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Humans are social beings living in complex societies. Different parts of societies - different groups of people, from governments, companies and scientists, to workers, youths and senior citizens work, or at least should work, hand in hand for the greater benefit of all.

Some groups, however, take more part in this than others, either because of disinterest or lack of opportunities to do so. This is especially present in non-governmental groups or communities, the common people, us. Their (our) involvement in deciding the future of a society goes by the name of participation.

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) Member Organisations Officer

How do you, as an individual, get involved in the life of your community?

For me activism begins from 1997 when I started learning in Borjomi Public school. In my small hometown we have our own magazine and TV channel, I began volunteering in newspaper ,,Rainbow” for schoolchildren. With such a colourful name, the newsletter was all black and white and only two pages. It was published once per month and was presented in all the city’s schools for each pupil and teacher. There was no internet and mobile phones at all in my city. I liked to write and I decided to send them letters and then it began. From 2002 – 2005 I was promoting student councils, school community partnership and volunteering through IFES Georgia civil education project (founded by USAID). For this project I was elected as a young leader from my region and after finishing the project I was awarded as a young leader in Georgia.  From 2005 I began interested in Environmental studies; I become an active member of the eco-club in my school.

Self-employed, member of FÖJ-AKTIV e.V. and YEE

How do you, as an individual, participate in the life of your community?

Before I started to write the answer I was thinking about what my community is – is it my hometown, or is it the community with all other people living in the country in which I'm living? It's hard to find a frame for that answer.

But thinking about the community (or communities) I'm part of in Germany, I get involved in different ways and on different levels.

Chairperson of Youth and Environment Europe, Chief Specialist at International Cooperation Division of Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia

Member of Khazer Ecological and Cultural NGO. The NGO was established in 1991. It is a public, non-governmental organization, whose founders, members and participants are united by a common idea. This idea is the preservation and restoration of national traditions, customs and, in general, spiritual heritage.

How do you, as an individual, participate in the life of your community?