The European Youth Congres 2009 (EYC09), entitled Challenge, Suggest, Act!, is a response to the growing young people's apathy in Europe. Besides trying to teach the right approach to criticism, the Congress will enlight a n area that has always been concealed and considered as a taboo topic – the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities (YPFO) in decision-making processes. As the YPFOs are considered to be all young people that have had difficulties to integrate in the society due to their background (mental or physical disability, ethnical or difficult family background, socio-economical status, sex orientation, criminal past, being an early school dropper, living in a remote area etc.), the event will raise awareness about this specific group of young people that amount to the number of 73 million in the European Union.
Apart from the topic of YPFO, the EYC09 will, in short sessions, also address Post-carbon Europe, gender empowerment and the upcoming World Youth Congress to be held in 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The outcomes of the EYC09:
a follow-up policy document related to the Slovenian Presidency 's EU Youth Event. Download the document
a list of the most important challenges and suggestions in the field of YPFO
action project ideas that will relate to previously identified challenges and suggestions (the action projects will be represent the youth input to tackle the challenges – see below)
Action – Youth input
What are the main challenges/ problems/ barriers that face YPFOs and organizations that would like to work i n this field?
How can the identified challenges/ problems/ barriers be tackled ?
What can youth do? What kind of approach is the right one to include YPFOs in this process?
The goals of the EYC09:
to assure that at least one delegate from each European Union country attend s the Congress
to assure that at least one delegate from EU neighbouring countries attend s the Congress (still in the phase of negotiation with the European Commission)
to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion of YPFOs in decision-making processes
to develop a follow-up policy document to the Slovenian Presidency 's EU Youth Event
to identify the main challenges and develop suggestions i n the field of YPFO
to develop an action project (AP) to each identified challenge and suggestion
to develop a personal action plan by each participant from the suggested APs
to organize at least 4 APs around Slovenia – the local APs will be developed before-hand and will be used as an example of good practice to the participants
to present the outcomes in the Slovenian Parliament in Ljubljana
to make a local impact by including at least 8 local non-organized youth or YPFOs in the Congress programme
to assure media coverage by getting media sponsors
To read more about the agenda click here.