February 14, 2024

The Active and Inclusive Citizenship Lab in review!

A transformative week-long program fostering youth empowerment and societal change.

From February 4th to 11th, the European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB) hosted the Active and Inclusive Citizenship Lab, a study session organised within the Youth for Democracy Programme by the European Youth Parliament (EYP) and Understanding Europe in cooperation with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and co-funded by the European Union.

Throughout the week, participants reflected on what it truly means to be an active citizen. They had insightful discussions on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as project management and diversity-oriented organisational development, equipping them with practical tools to apply in their work. Janis Fifka, Member of the EYP Governing Body gave a crash course on active citizenship and participants gained insights into crafting inclusive messages during a reflective exercise.

Led by trainers Inês Rodrigues, Jerennil Soylu, and Daniela Cappuccio from Understanding Europe, the Lab employed various methodologies to enhance capacities and provide a platform for designing actionable project plans.

Veronika Juhász from the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party gave external input on community action and their approach to tackling societal issues in a creative and provocative way, making politics relevant, funny, and visible to citizens. As the week progressed, participants had time to work on their projects, ranging from creating videos and podcasts on active citizenship to developing guiding documents for inclusive event management.

Study sessions are a cooperation between the Council of Europe Youth Department and youth organisations to work on joint priorities, bringing together perspectives of young people and of the Council of Europe on issues that are ongoing In Europe. Find out more here!