Progression through Participation
Nowadays is the critical moment to shape the future of online youth engagement in democratic and civic life at EU level, and the concept of digital youth mobility.

Project

@CTJUST

Youth @cting for climate justice: building a paradigm of online and offline engagement in the covid era.

@CTJUST will pilot-test and define the right mix of physical and digital activities needed to enhance youth engagement. The thematic area selected for testing the developed youth engagement methodology is Climate Justice, which lately receives increased interest from youth. Project’s aim is to enhance civic and democratic engagement of youth at EU level, through a pilot-tested methodology, using digital means adapted to youth needs and contemporary reality.

Digital and smart youth work and mobility has emerged as a new trend / practice in the youth field, as the use of innovative digital forms of participation increasingly motivates youth to engage in action-led initiatives and policy making.

COVID-19 has further underlined this trend, and many youth activities has been transferred online.

Objectives

Engage, empower and connect youth online, through European action-led initiatives and digital youth mobility related to climate justice.

Build online and offline structured cooperation among youth NGOs, policy makers and institutional stakeholders to bring young people across the EU together, enhancing their European identity.

Target Groups

Young people 18-30 years old, including youth facing social and economic exclusion, living in rural areas and/or coming from a migrant background from partners countries to attend the training programme and participate in action-led initiatives and policy dialogue related to climate justice

Youth organisations, NGOs and foundations active in the field of civic participation, climate justice, non-discrimination à to be involved in the project’s European Network of organisations supporting digital youth mobility and online youth engagement in civic and democratic life.

Public authorities responsible for youth agenda and climate justice in EU countries  will participate in policy hackathons and policy dialogue.

Results

Increased online participation of youth in democratic and civic life.

Enhanced civic competences of youth, with a focus on critical thinking, digital skills and project design related to climate justice.

Increased opportunities for European action-led initiatives and digital youth mobility.

Enhanced sense of European identity.

Enhanced cooperation among youth NGOs and policy makers.

Increased youth participation in policy dialogue related to climate justice.

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Partners

ActionAid Hellas (AAH, https://www.actionaid.gr/) is an affiliate of ActionAid International, a non-governmental development organization that works with more than 15 million people in 45 countries. ActionAid works at local, national and international level and favours participative methods based on the Human Right Approach, according to which people locally are involved in addressing their needs and in designing and planning a better place to live in. AAH was established in Greece in 1998, where it works to increase citizen engagement, foster active citizenship, especially among youth, and promote social inclusion of vulnerable people, while providing opportunities for collective action to achieve social and climate justice for all. Through its Community Centre in Athens, and its Youth Hub in Thessaloniki, AAH supports our fellow citizens who experience social and economic exclusion, and fosters volunteering culture and active citizenship among youth respectively. 1000 young people engage each year with AAH’s programmes and activities, and 40.000 students and youth participate in awareness raising campaigns related to global citizenship. Climate justice is one of the strategic priorities of ActionAid.

ActionAid Denmark (AADK) is one of the largest NGO’s in Denmark with more than 70 years of experience with development work, fighting for global justice, equality, diversity and sustainability. As part of the international alliance, ActionAid works on human rights-based development in more than 40 countries and reach more than 25 million of the world´s poor. Based in Copenhagen, the head office has approx. 100 full time employees (2019). AADK is very experienced in participatory learning pedagogy and its application in citizenship education. and has experience in developing online learning components for the Global Change Lab www.verdensmålene.dk (SDG’s). Since 2014, the National Programme & Policy (NPP) of AADK has been working to apply these values and principles to support and improve young people’s lives in Denmark, including refugees and vulnerable youth, and to fight discrimination, racism and stigmatization. Through dedicated and long-term efforts, AADK provides education, training and one-to-one support for life skills development and active citizenship – in cooperation with relevant local organisations and authorities. The NPP has approx. 10 full time employees (2020).

ActionAid Italia (AAIT) is part of the ActionAid International Federation, working to eradicate poverty and inequalities in 45 countries worldwide. Since 2011, it has been implementing projects to fight and prevent different forms of poverty (economic, educational and social) in Italy and to improve the quality of democracy through promoting rights, redistributing resources and strengthening resilience. AAIT works to enable people and communities to become actors of change through participatory and educational initiatives that ultimately strengthen their civic and social participation skills and foster advocacy activities toward local, national, and EU institutions. Particularly, AAIT works with young people especially vulnerable young people living in marginalized and disadvantaged areas as it deems its role key to fight poverty and injustice. AAIT can count on 143 employees, 300 activists (50% under 35yo) and a network of 30 local groups/associations. Moreover, it has an extensive communications capacity, as AAIT website gets 23K monthly visitors, while Instagram accounts for 14.500 followers, Twitter 51,800, and Facebook 475.290. In 2018 AAIT’s Facebook campaigns reached 9.000.000 unique users.

Alianza por la Solidaridad (ALIANZA) is a development organization rooted in the civil society with more than 34 years of experience with presence in 11 third countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. One of the main lines of ALIANZA’s work is the promotion of social participation and civic dialogue to tackle global challenges, including climate change, from a local perspective, while defending Human Rights, women´s rights, migrant rights, and youth. ALIANZA joined the Federation Action Aid in 2018 that has presence in around 45 countries in all continents, and youth engagement in civic and democratic life as well as climate justice are one of the Federations’ strategic priorities. ALIANZA participates in several EU funded projects, including Erasmus+ projects, EU Aid Volunteers, and European Solidarity Corps working on youth volunteering and social mobilisation, as well as AMIF, DEAR and DEVCO and ECHO projects in third countries.

National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform (hereinafter referred to as Lithuanian NGDO Platform) is an association uniting organizations working in the field of development cooperation (DP) from Lithuania. Currently the Lithuanian NGDO Platform has 21 members. The Lithuanian NGDO Platform was established in 2007. The Lithuanian NGDO Platform is working to strengthen intercultural, civic and democratic societies in Lithuania, to expand opportunities for Lithuanian NGOs to participate in international development cooperation activities and to help develop their skills. We represent non-governmental development cooperation organisations in Lithuania, the European Union (EU) and other international organisations, and we are actively involved in the formulation and implementation of the EU-Lithuania Development Cooperation Policy. We strengthen NGO networking, transnational partnerships, perform monitoring and advocacy, contribute to policy development, exchange of good practice and cross-sectoral activities. As an EU member and donor country, Lithuania participates in international DP activities, whereby developed and developing countries can work together to create a harmonious world where everyone can fulfill their rights and obligations and live a dignified life. Competences and expertise of our member organizations: democracy, NGO law, education, social policy, equal opportunities, gender, health care, climate change, economics, human rights, mental health, civil society and inclusion, minorities, groups in social risk, migration, development cooperation, security, global education, youth, women rights, humanitarian action, humanitarian education, international relationship, children rights, social work, communication, nutrition, community development, the inclusion of elder people. Our main areas of activities: advocacy, policy, monitoring, research, analysis, events and short term / long term programs, trainings, actions, field work.

SUDWIND has been working on development education and awareness raising for 40 years. With a headquarter in Vienna and 7 regional offices in the provinces (ca 50 staff) it reaches out to local actors and public authorities all over Austria. SUDWIND applies its unique international development expertise (“Global Learning” methodology), to both its teaching and youth work, awareness raising, campaigning and advocacy. The diversity of SUDWIND’s projects reflects the complexity of North-South relations, culturally, economically, environmentally, politically, and interpersonally. SUDWIND is committed to environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable development. Being originally founded by the Austrian Youth Council for Development Cooperation, youth work has always been at the heart of its work. SUDWIND is currently engaged in the Erasmus+ projects “Youth against Hate”, “Reflections: educating for critical thinking, inclusive societies and dynamic engagement”, “EVOLVET – European Volunteer Coordinators” and “Agenda 2030: A training program for multipliers in the youth sector to understand the SDGs”, as well as numerous other projects focussing on youth (disadvantaged youth coming from migrant background), and the global role of the EU, co-financed by EuropeAid, AMIF, Europe for Citizens and the Austrian Development Agency.

YMCA, the largest and most historic world organisation for young people founded in 1844, nowadays is headquartered in Geneva, and continues its volunteer work in 119 countries with more than 58 million members. In Thessaloniki, YMCA (www.ymca.gr) was founded in 1921 and is an important chapter in both athletics and culture in Greece. The organisation’s actions promote fundamental human values, sustainable environment and climate justice, customs and traditions, culture, athletics and the importance of a healthy mind and body. YMCA promotes volunteering and active citizenship while strengthening the educational process through experiential programmes aimed at empowering young people. New digital tools appealing to youth such as social media, online/remote participation and education are fully utilised by YMCA, promoting direct communication and interaction of young volunteers and leaders throughout YMCA network. YMCA has more than 1,000 regular and 12,000 ad hoc members who take part in its programmes and activities. It is managed by 24 volunteers members of the Board of Directors (elected), who are assisted by 250 volunteer members serving on special committees. It has 45 regular staff members.

MANIFEST (eng. Youth Network – MANIFEST) Association (organization) is a youth organization, founded in 2018, which aims to help young people to solve various problems they face. Organization is one of the newest youth organizations in Serbia. The main goals of the organization are the following: to motivate young people, raise youth awareness, increase youth safety in public places and in schools, educate young people in the field of applying modern technologies with the aim of finding a job, to give a contribution to sustainable development in all sectors. Organization has held numerous trainings, most of them in the schools, on youth security, public safety, traffic safety, peer violence, climate changes, where the staff developed an Android application for anonymous peer reporting, youth education and digital literacy for young people, social inclusion and work with local government, youth activism (young people arranged the grounds, river beds and set up outdoor gyms). Today, most young people are uninterested or afraid of putting themselves in an awkward situation. That’s why this organization exists: to strive to help young people in various issues: realization of educational training and educational workshops on the topic of violence prevention, peer violence, discrimination, prejudice, sustainable development, climate change, strengthening entrepreneurial potential, promotion of gender equality and youth activism. Emphasis is also placed on promoting and developing volunteerism among young people, tolerance in accepting diversity, adopting a desirable model of behavior towards others, developing empathy. Young people have simply learned how to be more active and responsible citizens, to organize trainings, in order to motivate young people to express their opinions and to be free to engage in something that was unknown to them so far. AP includes young people, almost all of whom are highly educated (or near the end of their studies), with different educational backgrounds (engineers, economists, sociologists, etc.) and different abilities and different disabilities. In a team, the tasks are divided depending on experience and ability.

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Online Trainings

8 online workshops will be organized in the framework of the ActJust Project. 48 hours in total. However not all the workshops need online participation. Through the various training modules, the participants will have the opportunity to meet more than 200 young people from all over the EU and learn about climate justice and climate change, develop digital competences and the necessary expertise to design and implement an action youth led initiative. The trainings include group and plenary sessions in which discussions about the knowledge received in each thematic area / module will take place.

The trainers of the programme are from ActionAid Hellas, ActionAid Denmark, ActionAid Italy, Alianza Spain, Sudwind Austria, NGDO Platform Lithuania, Youth Network, Manifest Serbia, YMCA of Thessaloniki Hellas.

The trainings will be held by all partners from 22nd of February and until 13th of April 2022. You may see the programme below.

Most of the trainings will be organized online, as this project explores the right mix of online and offline tools. For this reason, we will use Zoom, Padlet, Miro and other tools. However there will be group work and icebraking activities in physical space.

Important Note: All participants will receive the Youthpass certificate.

Contact

@CTJUST

Youth @cting for climate justice: building a paradigm of online and offline engagement in the covid era.