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Ignite the spark, Participation Lab 1: How to give young people with fewer opportunities a voice?


16-18 November 2016 | Bonn, Germany

The 1st participation lab of “Ignite the spark” explores how we can empower underrepresented groups for participation in democratic life. In this lab we want to learn, share and experiment what youth workers and multipliers could do to be helpful in this.
Across Europe the understanding of what participation actually is differs – mainly at the divide between social, civic and political participation. This project assumes that all three forms are interrelated, and lead to a greater democratic participation and active citizenship. Reflection on this concept is at the core of “Ignite the spark”. This long-term project aims are: - Contributing to a better understanding of alternative and diverse forms of participation in democratic life; - Promoting their value for a vivid and contentious democracy under development; - Bridging the ability to articulate an individual interest to an ability to articulate a common interest with others; - Reflecting on the learning of participation as a way to inspire critical citizens; - Enabling multipliers to empower young people to take an active role in democratic society. The project has a core interest in strengthening participation for groups which are normally underrepresented and have less access to ways of influencing their living environment. This includes young refugees and migrants, people of black and ethnic minority background (BME), NEETs, young apprentices, trainees and workers, young people in vocational training centers, schools or non-formal settings such as youth initiatives. This activity will be the first of a set of 3 Participation Labs with 25 – 30 participants with a good mixture of field experts, researchers, practitioners, trainers, political educators and other multipliers. Each lab will bring together experts and multipliers to explore a current challenge and find out about the burning questions, existing knowledge and models of practice. This may lead to one or more training courses in the future as result of the labs.

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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, any other multiplier in working with young people with fewer opportunities

Working language(s):



JUGEND für Europa (National Agency)


  • SALTO-YOUTH Participation Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)
  • Institute for Family, Youth and Population Policy, Hungary (National Agency)
  • Erasmus+ UK National Agency | Ecorys UK Limited (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Jochen Butt-Posnik


Phone: +49/2289506283

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 involved in this project - except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your Erasmus+: Youth in Action 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.

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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