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  1. 1. Youth participation in FlandersIntroduction and workshop<br />Young Russian Leaders 2 Brussels<br />15 September 2010<br />
  2. 2. Program<br />Welcome!<br />Introduction<br />Flemish local youth policy<br />Local youth participation<br />What is Karuur? <br />Workshop<br />
  3. 3. Belgium<br /><ul><li>About 10 million inhabitants
  4. 4. Constitutional monarchy
  5. 5. 3 official languages
  6. 6. Dutch
  7. 7. French
  8. 8. German
  9. 9. Federal state structure
  10. 10. 3 regions
  11. 11. 3 communities
  12. 12. Complicated!
  13. 13. Flanders
  14. 14. Youth policy</li></li></ul><li>Very briefly: history…<br />1960-1970: first appearance of local youth councils<br />Democratisation and emancipation movement<br />Grassroots<br />Young civilians<br />1993: Local youth legislation<br />Financial means -> local governments<br />Local youth policy plans: every 3 years<br />Local youth council as advisory body<br />
  15. 15. … and present<br />7 changes in the local youth legislation<br />In 2008:<br />About 20 million euro<br />Out of 308, about 300 Flemish municipalities are funded <br />Youth policy plan for 3 years<br />Youth council<br />Throughout the local youth policy development, youth participation is imperative<br />
  16. 16. Youth policy plan<br /><ul><li>3 chapters
  17. 17. Youth work policy
  18. 18. Youth policy
  19. 19. Financial overview
  20. 20. Participation
  21. 21. Young people
  22. 22. Youth organisations
  23. 23. Experts
  24. 24. Youth council
  25. 25. Advice
  26. 26. Local youth council</li></li></ul><li>Members of a local youth council<br />In:<br />Delegates from local youth work initiatives<br />Other interested young people<br />Out:<br />Members of the city council or any other elected mandate<br />Attending:<br />Civil servant (support)<br />Alderman for youth<br />
  27. 27. Structure<br />General assembly<br />Advices and decisions take their final form<br />Exchange of information, experience<br />Networking<br />Bureau<br />Preparation of advices and agenda of GA<br />Working groups<br />
  28. 28. Main tasks<br />Advice to city council<br />Obligated: youth policy plan<br />Own initiative: anything concerning children and young people<br />Local youth policy (plan): <br />Cooperate, write, advice<br />Follow-up, evaluation<br />Activities<br />Representation<br />
  29. 29. Impact<br />Youth policy plan -> youth council!<br />Advice on anything concerning youth<br />Negative advice: no real implications<br />Advice ignored? City council must motivate when advice is not followed<br />Objection: minister for youth<br />Action! Media, lobby, protest…<br />
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  33. 33. Consequences<br />Stronger youth policy<br />Youth workers, young people, civil servants and politicians work together (support for policy)<br />Involved young people<br />Learning process<br />Democratic principles, citizenship<br />Knowledge<br />Structure of local policy and the decision-making process<br />
  34. 34. Reality bites<br />Not every youth council is very active or involved<br />Every 2 or 3 years different youth council<br />Agenda: often not very sexy, boring<br />Lack of knowledge<br />Politicians are ‘afraid’ of youth councils<br />Pain in the… -> ignorance<br />But, strong youth councils can be a strong support for the local policy (honesty)<br />
  35. 35. Other forms of youth participation<br />City councils for children<br />Participation sessions <br />Playgrounds<br />School environment<br />Infrastructure<br />Method?<br />Survey<br />Conversations<br />Active<br />
  36. 36. Support by Karuur<br />Helpdesk: questions<br />Youth council members<br />Civil servants<br />City council members<br />Other youth organisations<br />
  37. 37. Training<br /><ul><li>For youth council members
  38. 38. Civil servants
  39. 39. About:
  40. 40. The basics of youth councils
  41. 41. Giving advice
  42. 42. Succesful cooperation with local government</li></li></ul><li>Counseling<br /><ul><li>Inactiveyouthcouncil
  43. 43. Decreasingnumber of members
  44. 44. Decreasing interest
  45. 45. Crisis situation
  46. 46. Conflict withlocalgovernment</li></li></ul><li>Workshop (1)<br />2 groups<br />Eachgroupworkswithone (fictional) issue<br />Imagineyou are an interest groupconcernedwith the issue<br />Your interest group wishes to influence a governmentalorganisationor body <br />
  47. 47. Workshop (2)<br />2 issues<br />In the town where you live, young people have no place to go. They can just stay at home or hang around on the street or in the park. You want to convince the local government of the need of a youth club. Or at least, a place where young people can come together to talk, play games, relax…<br />Unemployment rates among young people are rather high. One of their problems is that they don’t find enough information on employment or special education or training for specific jobs. You try to convince the government of the necessity of a local information point where young people can get some orientation towards employment. <br />
  48. 48. Workshop (3)<br />Make up an action plan!<br />How are you going to try to influence the governmental organisation or body?<br />Only one action moment<br />
  49. 49. Tips & tricks (1)<br />Think!<br />The action plan must fit the purpose<br />What is the goal?<br />Which result would be satisfactory?<br />Message<br />Keep it simple<br />Positive action, don’t get agressive<br />Limit the message to 3 main items<br />Make sure the entire action group knows the exact message<br />
  50. 50. Tips & tricks (2)<br />Style<br />Be creative, a bit funny, surprising…<br />Positive<br />Personal<br />Don’t do anything illegal<br />Press<br />Governmental bodies and their image<br />Evaluate <br />Did we reach our goal?<br />
  51. 51. Contact us!<br />Karuur vzw<br />Sainctelettesquare 19<br />1000 Brussels<br />+32 2 210 91 60<br />info@karuur.be<br />+32 2 210 91 61<br />katrien.vanhove@karuur.be<br />

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