A Voice for the Youth – How to speak up and make yourself heard


Generations Y and Z feel increasingly frustrated because their voice remains unheard too often. This is valid for both the formal political process in Brussels and European capitals as well as the public sphere in general. Many young people do feel they not yet have sufficiently developed their skills and means for effective lobbying and are in a rather reactive state of mind instead of making their case proactively. This weekend workshop targets politically interested Youth and members of political Youth organisations willing to work on policy proposals with relevance on EU level and to learn how to make themselves heard. With the current COVID-19 crisis, heavily impacting younger generations now and in the years to come, it is even more important to strengthen young voices and to create sustainable alliances for today and the future.

Selected participants will go through the complete lobbying cycle: from policy design to campaign development and lobbying with stakeholders. You will learn from practitioners and social innovators about skills and tools in order to refine your policy proposals, target your audience and adapt your messages to your goals. The workshop consists of three learning modules (policy entrepreneurship, communication and lobbying), training opportunities and various social elements such as a welcome package for every participant.

At the end of the workshop, a jury will designate the most successful teams with promising ideas and campaigns. They will receive a prize and have the opportunity to test their proposals and strategies during e-meetings with high-level political stakeholders in Brussels in December 2020 as well as a high-level political event in 2021 to be announced at a later stage..

“A Voice for the Youth” targets participants between 20-35 years from all over Europe disposing either of an advanced level of studies or first work experiences. You will work in teams, learn about successful policy development and stakeholder engagement and work on your own policy proposals in the field of economic progress or social inclusion. In your application, you are requested to briefly state your idea for a policy proposal with relevance on EU level which can be either your own one or taken from your parties’ manifesto.

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