EU YOUTH DIALOGUE “YOUNG VOICES”
In Ireland the EU Youth Dialogue is delivered by NYCI through the Young Voices programme.
By using dynamic and innovative approaches in our engagement with young people and those who work with them we fulfil the objectives of the EU Youth Dialogue.
Encouraging participation, promoting equal participation, including diverse voices, strengthening young peoples citizenship competences and sense of belonging and ultimately bringing about positive change.
WHAT IS YOUNG VOICES?
Young Voices is implemented by NYCI in partnership with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the National Working Group on EU Youth Dialogue.
Young Voices is a programme that offers ongoing opportunities for young people from age sixteen to thirty years who have an interest in change making.
Within the flow of the 18 month cycle of the EU Presidency we work on thematic areas that are impacting on young people across the EU.
Our challenge is to explore the issues, consult as many young people as possible and ultimately to propose actions that might have a positive outcome for young people at EU and National level.
THE MISSION OF YOUNG VOICES
- To create a better future by empowering young people to influence decision making.
- To develop connections between young people, communities and decision makers.
- To connect, empower, represent, change and make a difference!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Young Voices has a very dynamic approach to how it engages with young people.
We organise events, arrange meetings, deliver presentations, offer outreach and make submissions to decision makers through national structures within the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures National Policy framework for children and young people (BOBF).
We send delegates to the EU Youth Conference where our ideas, experiences and analysis are combined with young people from across the EU to influence policy at European level.
We offer online consultations, we facilitate workshops and dialogue with policy makers, we host international seminars, deliver residential training courses and send delegates to national and European events.
WHAT HAS IT ACHIEVED?
Check out the publications section to see the wide variety of outcomes that have been delivered through the work of Young Voices.
Here you will find many consultations with young people developed as part of the EU Youth Dialogue – Young Voices process.
Watch the video to see what some of the Young People involved in Young Voices think!