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Re-thinking Youth Participation: Breaking Patterns, Changing Practice


23-27 April 2013 | Vantaa, Finland

Youth participation is on everybody's lips. But what do we mean by it? In people's minds youth participation can be a fossilised term meaning only things that young people are not willing to do. Save yourself - break away from old misconceptions!
You think Youth Participation is only about influencing politics? Think again! You think Youth Participation is only round tables and simulations? Think again! You think Youth Participation is only for privileged young people? Think again! You think Youth Participation projects always have to be big and expensive? Think again! Whether you work for an NGO, a community or city, whether you are active in a youth initiative or youth democracy project, whether you volunteer in a youth group or are a youth worker, youth trainer, youth leader, youth activist… JOIN US TO think again! Together with you, we want to improve the variety, innovation, quality and sustainability of participation projects in and beyond (?) the YOUTH IN ACTION Programme – • through widening our overall understanding of youth participation and its diverse concepts, approaches, forms and formats, • through looking and going beyond standard aims (such as influencing politics), standard formats (such as round tables), standard target groups (such as very motivated and active young people), standard themes (such as how can we can get young people to vote), standard approaches, standard networks, ….., • through tackling common and uncommon obstacles met while implementing participation projects, • through developing ideas for projects covering the entire range of possibilities within the YOUTH IN ACTION Programme. The seminar will be facilitated by an experienced team of trainers using exciting non-formal participative methods. We are looking for people to join us who would like to re-think youth participation (within and beyond the YOUTH IN ACTION Programme) with us. We expect you to: • be willing to re-think youth participation • be able to actively communicate in English • be able to attend the whole seminar • be at least 18 years old • be prepared to share your experiences with youth participation projects • be willing to develop project ideas with new international partners • come from a YOUTH IN ACTION Programme Country Curious? Interested? Excited? Apply here.

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Training overview


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This Seminar is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Activists, volunteers, professionals working with youth participation

Working language(s):



CIMO National Agency of Youth in Action Programme in Finland (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Hilma Ruokolainen


Phone: +358 295 338 505


The Finnish National Agency of Youth in Action Programme will cover international participants' costs considering travelling to Finland, accommodation and meals during the activity and the activity costs. The participants are entitled to acquire a travel insurance, which will cover unused travel tickets in the situation when tickets are not used. Airfares are covered by the Finnish National Agency. Participants must take care of their domestic/international travel to the nearest airport. When selected, you can ask your national agency, if they are willing to cover your domestic travel costs. Practices may vary from country to country. The selected participants will get an email which explains them how to book the tickets and when and where to arrive. Booking of flight tickets will not require the use of participants own money. Sending participants to the activity will not cost anything for the sending National Agencies, if the NAs will not cover the participants domestic travel costs. The Finnish NA will cover all the international travel costs of the participants. We ask interested sending National Agencies to open the call in their country in good time and make the selection by the time provided. The Finnish National Agency will make the final selection of participants according to the availability of places.

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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