"Be: Aware - Involved – Critical!" - youth conference

Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury nr 2 w Piekarach Śląskich

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Organisation:

Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury nr 2 w Piekarach Śląskich

Country:

Poland

About organisation:

We are an out-of-school education facility and run extra-curricular activities every day fromMonday to Friday. More than 400 children and young people take part in our activities every week. We run youth activities as part of our activities, including a Eurodesk Poland point. The site has been in existence since 1938 and has been in place all the time to support the development of children and young people.

Contact person:

Dobrosława Egner

Title of the project

"Be: Aware - Involved – Critical!" - youth conference

Start date:

November 16, 2023

End date:

November 17, 2023

Source of funding:

Erasmus+ and own sources - funded under the KA 154 action project and implemented in cooperation with NGO niemarudni.pl from Katowice, NGO INDID from Toruń and the informal group SUPERBELFRZY RP from all over Poland.

Objectives:

The project aimed to promote the personal development, skills and engagement of Polish and Ukrainian youth, with a particular focus on those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. It included various activities to promote leadership, volunteering, activism and project management skills. A highlight was the youth conference "BE: aware - engaged - critical!", which provided a platform for young people to share experiences and insights. Through workshops and presentations, participants developed critical thinking skills to counter manipulation and hate speech. The project built a network of organisations supporting youth participation and aimed to influence stakeholders and decision-makers. By integrating refugees from Ukraine and ensuring equal participation, the project promoted inclusivity and European solidarity. Ultimately, it aimed to create a friendlier world and promote a Europe without war and hatred.An added value was the recommendations prepared on the basis of the conclusions of the speeches by a special youth committee consisting of representatives of Eurodesk MDK 2 Piekary Śląskie. The spectacular result was another year-long project prepared by the young people and partners as a continuation of the activities - the second edition, to which we were invited this time by young people from Piła. The project has already received funding and is just starting.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

This project is an inspiring example of an initiative that effectively involves young people in decision-making processes and encourages them to actively participate in European opportunities. By organising a youth conference, the initiative enabled young people to participate directly in discussions and decisions about their own future and the development of their community. Young people had the opportunity to express their opinions, put forward ideas and work together to find solutions to the issues that matter most to them.In addition, by participating in the conference, young people gained new skills such as public speaking, negotiation and working with others. This in turn supports the development of their sense of responsibility and their ability to take the initiative on social and political issues.The networking of the young leaders who participated in the conference has enabled them to continue their community work and to promote the idea of active youth participation in social and political life. Therefore, this project is a significant example of an initiative that effectively involves young people in decision-making processes, encourages them to actively participate in European opportunities and fosters their sense of responsibility for their own future and the development of their community.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

This project is an inspiring example of an initiative that effectively involves young people in decision-making processes and encourages them to actively participate in European opportunities. By organising a youth conference, the initiative enabled young people to participate directly in discussions and decisions about their own future and the development of their community. Young people had the opportunity to express their opinions, put forward ideas and work together to find solutions to the issues that matter most to them.In addition, by participating in the conference, young people gained new skills such as public speaking, negotiation and working with others. This in turn supports the development of their sense of responsibility and their ability to take the initiative on social and political issues.The networking of the young leaders who participated in the conference has enabled them to continue their community work and to promote the idea of active youth participation in social and political life. Therefore, this project is a significant example of an initiative that effectively involves young people in decision-making processes, encourages them to actively participate in European opportunities and fosters their sense of responsibility for their own future and the development of their community.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

Above all, a group of volunteers from MDK 2 took care of the distribution of Eurodesk information material and provided information during the 2 days of the youth conference. The Eurodesk rollup was visible in the central part of the conference stage.In addition, the conference was streamed on Facebook and accessed by around 2,000 people, the whole thing was also saved for later replays. Currently, individual contributions from youth speakers are being published as part of the dissemination, increasing audience reach.

How it respected the green principles:

The conference was organised with a policy of sustainability and care for the environment in mind. We limited the printing of materials to a few posters informing people about the event and a conference board. Decorations were made from recycled materials. Refreshments/food for conference participants were vegetarian. We did not use plastic crockery or cutlery. During the conference, some of the speeches were about sustainability and climate: about community gardens and climate activism.The conference was accompanied by a "Fair Train" City Game organised with the help of the ActionBound app on topics such as responsible consumption and climate change.

The project aimed to promote the personal development, skills and engagement of Polish and Ukrainian youth, with a particular focus on those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. It included various activities to promote leadership, volunteering, activism and project management skills. A highlight was the youth conference “BE: aware – engaged – critical!”, which provided a platform for young people to share experiences and insights. Through workshops and presentations, participants developed critical thinking skills to counter manipulation and hate speech. The project built a network of organisations supporting youth participation and aimed to influence stakeholders and decision-makers. By integrating refugees from Ukraine and ensuring equal participation, the project promoted inclusivity and European solidarity. Ultimately, it aimed to create a friendlier world and promote a Europe without war and hatred.
An added value was the recommendations prepared on the basis of the conclusions of the speeches by a special youth committee consisting of representatives of Eurodesk MDK 2 Piekary Śląskie. The spectacular result was another year-long project prepared by the young people and partners as a continuation of the activities – the second edition, to which we were invited this time by young people from Piła. The project has already received funding and is just starting.