This category focuses on young people. It promotes initiatives whose aim is to enhance youth participation in the community life; encourage them to become engaged in the policy-making process and foster a democratic dialogue. These initiatives aim to connect institutions and young people in order to better understand youth needs and to propose suggestions in a democratic cooperation.

Project Citizen, Moroccan Center for Civic Education, Morocco

Project Citizen has been adapted into Arabic and implemented in schools and NGOs across Morocco by preparing university faculty, school teachers and NGO leaders in its use. Through this initiative, students, youth and NGOs use cooperative learning to select a public policy problem, research the community problem, identify options, select a policy to advocate, and develop an action plan to address the problem. Typically these action plans involve youth in working with policymakers and other authorities to adopt their public policy. The main goal of the initiative is to create a democratic dialogue on public policies between the citizen and policy makers.


Project Citizen, Center for Civic Education, USA

Through Project Citizen, young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy. Project Citizen engages students in cooperative learning activities guided by teachers and other facilitators. Working in teams, youth interact with their government and community leaders through a five-step process that entails identifying a public policy problem in their community, gathering and evaluating information about the problem, examining and evaluating alternative solutions, selecting and developing a public policy proposal to address the problem, and developing an action plan to bring their proposed solution to authorities with the power to implement it. During this process, young people create a portfolio of their work that is presented to civil society groups, community leaders, and policymakers to build public dialogue and collaboration in solving local issues.

Website: http://www.civiced.org/programs/project-citizen


Youth@Cluj-Napoca 2015 (European Youth Capital), SHARE Cluj-Napoca Federation, Romania

The mission of Youth@Cluj-Napoca 2015 - European Youth Capital is to strengthen the role and support the active participation of young people and youth organizations in creating the change in our society through the process of sustainable, responsible and inclusive urban development, by sharing our space, culture, power, work, joy, vision and common European values, addressing topics such as youth empowerment, advocacy, mobility, structured dialogue and information, under a year-long programme in Cluj-Napoca. Youth@Cluj-Napoca 2015 wants to be an integrator and a powerful instrument in supporting local youth NGOs to act together in the urban development of the city.

Website: http://www.cluj2015.ro/english


Youth for Catania 2.0, Italy

Youth for Catania 2.0, constituted in 2012 and initially founded by 25 young students attending the University of Catania, started its activities as civic hub for youth initiatives related to civic, political and social commitment of young people into their communities. Its aim was to advocate the role of youth in policy, civil society and local development, fostering youth influence in the decision-making processes. With the occasion of the local administrative elections, in 2013, the group decided to express an own candidature, which could represent the youth local community. The lab will show the initiatives undertaken, particularly during the electoral campaign, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of youth participation into the public life starting from politics in local communities and it will analyse the results and outcomes of this experience.


Youth Create Change, GIZ – German Development Cooperation, Palestinian Territories

Youth Create Change (YCC) is a pilot intervention launched by the Local Governance and Civil Society Development Programme (LGP) implemented by GIZ (German Development Cooperation) in 11 Municipalities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The intervention is aiming to promote and enhance youth participation in local decision-making and increase youth services within the municipality. In order to make the social environment accepting the real participation of youth several mechanisms need to be on place: the Municipal Youth Officer, the Youth Promoters (15 young activists in each community), a yearly Youth Action Plan (YAP), a municipal budget line for youth activities and a youth centre.