Young people need to be made aware of the challenges that democracies face today, such as the disconnection between political elite and citizens or a lack of transparency in decision-making. Youth has to be equipped with the skills to be able to address these problems and to make their voices heard. A better understanding of public policy and decision-making does not only foster democratic values but also generates politically related questions in young minds. A range of initiatives aims at building civic engagement and leadership among young people and provides them with the knowledge to participate in democracy as active citizens. The challenge is to convince young people that their engagement can change politics and to show them the whole spectrum modern technology and alternative structures for influence offer in this respect.

Labs of theme 1