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Action 1.3 Youth in Action Programme
                   Salto Youth Participation 2008
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This document does not necessarily express the official views of the European Commission or the organisations and persons cooperating with the Youth
in Action institutions. Put your imprint on society aims to be a practical youth work publication and not an official policy document.
Youth In Action Programme
 ACTION 1.3                                                                Put your
       Throughout Action 1.3 Youth Democracy projects, the
       Youth in Action Programme aims to support young people
       who want to play an active role in society and get more
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       involved in its democratic processes. Since the launch of
       the programme, there has been a huge need expressed by

       different stakeholders to promote this action, to clarify how a
       Youth Democracy project should look and to define its main
       pedagogical framework.
       Based on the activities developed by SALTO-YOUTH
       Participation Resource Centre since 2007, this publication                                                 Foreword _4
       intends to define what a Youth Democracy project is, gives
       some examples of realised projects and provides tips to
       support their implementation. Furthermore, it is aimed at                        What is a Youth Democracy Project? _6
       transferring the concepts of the training courses and seminars
       “Get Involved” and “Let’s meet for Participation” initiated by                Examples of Youth Democracy Projects _12
       the Resource Centre to support the development of projects
       and partnerships under Action 1.3.
                                                                                     Salto Youth Participation’s Activities_22
       SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre hopes that
       you will enjoy reading this publication and find it practical and                  Project planning : It’s your turn_26

       Fatima LAANAN,                                                                                             Glossary_30
       SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre
                                   F O R E W O R D                                                                                                        OVERVIEW OF THE ACTIONS OF THE PROGRAMME

                                 Youth In Action Programme                                                                                           _Action 1
                                                                                                                                                             Youth for Europe
                                                                                                                                                             aims at encouraging young people’s active
                                                                                                                                                             citizenship, participation and creativity
                                     GENERAL OVERVIEW OF                                                                                                     by supporting youth exchanges, youth
                                                                                                                                                                                                         _Action 2
                                                                                                                                                             initiatives and youth democracy projects.
                                           THE YOUTH IN ACTION                                                                                                                                                      European Voluntary Service
                                                   PROGRAMME 2007-2013                                                                               _Action 3                                                  helps young people to develop their sense
                                                                                                                                                             Youth in the World                                 of solidarity by participating, either indi-
                                                                                                                                                             aims at promoting partnerships and                 vidually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid
                              With a total budget of 885 million euros for seven years, the Youth in Action Programme aims to inspire a                      exchanges among young people and                   voluntary activities abroad.
                              sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them                       youth organisations across the world.
                              in shaping the Union’s future by boosting their participation in democratic life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         _Action 4
                                                                                                                                                     _Action 5
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                              The programme promotes non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue among European youth, and it                                                                              Youth Support Systems
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                              encourages young people’s mobility within and beyond the EU borders, thus giving them the opportunity                          Support for European                               includes various measures to suppor t
                              to expand their horizons and gain valuable life and work experiences.
                                                                                                                                                        Co-operation in the Youth field                         youth workers and youth organisa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tions and improve the quality of their
                              The Programme is open to all young people aged between 15 and 28 (in some cases exceptions are                                 supports youth policy co-operation at              activities.
                              foreseen to involve young people aged between 13 and 30). The involvement of young people with fewer                           European level, in particular by facilitating
                              opportunities is one of its key priorities.                                                                                    dialogue between young people and policy
                              To achieve its objectives, the programme funds a large variety of activities through five actions. These activi-
                              ties include youth exchanges, youth initiatives, transnational voluntary service as well as training and net-
                              working opportunities for youth workers and youth organisations.
                                                                                                                                                            IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME
                                                                                                                                                 The Programme is mainly implemented in a decentralised way through a network of National Agencies,
                                                                                                                                                 which have been established in each Programme Country in order to ensure a closer contact with the
                                                                                                                                                 national reality of beneficiaries. The Programme Guide of the Youth in Action Programme, available on the
                                                                                                                                                 Youth website at includes detailed descriptions and eligibility criteria of each
                              C H A P T E R                                                                    1                   CRITERIA
                                                                                                                                    Who can realize a Youth Democracy Project?
                                                                                                                                    √ Promoters

                              WHAT IS A YOUTH DEMOCRACY PROJECT?                                                                    _A non profit organisation
                                                                                                                                    _A local or regional public body
                                                                                                                                    _An informal group of young people (one of the members of the group
                                                                                                                                    assumes the role of representative and takes responsibility on behalf of

                                                                                                                                    the group)
                                                                                                                                    _A body active in the youth field at European level
                                                                                                                                    A project should involve at least 2 countries with 2 local partners per country.
                                                     Youth Democracy Project is the new sub action 1.3
                                                     of the European Youth in Action programme (2007-2013).                                           √ Participants
                                                                                                                                                      Young people aged between 13 and 30 and legally resident in a
                                                     It gives young people the opportunity to be directly                                             programme country
                                                     involved in society by planning and carrying out a project, which is an                          The group should consist of a minimum of 16 young people.
     6                                               important non formal learning experience.                                                                                                                                     7
                                                                                                                                                      The activity must take place in the country of at least one promoter.
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                                                     It encourages young people to consider their contribution                                        The project can last between 3 and 18 months.
                                                     and involvement in a local, national and European context.
                                                                                                                               Who can apply?

                                                                                                                               One of the promoters assumes the role of coordinator
                                                                                                                               and applies to the relevant National Agency for the whole
                                                                                                                               project on behalf of all the promoters involved.
                              Youth Democracy Project supports young people’s participation in democratic life.

                              Concretely, it :                                                                                                                                              When to apply?
                                                                                                                                                                                            _1st February
                              _Promotes the involvement of young people in participatory structures
                                                                                                                                                                                            _1st April
                              _Develops dialogue between public authorities and groups of young people
                                                                                                                                                                                            _1st June
                              _Facilitates dialogue between public authorities and young people who are not members of
                                                                                                                                                                                            _1st September
                                                                                                                                                                                            _1st November
                              _Creates structures or strategies to bring young people closer to political decision-making
                              _Identifies and overcomes obstacles to the participation of young people in democratic life
                                                          QUALITY OF PROJECT DESIGN
                                                  Quality of the partnership/active                         Quality of Activity programme
                                               involvement of all promoters in the project            The Activity programme should be clearly defi-

                              ELIGIBLE COSTS
                                                                                                      ned, realistic, balanced and linked to the objec-
                                               Promoters must demonstrate the ability to esta-
                                                                                                      tives of the project and of the Youth in Action
                                               blish and run a cohesive partnership with the active
                                               involvement of all partners and with common goals
                                               to be achieved.The setting-up of a partnership com-
                                               posed of promoters from different backgrounds
                                                                                                            Quality of the evaluation phase
                                               may facilitate the implementation of the Activity.     Promoters and participants are expected to in-
                                                                                                      clude a final evaluation process. The final evalua-
                                                                                                      tion should make it possible to assess whether
       8                                            Quality of the preparation phase                  the objectives of the project have been achieved
                                                                                                      and the expectations of the promoters and parti-

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                                               During this phase, the promoters should agree          cipants have been met.The evaluation should also
                                               on the common theme of the Youth Democracy             highlight the learning outcomes.
                                               Project. They should think about the division of
                                               tasks, the activity programme, working methods,
                                               profile of participants, practical arrangements (ve-
                                               nue, transfers, accommodation, support material,
                                               linguistic support).
                                                           QUALITY OF PROJECT CONTENT                                                                                                                QUALITY OF PROJECT REACH
                                                                AND METHODOLOGY                                                           Impact, multiplying effect and follow-up                       Dissemination and exploitation of results
                                                                                                                                          Promoters should try, as much as possible, to                 Organising public events (presentations, conferen-
                                                                                                                                          involve other people (from the neighbourhood,                 ces, workshops…); creating audio-visual products
                              Themes of common interest and relevance                                                                     local area, etc.) in the project activities. Multiplica-      (CD-Rom,DVD…); setting up long-term colla-
                                   to the group of participants                                                                           tion is obtained for instance by convincing other             boration with media (series of radio/TV/press
                                                                                                                                          actors to use the results of the Youth Democracy              contributions, interviews, participation in different
                              The project should have a clear thematic concept,            Promotion of social and personal               Project in a new context.                                     radio/TV programmes…); developing information
                              which promoters wish to explore together. The
                              theme has to be translated into the concrete daily             development of participants                  Promoters and participants are called to reflect              material (newsletters, brochures, booklets, best
                                                                                                                                          systematically upon possible measures to ensure               practice manuals…); creating an Internet portal,
                              activities of the Youth Democracy Project.              The project should enable the participants to ac-
                                                                                                                                          a follow-up of the Youth Democracy Project.                   etc.
                                                                                      quire self-confidence.
                                 Non-formal learning methods applied
                              The project should follow the principles of non-
                                                                                                 Intercultural dimension                  Visibility of the project/visibility of the
                                                                                      The Youth Democracy Project should increase
       10                     formal learning. In general terms, the project
                                                                                      young people’s positive awareness of other cultu-            Youth in Action Programme                                                                                    11
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                              should be based on an intercultural learning pro-
                              cess stimulating creativity, active participation and   res and support dialogue and intercultural en-      _Visibility of the project: SMS mailing; prepare
                              initiative.                                             counters with other young people from different     posters, stickers, promotional items (t-shirts, caps,
                                                                                      backgrounds and cultures.                           pens, etc.); invite journalists to observe; issue ‘press
                                 Active involvement of participants                                                                       releases’ or write articles for local papers, websites
                                           in the project                                          European dimension                     or newsletters; create an e-group, a web space, a
                                                                                      The Youth Democracy Project should contribute       photo-gallery or blog on the Internet, etc.
                              The Activity programme and working methods                                                                  _Visibility of the Youth in Action Programme: use
                              applied should involve the participants as much         to the young people’s education process and in-
                                                                                      crease their awareness of the European/interna-     of the official Youth in Action logo, seminars,
                              as possible.                                                                                                conferences, debates organised at different levels
                                                                                      tional context in which they live.
                                                                                                                                          (local, regional, national, international).
                                      C H A P T E R                                                               2             How did you come up with the idea?
                                                                                                                               The partnership between Arles and Rome has
                                                                                                                               existed for a long time. The project initiated by
                                                                                                                               the «Citizen University» based on long term ex-                Brief description and aim
                                      EXAMPLES OF YOUTH DEMOCRACY PROJECT
                                                                                                                               perience in the field of participation of inhabitants
                                                                                                                               especially in the field of democracy. The idea was                   of the project
                                                                                                                               to extend this knowledge to the partnership and         «This project offered the chance to propose an
                                                                                                                               encourage young people from 15 to 30 to colla-          European experience between young people
                                                                                                                               borate in a European experience.                        from both countries. It aimed to use the experien-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ces of the «Citizen University» of Arles in parti-
                                                                                                                                                 Objectives                            cipative processes. Through this common project,

                                    YOUNG PEOPLE, ACTORS AND
                                                                                                                               _Gather experiences and exchange analyses of            we wanted to help young people interested in
                                                                                                                               young people in the field of participative process      developing their capacity for exchange and reflec-
                                                                                                                               in both countries;                                      tion, improve and valorize their European identity

                                 RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR                                                                _Identify needs to improve existing processes or
                                                                                                                               create new ones;
                                                                                                                               _Launch the debate on participation processes of
                                                                                                                               young people without discrimination;
                                                                                                                                                                                       and train them to have their say. At the end of this
                                                                                                                                                                                       cooperation participants should be fully aware of
                                                                                                                                                                                       their role as resources within the public sector
                                                                                                                                                                                       and be able to use their skills to become actors
                                                                                                                               _Establish a think tank and make proposals for the      at local level.»
12                                                                                                                             collective interest.                                                                                           13
                              Celine GOMEZ Universite du citoyen 66, avenue Gambetta 83500 La Seyne sur Mer
                                                                                                                                                                                       Difficulties the partnership faced and

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                              Title        Les jeunes, acteurs et resources dans 1’espace public/Young people, actors and           Strong points of the project                          advice to give other associations
                                           resources from the public sector                                                    The experience of the Citizen University in the         «We encountered difficulties with the planning of
                                                                                                                               field of participative methodology was definitely a     the project. It was hard to find availability at the
                              Duration     From the 1 July 2007 to the 31 July 2008
                                                      st                   st
                                                                                                                               strong point.This experience could be shared and        same time in both countries. Language was also a
                                                                                                                               was the starting point of the Youth Democracy           problem at the beginning but was naturally over-
                              Beneficiary Partner l University of Citizen (France)                                             project.                                                come through different means of communication
                                                                                                                               The cooperation between the two Town halls              and by the synergy of the group which became
                              Partnership 28 participants took part in the project: - 14 young people elected from             was also a good point. The mobilization of local        stronger and stronger with time. If we had to give
                                          the Consultative Council of Arles - 14 young actors from the participative analyse   authorities helped to encourage the awareness of        advice to another association eager to run such
                                          of the City of Rome                                                                  young people that they are real resources for the       an initiative, it would be to develop a clear and
                                          Partner 2 Ville d’Arles, service animation - public local authority(France)          collective policy.                                      precise methodology and think carefully about
                                          Partner 3 Municipio di Roma - public local authority (Italy)                                              Budget                             how they intend to develop the project in order
                                          Partner 4 Association ARETES «sviluppi possibiti» (Italy)                            Total amount: 30 840€                                   to facilitate an efficient participative approach.»
                                                                                                                               60% Youth in Action programme
                                                                                                                               40% City of Aries (human resources, food, bus
                                                                                                                               and cultural visits)
                                                                                              How did you come up with the idea?
                                                                                             For many years «JFLB» has been supporting pro-               Brief description and aim
                                                                                             jects in 2 areas:                                                  of the project
                                                                                             1) promoting media skills among children and          «The main objective of our project is to design a
                                                                                             young people                                          child and youth friendly city with newly designed
                                                                                             2) strengthening participation of youngsters.         public spaces by and for young people. Special
                                                                                             The foundations are already used for collaborating    attention will be paid to young people with mi-

                                GOOD PARTICIPATION
                                                                                             with many partners in the network and the JES         gration backgrounds. Participants will develop and
                                                                                             and Drehscheibe partnership is only one exam-         implement projects according to their needs. The
                                                                                             ple. Thus the idea of uniting participatory youth     political aims of these guidelines are: good partici-

                              BETTER COMMUNICATION!
                                                                                             work and media education in a project was born.       pation - better communication»
                                                                                                              Objectives                           Difficulties the partnership faced and
                                                                                             _Favorise bilateral exchange of ideas and expe-
                              Title       Good participation - Better communication!         riences through workshops and meetings;
                                                                                                                                                      advice to give other associations
                                                                                             _Raise awareness within policy and public admi-       «A growing gap between their desire to be a child
                                                                                             nistration for participation and to support           and youth friendly society and reality (e.g: neigh-
                              Duration    From October 2007 till March 2009                  local structures/projects in public participation;    bours
                                                                                             _Find skills to improve daily living conditions for   complain about the noise in children’s playgrounds).
14                            Beneficiary Partner 1 Jugend und Familienstiftung des Landes   young people;                                         Interests of children and youngsters being exclu-        15
                                                                                                                                                   ded from the design of public spaces etc… Policy
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                                          Berlin Foundation under public law                 _Develop better opportunities for social integra-
                                                                                             tion and active participation in their                responds only to request. Consideration of the
                                                                                             surroundings;                                         interests of children and youngsters is still not
                              Partnership Partner 2 Drehscheibe Kinder und jugendpolitik                                                           regarded as a crucial issue. Children and teena-
                                                                                             _Open public spaces giving young people the op-
                                          Berlin Foundation (Germany)                                                                              gers are often seen through their problems and
                                                                                             portunity to get actively involved in
                                          Partner 3 Jeugd en Stad vzw (JES)                  democratic and social processes which influence       not their skills. But... they are experts in their own
                                          NGO (Belgium)                                      their living conditions;                              matters!»
                                                                                             _Elaborate media products for facilitating com-            Strong points of the project
                                                                                             munication with political decision makers as well     For the first time, two areas of youth work get
                                                                                             as between the different project groups to pro-       together: participation and media education.
                                                                                             mote better understanding;                            The project uses existing youth projects and helps
                                                                                             _Develop new concepts for the future                  them in their work.
                                                                                             _Elaborate media supports                             The project helps young people to communicate
                                                                                                                  Budget                           their interests to third parties.
                                                                                                                                                   The project promotes media-competences and
                                                                                             Total amount: 50 495€
                                                                                                                                                   thereby strengthens the opportunities to partici-
                                                                                             27 500€ Youth in Action programme
                                                                                                                                                   pate in the democratic processes of society.
                                                                                             21% JFLB + drehscheibe
                                                                                             19% JES
                                                                                                                                                                              Brief description and aim
                                                                                                                  How did you come up with the idea?                                of the project
                                                                                                                                                                       «Voice It Europe is about young people using
                                                                                                                 The first group is from the UK and already invol-     the power of podcasts to report on issues that
                                                                                                                 ved in Voice It - a project supported by the Minis-   matter to them. They use their own web space
                                                                                                                 try of Justice to increase democratic engagement      to investigate and campaign on local, national and
                                                                                                                 in the UK. Their partner group is an English Club     European topics.
                                                                                                                 at a high school in Latvia.                           Participants are working together using «Web
                                                                                                                 The UK group will bring its experience of Voice       2.0» technology: self-publishing, voting in polls,

                                                    VOICE IT EUROPE
                                                                                                                 it in the UK, which has already completed a suc-      sharing content. Thanks to this project, partici-
                                                                                                                 cessful pilot phase. The second group will bring      pants can be trained in journalistic skills and given
                                                                                                                 its own outlook as a recent EU entrant. They will     the confidence to arrange and conduct inter-
                                                                                                                 exchange and share ideas about European demo-         views with influential people who might normally
                                         Damian PAYTON DigitalME Radiowaves 30-34 Aire street Leeds - The UK     cratic structures.                                    appear «out of reach».
                              Title       Voice It Europe
                                                                                                                                  Objectives                           Difficulties the partnership faced and
                              Duration    From September 2007 to March 2008                                      _Get to meet and interview their elected repre-
                                                                                                                 sentatives at each of these levels;
                                                                                                                                                                          advice to give other associations
                                                                                                                 _Explore how media tools can be used to make          «The young Latvian participants have more limi-
                              Beneficiary Partner l DigitalME - (the UK)                                                                                               ted access to technology than their UK counter-
16                                                                                                               them active citizens;                                                                                         17
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                                                                                                                 _Find a way to access politicians whose decisions
                              Partnership Sixteen young people aged between 13 and 19 - half from the UK, half   affect their lives;                                   from running as planned, it has required careful
                                         from :                                                                  _Plan, produce and publish programmes based on        organisation to ensure that the tools are available.
                                          Latvia are collaborating on this project.                              interviews with their peers and elected represen-     Another obstacle has obviously been the geogra-
                                          Partner 2 iEARN UK - association (the UK)                              tatives;                                              phical distance between the participants. While a
                                          Partner 3 Youth dub «Lingua» - public local authority (Latvia)         _Upload the edited pieces to their own space on       key aspect of Voice it Europe is bridging the divide
                                          Partner 4 NGO «Lingua.» - association (Latvia)                         the global Radiowaves website;                        between people using technology, it is inevitable
                                                                                                                 _Make them available as podcasts to a worldwide       that people will always work more easily together
                                                                                                                 audience of people who need and want to know          if they have more opportunities to meet face to
                                                                                                                 how young people think.                               face. A final obstacle worth mentioning is the
                                                                                                                                                                       other demands on the participants’ time.They are
                                                                                                                                                                       at busy stages in school, so have limited time to
                                                                                                                      Strong points of the project                     devote to this activity».
                                                                                                                 The most outstanding characteristic is the use
                                                                                                                 of the very latest self-publishing technology to
                                                                                                                 discuss serious issues. Podcasts, blogs and social
                                                                                                                 networking are enormously influential new mo-         Total amount: 36 053€
                                                                                                                 vements, especially for young people.                 60% Youth in Action programme
                                                                                                                                                                       40% digitalME and IEARN (in-kind contribution)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Difficulties the partnership faced and
                                                                                                                                                                Objectives                                 advice to give other associations

                                                    TO YOUTH PARTICIPATION!                                                                  _Recognize and support youth participation acti-           «One of the most important obstacles was to
                                                                                                                                             vities, projects and initiatives developed                 understand the rules and assessment of the new
                                                                                                                                             at local and regional level in partner countries;          European Youth in Action programme. It was not
                                                                                                                                             _Develop a strategy to reinforce democracy in 2            easy to have a clear idea what kind of expenses
                              Mara GEORGESCU Association ARCIRAGAZZI Liguria Salita MontebeUo, 7/12 16126 Genoa                                                                this sub action could cover or not. There is still
                                                                                                                                             countries through a non-formal learning process
                              Title          «Take action»: a European ABC to youth participation!                                           with young people, institutions and associations;          some confusion...The bureaucracy and the delay
                                                                                                                                             _Find skills for helping young people to use the           were also a bit frustrating sometimes. Then we
                              Duration       From November 2007 to January 2009                                                              existing opportunities at local, regional, national        have to admit that finding co-funding is maybe the
                                                                                                                                             and European level on youth participation;                 hardest part of the project. Especially if 2 organisa-
                              Beneficiary Partner l ARCIRAGAZZI Liguria (Italy)                                                              _Elaborate a youth-friendly guide to participation         tions, from two different countries work together
                                                                                                                                             and citizenship concerned with activities at both a        and don’t have the same system of fundraising.
                                                                                                                                             local and European level.                                  In the end we were able to find co-funding but
                              Partnership The project is run by two countries (Italy and Romania). Within the partnership,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        we were not able to valorise enough the work
                                          there are 2 youth associations and 2 local public bodies. 30 young people are                                             Budget                              of volunteers here in our organisation. Cultural
                                          participating in this project.                                                                     The Youth in Action programme: 60% of the project          differences were also an obstacle sometimes. If in
                                          Partner 2 Town Hall of Genoa - association (Italy)                                                 18% Agenda 21 Bucharest and the City of Bucharest          one country, everything is organised on time, in
18                                        Partner 3 Town hall of Bucharest, Office for Educational Activities -public local                  15% Arciragazzi Liguria (in kind co-financcment)           the other country there can be «cultural delays».          19
                                          authority (Romania)
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                                                                                                                                             7% Town hall of Genoa                                      Finally there is still an overall lack of social invest-
                                          Partner 4 Association APSS «Agenda 21» - public local authority (Italy)                            Town hall of Bucarest                                      ment in youth. Sometimes, you may think no one
                                                                                                                                             Arciragazzi and other associations: in kind contribution   really wants young people to be empowered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        «First of all, read the Programme Guide. Read
                                                                                                                                                  Strong points of the project                          it ten times and understand every single word,
                                                                                             Brief description and aim                       The project has several features that make it spe-         because it is written for professionals of project
                                                                                                   of the project                            cial. First of all, young people have been involved        management, not for average young people...
                               How did you come up with the idea?                     Our aim was to create stronger and more sus-           in each phase of the elaboration process of the            Second, find someone that can help you in kee-
                                                                                      tainable bonds between the three main actors of        project in Italy as well as in Romania. Moreover,          ping to the cost plan.
                              The idea of the project was developed during            youth participation: young people, associations (ci-                                                              Third, find reliable partners. You may not always
                                                                                                                                             the project involved 2 countries with a diffe-
                              several meetings with young people. There was           vil society in general) and public bodies, according                                                              get the city in the project, but whoever you get,
                                                                                                                                             rent «tradition of democracy» which may for us
                              a pooling of ideas about youth participation pro-       to the principles of representative democracy.                                                                    make sure they are a sustainable partner.
                                                                                                                                             be one step towards wider tolerance, the fight
                              jects. The Italian National Agency guided us in the     All the projects create spaces and opportunities                                                                  Ask the national agency every question that co-
                                                                                                                                             against cultural stereotypes and a step toward
                              definition of the final idea.                           for favorising the exchange of ideas and good                                                                     mes to mind before answering it yourself. Someti-
                                                                                                                                             mutual knowledge and understanding. Finally, the
                                                                                      practices, actively reflecting on the future of Eu-    final product of the project is innovative and use-        mes, the National Agencies understand things dif-
                                                                                      rope and youth policies in Europe- including from      ful. We will elaborate a guide of good practices.          ferently to us.Take a lot of pictures and document
                                                                                      the perspective of a new EU country, and esta-                                                                    every single activity. You may need them in order
                                                                                      blishing the basis for improving public dialogue.                                                                 to show your results.»
                                                                                              FUTURE CITY                                                       Objectives
                              Albert FUCIK Rennweg 29 6020 Innsbruck - Austria                                          _Bring together the ideas of young people from
                                                                                                                                               different European regions
                              Title         Future city                                                                                        _Give young people an understanding of parti-
                              Duration      From March 2008 till September 2008                                                                _Support different competences
                                                                                                                                               _Support political education
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Difficulties the partnership faced and
                              Beneficiary Partner 1 Dachverband der Jugendgemeinderate Baden-Wurtemberg                                        _Get our theme across to children, young people         advice to give other associations
                                          association (Germany)                                                                                and adults                                           It’s very difficult to keep to the time schedule be-
                                                                                                                                               _Sensitize young people to Policy and Economy        cause only the youngsters themselves make the
                                                                                                                                               _Support integration (culture, people with disabi-
                              Partnership Partner 2 Kreisjugendring - regional public authority (Germany)                                                                                           decisions. Having to decide everything is difficult
                                                                                                                                               lities, generations)                                 for them. New steps can only be taken if a deci-
                                          Partner 3 Jeugendgruppe Ainet - informal Youth group from Eastern Tyrol
                                                                                                                                               _Impact political and economic awareness.            sion is made.
                                          (Austria)                                                                                            _Give young people the possibility to experience
                                                                                                                                               the sustainability and consequences of                    Strong points of the project
                                                                                                                                               decisions.                                           This is one of the few projects which really
                                                                                             Brief description and aim
                                  How did you come up with the idea?                                                                                               Budget                           concerns democracy. In our city, everything is de-
20                                                                                                 of the project                              Total amount: 76 442 €                               termined by young people. Adults only make sure
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                                 Albert Fucik, the manager of the project, went to    The «zukunftsstadt» is a fictitious city invented by                                                          that the basic conditions are provided. Moreover,
                                                                                                                                               32.2% Youth in Action programme
                                 Feldkirch in Vorarlberg which is in Austria. There   and for children and young people. In this ficti-                                                             we set a high value on integration. For example
                                                                                                                                               19.63% Land Tirol
                                 he saw die Kinderstadt «City of Children» which      tious city, young people are able to make their                                                               you can see different languages (Serbian, Croatian,
                                                                                                                                               19.62% sponsors
                                 fascinated him. So he decided to do something si-    own decisions and are actively involved in the                                                                Bosnian, and Turkish) on our webpage. Languages,
                                                                                                                                               15.70% entrance fee
                                 milar in the Tyrol. He extended the idea and crea-   democratic process. Through their contribution                                                                cultures or religion should not be a barrier to par-
                                                                                                                                               12.35% donation
                                 ted this innovative project for young people.        they influence the development of the project. In                                                             ticipating in our project.
                                                                                      this city children have for example the chance to
                                                                                      study at university, start a business or a political
                                                                                      career. They can assume any role which exists in a
                                                                                      real city. There will be political elections. They can
                                                                                      present themselves as candidates or vote for each
                                                                                      other. The keeping of the election pledge and its
                                                                                      consequences directly affects both the children
                                                                                      and young people. Everyone is faced with migra-
                                                                                      tion almost daily. They have to deal with different
                                                                                      languages, cultures and religions. Special attention
                                                                                      will be paid to the integration of young people
                                                                                      whose mother tongue is not German.
                              C H A P T E R                                            3   METHODS USED
                                                                                           Through its experience of seminars and training courses, SALTO-YOUTH Participa-
                                                                                           tion has developed a wide range of tools and concrete tips, in order to clarify and

                              SALTO YOUTH PARTICIPATION’S ACTIVITIES                       support the implementation of action 1.3 of the Youth in Action programme. You
                                                                                           will find below a summary of the results of all activities organised by the resource
                                                                                           centre in this regard. You will also see how useful these elements are for realizing
                                                                                           your own Youth Democracy Project.

                                                                                                                           Get involved TC concept

                               SALTO YOUTH PARTICIPATION
                               Since SALTO-YOUTH Participation has been in

                               charge of the European priority of PARTICIPA-
                               TION, it has developed support, information and
                               training on Youth Participation, with the aim of
                               encouraging young people to involve themselves
22                             in their communities and to promote two essen-                                                                                                     23
                               tial sub actions of the European Youth in Action
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                               programme: Transnational Youth Initiatives (1.2)
                               and Youth Democracy Projects (1.3):                                                                Generating &
                                                                                                                                 developing ideas
                                         _Sub action 1.2: Youth Initiatives : follow
                               up and transfer of good practices to National
                               Agencies, focus on active participation of young                                                  check
                               people                                                                                                planning
                                         _Sub action 1.3: Youth Democracy
                               Project: This is a new action. SALTO-YOUTH
                               Participation has the task of promoting and
                               enhancing its development.                                                                 application

                               SALTO-YOUTH Participation works with Natio-
                               nal Agencies and youth trainers to enhance the
                               quality of projects within these 2 sub actions.
                                                                                                                                                                               The ladder of
                              Salto’s methodological approach                                                      Working principles                                          participation
                                                                                                                                                                                                             8.Child initiated shared
                                                                                                                                                                                                             decisions with adults

                                                                                                   _Group dynamics developed through different activities and getting
                              _Principles and practice of non formal education taking into         to know each-other on an individual, personal and professional le-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          7.Child initiated
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and directed
                              account participant’s needs, expectations, motivation and previous   vel as well as understanding cultural differences/similarities through                             6.Adult initiated shared
                              experience as a starting point for the planned activities.           different forms of presentation, problem solving, intercultural party                              decisions with kids

                                                                                                   and different teams contributing to good group and working
                              _Balance of information brought by the team (instruction, trans-     atmosphere.                                                                                  5.Consulted
                                                                                                                                                                                                and informed
                              mission) and participants (experience sharing, ideas, remarks).      _Information about the seminar, its objectives, team and methodo-
                                                                                                   logy used contributed to the orientation, trust development and                            4.Assigned but
                              _Diversity of methods in a way that fits all learning styles and     building of a safe environment.

                              combines action and reflection, speculation and creativity.          _Introduction of the concepts of Youth Participation and Youth                          3.Tokenism
                                                                                                   Democracy Projects by experts and different stakeholders in the
                              _Work on concrete projects in order to create the necessary basis    field (SALTO Ressource Centre, European Youth Forum, and
                              for future development and application.                              Council of Europe) and debating with them was necessary to                           2.Decoration

                                                                                                   achieve common basic knowledge and to provoke questions and
                              _Integrated consultation and feedback on the project ideas so        interest.                                                                         1.Manipulation
24                            that these become more “realistic” and comply with the Action’s      _Developing common understanding about essential terms of Ac-                                                                        25
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                              specificities.                                                       tion 1.3: partnership, participation and authority.
                                                                                                   _Quality elements in Action 1.3 and good practices were explored
                              _Resource table with brochures, books and other materials useful     through work on the participant’s prior experiences, role playing,
                              for participants.                                                    discussions and getting to know participation projects.
                                                                                                   _Seminars also had a contact making component allowing partici-
                              _Facilitated reflection at the end of each programme day, so that    pants to present their project ideas and encouraging them to find
                              learning is ensured and participants “have a say” in the way the     partners and develop their ideas.
                              activities are done and the content within them.                     _Evaluations were ongoing with daily reflections and evaluation
                                                                                                   on the “Open Team Meetings”. The success and accomplishment of
                              _Energizers, ice-breakers, mood lifters as a means to achieving      the learning objectives were measured by pre- and post-evaluation
                              this way closer bonds between participants, well being during the    questionnaires.
                              course and the necessary empowerment to go on afterwards.            _Group spirit was an essential element. The team and participants
                                                                                                   contributed constantly in formal and in-formal time by participating
                                                                                                   in Open Team Meetings, proposing and leading some programme
                                                                                                   activities, initiating parties, organising teams for cleaning, developing
                                                                                                   group stories and memories.

                               C H A P T E R                                                                               4               _Step 4
                                                                                                                                           Your partners will be from different backgrounds and cultures, you might strengthen
                                                                                                                                           your par tnership, ensure everybody has a role and share common objectives.

                                PROJECT PLANNING : IT’S YOUR TURN                                                                                       _Step 5
                               After reading this section, you should be aware that the most important part in a project and                            Make your own timetable : this step will help you to ensure that the
                               especially in a Youth Democracy Project is to work seriously on the preparatory phase, including,                        methodology you decided to implement is coherent with the objectives of
                               in all phases, a participative process.                                                                                  the partnership . For that reason, paying special attention to the metho-
                                                                                                                                                        dology and to the calendar is recommended.

                              _Step 1              Analysis of the needs of your territory and target group
                                                   This is the starting point of your project (e.g. strong points, weaks points, oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                    _Step 6
                                                   tunity and threat in a situation).This analyse justifies your action, shows that this                    Share your outcomes/results, keep in mind you are acting in a democratic process !
                                                   is something necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                               _Step 7
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                                                _Step 2
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                                                                                                                                                                              Evaluate precisely the financial costs of your project ; this is the
                                                 Define the aims of your project                                                                                              star ting point of a request for co-funding : in order to show your
                                                 The aim is a perfect situation you would like
                                                                                                                                                                              sponsors or financial par tners that your project is well implemen-
                                                 to reach. You need to fix precise objectives :
                                                 Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Realistic
                                                 – Timed

                                                                                _Step 3                                                     If you want to know more about project management, especially for Youth Democracy Projects or
                                                                                                                                            you simply need international partners for your projects, take a look at our toolbox or better still,
                                                                                                                                            participate in one of our Training courses.
                                                                                Develop your idea and check
                                                                                if the quality criteria are
                                                                                taken into consideration.

                                                              Quality Criteria                                                                     European dimension and Youth
                                                                                                                                                        in Action Priorities

                                                              Check list                                                                       Does the project help participants to understand
                                                                                                                                               their role as part of the present and future of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Evaluation and follow up
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do the partner groups/participants regularly (on-
                                                                                                                                               Does it tackle a theme of European interest or       going process) evaluate the implementation of
                                                                                                                                               promote values of European priority? Does it re-     the project?
                                                                                                                                               flect a common concern for European society or       Does the project foresee any activity or measure
                                                                                                                                               use experiences from other European countries?       to be taken after the project implementation?
                                 Participative working methods                              Diversity of Actors and                            Does the project reflect one of the general
                              Is there clear evidence of young people’s involve-              networking dimension                             priorities of the Youth in Action Programme (i.e.       Visibility and dissemination of
                                                                                                                                               participation of young people, cultural diversity,
                              ment in the project?                                 Is a diverse variety of actors from different areas
                                                                                                                                               European citizenship and social inclusion or the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the project results
                                                                                   of activities (e.g. local authority, NGO, local initiati-
                              Does the project answer their needs and inte-        ves...) represented in the partner groups?                  specific priority themes of this Action which are    Does the project foresee any measure to highlight
                              rests?                                                                                                           the future of Europe and the political priorities    the support of the Youth in Action Programme?
                                                                                   Is there clear evidence that the project was pre-
   Do the groups of young people plan and realise                                                                                              identified in the field of European youth policy)?   Does the project include a communication plan
                                                                                   pared in co-operation with all the partners?
28 the project themselves?                                                                                                                                                                          to disseminate the achievements of the projects      29
                                                                                   Does the project allow partners to exchange

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                                                                                   methods, ideas, and share practices in the field of
                                                                                                                                                                Innovation                          to a wider audience (i.e via press conference,
                                                                                                                                               Is the project about something new for the groups    production of multimedia tools, publication of the
                                                                                   youth participation?
                                 Non-formal learning experience                                                                                of participants?                                     results on a Blog, etc.)?
                              Does the project follow the principles of non for-                          Impact                                                                                               Learning experience
                              mal learning?                                                                                                    Is the project about something new for the local
                                                                                   Does the project meet the specific needs or inte-                                                                Does the project follow the principles of non for-
                                                                                                                                               communities involved?
                              Does the project contribute to young people’s        rests of the partners’ local communities?                                                                        mal learning?
                              education process?                                   Will the project have a long term impact at local           Does the project implement /practise new parti-
                                                                                                                                               cipative methods?                                    Will the project allow participants to learn so-
                              Does the project offer young people the possi-       and European level?                                                                                              mething and to increase their awareness of the
                              bility to better understand the context in which     Will the project raise the awarness of the concept                                                               international context in which they live?
                              they live and, in particular, the operation of na-   of active citizenship and participation of young
                              tional and European representative democracy                                                                                                                          Will the project help participants to understand
                                                                                   people?                                                                                                          European democratic processes and more parti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    cularly the mechanisms of national and European
                                                                                                                                                                                                    representative structures?
                                       C H A P T E R                                                                              5
                                                                                                                                                                    Non-formal learning
                                                                                                                                                        Learning which takes place outside a formal edu-
                                                                                                                                                        cational curriculum. Non-formal learning activities                      Lisbon strategy
                                                                                                                                                        involve people on a voluntary basis and provide            To compete with other major world players, the
                                                                                                                                                        them with opportunities to acquire a wide range            EU needs a modern efficient economy. Meeting

                                                                                                                                                        of skills and competences. The activities are ca-          in Lisbon in March 2000, the EU’s political leaders
                                                                                                                                                        refully planned, to foster the participants’ perso-        set it a new goal: to become, within a decade,
                                                                                                                                                        nal and social development. The skills acquired            «the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-
                                                                                                                                                        through non-formal and informal activities in the          based economy in the world, capable of sustai-
                                                                                                                                                        framework of the Youth in Action programme are             nable growth with more and better jobs and
                              Dissemination and Exploitation of results                                                                                 recognized through a certificate called Youthpass.         greater social cohesion.” The EU’s leaders also
                                                                                                           European Youth Pact                                                                                     agreed on a detailed strategy for achieving this
                              Disseminate means to “spread widely”. Disseminating               A political instrument adopted by the European                          Structured dialogue                        goal. The ‘Lisbon strategy’ covers such matters as
                              project results means spreading these results far and             Council in 2005 as part of the revised Lisbon Stra-         Instrument to improve communication between            research, education, training, Internet access and
                              wide. Exploiting means “making use of and deriving bene-          tegy.The Youth Pact aims to promote participation           young people and EU policy makers. It is structu-      on-line business. It also covers reform of Europe’s
                              fit from (a resource)”. A project should therefore be seen        of all young people in education, employment and            red in terms of themes and timing.                     social protection systems, which must be made
                              as a resource that can be useful for other potential bene-        society. More information in the section «Social                                                                   sustainable so that their benefits can be enjoyed
                              ficiaries. In other words, disseminating and exploiting the       and occupational integration of young people».
                                                                                                                                                                  Evaluation meeting                               by future generations. Every Spring the European
                              results of a project means making a project and its results                                                             A meeting to evaluate past projects or activities            Council meets to review progress in implemen-
                              known and useful for other people                                       European Youth Week                             and plan potential follow-up. Evaluation meetings            ting the Lisbon strategy.
                                                                                                                                                      can be supported by the Youth in Action Pro-
30                                              Coaching                                    The aim of the European Youth Week is to pro-
                                                                                                                                                      gramme under action 4.3 “Training and Networ-                 SALTO Youth Resource Centres
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Put your imprint on society
                              Salto-youth participation together with National              mote the Youth in Action Programme and Eu-
                                                                                                                                                      king of those active in youth work and youth or-          SALTO stands for “Support and Advanced Lear-
                              Agencies has had a European coaching stra-                    ropean Youth Policies and to contribute to the
                                                                                            structured dialogue between policy makers and             ganisations”.                                             ning and Training Opportunities”. The Salto Youth
                              tegy over the past few years developing tools,
                              publications and training activities focused on               young people. Events targeting a large number of                                 Youthpass                          Resource Centres are structures established wi-
                                                                                                                                                         Recognition instrument that enables participants       thin the Youth in Action Programme to provide
                              Youth initiatives such as the coaching guide. The             young people are organised all over Europe.
                                                                                                                                                         in the Youth in Action Programme to receive a          training and information on a specific theme or
                              guide supports youth workers and youth leaders                                                                             certificate describing and validating their non-for-   regional area for youth organisations and National
                              in coaching youth initiative projects. “Coaching                                     White paper                           mal learning experience.                               Agencies.
                              should not be promoted as a means of increasing      Commission White Papers are documents containing pro-
                              the quality of projects but as a way to promote      posals for Community action in a specific area. It presents a                     Feasibility visit                                           Youth participation
                                                                                   detailed and well argued policy for discussion and decision        A short meeting with potential partners to ex-                  “participation & active citizenship is about having
                              the participation of young people and to support
                                                                                   and can lead to an action programme for the Union in the           plore the possibility of developing a project. Feasi-           the right, the means, the space and the opportu-
                              the process of the project.”
                                                                                   area concerned. In 2001, the Commission launched a White           bility visits can be supported by the Youth in Ac-              nity and, where necessary, the support to parti-
                                                                                   Paper on Youth, which laid the basis for increased European        tion Programme under action 4.3 “Training and                   cipate in and influence decision making & being
                                                Peer learning                      cooperation in four youth priority areas: participation, in-       Networking of those active in youth work and                    engaged in actions & activities so as to contribute
                                 A method where people at the same level teach formation, voluntary activities and a greater understanding            youth organisations”.                                           to building a better society”
                                 and learn from each other, e.g. from young people and knowledge of youth.The White Paper also proposed to
                                                                                                                                                                                     Programme Countries
                                                                                   take the youth dimension more into account when making                                In the Youth in Action Programme: the EU Mem-
                                 to other young people.
                                                                                   other relevant policies.                                                              ber States, the EFTA/EEA countries and candidate
                                                                                                        How do we do it ?
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  SALTO YOUTH PARTICIPATION                                                                                                             newsletter
support advanced learning training opportunities
    What do we do?                                                                 practical guide
     -> Strengthen and promote active participation                                                                   training courses
     -> Collect and disseminate information, projects and articles on active                              
     ->Support the management of youth initiatives and Youth Democracy
     Projects (sub action 1.2 and 1.3)
            >Sub action 1.2:Youth Initiatives: follow up and transfer of good
     practices to NAs, focus on active participation of young people
            >Sub action 1.3:Youth Democracy Project: This is a new action.
     SALTO Youth Participation has the task of promoting and enhancing the
                                                                                database                       of events
     development of this sub-action.
                                                                                  of projects                                    a partner
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