The project addresses the local challenge of limited youth participation in decision-making processes within their communities. Rooted in issues such as a lack of trust in local authorities and communication gaps, the primary goal is to empower young people to actively engage in decision-making related to their cities.
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The project facilitated exchange and collaboration between selected youth ambassadors in Romania and Türkiye, as well as DW and GEYC through capacity-building initiatives. Online and offline activities on active engagement, the relationship between city structure and spatial dynamics, and youth participation were organized. Selected youth ambassadors organized several visits to the relevant municipality departments, demanding enhanced youth participation, and more youth-inclusive strategic plans and services.
▼ Project Outputs
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Development Workshop Cooperative
Development Workshop is a non-profit cooperative established to support the development of Türkiye and to provide contributions to conduct sustainable, reproducible and successful projects of all scales. The organization develops and implements governance, social development, education, children, and youth programs for and together with non-governmental organizations and unions. Areas of particular interest and strength for the Workshop are local development programs and project development, research and capacity building, promoting the cooperative movement, seasonal labor migration, and child labor.
GEYC – Group of the European Youth for Change
Group of the European Youth for Change – GEYC is a Romanian youth organization founded in 2010 active at the European level. GEYC is the initiator and coordinating organization of PRISMA European Network, a European-wide coalition aimed at raising the quality of youth projects. GEYC operates on the principles of peer-to-peer education, mass communication, and the guidance of youth leaders. Its objectives encompass fostering civic participation, defending human rights, promoting digital literacy, supporting personal and professional development, encouraging entrepreneurship, and championing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on social inclusion, gender equality, and environmental conservation.
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