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Levanger (N) - Orvieto (I) youth exchange: results

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We have finally come to an end with the results of the groupwork from the exchange project between the Cittaslow of Levanger (N) and the Cittaslow of Orvieto (I). It has been very interesting and useful both groups of young people of the two towns. Many of the youth have made strong relations, and some have found new friends.

One of the goals of the exchange was to develop some new criteria suggestions that also included youth aspects. There were many good suggestions and the three most mentioned topics with a youth dimension was.: youth center/ activity areas, youth influence, and exchanges.

The final aim of this project is also to contribute to rewrite in more criteria-like language, the suggestion will be:

The cittaslow cities should work towards:

The existence of youth activity areas, and a youth center.
A policy for involving youth in politics and decisions concerning youth topics. For example having a youth council.
Promoting cooperation and exchanges with other cittaslow cities, also on the youth level.

More INFO: http://www.cittaslow.org/article/levanger-n-orvieto-i-youth-exchange-resultsr

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Levanger (N) - Orvieto (I) youth exchange: results

  1. 1. The Young Cittaslow project A youth exchange cooperation between Levanger and Orvieto 2012-2013
  2. 2. Young Cittaslow (I) Youth exchange June 2012
  3. 3. o 24 youth from Levanger and 24 youth from Orvieto o 7 days youth exchange in Orvieto o Financed mainly by the «Youth in action» –program (80%), the rest from Levanger municipality and the participating youth from Levanger. o Initiativ by the youth council of Levanger o Wish of involving young people more in international relations. o Wish of involving young people more in the Cittaslow work.
  4. 4. Goals o Experiencing Orvieto as a Cittaslow o Knowledge of the Cittaslow movement o Knowledge of the youth aspects of Cittaslow o To learn more about youth policy and rural/urban development through the Cittaslow movement o To increase young people´s interest and participation in the work of Cittaslow o Getting international relations o Cultural competence/better understanding of cultural diversity o Social competence. o Comunication and language knowledge.
  5. 5. The Specific work concerning Cittaslow and youth Practical work  Going through the Cittaslow criterias  Doing research in the municipalities concerning the criterias  Researching the youth dimention in Cittaslow  Discussing the research work together. Conclusion  The language used in the criteria itsself is complicated. Not very easy for youth to understand fully.  Many of the criterias take care of values that also include youth´s, but none of the criterias mentions youth in specific. If youth were mentioned, that would obligate the members more concerning the youth issues.
  6. 6. Goals for the future o Arrangeing a revisit, an exchange in Levanger with the youth from Orvieto, summer of 2013. o Showing the Cittaslow spirit and the culture of Levanger in the same impressive way we got to experience Orvieto. o Comparing and discussing differences and similarities o Develop suggestions of criteria containing a direct youth dimention. o Further working with Cittaslow and youth through exchanges and other projects, including more nations and members.
  7. 7. Young Cittaslow II Youth exchange, Levanger August 2013
  8. 8. o 24 youth from Levanger and 24 youth from Orvieto o 7 days youth exchange in Levanger o Financed mainly by the «Youth in action» –program (80%), the rest from Levanger municipality and the participating youth. o Part two of the youth exchange «Young Cittaslow», held in Orvieto in June 2013 o The project started with an initiativ by the youth council in Levanger o Wish of involving young people more in international relations. o Wish of involving young people more in the Cittaslow work.
  9. 9. Goals o Experiencing Levanger as a Cittaslow o Knowledge of the Cittaslow movement o Knowledge of the youth aspects of Cittaslow o To develop new Cittaslow criterias that directly include youth aspects o To learn more about youth policy and rural/urban development through the Cittaslow movement o To increase young people´s interest and participation in the work of Cittaslow o To increase young people’s interest in and participation in society matters and politics. o Getting international relations o Cultural competence/better understanding of cultural diversity o Social competence. o Social capital o Comunication and language knowledge.
  10. 10. Groupwork Cittaslow-criterias  Goal: To develop addittional criterias to the Cittaslow organisation, that include a direct youth dimention.  After experiencing Orvieto and Levanger as cittaslows, and done some reserach on the existing criterias, the group of youth worked out many different good ideas that can be summed up in three criteria suggestions:  The cittaslow cities should work towards:  The existence of youth activity areas, and a youth center.  A policy for involving youth i politics and decisions concerning youth topics. For example having a youth council.  Promoting cooperation and exchanges with other cittaslow cities, also on the youth level.
  11. 11. Goals for future  Further working with youth exchanges, both through Cittaslow and other projects  Working with the voluenteer program through «Youth in action» (Erasmus +).  Continue the cooperation with Orvieto in the above topics, but also in other fields.

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