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Call for prep-team: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for an international preparatory team for 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 Council of Europe and will take place from 20-27 October in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

This study session will be an attempt to zoom out from our everyday activism and youth work, and 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 the following objectives

1. To gain insight in 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 are tendencies of civil society in Europe in the last 30 years 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 and evaluate digital and analogue tools for different types of activism 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.

In order to achieve these objectives during the 6 full working days, we are looking for 4 young activists to join forces with the rest of the preparatory team composed of an external trainer and FYEG's Course Director who are in charge of overall project coordination, educational assistance and administration.

Prep-team members should speak English, be available during the preparation period, be responsible about fulfilling their tasks, have good organisational skills, be good team players, be committed to the aims of the project and FYEG’s and Council of Europe's values, and be familiar with non-formal education methods. 

Main responsibilities of the prep-team: 

  • Active participation in the regular online meetings prior the event  (June - October 2019; 2-4h a week)
  • Participation in a live prep team meeting (19-20 June 2019; 18 arrival / 21 departure)
  • Dissemination of the call and selection of participants, preparation of participants for the event and providing them with all the necessary information regarding the program;
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the study session; designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, experts, trainers and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  • Helping with the promotion of the event and ensuring media visibility;
  • Taking care of practicalities and of the general well-being of the participants;
  • Full participation during the entire event and prep team meeting before and after (arrival 18 October anytime; departure 27 October in the evening/28 morning)
  • Supporting creation of a publication/video/podcast/Ecosprinter articles as main results of the study session
  • Helping with the reporting of the study session 

Being a prep-team member for this study session would offer you:

  • Working and learning in a lively, supportive and safe international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth educational projects – preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow up and reporting;
  • Becoming familiar with the Green values, FYEG’s and Council of Europe's work;
  • The chance to learn about how young people engage today and history of youth activism in Europe; 
  • The chance to develop your facilitation skills in group work and non-formal education;
  • A lot of work and a lot of fun!

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.

Practicalities:

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for preparatory team 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).

If you are interested to try out your non-formal education skills, if you are willing to engage in an adventure of imagining the new ways of doing politics -  No need to look any further - apply now!

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: Thursday 23 May 2019 at Midnight CET

APPLY HERE!