Building capacity of young people from rural areas, minorities and vulnerable groups
Youth and Environment Local is a project that aims to build the capacity of young people from rural areas, minorities and vulnerable groups to participate in the decision-making processes at local level.
With this project, we want to:
- enhance participation and inclusion of young people in rural communities;
- build the capacity of young people in rural and marginalised communities for democratic participation;
- promote inclusivity and intersectionality through creating spaces for young people from rural areas and marginalised communities to meaningfully engage into the topics of the climate and biodiversity crisis;
- provide young people from rural and marginalised communities with opportunities to play an active role in intercultural dialogue and cooperation with neighbouring countries through mobility and intercultural learning.
What activities will we implement to reach our objectives?
Training for Trainers – Understanding legislation
Young participants from 12 countries (Armenia, Czechia, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Moldova, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal) will develop their understanding of policy making and environmental law. They are also going to develop a workshop plan on environmental policy making, which they are going to implement in their countries upon return from the international training.
Local actions – Identifying the gaps
Participants of Activity 1 will conduct workshops on the climate crisis and environmental policy making, which they develop during the international activity, for the rural youth on the local level in their countries, in the local language. At this stage, they implement the skills and knowledge they got at Activity 1, as trainers. Trainers will help young participants from rural and marginalised communities understand the processes behind policy making, and the existing legal environmental frameworks.
After having identified the impacts of the climate crisis in the area where they live and the local factors that contribute to that, participants will identify the local (national) policies that contribute to the crisis or hinder its mitigation (or the lack of relevant policies). The participants are going to be recruited and selected with the help of local NGOs that will also participate in the Activity 3 of the project. Local workshops will include using online tools for environmental advocacy.
September - December 2022
1×1 exchanges of NGOs that participate in Activities 1 and 2. Twelve delegations each consisting of three to four young people from rural areas and/or marginalised communities, and one to two youth workers to support the delegation are going to participate in the exchanges. Participants will learn about the climate crisis and environmental legislation in another country, to share and evaluate each-others experience on organising local actions, to plan further cooperation to build on the outcomes of this project together.
Where: Armenia, Czechia, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, Moldova, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal
Together, let’s make the youth climate movement more inclusive!
Have a look at the updates from the project!
The project is co-funded by the European Youth Foundation and organised together with Yeghvard, Armenia.