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Call for Prep Team - FYEG Summer Festival (CLOSED)

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for an international preparatory team for the first ever Young Greens Summer Festival planned to take place in August 2021. A call for host organisation is open to decide the location of the festival.

The 6-day long, community-managed, outdoor summer festival will potentially bring together 300 among Young Greens and representatives of youth green movements to look back at the challenges and learnings of this period of digital organising, as well as to undertake a journey of introspective reflection of our groups and movements to imagine a way forward for more inclusivity and resiliency.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the final number of participants and number of festival days will be decided at a later stage and both figures might consequently be reduced to comply with national and EU restrictions.

With the general aim to pursue more inclusive and democratic interactions, processes and structures among youth-led groups and organisations, the event’s concrete objectives are to:

  1. Explore the struggles with active participation for youth-led organisations, movements and informal groups in different parts of Europe;
  2. Create space to reflect on the common culture of green youth organisations and movements, including elements of supremacy culture, patriarchal structures and canceling culture, as well as undergoing a process of collective imagination to envision how a society free of these elements looks like;
  3. Equip young people with tools to analyse and transform the organisational structures, participation methods and decision-making processes of their groups; and
  4. Promote and develop skills of community organising.

In order to achieve these objectives, we are looking for four young activists to join forces with the rest of the preparatory team composed of FYEG’s Project Manager, a member of FYEG Executive Committee, and a team member nominated by the host organisation. 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 values, and be familiar with non-formal education methods. They should also be dedicated to the successful implementation of the event.

Main responsibilities of the Prep-Team (PT):

  • Active participation in and commitment to the preparation work prior the event (mid-April - July 2021 // 1.5h weekly PT meeting + 2/3h of individual or couple work);
  • Participation in a live prep team meeting (30 April-3 May or 7-10 May // 2 full working days + travel // location TBD);
  • Preparation and facilitation of the programme of the festival: designing and preparing sessions based on non-formal education methodology, invitation and communication with speakers, trainers and partners in accordance with the project aims;
  • Collaborating with the Local Prep Team to implement community-management elements during the festival and for the establishment of a solidarity/sliding scale ticket;
  • Create and implement an Awareness strategy (including the formation of an awareness team to work full-time during the festival) to ensure the wellbeing and inclusion of all participants;
  • Full participation during the entire festival (6 days, tbc) and prep team meeting before and after (2 days before and 1 day after) in August 2021, exact dates tbd; Support the finalisation of the festival outputs;
  • In the unfortunate event that we can't hold this activity in-real-life, the PT members should be interested and motivated to hold online activities
  • Helping with the reporting of the event (optional)

Being a prep-team member for the Young Greens Summer Festival would offer you:

  • Working in a lively, supportive and safe international environment;
  • Experience in managing youth projects – preparation, implementation, evaluation, follow-up and reporting;
  • Becoming familiar with the international Green family and various sides of FYEG’s work;
  • The chance to research and learn about best practices for improved inclusion and democratic process of youth organisations and movements;
  • The chance to develop your facilitation skills in group work and non-formal education;
  • The chance to help build, through the programme, long-lasting inclusion and democratising strategies and plans for FYEG, alongside the Executive Committee and the Democracy & Inclusion Working Group;
  • 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 transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, committee work, brainstorming, collective imagination and other interactive methods of learning.

Practicalities:

Accommodation, food, working space, travel and visa costs for the preparatory team will be fully covered within reasonable limits and within Europe. For selection of travel the condition is to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

If you are excited about bringing to life the first ever Young Greens Summer Festival and dig deeper into topics of democratic organising and inclusion methods, you should apply by filling in THIS FORM. The deadline for submitting online applications is March 29th at 23:59 CET.

The festival is organised by the FYEG in cooperation with the European Greens and it’s the second activity of the year-long Youth Rebuilds a Brave New Europe project supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe and the European Greens. One of the seminar workshops is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of the FYEG and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the GEF.