Last week from 23-24 September representatives from Poraka Nova as one of the partners in the ERYICA YinfoPeers & Ambassadors project attended the Final Conference and consortium meeting organized in Shibenik within the YInfoPeers project which was hosted by the Croatian partner Mladi u EU.
On the 2 day long event all project partners together with representatives from the Eryica Youth Commission and Youth Ambassadors were present, as well Eryica representatives, policy makers and local youth participants.
During the first day the multiplier event and final conference was organized where the participants had a chance to hear interesting presentations on the topic of: Youth Information: right on track!, by Patrick Burke (ERYICA), Youth policies and youth information in Croatia by Leo Stakovic (Croatian National Youth Council) and Youth information and the EU Youth Strategy: Engaging, Connecting, Empowering by Jasna Marić Krajačić (European Commission). On the second half of the Conference Adamantia Zisimopoulou (Cyprus Youth Council) and Anna Nesladek (ERYICA) introduce the audience with the Youth Ambassadors & the YinfoPEERs project. Additionally an open discussions on the topic of Inclusion of refugees and the role of peer-to-peer in youth information was held and the event was closed by Imagine Youth Information in the future – Open discussion involving young people, decision makers, and youth information workers moderated by Pece Krsteski, Macedonian representative in the Youth Commision of Eryica.
The second day was opened with presentation about the achievements of the project and intellectual outputs produced, and continued with an open discussion on the topic of Youth participation in Youth Information. The representatives from the Youth commission and Ambassadors organized parallel session on the topic of: Democracy and youth participation, Green sustainable Europe, Peace education and inclusion & diversity. The event was closed with workshop organized by the young people and consortium meeting between the partners, where they discussed the remaining activities of the project and next steps.
The focus on this event and project was to enhance youth participation and to raise awareness about the importance of young people’s right to information by creating resources that are made for and with young people. It aims to ‘upskill’ young people to organize this type of event on European level and giving them experience in the governance of organisations and the opportunity to have a real impact on decision-makers, youth workers, policy-makers, researchers on youth issues and other key stakeholders.
We are grateful that we had a chance to cooperate with all partners of this project and to work with all the participants that took part at the event. We are strongly motivated to support young people, especially those that were involved in the implementation of this project on their path to take further steps for active participation in the local society, to advocate for the youth information rights, as well as to empower them to create a safe online information environment for their peers and next generations.