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Municipalities4Democracy - Democracy Reloading training course for municipality youth officers

Training Course

4-9 July 2022 | Braga, Portugal

The training course will support municipality staff in desigining, developing and implementing youth participation in decision making and improving local democracy through the use of the Democracy Reloading online Toolkit.

The involvement of young people in developing youth policies and in decision making is fundamental to increase the sense of belonging and active citizenship of young people to their communities. This calls municipalities and regional public authorities to address the needs and interests of youth, to engage youth as actors of the solutions for their problems, to increase the level of their ownership of and responsibility for their own community and thus to develop the quality of local democracy. We believe that young people if adequately informed, trained, empowered and entrusted they will be the best actors of change and promoters of democracy, rule of law and equality. 

Democracy Relaoding is a program of Erasmus+ Youth national agencies since 2015 that was established as strategic approach of working with local and regional public authorities in planning, developing, maintaining and reforming democratic youth participation structures for dialogue, co-decision and co-management. Based on the lessons learned during the activities of last 5 years a reference model designed out of the competences required for municipalities for engaging youth in decision-making and an online Toolkit as developed to support the development of these competences. This Toolkit is the basis of a long term strategic development plan to address municipalities through the Erasmus + Youth program. It is designed to help youth policy related municipality staff  to become empowered, competent and ready to engage young people into decision making and thus improving active citizenship and democracy in local communities.

The Toolkit is available here: https://democracy-reloading.eu 

This training course is designed especially for municipality officers (and their partners) who want to improve their youth policies, structures and programs engaging young people in municipal decision-making with the aim to support the development of their competences (based on the online Toolkit) in youth participation in decision making and in using Erasmus + funding (both on national and international level).

Objectives:

  • to share experience of the participants regarding local youth participation in decision-making,
  • to understand the content and the functions of the online Toolkit, and the prepare the participants for further independent use,
  • to understand the potentials of Erasmus+ Youth key actions, Democracy Relaoding and Europe Goes Local tools in further developing youth participation in decision-making,
  • to identify ways and ideas to further develop the local scene of youth participation in decision-making,

Expected profile of participants:

  • Municipality staff (or their intermediators) who are planning (in the near future) or now implementing youth participation in municipal decision-making,
  • Who can participate in English language fluently in the training course (both spoken and written),
  • Priority will be given to those who have experience in implementing Eramus + and Solidarity Corps projects with the topic of democratic youth participation
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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 18 May 2022.

Date of selection: 25 May 2022

Training overview

http://trainings.salto-youth.net/10003

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

and recommended for

Youth policy makers, Youth workers managing youth councils, youth officers of municipal authorities

Working language(s):

English

Organiser:

Juventude em Ação, Portugal (National Agency)

Democracy Reloading Partnership of 20 Erasmus+ Youth national agencies.
Participants will be selected from these countries: Belgium - FL, Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Co-organiser(s):

  • BIJ - Bureau International Jeunesse, Belgium FR (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Laszlo Foldi

E-Mail:

Phone: +36302232355

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.

Costs

Participation fee

If you are selected for this course, all costs (accommodation in SINGLE rooms, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the National Agencies involved in this project - except a PARTICIPATION FEE which varies from country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Accommodation and food

The Portuguese National Agency will organise the accommodation and cover the costs for accommodation (in SINGLE E rooms) for five nights and food for the duration of the training programme from Monday dinner to Saturday breakfast.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

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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