Feel like young people aren't being listened to or represented enough? Find out how you can get involved and make a difference!
Do you have a great idea in mind to improve your local community? Within Solidarity Projects (an activity part of the European Solidarity Corps), you could set up a project yourself, with a group of friends, and take social action wherever you live in the UK.
With this type of activity, groups of at least five young people aged 18-30 from an EU Member State, can come up with and run a project locally. It could address key challenges within the local area, whilst also helping tackle regional or even national issues.
Your group must have a clearly defined topic that you wish to explore together, with concrete daily activities that involve all the participants. Think about working methods and project management – you will decide these too. Climate change, gender equality, democratic engagement, or other topics – it’s all about the causes that matter to you.
If you’d like, you could choose to work with an experienced organisation when applying for funding or find a coach to support the group (someone with youth work experience, for example).
The project can last from 2 to 12 months and it can be part-time.
Applying for Solidarity Projects is a straightforward process. In the application form, you will be asked questions such as why you want to carry out this project, how it will benefit the community, and which activities you are planning to run during the preparation and implementation of the idea.
Find out more about Solidarity Projects and the steps you need to follow to apply for funding on the European Solidarity Corps UK website.
Active Citizens is the programme from the British Council that connects people, supporting them to develop their skills and knowledge to build fairer and more resilient societies.
With the help of local delivery partners, the British Council recruits and supports Active Citizens from the UK and around the world to take social action for the benefit of the communities they live in.
For participants, the Active Citizens learning journey starts with their training. Through their training, participants begin by developing their sense of self-awareness. They then move on to understanding more about where their community sits in the world.
Moving through the Active Citizens learning journey supports participants to develop their skills in dialogue and increase their value for difference. At the end, participants will go on to learn how their local actions can have global resonance.
If you are interested in becoming a participant or volunteering through the Active Citizens programme in the UK, get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
UK YOUTH PARLIAMENT
The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
The UK Youth Parliament has over 364 representatives (369 seats for elected Members of Youth Parliament, all aged 11-18. MYPs are usually elected in annual youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged 11-18 can stand or vote.
Once elected MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting.
EUROPEAN YOUTH DIALOGUE
The Youth Dialogue is a process for discussions between young people and policy makers about different themes, to make sure the opinions of young people are taken into account in defining the EU’s youth policies.
In the UK the Youth Dialogue process is managed by the British Youth Council through the UK Young Ambassadors.
The UK Young Ambassadors are a team of 12 young people (aged 18-25) from across the United Kingdom with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The UK Young Ambassadors work in partnership with the Northern Ireland Youth Forum, Scottish Youth Parliament and youth organisations in Wales to deliver a strong voice from the Nations. They reach out to their communities and networks to listen to the concerns and views of young people which they take to international forums and meetings to ensure they are heard at the highest level. They receive training and support to develop their skills and knowledge to do this effectively.
Find out more about Youth Dialogue on the European Youth Portal.
EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM
The European Youth Forum is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. It represents 100 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.