Democracy and participation, Environment and sustainability, Main area is youth public health. We harness the momentum of rebellious nature of young people to create change in the fields of tobacco, alcohol, nutrition and mental health, and thus work towards the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.

No Excuse Activists

Local units for young people’s social participation, active citizenship and activation of peers

Creators

Who is behind this?

Mia Zupančič

Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia

https://www.noexcuse.si/

Slovenia

Who is joining forces?

Youth association No Excuse Obala

https://www.noexcuse.si/

Slovenia


Youth association No Excuse Postojna

https://www.noexcuse.si/

Slovenia


Youth association No Excuse Maribor

https://www.noexcuse.si/

Slovenia


Project will involve our local units - member subunits of the national organization. Their purpose is that activists (members) gain organizational skills and become active at a local level.

Idea

Idea pitch

Local units are made of young people who want to make positive change in local environment in the areas of public health (tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, mental health, healthy lifestyle), youth participation and sustainable development. Basis of our program is the slogan "criticize, suggest, act", which encourages young people to prepare local events in order to provide improvements in the local environment. Program received many awards and UNESCO highlighted the program as a good practice.

Where will your project idea take place?

Various smaller towns in Slovenia with logistical support from bigger local units.

What is the local challenge?

Eurostat shows that young people in Slovenia are below the European average in youth participation. Below-average share of young people is involved in organized activities carried out by sports clubs, youth clubs and local organizations. Participation in the European Parliament elections in Slovenia is among the lowest Europe. Unconventional forms of political participation Slovenia are again below the European average. But adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 show above-average political activity at all levels, especially on the local level, and also above-average use the Internet to participate in political and general affairs. The data therefore show that it is necessary to promote the active citizenship of young people at the local level, which is what our program aims at.

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

We give young people the platform to develop their full potential and an opportunity to express their opinions and beliefs in a safe and stimulating environment. We offer them the necessary tools to strengthen important competencies and to create positive change in their local environment. With our help they develop, transmit, implement and evaluate effective programs aimed at reducing health inequalities, increasing health and environmental literacy and promoting active citizenship to achieve sustainable development. Young people are active creators of local initiatives that change their local environment for the better, and through it they acquire important competencies of active citizenship. Through their initiatives they also activate their peers to be engaged in society.

Who are you doing it for?

We are connecting young people from different backgrounds to make a positive impact in their local communities:
50 young people aged 15 to 19 (activists) across Slovenia in smaller groups - participants in the program who will develop their skills and prepare their local initiatives
8 young leaders aged 19 to 24 who will lead the local units and activists, implement the program and prepare meetings for the activists, offer them support and will be the main link from the local units to the central organization
160 - 200 participants in the local initiatives

Local units will involve other stakeholders (schools, NGOs, youth organization) in their local environment too as a part of the activists’ initiative through which they will gain knowledge, skills and local connections.

How do you plan to get there?

The program will be implemented through the "No Excuse Method", which includes strengthening social and life skills and empowering young people in the field of public health. With this method we strive for the active participation of young people and encourage their active spending of free time. Participants will receive an extensive 1000-hour educational process through which they will acquire the necessary knowledge and develop skills to promote healthy lifestyle. We ensure the quality and consistency of work with young people by following various competency models, which will also be developed or improved within this project, by educating various groups of young people involved in the project and providing support for skills development through a program of mentors and youth workers.

What are the expected results?

We will have at least 50 young people involved in the program who will implement 8 local initiatives in 8 different regions. We will prepare and implement 5 joint trainings for activists and an improved competency model with a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes for personal growth. Participants will acquire skills that will help them spend their free time actively, to be active citizens and to also activate their peers and also benefit them in employability. They will have relevant information and social skills to decide on a less harmful lifestyle which will lead to a lower incidence of harmful behaviors. The program will have an impact also on the entire youth sector by supporting the addressing of public health issues and thus on the majority of the population.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

Our focus is: Criticize, Suggest and Act. While it is easy to criticize, we encourage young people to go further and come up with solutions to tackle the problems they have identified. We let them know that youth work is an important sector that can also make a significant contribution to political events, we educate them in this field in Slovenia and in Europe, and we give them the knowledge how to use their potential and achieve greater change in their local environment. and broader. Besides local initiatives we try to connect people from many backgrounds and in many regions of Europe so our activists have an opportunity to experience international trainings. The program is connected to global SDGs and with EU youth policy cooperation for 2019-2027.

What is your story?

Our main topic of work is preventing chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from a NCD. NCDs kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally and most are associated with behaviours in teen years: over 150 million young people smoke worldwide; 81% adolescents don’t get enough physical activity; 11.7% of adolescents partake in heavy episodic drinking. Our organization acts as a slovenian youth NCD alliance and targets young people in which the prevention of NCDs is most important to develop the life and social skills of young people to prevent addiction and to offer young people an established platform for developing their own potentials.

€ 35219,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 35219,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel and accomodation costs: 3.000,00 €
Material and consumable costs: 3.400,00 €
Leaders costs: 5.919,43 €
Employment costs (part-time): 10.000,00 €
Expert fees: 5.000,00 €
Promotion and marketing: 7.400,00 €
Other and indirect costs: 500,00 €

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

As much advice, comments and feedback as possible so we can make our program even better and more suited to the local environments. We also strive for implementing the program internationally so we would be happy to receive information if this would be possible in other countries.

Team

No Excuse

petra.jarkovic

Dasa

Idea created on May 27, 2020

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