Jovens Autarcas (Young Mayors)

Municipality of Vila Nova de Poiares

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Organisation:

Municipality of Vila Nova de Poiares

Country:

Portugal

About organisation:

The Municipality of Vila Nova de Poiares is one of the 19 towns/cities of the Coimbra Intermunicipality Region, the biggest Intermunicipality community of Portugal. It has an area of 84,5km2, counting with a population of 7000 habitants. It’s a periurban area (according to the distance and access to a big city – Coimbra, the district capital), with characteristics of rural area (land use and number of persons by km2) and a large area of forest with 2 rivers in its borders. The distance to Lisbon (Country capital) is about 220km, which translates in a 2h20 travel by car. To Porto (another city with airport) its 140km and 1h30 travelling by car. The municipality activities focus on a diverse range of areas, such as, environment, youth, sport, social action, education, health, culture, tourism, entrepreneurship, forest, civil protection, mobility and public works.

Contact person:

Ricardo Peneda

Title of the project

Jovens Autarcas (Young Mayors)

Start date:

January 1, 2023

End date:

December 31, 2023

Source of funding:

Municipality of Vila Nova de Poiares budget.

Objectives:

The "Jovens Autarcas" (Young Mayors) aims to enhance citizenship behaviors, value the opinions of young people, their ideas, and perspectives for the future.By taking an active role in the political decisions of their municipality, the young person acts as a spokesperson for their peers, being jointly responsible for managing a budget allocated to them, and striving to implement the projects they have envisioned, in a logic of dialogue and sustainability.The "Jovens Autarcas" (Young Mayors) have an annual budget of 10 thousand euros to manage. Among the proposals presented in their electoral proposals, and which will be executed considering the amount available for investments. They must all work together as a team to provide an annual activity plan to carry out their projects with the help of the Youth Office of the Municipality.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

This project is directly related to the “Youth Participation and Engagement” category considering the impact that it has on young people, giving them the opportunity to have a possible financing for their ideas and future projects that will benefit young people and the local community.The possibility to have this kind of opportunity motivates youngsters to participate and ensures the municipality that it is trying to effectively involve young people in decision-making processes, encouraging active participation in European opportunities and promoting a sense of belonging among young people.

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

The "Jovens Autarcas" (Young Mayors) has increased the motivation for youth participation in the Town. It has been a very hard task to motivate young people to participate in local activities or events, even related to their age range, but now with these programs others see young people involved and it has been motivating to have others express their opinions and want to be more actively involved, increasing the youth participation in local activities and event and local NGO and associations.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

The Municipality promotes several in person activities in the local Schools communicating the Eurodesk opportunities and all the other sport, youth and local NGOs and associations activities also. Besides the use of social media, we have obtained information, that much information not always reaches the youth, so the best interaction possible is speaking to them in person and letting them know all the opportunities that are available and that can help them grow and develop more knowledge and experience for their futures!

How it respected the green principles:

Having to contact with local youth, we avoid any printing of any promotional materials or do so the minimum possible, because they also do not relate to much to flyers with information.As for an example we have QR codes on a small signature card that we have to let them explore afterwards any doubt related to the subject that are presented. We encourage everyone to implement green friendly activities as much as possible to promote sustainability throughout the various events or activities that are implemented yearly.

The “Jovens Autarcas” (Young Mayors) aims to enhance citizenship behaviors, value the opinions of young people, their ideas, and perspectives for the future.

By taking an active role in the political decisions of their municipality, the young person acts as a spokesperson for their peers, being jointly responsible for managing a budget allocated to them, and striving to implement the projects they have envisioned, in a logic of dialogue and sustainability.

The “Jovens Autarcas” (Young Mayors) have an annual budget of 10 thousand euros to manage. Among the proposals presented in their electoral proposals, and which will be executed considering the amount available for investments. They must all work together as a team to provide an annual activity plan to carry out their projects with the help of the Youth Office of the Municipality.