and aimed at promoting voting amongst young people. Over the week of work, the participants were able to find out about the Romanian political structure and atmosphere.

They shared information on the political situations of the various represented countries, and worked on creating tools, visual materials and messages aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in democracy.

The participants also improved their knowledge on the European Union, the role of the European institutions and the European legislative process. As a result of the Democracy Builders project, the participants developed a toolkit with innovative methods to encourage young people’s active participation in democratic life.

This training course was the first part of a two-activity project. For its second phase, 40 young people will gather in Strasbourg in September for a youth exchange aiming this time at consolidating their ideas and perceptions about European policies.

 

Arnaud’s testimony, French participant:

“We feel very proud to be a part of this project and we also feel more involved about political life and about Europe in general 🇪🇺 We had a lot of great talks and debates about the socials and economics issues in the E.U but also about how to encourage youth to be involved and have more trust in the European Union. We want that the youngsters can figure out solutions to those problems trough non-formal and informal education, so we will keep promote it! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ We will come back in France full of knowledge and ready to share our experience with everyone!”

 

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union