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Conference "Hear my voice! Making youth participation powerful"


6-8 October 2014 | Brussels, Belgium - FR

European conference to discuss and further elaborate recommendations worked out by the “Reflection Group on Youth Participation” and the peer learning project “Participation of young people in the democratic Europe” and to hand them out to stakeholders.
Background: In a number of countries, the European Parliament election results revealed an increase in support for nationalist, anti-European and xenophobic parties – some of which now have a presence in the European Parliament. There appears to be a sense of dissatisfaction with what is considered the “European Project” – as well as with the functioning of liberal democracy. This produces a dangerous amalgam that is gaining force in almost every country across Europe. It is therefore time to redefine the participation of young people in a democratic Europe – previously considered a mere nice-to-have option for youth NGOs and interested youth workers. Learning to participate in practical and effective ways in daily life, and experiencing that one’s opinions and activities can actually shape the political dialogue with those in power, may be a highly effective way to prevent young people from becoming too discouraged and apathetic to make their voices heard in a democratic society. That said, political decision-makers, too, have to learn to open to an early dialogue about political decisions that involves target groups of all ages on all levels. Is that a naïve vision? Or is it the state of the art of good governance? Objectives: This European/international conference will discuss the findings of two processes: on the one hand the recommendations worked out by the “Reflection Group on Youth Participation” organized by the Youth Partnership of Council of Europe and European Commission and on the other hand the recommendations of the multilateral peer learning project “Participation of young people in the democratic Europe” in which five partner countries (Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom) worked together during the last two years. The conference aims to put these findings in common recommendations on youth participation and to hand them over to stakeholders such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, members of the European Parliament, the Council of the Regions and others – to give youth participation a big push for the next years. The conference has therefore the character of an intensive discussion & working seminar of international experts on youth participation.

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 50 participants

from Israel, Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth policy makers, Experts on youth participation and civic education

Working language(s):



JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)

JUGEND für Europa is the German Agency for the EU’s Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION programme.


  • SALTO-YOUTH Participation (SALTO Resource Centre)
  • Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) (National Agency)
  • Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (DE) (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Jochen Butt-Posnik


Phone: 0049/2289506303

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. In all other cases participants from countries without support by their National Agency must cover their own travelling expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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