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Call for participants: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for participants of the study session “Actions Speak Louder Than Words - Youth Engagement, Grassroots Activism and the Future of Democracy''. The study session is organised in collaboration with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and will take place from 20th (arrival day) to 27th October (departure day) in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France.

This study session will be an attempt to zoom out from our everyday activism and youth work, and to understand what drives young people to engage in activism and politics today. What are the causes and social issues young people are passionate about? What drove activists to organise and act 30, 20, 10 years ago and what is driving us today? What are the social, economic, demographic, technological and political conditions that drive or hinder young people's engagement today? What can we learn from the history of youth-led movements? Why does activism take so many shapes in different parts of Europe?

 

Our aim is to increase meaningful and inclusive youth participation. For that to happen, we need to understand what drives young people to do politics and activism in different parts of Europe today. We want to understand this by focusing on the following objectives:

1. To gain insight into what triggers youth engagement in Europe today.What relevance do young people ascribe political parties and why? How are millennials engaging? Why do some people engage with specific causes and others with organisations?

2. To learn about what the tendencies of civil society in Europe over the last 30 years are and what the effects and limitations of civil society's actions are.We will look at how activism has developed in different parts of Europe in the last 30 years. We will also pay particular attention to the following notions: the development of technologies that affect our capacities to organise; politics as something capable of moving beyond traditional political institutions; as well as protest culture in time and space.

3. To understand the different external factors conditioning youth engagement in various contexts.Politics and activism take different shapes in different European societies. Young people are inspired in a multitude of ways to be active citizens, such as youth work, protesting and other forms of engagement. We want to explore what these different ways of engagement look like and why they have developed as such.

4. To evaluate digital and analogue tools for different types of activism.We will provide space for analysing the tools we have been using so far for engaging young people and come up with recommendations for improvements. We will learn to use different tools in our everyday activism and in our organisations.

We are looking for 40 young activists to participate in an educational event like no other.

 

Profile of participants

Requirements

  • Working knowledge of English
  • Committed to values of human rights and equality
  • 15 to 35 years of age
  • Ability to attend the whole event

Applicants are expected to be at least one of the following

  • Activist engaged in a formal or informal youth organisation or movement
  • Young researcher in a field relevant for the study session
  • Artist and creator
  • Policy-maker
  • Youth worker

At least half of the group of participants will be women, trans or genderqueer. We strongly encourage young people from socially excluded groups to apply.

 

Methodology

The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive and direct communication and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, trainings, workshops, discussions, reflection, role-plays, simulations and other interactive methods of learning. Participants are expected to share their experiences and actively take part in the sessions.

 

PRACTICALITIES

Venue and accomodation

The study session will take place at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

Accommodation and meals will be provided by the Council of Europe at the Youth Centre. All meals will be vegetarian.

Travel

Travel costs for participants will be fully covered within reasonable limits within Europe. For selection of travel means the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

Visas

Visa costs will be reimbursed by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe secretariat will issue an invitation letter that should facilitate the delivery of visas to attend the conference.

Participation fee

The enrolment fee for the study session is 50 EUR per participant.

The fee is deducted from the refund of the travel expenses.

 

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

If you’re interested in expanding your activist skills and knowledge in a non-formal educational setting; if you’re interested in working with other enthusiastic activists; and if you’re willing to engage in an adventure of imagining the new ways of doing politics, then look no further - apply now!

To apply for participation in the study session, please fill in the online registration form HERE.

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: Monday 29 July 2019 at midnight CET

 The selection will be announced by the 18th of August.