Everybody Counts: Rural Youth Empowerment in Eastern Partnership Countries

Low level of youth participation in rural or deprived urban areas remains one of the key issues across the Eastern Partnership countries. Specifically in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine there is a clear lack of youth participation structures in rural areas. At the same time, young people are not able to join the decision-making processes on youth issues at a local level because of the absence of youth consultative bodies or youth councils in the municipalities.

Recognizing the above mentioned problem, “Everybody Counts: Rural Youth Empowerment in Eastern Partnership Countries” project pursues the aim of fostering the integrationand participation of young people from rural and deprived urban areas through:
– Raising awareness on youth participation opportunities,
– Providing job preparation, digital and mobility trainings,
– Developing opportunities and an ongoing conversation with participants on civic engagement/participation.

Most importantly, the project mainstreams rural youth participation issues into state youth strategies and policies among the stakeholders in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine and encourages the state authorities to put specific efforts in regional and rural youth policy development and implementation.

The project outputs include, but are not limited to the following:
– Empowerment of young people and youth workers through workshops and trainings,
– Summarizing the findings of online research on youth participation and involvement.
– Supporting the development of youth participation structures in rural areas through grass-root work and dialogue with official stakeholders responsible for youth,
– Mainstream youth participation issues into state youth strategies and policies through preparation of a package of recommendations on youth policy,
– Development of a handbook on Inclusion of youth with fewer opportunities.

On December 29th in Yerevan, Armenia an International Youth forum was organized as a part of the effort of mainstreaming youth participation issues. The forum brought together rural youth, the actors from civil society and the state to create and offer to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports the package of recommendations Strategy of the State Youth Policy for 2018-2022.

“The project benefits from the support through the EaP CSF Re-granting Scheme. Within its Re-granting Scheme, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) supports projects of the EaP CSF members with a regional dimension that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum. The donors of the Re-granting Scheme are the European Union and National Endowment for Democracy. The overall amount for the 2017 call for proposals is 290.000 EUR. Grants are available for CSOs from the Eastern Partnership and EU countries. Key areas of support are democracy and human rights, economic integration, environment and energy, contacts between people, social and labour policies.”

Culture for Local Development: Call for applications is open!

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, acting under its flagship brand Culture.pl, and the European Solidarity Centre are pleased to invite young cultural managers from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine to participate in the second edition of the international project “Culture for Local Development”.

We address our project to activists, who:
• focus on local communities and see culture as a tool for introducing social change,
• want to add international dimension to their work,
• want to gain new skills to strengthen their local creative activities.

In March 2017, the first stage of the project will take place in Kyiv, Yerevan and Minsk. Selected candidates will take part in a series of intense workshops led by an experienced mentor. We will focus on deepening their knowledge of socio-cultural project management and broadening their ability to use international cooperation to develop local projects.

The authors of the most promising project proposals will be invited to take part in the second stage of the project – the Summer School. The Summer School will take place in Poland (Lublin and Gdansk) from the 29th of July to the 7th of August 2017. The programme comprises workshops as well as study visits to Polish cultural and civic institutions. These activities will allow the participants to develop project proposals created during the first stage. Young cultural managers will also have a chance to start cooperation with their colleagues from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and Poland. The participants of the Summer School might receive a financial support from the organisers to implement their projects.

The working language of the project is English, which means that all activities will be conducted in English.

Dates of the first stage of workshops:

• Ukraine (for participants from Ukraine): 3-5 March 2017
• Armenia (for participants from Armenia and Georgia): 10–12 March 2017
• Belarus (for participants from Belarus): 17–19 March 2017

Project’s local partners:
Port Creative Hub (Ukraine)
Armenian Progressive Youth (Armenia)
Gallery TUT.BY (Belarus)

Application Process
Would you like to participate? Please submit your application (in English) by filling in the online form: http://bit.ly/2kpp03E
Deadline for submitting the applications: 16th February, 2017
Selection results will be announced by 18th of February (e-mails will be sent to each applicant).
If necessary, the organisers may provide the accommodation for participants who live outside of Kyiv, Yerevan and Minsk. Participants will have to cover travelling costs by themselves.
Travel and accommodation costs of the Summer School’s participants will be covered by the organisers.
If you have any questions, please, contact us: [email protected]