In light of the last decade of precarisation of the youth and the Corona crisis accelerating this trend, young people have become the demographic age group most at risk of experiencing poverty in urban Europe. Policies attempting to mitigate the effects of urban inequality, often disregard affected citizens’ experiences, and thus fail to affect maximum impact. By incorporating the perspective of beneficiaries into the policy design, implementation and evaluation processes, local and regional governments can identify innovative and effective measures to better protect and empower new generations. By sharing inspiring experiences of how to develop more targeted policies safeguarding youth (incl. the most vulnerable ones), this session aims to be a trigger for action for cities and regions to co-create their local solutions in sectors such as housing, education, and climate and environmental protection. We will zoom in on these topics during interactive discussions in breakout rooms. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about one of the four inspiring local projects on young people's engagement in the policy co-creation processes, and interact with the project leaders, engaged young people and local policy-makers.
Room 1: Co-creation of housing policy in Amsterdam facilitated by Hanna Smit, Consultant at !Woon (The Netherlands)
Room 2: Co-creation of an educational programme in Sfantu Gheorghe facilitated by Gabriella Tonk, Project Coordinator at SUPPEDITO (Romania)
Room 3: Co-creation of a Youth Strategy in Budapest facilitated by Júlia Vujovits, Project Coordinator at Foundation for Democratic Youth (Hungary)
Room 4: Empowering young climate activists facilitated by Elisabeth Kremer, Programme Manager at Kreisau Initiative (Germany)