Community development, Youth participation and empowerment, /

Rise and shine winner

Supporting young people to find their place in the community.


Who is behind this?

Lara Žmaher

Razvojna agencija Kozjansko (OE Mladinski center Šentjur)


Who is joining forces?

Društvo Epik Teater




Idea pitch

Our challenge is to engage youth in the local decision making processes and the development of the community. We want to give them a chance to actively take part in solving community challenges. We will implement activities where they will be empowered to propose solutions on current local challenges, create projects and also carry them out. We want them to know that their ideas and projects are taken into account and that they play an important role in local planning and decision - making.

Where will your project idea take place?

In Eastern Slovenia, in the 13 settlements of municipality of Šentjur.

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

We`ve lost the participation and engagement of young people in the life of our community. From seven youth NGOs there is only one left that is active. In general young people think that they can not change anything, that adults do not listen to them. They are generally privatized in their interests and their thoughts are rarely directed to the societal level. They do not trust in institutions and they believe they have low or no influence on local institutions. We want them to gain trust and believe in participating in civic actions again. We want them to believe that they can bring upon positive change and that their action matters.

Who are you doing it for?

We plan to directly engage around 100 young people (13 to 29 years old) scattered in 13 rural settlements of the Municipality of Šentjur. 2492 young people live in the municipality. Some of them are high school and faculty students (1415), daily or weekly migrating, the rest live in community, drive to work or are unemployed.
At the moment they are not engaged in the community, they think their opinion is not valid or valued by the community, also they lack confidence and “know how” in how to engage and take action in the community.

How do you plan to get there?

Meetings with young people in all 13 settlements, introducing the project and inviting them to cooperate and together identify community challenges that they think are most crucial for the development of the community. Hearing out their needs and challenges.
Making a list and short video clips of 10-15 most crucial challenges of our community, identified by youth.
Youth meets with stakeholders to get info on identified challenges, to prepare well on finding creative solutions.
Training young people to gain creative problem-solving skills to develop ideas/projects and inclusive solutions to meet community challenges.
Training young people to express themselves and be confident in presenting their projects and ideas. To speak out and stand straight and confident.
Young people's solution ideas are published (written and video clips) to be voted on. Three ideas with most voices will be rewarded. The rewards are meant to inspire young people to take part in the solution giving process.
Young people prepare project proposals and local decision makers discuss with them on the feasibility of their projects.
Open call for youth to apply their projects. Youth promotes their projects. Youth votes and elects projects that will be implemented in the community.
Local developers, and decision-makers support and mentor young people in carrying out the elected projects.

What are the expected results?

Integration of youth into the process of community development with clearly defined roles and opportunities to actively participate, rather than having passive roles.
Youth will be confident in developing solutions for societal challenges and in presenting their ideas and projects (skill enhancement, and leadership development).
100 young people being involved and learning through the project activities, involvement of 15 local NGOs, 13 local committees, local authority and other public institutes.
Established youth voting system and process of finding solutions and implementing projects for the community problem.
4 to 8 youth projects will be implemented and up to 30 young people on a yearly basis will gain experiences in project management and contribute towards development.

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

We will support and empower young people to take an initiative and to dialogue with local stakeholders, to express how they see development of the community and to propose their own projects to improve it. They will be trained to be able to find creative solutions, present it and prepare project proposals. Youth will meet with locals, stakeholders and local authorities to present their solutions and the projects. They will be given advice on feasibility of their projects before putting them on vote to the community of youth that will be able to elect projects important to them. Our team, local developers and municipality`s personnel from different departments will support them in implementing the projects.Youth will be heard and involved in improving their and community quality of life.

Why is this idea important to you?

We are a group of people, all living in the community where the project will take place. We daily face the challenges of involving young people into activities and finding tools to wake them up and give them a chance to show up in the community. We want their voices and acts to be considered so they can create a sense of belonging to the community and feel as its true parts.
The team has experiences in working with young people, development work, project management, public speaking, shuting videos, graphic design, public relations … We are a team of local Youth center and NGO striving to create the best impact on the development and well being of our community and young people that are our main concern.

€ 41100,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Personnel costs - 16.500 €
Promotion of projects and its activities: 2.000 €
Costs for training young people in creative solutions searching process: 4.000 €
Costs of training young people in presenting their ideas & projects: 2.000 €
Costs of creating short video clips with youth and community: 2.000 €
Implementation costs for 4 to 8 projects - 8.000 €
Rewards for 3 most creative solutions - 600 €
16 young people work on implementing the projects - 6.000 €

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We are open to any feedback that might upgrade and improve our project idea as well as to hear from teams with similar ideas or teams that are using any other mechanism to engage young people into their communities.

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Idea created on April 16, 2021
Last edit on April 25, 2021

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