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2008

“Have your say!” Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life (Book + CD) (2008)

ISBN 978-92-871-6239-7


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Synopsis

Youth participation is not an end in itself, but a means of achieving positive changes in young people's lives and of building a better society, in recent years a growing number of initiatives promoting and strengthening youth involvement at different levels — international, regional, national and local — have emerged. New tools have been created for different actors working in this area.

One such tool is the revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, adopted in May 2003 by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, it is a tool to support young people, youth workers, youth organisations and local authorities in promoting and enhan¨cing meaningful youth participation at local and regional level across Europe.

The manual "Have your say!" answers questions such as “What is real youth participation? What do I do with the charter? Why should I be interested in this document?” and is targeted at youth organisations and young people who want to have their say as well as at governmental representatives who want to increase active youth participation.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO PARTICIPATION
1.1. Basic definitions and approaches to youth participation
1.2. Benefits of and barriers to youth participation
1.3. Principles of youth participation
1.4. Preconditions for youth participation
1.5. Forms of youth participation

CHAPTER 2: THE REVISED EUROPEAN CHARTER ON THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL LIFE
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Content of the charter
2.3. Target groups of the charter

CHAPTER 3: THE CHARTER'S APPROACH TO PARTICIPATION
3.1. Introduction to the charter's approach to youth participation
3.2. RMSOS framework

CHAPTER 4: THE CHARTER IN PRACTICE
4.1. The revised charter as a practical tool for different actors
4.2. How to use the charter in practice?
a.The six-step-model
b. RMSOS approach
c. Participatory approach to planning youth projects

CHAPTER 5: YOUTH PARTICIPATION PROJECTS
5.1. Managing youth participation projects
5.2. Step-by-step: planning and managing a youth project
5.3. Quality criteria for participatory projects

CHAPTER 6: CO-OPERATION AT A LOCAL LEVEL
6.1. Getting ready for co-operation
6.2. Co-operation in the area of decision-making - Consultation model
6.3. Co-operation in the area of decision-making - Committee model
6.4. Co-operation in the area of decision-making - Co-management
6.5. Other forms of co-operation in the area of decision-making

CHAPTER 7: THE CHARTER AND LOCAL YOUTH POLICIES
7.1. Introduction to local youth policy
7.2. The revised charter and local youth policy
7.3. Formulation process of a local youth policy
7.4. Advocacy - network for policy change

CHAPTER 8: EDUCATION AL SECTION
Diamond of policies
Human sandwiches
Knives and forks
Ladder of participation
Meeting the mayor
Participation grid
Participation snowball
Participation timeline
Rights and participation
RMSOS charades
Role play on the charter
Statement exercise
The triangle of co-operation
True or false?
What can you do for me?
Visit to Jeunessia
What happens if it doesn't happen?
Simulation exercise "Youth in action"

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