YouthMythBusters

YouthMythBusters aims to promote the civic and political engagement of young people at risk of social exclusion and to fight fake news, manipulation and propaganda.

Grant Agreement Number: 2019-1-EL02-KA205-004863

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 09/2019-10/2021   


Challenge

According to Eurofound, young people aged 15-20 or those Not in Education, Employment or Training are less interested in politics (only 28,7%), declare a disposition to vote and demonstrate a lower social participation than non-NEETs. Within this context, the increasing use of internet and social media could create new routes to political and civic engagement.

Actually, 80% of young people 16-29 use internet and social media on a daily basis, however, only 40% of them have the adequate skills and only 2% of them demonstrate critical thinking while searching for information online. This issue has emerged new challenges as the rise of fake news on the internet and social media have caused concerns.  At the same time, disinformation is a major threat for European democracies and societies ,  undermining thus the trust of citizens in democracy and democratic institutions.

Therefore, the combination of low civic and political engagement and low digital skills of young people (mainly NEETs) have intensified the need to address both issues, countering at the same time fake news, propaganda and manipulation.

Innovation

By stimulating young bloggers to assume the role of the Leader and to empower their peers at risk of social exclusion (mainly NEETs), YouthMythBusters aims at promoting the civic and political engagement of the latter and fighting fake news, manipulation and propaganda.

Action

A training material for young influencers (5 per country) will be developed on how to enable their peers (NEETs and other young vulnerable people) to increase their civic and political engagement through media literacy and critical thinking. This training material aims at preparing the young influencers for assuming the role of the leader and stimulating their peers to participate in civic and political life.

The content will be divided into thematic areas, including: identification of fake news, propaganda and manipulation, teaching media literacy skills toyoung vulnerable people, promote civic and political engagement.

Youth National Advisory Groups consists of 3-5 experienced young influencers and activists and provide guidance to the young leaders for the development and implementation of peer-to-peer engagement through myth busting actions.

The experienced young influencers will be selected from the Youth National Advisory Groups and they will have the responsibility to strengthen the European dimension.

The e-learning platform will serve both as an e-learning tool for the young influencers (including the capacity building programme) and as an online space, where NEETs and other young vulnerable people could communicate with young influencers in order to establish a strong network and to facilitate their cooperation. Also, digital modules will be available for NEETs and other young vulnerable people on how to counter manipulation, populism, propaganda and fake news.

A toolkit on peer-to-peer Myth Busting Action will be developed, which will be used by the Young Leaders to design and implement youth myth busting actions, aiming at promoting civic and political engagement of the young vulnerable people (mainly NEETs).

The young leaders will organize myth busting teams, aiming at promoting the civic and political engagement of NEETs and other young vulnerable people. These teams will consist of NEETs and other young vulnerable people.
The main activities of the myth busting teams will be the identification of myth busting facts (fake news, propaganda, manipulation).

Policy Recommendations Papers will be developed in national and European level, in order to recommend best practices, methodologies and activities regarding the civic and political engagement of youth (mainly NEETs).

European Commission’s support for the production of this content does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
CARDET (Cyprus)
Cromo Public Benefit Foundation  (Hungary)
ISES  (Italy)
Youth Included  (Czech)

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