Democracy and participation, Civic education

Deep in Europe

Adânc în Europa

Creators

Who is behind this?

Ilona Balint

Asociatia Be You

https://beyoueurope.eu

Romania

Idea

Idea pitch

Young people represent the future of our European society, they are the leaders of tomorrow.
The main aim is to empower and engage disadvanataged youth from rural communities in decision making process, strengthening European values and democracy among them. Empowering youth, we give them the opportunity to express their vision and collaborate with local authorities in order to approach and solve community issues raising youth participation.

Where will your project idea take place?

The project will take place in Dambovita region, Central South Romania,in disadvantaged rural areas.

What is the local challenge?

Youth from the region of Dambovita, from rural areas are young people with socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with fewer opportunities. These young people are struggling with a lot of challenges like: living in poor communities with poor infrastructure, poor education facilities, they are unemployed or part of NEET category. Disadvantaged youth usually are the ones who not care about democratic participation, decision making process, European Union, European integration, and they are vulnerable in front of manipulation and Euroscepticism. The Eurosceptic current took advantage on these challenges and spread among youth Eurosceptic narratives. Also, authorities disregards the ability of these youth to participate in the decision-making process or to make their voices heard.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

Our project looks to approach democracy and active citizenship through innovative non-formal education methods, engaging actively each young people. We aim to bring together during activities young people with different life backgrounds to discuss about civic engagement, community issues, involving them to come up with solutions for the identified issues. Also we aim to build a strong communication and relation between youth and local authorities, decision makers that will definitely strengthen democracy and active citizenship. Young people’s ideas will be listened and discussed. Once their voice is listened, youth will be motivated to be active citizens and to participate in democratic process as long this is one of the best solutions to solve the problems they face.

Who are you doing it for?

Our project is addressed mainly to young people, to a wide target group aged between 14-25 years old, young people with fewer opportunities who face socio-economically obstacles, living in disadvantaged rural areas. Also our project targets local authorities, decision makers, youth professionals and ordinary citizens. We aim to organize 25 workshops with 20-30 participants per each workshop and a 7 day summer youth camp, involving approximately 600 participants in total. Each workshop will approach a community problem and the topic of active citizenship, democracy and youth participation. Experienced Youth workers will lead activities and will assure that young people will have the opportunity to make their voice heard and their ideas will be listened and made known to the authorities.

How do you plan to get there?

Once the idea will get funding we will undertake the next steps:
1.Preparation: project team completion, sharing responsibility and tasks among project team, project calendar, project identity creation (project logo, visual elements, video, etc), partnership agreements with stakeholders.
2.Implementation: reaching out communities and target group for activities, call for participants, sending invitation to local authorities and stakeholders, setting-up workshops according to the calendar.
3.Monitoring and control: monitoring project progress, achieved objectives, results, feedback of participants and project team after each activity, report of project team, assessing impact on participants.
4.Follow-up and dissemination: sharing project results at local, national and European level.

What are the expected results?

After project completion we expect that 600 young participants from disadvantaged rural areas will strenghten interest and knowledge in civic life, decision making process at local, national and European level; will become changes makers, involved in shaping the future of European democracy; will participate actively in their local community and society by volunteering, activating in NGOs, meeting authorities; will strengthen values as: democratic participation, civic engagement, the sense of belonging to the European space; strengthened relationship of young people with main actors of society (authorities, NGOs, media, educational institutions). The target communities will have the opportunity to develop, to access European fundings in order to overcome socio-economically disadvantages.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

The European Union is made up by each member state and each citizen is also European citizen. Our activities will approach the topic of democracy and active citizenship bringing European topics to local level. Our activities through the topic promote European democracy, active citizenship and European values among young people.
Our project is in line with European Union priorities, especially with the resolution of the „Conference on the Future of Europe” that aims to involve all citizens in the EU in shaping the democratic future of the Union. Our initiative targeting young people from disadvantaged communities gives the opportunity to them to make their voice heard and to bring their contribution to create the democratic future of Europe, strengthening in this way democracy in Europe.

What is your story?

Democracy and youth participation is one of the most important factors that can bring extraordinary changes in our lifes and our communities. Young people have the ability to become change makers and leaders of tomorrow. As a consequence is the responsability of youth organizations and youth professionals to empower young people and give them the opportunity to become change makers. Our associations main purpose is to empower youth and strengthen among them democratic participation, civic spirit that will strenghten on long term the democratic status of our societies.

€ 38850,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 38850,-

Total budget

Major expenses

- 7.800 euro - office expenses (activity room rental, material costs, activity travel costs, protocol) for the 25 workshops;
- 15.000 euro - travel and accommodation for summer camp for 30 persons, including materials for activities, conference room;
- 4000 euro - promotion, advertising, public relations, visual materials;
- 750 euro - accounting and financial management services of the project;
- 11.300 euro - personnel costs.

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

A clear mind not involved in the project sees from objective point of view and have the ability to give objective feedback. We are open to general feedback about our project idea, aspects that can be improved regarding clearness and conciseness of idea.

Team

beyouroumania@gmail.com

luciangabriel25

andreeamacrineanu17

adrian_miloiu@yahoo.com

Idea created on May 23, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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