European Youth Week 2015 Youth Project Awards announced!
Hundreds of events have been taking part all over Europe as part of European Youth Week 2015.
On the afternoon of the 6th of May, 250 young people, youth workers and policy-makers gathered for the Panel Debate and Youth Projects Awards Ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels.
The event started with a stimulating debate amongst high-level politicians and experts about how to work with young people to prevent intolerance and antidemocratic behaviours, with inputs from young people involved in grassroots activism from around Europe.
It was followed by the Youth Project Awards, presented by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Latvian Minister for Education and Sciene Mārīte Seile, to the following three projects for their outstanding work:
Category: Empowering young people through meetings with decision makers:
European Alcohol Youth Policy Conference
SI – Bled and Ljubljana, Slovenia
The idea for this conference came from increasing recognition of alcohol as a serious health, wellbeing and safety issue for young people in Europe. The aims of the conference were to give young people new skills and resources to work on prevention and harm-reduction, and also research, advocacy and lobbying skills. The conference produced the “Bled Youth Paper on Alcohol” which suggests action that young people and youth organisations could undertake on this issue.
Category: Empowering young people through mobility and other experiences:
Wij(k) in Verandering! - We change ... our neighbourhood!
NL – Amsterdam, Den Bosch and Gouda, Netherlands
This project aimed to enable young people to implement changes in their own communities that should result, in the long-term, in a reduction of discrimination. Young people from Amsterdam, Antwerp and Brussels worked together over 17 months to identify the problems in their areas and potential solutions, and successfully lobbied and worked with local authorities to make their plans a reality.
Category: Training and networking of youth workers to support youth empowerment:
Local democracy in a changing world
AT – Vienna, Austria
The topic for this seminar for youth workers was youth empowerment. Its main objective was to contribute to the empowerment of communities, especially young people, by sharing and learning more about innovative tools in the context of democratic participation.