#EUdoor as a good practice in Portugal

Next monday, between 9 am and 11:40 am the leading partner of the Europe On a Doorstep project – Freguesia de Vila Boa do Bispo – will take part in a webinar called “Cidadania em Ação” (Citizenship in Action) organized by the portuguese branch of the Jacques Delors European Information Centre (CIEJD).

Our work, activities and impacts will be shared with the portuguese audience alongside other portuguese-led projects that represent some of the best examples of the programme’s application in Portugal.

Tune in for the webinar on the CIEJD) webpage, here.

Daugavpils Youth Centre

Daugavpils Pilsetas Jauniesu Dome

Daugavpils city council recognized several years ago that the learning process for children and youth were too focused on rigid, inflexible, time and place-bound methods. The traditional learning methods needed to be diversified in order to create well-educated, engaged and active citizens within the community. That was the main problem that the Daugavpils Youth Centre for Non Formal Education was focused in. Since its birth the Youth Centre has become much more than that, positioning itself has a dynamics generator within the local community and opening up a whole new world of possibilities for youth in Daugavpils. The Youth Centre focuses on creating the environment and the necessary substrate to stimulate youth to discover and investigate into their own tastes, objectives, preferences and even their own community.

The Youth Centre currently hosts 26 organizations which contribute in a proactive way to the Youth Centre’s agenda and dynamics, putting together a calendar of activities for the whole year. It is quite common and easy to access dance, circus, music or vocals lessons. There are sports, theatre, arts, design and photography focused organizations. Events in areas such as staging of historical moments and dates, DJ contests and parties or even martial arts demonstrations are very common during the year.

These multifaceted space brings its unique contribution to the project in the sense that it has been able to create an environment that feels like a “House of Organizations” and this organizations contribute to the infrastructure’s dynamics and maintenance, leaving part of their revenue to the Youth Centre.Daugavpils brings a more informal, exploratory and self-centered approach to local youth’s development and growth through the Youth Centre.

Kesklinna Noortekeskus in Tallinn

Youth Space in Tallinn, Estonia

The Kesklinna Noortekeskus is one of the eight youth centres currently active in Tallinn, Estonia. This network of youth centres provides a local integrated response to youth and NGOs with such dynamics and enthusiasm that makes them central in the testing and implementation of public policies concerning youth.

The Kesklinna Noortekeskus is one of these equipments that contribute to a highly dynamic and engaged youth community. This youth centre has particular features that make it very relevant within the Tallinn reality: a) the building has a public sauna and a public cafeteria that provide a more intergenerational approach to the community, welcoming Estonians from 6 to 80 years old; b) the youth centre includes a mini youth hostel focused on hosting international volunteers that implement activities and bring ideas to life; c) the Kesklinna Noortekeskus has a coworking space that hosts NGOs that they find strategic to their goals and projects. Currently you can find over there the Shokin Group International or AIESEC Estonia; d) the youth centre has fully dedicated technical staff that defines, plans and executes the institution’s strategy throughout the year, making sure the centre is always relevant within the community.

These features make the Kesklinna Noortekeskus a place and a project worth knowing. Nevertheless, it’s always useful to know that it is possible to rent spaces for events (as we did) or trainings. Activities like karaoke nights, theatre sessions, workshops, yoga classes, culinary sessions or intercultural evenings are very common to take place, so feel free to drop by and get involved or start looking for more information at their website.

European Election in Bulgaria by IFSI Bulgaria

IFSI Activity during EU Parliament elections

The Institute for Social Integration in Bulgaria (IFSI Bulgaria) is a very dynamic and impactful NGO in the field of democracy, participation and transparency all over the country. With their agenda in full swing during 2019, the European Parliament elections were a mandatory date to be celebrated and to engage with citizens. Tagging along the This Time I’m Voting Europe-wide campaign, IFSI Bulgaria organized a fictional voting station with a special ballot: designed by the This Time I’m Voting Campaign with a blank space to complete the sentence “This Time I’m Voting for”.

The idea was to stimulate citizen’s reflections on their reasons to vote in the European elections and with this reflection promote the European values and, possibly, motivate citizens to advocate for the European project amongst their fellow citizens and within their community.

Remember the 6 Handshakes Rule in campaigning methods?! Well… IFSI Bulgaria brought the symbolic voting act along with the motivations from the symbolic voters to the social media world and they started spreading the message. So the physical act and event got digital wings and spread out through digital Bulgaria to thousands of potential voters.

The message was clear and coherent with the European-level campaign and IFSI Bulgaria gave it a Bulgaria-wide boost through a symbolic voting session and social media campaigning… You can find out more on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Institute.ISI/) or on their website (http://www.isi-bg.org/)

Welcome Aboard!

EUdoor Network Logo

Hi and thank you

For getting in touch with the Europe On a Doorstep – #EUdoor – project cofunded by the Europe for Citizens programme from the European Commission.

The executive team, all the partners and participants are very glad to share their work, ideas, projects and insights with you. If you have reached us through our publication or via online channels, it means that you are focused on youth engagement, youth participation, active citizenship and Europe. Well, then it means that your concerns are our concerns as well.

This network aims at sharing good ideas with youth workers, local leaders, youth and political agents that might turn them into relevant tools to create engaging, dynamic and youthful projects that contribute to a more active citizenship in their communities. We hope to encompass the good practices that the network of towns involved in the #EUdoor project shared and developed in order to make it feasible in your community among your youngest citizens.

To do so we organized those good practices and examples in four major categories: 1) spaces to be young and engaged, 2) youthful and community engaging ideas, 3) youth participation made real and 4) campaigns by and for youth.

Moreover, we wanted to share with you examples of activities executed during this project by it’s partners, plus some relevant tips for campaigns on the European Union’s values and principles awareness that could be helpful to reach broader audiences and convey our message in a more effective way.

We sincerely hope that you find our website helpful and don’t be a stranger, so… Get in touch with us, we will be more than glad to help.

Sincerely,

The #EUdoor Network team