Young Leaders United for Democracy
Young Demo aims to support youth democratic and civic engagement and to reinforce the importance of citizen involvement and representation in the European decision-making process.
Grant Agreement Number: 101081584
Funded by: CERV Duration: 1/10/2022 – 01/10/2024
Citizen engagement and right to participation were often overlooked across Europe, while the constant sociopolitical changes of the last two years, as well as the health restrictions and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 enhanced the phenomenon.
The lack of stability and trust in the government is affecting society in ways we are still researching, and the most affected groups are children and youth. According to “The Pandemic scar on young people: The social, economic and mental health impact of COVID-19 on young people in Europe”, developed by the European Youth Forum, nearly one in five young people, who are not in education, employment or training, experience discrimination when looking for work. Young people in marginalized situations were more than twice as likely to have stopped working than other young people and around three-quarters of students in marginalized situations believed that they were learning significantly less or slightly less as a result of the pandemic.
Therefore, designing and creating opportunities for networking, and facilitating the right to participation for all children and youth, especially for underprivileged groups, is an essential tool for supporting them on a long term, providing them with tools that will boost citizens’ awareness of rights and values, and increasing their engagement in society and with the EU.
By utilizing up-to date media channels, that can promote civic debates and round tables, and focusing on reaching young people from underserved groups, Young Demo aims to support youth democratic and civic engagement and to reinforce the importance of citizen involvement and representation in the European decision-making process.