The seminar “Exploring different models of democratic participation: fostering youth participation through the European Youth Card” is organised to support the recognition of various forms of participation in community and democratic societies and to explore the different ways in which the European Youth Card can be a tool for engagement of all young people. The seminar aims to: a) Offer the space for debate on and recognition of the variety of forms in which young people make their voices heard, including through digital means; b) Explore the ways in which European Youth Card can be a tool to reach out to disengaged young people and encourage them to actively participate at all levels. The seminar will bring together policy makers in the youth field, youth workers, youth activists and young people, both organised and non-organised, as well as from various structures of representation (ex: young people involved in the ‘Rejuvenating politics’ initiative of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE).
Profile of the participants
This one-day-and-a-half seminar is open to up to 40 participants with expertise in youth affairs/youth mobility, youth work and youth participation:
- Governmental representatives of the member states of the Council of Europe;
- Researchers in youth participation;
- EYCA member organisations, partners and networks;
- International organisations;
- European youth organisations and civil society organisations;
- Young activists and non-organised young people from the States party to the European Cultural Convention (EES).
Selected participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel possibly in the most economical way. EYCA will reimburse international travel costs upon receiving the justificative documents, up to 350 euros and the tickets need to be booked at least 30 days in advance before travelling. Lodging is ensured for all guests at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France, the same space where the seminar will take place: https://www.coe.int/en/web/youth/eyc-strasbourg.
Those participants who need visa to travel to France are requested to fill in Appendix III and send a scanned copy of their passport. Please note that the Council of Europe will assist with obtaining a visa for the selected participants.
To apply, please send your form completed (Appendix II) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday,18th August 2019 at midnight CET and fill in the registration form available via this link. Please expect a reply by early September.