Speakers of Europe training just ended: when young people take action with social media

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Conclusione del training Speakers of Europe: quando i giovani entrano in azione con i social media The training course Speakers of Europe has just ended, after 8 days of intense work and exchange of knowledge. In the beautiful convent of Baida (20 minutes from Palermo), 40 participants from 16 different countries discussed on how to promote European citizenship today, by using powerful tools such as social media.

This initiative is meaningful with 6 months to go before the next Parliamentary elections (22-25 May 2014), for which abstention will be a critical threat.

The participants firstly analyzed the European issues and European citizenship, both at institutional and individual level. Specific techniques of communication through social media were then presented to the participants, who were given the most accurate tools for conceiving and launching campaigns. With this double input, youth/social workers, IT and community managers were asked to shape a citizenship or voting campaign.

Following the two phases of thinking and creating, the moment came to share the results, through an online toolbox (available soon) and new project proposals, conceived by the participants themselves.

Most of the activities used non-formal approaches, the validity of which was recognised by the European council some years ago.

Great involvement of the participants

All the participants were very active during the course, and widely contributed to its success, by bringing up their ideas and aspirations. Youth or social workers, IT/community managers, but also journalists or graphic designers were fully involved in the project and in the spreading of its achievement, through an online toolbox built by themselves. This gave an added value to the content of our course, with one of the participants even lighting up the session on social networks with a brilliant intervention.

What now?

The motivation and enthusiasm of participants will hopefully turn into actions. They will share the toolbox and the knowledge acquired during the training. Indeed, the toolbox will be a support, but we expect a lot from the word of mouth, and from participants spreading the word among their family and friends, given their great enthusiasm about the project. This may reinforce the multiplier effect, and encourage any kind of individual in Europe to take action in order to promote EU citizenship and electoral participation.

Contact: aurelien.leblay@cesie.org

Youth in ActionThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.