YEU on YO!FEST
On February 7th, YEU took part in the European Youth Forum’s annual youth festival, the YO!Fest. The event took place in Maastricht, as a key highlight of Europe Calling (a year of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty), and brought together around 2500 young people to discover and debate key topics related to the future of Europe.
The event saw the participation of 37 different partners, namely 15 youth organizations and 22 local partners, that carried out most of the activities offered within the day. YEU International organized and implemented two different activities: “Do it yourself Europe!” and “The European House”. Representatives of YEU Administrative Office, YEU Governing Board, and YEU PET successfully delivered the different activities.
The ongoing workshop “DIY Europe - Find your place in Europe” helped to collect inputs from young people aged between 14 and 25 about the present and the future of Europe. The activity was particularly engaging for the youth passing by: results have been collected in two "word clouds" and are used as a contribution to the final development of the publication “Agenda for Europe”, from 2016 YEU Convention.
The activity “European House”, developed in collaboration with ESN, WOSM and AEGEE, engaged young people in informal, non-formal and formal discussions and workshops on the following topics:
Fostering young people’s engagement in society in particular for vulnerable groups
Access to quality and critical information
Beyond fear and intolerance: experience diversity
Towards an education system that realizes young people’s potential
Rebuilding the trust of young people in the European project
Mobility program: employment and education for all
The impact of youth work and youth organizations for all
The themes addressed through the activity provided inputs that will be shared as a reference for the final discussion on the current cycle of Structured Dialogue in Bugibba (Malta).
Overall, YEU participation in the YO!Fest was positive and fruitful, mostly thanks to the direct involvement of PET and GB representatives and to the quality of the activity implemented.