Published: 23/05/2013 12:14
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What is the European Youth Forum?
“The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.”
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The European Youth Forum (EYF) is an umbrella organisation for national youth groups across Europe’s EYF member organisations, made up of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organisations. Together they represent the interests of tens of millions of young people from all over the continent. The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interest and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people all over Europe, the youths can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s problems.
What are the Forum's main goals for young Europeans?
It strives to achieve:
- Greater youth participation, by empowering and encouraging young people to participate actively in shaping society and decision-making processes.
- Stronger youth organizations, by facilitating the financial, legal and political sustainability of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organizations, while emphasizing the learning aspect the youth organisations provides.
- Youth autonomy and inclusion, by working towards ensuring that young people have access to necessary support, resources and opportunities to autonomous lives in an Europe where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens
How does it do this?
- getting more young people and youth organisations to take part in social projects, and especially in decision-making processes
- influencing policies that affect young people, by being a recognised partner for international institutions and defining the political agenda instead of just following the on-going discussions and adding a youth focus to it
- encouraging policymaking bodies to take youth issues into account in all areas of policy
- creating viable, genuinely independent youth organisations – both national and international – particularly by pushing for adequate funding
- getting young people from different backgrounds and countries to listen to and appreciate each others' ideas and experience
- endorsing intercultural understanding, democracy, respect, diversity, human rights, active citizenship and solidarity
- contributing to youth work in other parts of the world.
One of the latest EYF campaigns aims to get government and business (and young people themselves) to invest more in youth by encouraging youth volunteers and activists to rethink and claim back their future via the Love Youth Future online global community. Young people are invited to share their ideas with others who believe young people can change the present for a happy future.