Community development, Youth participation and empowerment

YOUNG diverCITY winner

Pluralistic approaches and horizontal dialogue to define new youth policies


Who is behind this?

Ilaria Zomer

centro studi sereno regis


Who is joining forces?

Città di Settimo Torinese


Casa dei Popoli Onlus (House of Peoples)


Tavolo Giovani Settimo Torinese APS


We will involve too 6 secondary schools and a vocational school present in the area, the local reception centre for asylum seekers and around other 20 cultural, juvenile, religious, sport associations


Idea pitch

YOUNG diverCITY is a structured dialogue experience: an horizontal and inclusive space within which 300 young people, aged between 12 and 29,coming from diverse backgrounds, are able to engage with political decision makers to rewrite the youth policies putting them at the centre of local development and responding to the pandemic in Settimo Torinese. YOUNG diverCITY adopts the European Youth Strategy's three stages for the promotion of youth citizenship: Engage, Empower and Connect

Where will your project idea take place?

Settimo Torinese, Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont, North West Italy

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

Public gathering places have been closed for a year now, while schools have been only occasionally open. All of this had a strong negative effect on young people's well-being and on their capacity to make their voices heard.YOUNG diverCITY thus aims at:

Promoting confrontation, following non-formal education's mthodology, between young people and political decision-makers on innovative youth policies
Developing a city strategy for young people, one involving young people's visions.
Involving in the structured dialogue experience young people coming from different backgrounds and contexts
Promoting young people's active citizenship as well as a strengthened trust towards institutions and adults, promoting a positive view of young people

Who are you doing it for?

The project focuses on engaging adolescents and youth aged between 12 and 29. In Settimo live 8128 adolescents and young people (of which 756 are non-Italian). 20% are NEETs and currently 15% drop out of school before the end of their studies. The needs and experiences of adolescents and of young adults are very different but they are situated on a continuum that is not only temporal. They require a holistic political vision that involves them personally. The pandemic has affected young people and adolescents in a very strong way, territorial services report an increase in episodes of suffering, self-harm, an increase in psychiatric disorders, an increase in NEETs and school dropouts, but also acts of vandalism against public spaces in the territory.

How do you plan to get there?

3 main phases:
ENGAGEMENT: realities working with young people involved in the project will design at least 20 micro-actions for youth engagement. Micro-actions are activities involving small groups of young people, they can use different methodologies, according to the specific mission of the reality organising it and to the target group.Micro-actions aim to multiply the participation channels for young people coming from different backgrounds and to help groups of young people to develop a vision on youth policies for the structured dialogue.
CONNECT:two days of structured dialogue, facilitated through the instruments of non-formal education, between 300 local young people and political decision-makers. Structured dialogue constructs a space of reciprocal acquaintance and confrontation. During the first day, young people will be able to present their view, developed during the micro-actions, to other young people.During the second day, divided in small groups and accompanied by properly trained facilitators, young people and adolescents will confront with the political decision-makers
EMPOWER:this phase involves the collective writing of guidelines for the elaboration of Settimo's youth policies and the constitution of a monitoring group to continue the dialogue with the local administration on developing and applying the guidelines for the youth territorial policy

What are the expected results?

YOUNG diverCITY aims at collectively constructing guidelines for Settimo Torinese's new youth policies as the result of youth involvement, built on a horizontal and dialogical dimension and designed giving value to diversity and inclusion.
300 young people will have an experience of active citizenship, affecting directly their individual sense of self efficacy and their positive role in the community.
A platform for collaboration within civil society is reconstructed and consolidated through a concrete goal, the development of guidelines and the monitoring of their implementation, in order to strengthen ways in which young people can assume an active role in their own communities' construction.

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

YOUNG diverCITY is a structured dialogue project.Structured dialogue is a non-formal space in which young people and decision-makers evenly confront in small groups, discussing visions regarding the future of local young people. Structured dialogue is horizontal, it allows those who usually are voiceless (young, foreign people) to take the floor, and values diversity.Structured dialogue is prepared through an intense phase of youth involvement (micro-actions) accompanying 300 young people to take part to the dialogue in a conscious and informed manner. Furthermore, a place for different groups of young people to present their reflection is created.Finally, the project aims at creating a group to monitor local institutions' implementation of the guidelines resulting from the confrontation

Why is this idea important to you?

Ilaria Zomer, peace educator at Centro Studi Sereno Regis, has been working for several years in the training of young facilitators for community development.
Paola Pesci, employee of the Municipality of Settimo Torinese, youth policy sector, for 20 years committed to the enhancement of the role of young people in the territory.
Irene Galletti, has numerous experiences of peer-leadership in youth groups that deal with advocacy, re-appropriation of urban spaces and innovation in participatory processes. President of A.P.S. "Tavolo Giovani".
Michele Pizzino, director of the House of Peoples, has been working for 20 years in global education for young people.
We all believe that the development of community can and must start from young people and we want to listen to them.

€ 35000,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Project management - Human Resourses of leading organisation on coordination, community and partner facilitation, administration, project communication, monitoring of results and evaluation of the impact 12.000
Small Actions by partners and community organisations- Human Resources (youth workers and community facilitators), logistic costs, materials 16.500
Structured dialogue – Organisational costs, rent of audio-video tools, communication materials, catering 6.500

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Most of all, we would like to receive the “unpleasant” questions, which will allow us to reflect on our idea and to improve it. We would also like to be approached by realities willing to implement similar ideas in their area.

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Idea created on April 23, 2021
Last edit on April 25, 2021

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