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Frankfurt “Sprayer” Group

The “sprayers” are an informal group who emerged from the shared youth cultural interest in doing graffiti. Basically, the core group consists of six young men in the age of 20 years up to mid-twenties. All of them are involved in work, apprenticeship or studies and are therefore only able to meet at the weekends. Graffiti is often perceived as vandalism, but for the graffiti sprayers it is a form of participation.

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Tandem presentation at the EHESP

When young people take their difficulties as opportunities

Portrait of Tandem mentor for employment; a non-governmental organisation located in Rennes, France.

Tandem, mentor for the employment, was officially created in February 2014. It is a citizens’ response to the socio-professional difficulties of integration met by young graduates. Considered autonomous and sufficiently strong equipped to look for a job, they are however increasingly and often alone facing well-known problems related to unemployment. Continue reading

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Nuit Debout in Rennes

Nuit Debout was created by students in Rennes on April 5th 2016 after protests in Paris. Students first attempted to organize the Nuit Debout movement March 31st following the first protests in Paris, but the State prohibited public demonstrations in the historical city center. The State felt these prohibitions were justified as a result of clashes and vandalism that occurred during previous protests. Continue reading

Boosting participation of young people – by law?

Getting young people involved in local decision-making processes is one of the goals of the law regulating municipalities statutes in Germany. And as this law is within the competence of the regional governments each region – the Länder – has their own version of it. The regulations on youth participation however do not vary too much between the 16 “municipality laws” (“Gemeindeordnung” in German). They mostly consist of a lot of non-binding sentences like “local authorities should…” and “local authorities can…”. Continue reading

Young people at the European Youth Event

EYE 2016

The European Youth Event (EYE) will take place in the European Parliament, Strasbourg from 20th to 21th MAY 2016.

7000 young people from all over Europe will be gathered for this event, an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues. Young people would also be able to meet European decision-makers and professionals, a structured dialogue that will give food for thought to a report.

How to increase and improve youth participation in decision-making? This question will be one of the topic discussed during the workshop session.