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Study session: Climbing the ladder - Capacitating youth leaders to facilitate youth participation in decision-making processes at the local level

Training Course

24-30 April 2022 | Strasbourg, France

The Study session aims to revitalize pluralistic democracy and promote quality development and recognition of youth work through sustainable actions plans, valorizing the role that young people can play in these processes.

The participants will expand their knowledge about youth work and youth participation in decision-making processes, including most recent trends, while improving their practical skills in facilitating short activities and designing a youth dialogue process.

Moreover, the participants will complete the study session with a clearer vision and a step-by-step working plan on how to implement the outcomes of the session and be more engaged as young facilitators for democratic processes in their local and regional realities. They will work together on the production of a set of qualitative guidelines for the development of training activities dedicated to the target group of “youth leaders”.

The specific objectives of the study session are to:

  • bring together and train 25 Youth leaders from all around Europe about youth participation in decision-making processes at the local level and youth work, in line with the most recent recommendations, structures, models;

  • create and test a learning module based on non-formal education that includes vital skills (such as advocacy principles, outreach strategies, facilitation skills) to encourage youth leaders to take action at the local level and multiply their learnings and attitudes with their peers;

  • explore the impact of Covid19 in the traditional and formal processes of youth participation (youth councils, youth organisations, youth delegate program, etc) and map new forms of participation that emerged during the pandemic (from the experience of DYPALL Network and that of the participants – e-participation, blended mobilities);

  • reflect on various tools, both traditional and digital, that can boost the active participation of young people in their local societies;

  • empower 25 young facilitators committed to revitalising pluralistic democracy and foster youth political participation from the local to the European level.


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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Algeria, Morocco, Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth policy makers

Working language(s):



DYPALL Network (Youth NGO)

DYPALL Network (Developing Youth Participation at Local Level) is a European platform of over 78 civil society organizations and local authorities from more than 30 countries, that aims to involve young people in decision-making processes at local level, and thus enable municipal and regional authorities to address the needs and interests of youth, engage young people as active actors of problem-solving and increase the level of ownership, commitment and involvement of an important part of our communities.


  • The Assembly of European Regions (AER) (Others)
  • The Youth Department of the Council of Europe (Others)

Contact for questions:

Gianluca Rossino


Phone: +39 3319272725


Participation fee

The enrolment fee for the study session is 50 EUR per participant. The fee is deducted from the refund of the travel expenses.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organisers in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. Please note that the accommodation will be provided in single rooms.

Travel reimbursement

  • Flight tickets and any other tickets shall be bought only after confirmation from the organisers. Travel expenses to and from the venue will be fully reimbursed according to the Council of Europe’s rules, for the most economic and reasonable tickets, (including all travel costs from the participants' home to the venue in Strasbourg). Expenses over 350 euros shall be confirmed by the organisers before the purchase;
  • Covid test necessary to travel to Strasbourg and back are also a subject of reimbursement.
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