If you are a youth worker and you are worried about any type of radicalisation in your community, have a look at the Radicalisation Awareness Network website, or IMPACT Europe – an EU-funded project set up to research and exchange best practice on preventing radicalisation.
After the terrorist attacks in France and Denmark at the beginning of 2015, European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Ministers for Education committed in Paris on 17 March to ensure that education promotes Europe’s civic values. In addition to this, the European Union has funded several projects to promote mutual understanding.
Religious communities are also doing their bit. For example, the #NotInMyName campaign, set up by the London-based Active Change Foundation, encourages Muslims to condemn terrorism on social media. The campaign has now spread to other countries.
Young people are often radicalised by online videos or the people around them. Making sure young people are fully integrated into society can help prevent this. A recent Eurobarometer survey on young people in the EU showed that the number of young people who said they had taken part in the activities of at least one organisation (e.g. a sports club, political party, or human rights organisation) in the previous year had fallen to 49% (from 56% in 2013). The most popular organisations are sports clubs (29%), youth or leisure clubs (16%) and community groups (11%).
If you want to be more active in society, why not try one of the activities on the European Youth Portal? If you’d like to do something for a good cause, you could volunteer abroad with the European Voluntary Service programme. Or take look at this list of opportunities to find ways to build your experience (e.g. traineeships, scholarships, competitions). If you’re interested in youth policy, get involved in the Structured Dialogue process and help policymakers do a better job.