03 Jul What different types of events does the EYP organise? – Part 2: Capacity Building, Members, Outreach, etc.
The National Committees and the International Office of the European Youth Parliament organise almost 500 events annually, all run by voluntary young people. The types of events are as diverse as the places they’re organised in. Here’s an insight into the different events organised by the European Youth Parliaments outside of sessions.
Capacity Building Events
EYP is a training-based organisation. We strive for a high degree of professionalism in our work by young people for young people. By taking part in the European Youth Parliament’s activities, young participants improve their participation skills and engage in active European citizenship. To support the personal development of volunteers, and further their skills, to take up various roles within the organisation, the EYP organises capacity building training courses focused on a diverse set of skills, such as facilitation, leadership, communication, fundraising, organising, project management, inclusion, outreach, and intercultural dialogue.
EYP thereby prepares these young European citizens to not only take an active role in our network, but to also use these skills to the benefit of society as a whole. You can find out more about EYP’s Capacity Building here.
T4ET (Training for EYP Trainers)
Trainings for EYP Trainers (T4ET) are an integral element to the development of the organisation, contributing to the broadening of our active members and ultimately assisting the enhancement of their educational experience, increasing the quality of events and strengthening EYP as a training-based organisation.
The EYP Summer Academy is a training event aiming at supporting the work of our National Committees by providing training courses for board members and active members of the National Committees. The training course focuses on four areas: National Committee Management and Development, Fundraising, Outreach & Inclusion and PR & Communications.
The EYP Summer Academy will take place in Porto, Portugal from 7-10 September 2017, hosted by EYP Portugal. The training will last four days, including parallel training modules. It aims to enable 80 trainees from all over Europe to develop their skills and help them better run and further develop the work of their EYP National Committee. Read more about the training event here.
Across 40 countries, the European Youth Parliament is run by young people who plan and implement all activities within the network. There are regional and national groups that cooperate with each other, to bring events and ideas of EYP closer to youngsters, for example in different schools. All in all, around 3,000 young people are currently active in EYP. Also, all ideas on how to develop the network are created on the level of the volunteers: they communicate with each other nationally and internationally to determine the next steps and to generate the coolest ideas for future projects.
The National Committees usually meet at least once a year to exchange ideas, set new goals and ensure democratic decision making among their members in a bottom-up approach. A list of National Committees and their contact details can be found here.