Imagine a world where young people are not only passively accepting the consequences of other people's decisions regarding their lives, but are actively contributing to them instead. A world where youth of all ages, in schools and universities, have the chance to shape their own education alongside with their teachers and professors; a world where young people, who will bear the most consequences of environmental changes happening in the next decades, have finally an authoritative say in international climate change negotiation talks; a world where national policies about youth-specific health issues are not decided upon without the informed and constructive input from the young people affected by them; a world where local authorities trust the judgement of young people in deciding on issues that regard them the most, and support them in organizing themselves in youth councils and assemblies.

That's the world we envision, one in which youth participation becomes an unremarkable, routine part of daily life, rather than being the usual exception to the rule. This is an invitation to all of you, to create this world together. Read on and find out how.

Global Youth Participation Week

We at Yparticipate are planning a Global Youth Participation Week on March 7-13, 2011. Through our initiative, we want to contribute creating an environment where adult decision-makers are more open to the participation of young people in those decisions, and young people are more informed and excited about having a say in them.

So far we're sure about only a few things: that this is going to be a one-week campaign, that it is going to be global, and that it is going to focus on youth participation in decisions that affect them. We know what our end goal looks like, but we don't know how to get there, yet. This consultation is meant to fill that gap. This is your opportunity to help us.

Instructions

We have already posted some of the ideas we came up with, for activities that could be organized/executed during our Week. After signing up (link on the top-right corner of this page), we would like you to:

  1. 1. comment on those ideas
  2. 2. recommend new ones
  3. 3. vote for all those ideas, whether submitted by you or not

Guidelines

When thinking of activities to suggest, or commenting on existing ones, it is useful to keep in mind the following points:

  1. 1. Be creative and don't limit yourself to what you think is feasible. Let us worry about that. This is your chance to let your imagination run wild!
  2. 2. Be descriptive and explain yourself clearly, both when giving comments and especially when proposing a new idea. Remember, people from all over the world are participating in this consultation, and English is not everybody's native language.
  3. 3. Think of what activity you would like to be involved in and suggest it to us!

Follow up

All ideas and comments will be reviewed by our team. With your help, we can make our GYPW a remarkable opportunity for you and others to experience and share what youth participation is all about.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you and please spread the word!




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