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ABOUT LYCIS

Our project aims to raise the capacity of organisations working in the field of youth, youth workers, youth leaders and young people themselves, in creating sustainable, inclusive, quality local youth councils based on the experience of different European and South-Mediterranean Countries.

Starting from the idea that young people are the driving force of society, able to influence decision-making processes and shape the future of their reality, from local to global level, this project aims to foster the potential of young people to be active citizens and actors of real social change in their local communities. The project focuses on quality of youth work at the international level in terms of analysing and increasing capacities and possibilities of youth workers from civil society organisations and municipalities to engage young people in decision-making processes at the local level through local youth councils, and equipping young people with the skills and competences for quality participation.

 

We believe that local youth council is a model that can have a huge potential in reaching out to marginalised youth that has something to say and can bring different perspectives of local issues, but is usually not in involved in such structures. Therefore, the project will focus on establishing and improving the existing local youth councils in the participating municipalities in Italy, North Macedonia, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine and Portugal by developing a Quality charter on participatory and inclusive local youth councils and training modules, together with a series of trainings and capacity-building activities that will help capacitate the members of the youth councils to act as multipliers in creating an inclusive and representative democratic structure for youth participation in decision-making processes corresponding to the needs of their communities.

 

Altogether, over 500 participants (youth workers, young leaders, young people, municipality officers) will be directly involved in the project activities. Due to the online dimension of part of the project actions, the project will reach far beyond the original partnership and aims to have a world-wide impact.

OBJECTIVES

Our project aims to raise the capacity of organisations working in the field of youth, youth workers, youth leaders and young people themselves, in creating sustainable, inclusive, quality local youth councils based on the experience of different European and South-Mediterranean Countries.

By developing intellectual outputs and implementing open training activities based on non-formal education, we want to support the development of youth work and mainstream high-quality, inclusive local youth councils at the international level, beyond European Union.

 

We want to create a platform that fosters cooperation between different regions of the world and allows the exchange of good practices, that might contribute to developing the framework of local youth councils further and giving them the adequate recognition.

Specific objectives

Develop and test training modules based on non-formal education that enable local youth councils to engage marginalized youth that is usually excluded from such participatory spaces.

Equip local youth councils with sustainable e-participation solutions, that bring added value to their work.

Build capacities of the members of local youth councils to acts as multipliers on the topics of democracy, participation and inclusion.

Equip the youth councils with knowledge and skills to affect policy making at the local level.

Create spaces for exchange and sharing of practices related to youth participation in decision-making at the local level between young people from different parts of the world.

Enable youth workers to learn first-hand about functioning of local youth councils and making them more inclusive from their colleagues from different municipalities through job shadowing opportunities.

Create a sense of belonging to the local and global community among youth by engaging them in interaction with their peers from around the world.

Develop a global platform (open course) that will promote the new inclusive model of local youth councils.

Make local youth councils more inclusive and representative of all the young people in the local community by ensuring the participation of marginalized youth.

PROJECT PLAN

The project starts in April 2022 with a broad search among existing literature, law and projects developed in local youth councils, setting the ground for future actions. The initial stage of the project is kicked-off with an online seminar on the state of the art of local youth councils in Europe and the South Mediterranean, with the aim to create a platform to start exchanging experiences between participants. Following this, each partner maps good practices existing in local youth councils in their countries to identify and investigate quality models and characteristics among the youth councils across the partner countries.

In the next stage, the consortium will develop an educational programme, which consists of a Quality charter on participatory and inclusive local youth councils which allows for assessing and improving an existing local youth council or creating a new one in a sustainable way, a toolkit for upgrading local youth councils comprised of training modules based on non-formal education methodology for young people and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on youth participation and local youth councils for youth workers, young people and municipalities around the world, which consists of a set of toolkits, webinars, guidelines, videos and other materials created based on the outcomes of the project.

An educational and theoretical stage of the project will be followed by practical capacity-building activities, including an implementation of the Massive Open Online Course, an International Training Course for Young Multipliers, series of local trainings "My dream youth council" and job shadowing activities between the members of the consortium.

All the outcomes of the project will be constantly disseminated by the consortium through ongoing dissemination activities on their websites, social media and through direct mailing. A final conference "Towards a more inclusive society in Europe and South Mediterranean - starting from youth councils locally" will be a final dissemination activity of the project, which closes a series of local dissemination events in partner countries.

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MANAGEMENT

GENERAL COORDINATION TEAM
  • Mateusz Hoffmann, Project Coordinator, DYPALL Network

  • Maria Avelino, Financial Officer, DYPALL Network

EXECUTIVE BOARD
  • Mateusz Hoffmann, DYPALL Network

  • ​Aleksandra Maldžiski, DYPALL Network

  • Gianluca Rossino, Europiamo

  • Martina Mangia, Europiamo

  • Mariana Carlucci, Europiamo

  • Kiril Jordanov, Youth on Board

  • Sanja Stefanova, Youth on Board

  • Malak Shaheen, Student's Forum Institute

  • Hisham Saleh, Student's Forum Institute

  • Mohamed Amine Kouki, Farhat Hached Institute for Research and Democracy

  • Ahref Kouki, Farhat Hached Institute for Research and Democracy

  • Akram Kachai, Farhat Hached Institute for Research and Democracy

  • Rachida El Rhdioui, Farhat Hached Institute for Research and Democracy

  • Mohammed Jadri, Moroccan Forum For the 3rd Millenium

  • Khadija Taghlaouim, Moroccan Forum For the 3rd Millenium

ADVISORY BOARD

1. Martina Orlandi, Italy (24)
2. Saira Cieri, Italy (24)
3. Rachid Jarif, Morocco (25)
4. Achraf Ennsiri, Morocco (31)
5. Amine Bounasr, Morocco (19)
6. Jovan Nechovski, North Macedonia (29)
7. Mario Paunov, North Macedonia (22)
8. Ana Marija Jovanova, North Macedonia (19)
9. Ahmad Ali Dirya, Palestine (31)
10. Majed badarin, Palestine (41)
11. Tuqa Al Deiryah, Palestine (23)
12. Carlos Ferreira, Portugal (41)
13. Graça Soares, Portugal (28)
14. Ahmed Zied Bennour, Tunisia (34)
15. Ons Jalel, Tunisia (27)
16. Sabrine Zaghbib, Tunisia (32)
17. Ina Lushka, Albania (29)
18. Simon Entsie Amoah, Ghana (25)
19. Yazid Abubakar Suleiman, Nigeria (30)

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