advancement of the democratic process in participating countries
Several country reports mention information and awareness raising activities linked to democratic processes in the countries. Such campaigns or actions aim at increasing young people’s participation in elections, their understanding of their rights or to fight certain forms of extremism. For example in Ireland, where a proposal to extend voting rights to young people aged 16 and 17 years has been on the table since 2009, an Irish Vote@16 campaign is being promoted by the National Youth Council. As part of the Vote@16 campaign a series of measures have been implemented to facilitate greater voter turnout, particularly among young people. The German country report presents several examples of activities aimed at fighting extremism through the democratic engagement of young people.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
<BODY>The term "youth work" describes a wide range of activities, themes and actions offered by different actors in different fields and in different forms. However, youth work differs significantly from other policy areas through its three main characteristics, which are its nature: focus on young people, personal development and voluntary participation. In total there are eight fields of action: youth in the world, participation, health and well-being, employment and training, volunteering, social inclusion, creativity and culture.</BODY>
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
This report was developed between August 2012 and October 2013. During this period, the research team: • carried out a review of what is already known and what gaps exist in knowledge on the topic of youth work in the EU; • created a typology of different youth work activities across the EU; • mapped the national context of youth work in each Member State through an examination of definitions, legal frameworks, the situation of youth workers, the role and value of youth work and the impact (this was completed in January 2013 and thus reflects the situation as of then); • held a seminar with stakeholders to share knowledge and expertise and discuss the preliminary results of the study; • carried out case studies with youth work initiatives and activities exploring the stories behind their success.
between August 2012 and October 2013