European Union, European elections 2024, Youth participation, Street Workers Network
A project to raise awareness among young people about the European Union and more specifically about the upcoming European elections in 2024.
Dynamo International is a partner of the European project YEUF – Youth Empowerment Universal Franchise – funded by the European Commission and supported by ANNF, a member of Dynamo International – Street Workers Network.
This project aims to raise awareness among young people about the European Union and more specifically about the challenges of the next European elections to be held in 2024.
The project started in May 2023, when all the participants from 20 EU Member States met in Aachen, Germany to explain the objectives of the project, talk about the values of the European Union such as the fight against precariousness and discrimination, peace, freedom etc.
We attended the award ceremony for the Charlemagne Prize, which is an award for commitment to European unification. This prize is awarded each year to youth initiatives promoting mutual understanding among European peoples. This year it is the Belgian project that won with AILEM, an application by and for refugees, allowing them to better integrate in Belgium.
The objective of this weekend was therefore to train and inform young people about the common values so that once in their respective countries they could be actors of change and have in turn a positive impact on other young people.
This impact and awareness-raising must be achieved through the setting up by young people and for young people of several events organised in each partner country at both national and local level.
Back in Brussels, we had the opportunity to set up our first small local event on the last week end, taking advantage of a meal organised by the Dynamo Mobility Centre, bringing together some fifteen young people with whom we have discussed the European Union and the upcoming elections.
It was therefore the first activity in a long series of events that will take many different forms that will allow young people to express themselves on subjects that are certainly political but also of direct concern to them.