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As the new year approaches, we are happy to look back into the achievements of 2018 as well as into the future. For the Power Shifts fund 2018 we have received 18 very competitive applications and were able to support 7 great events happening in...

2018 was an extremely fruitful year for the EYP Alumni network. Among other projects and initiatives, the EYP Happy Hours were brought forward too. Happy Hours are cozy and laid-back reunions for former EYPers to get together and reconnect in an informal and relaxed environment. Overall, up to 100 participants joined in and reconnected during the 5 Spring and 7 Autumn Happy Hours which took place this year. We would hereby like to take a moment and thank all of the organisers who took the initiative to host such an event in their city and also have a look at a few of the festive pictures that were captured in some of the Happy Hours.

End of November the first event supported from the Power Shifts Fund 2018 took place in Denmark. All topics discussed at the Regional Selection Conference of EYP Denmark in Vejle formed around the notion of resilience, which is prominent in the public discourse of the area since Vejle is the third smallest city in the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Around 30 participants from the area and all around the country had the chance to discuss energy related and environmental topics at the Rødkilde gymnasium which generously supported the event. We had a chance to talk to the Head Organisers of the session, Anne Seeneha Henriksen and Christian Fuglsang Pedersen, who shared with us their impressions as well as the reasons they decided to incorporate an energy related session concept.

The first ever EYP Media Innovation Lab took place in Berlin between November 29th and December 2nd. The event gathered 16 experienced EYPers from 11 countries who discussed several EYP and media related topics, such as the newly launched EYP Communication Strategy, the mission of...

In 2018, one of the noteworthy milestones for alumni activities was the launch of the first ever EYP mentorship pilot programme. It provides the alumni of the network with a chance to contribute to the personal development of current EYP participants. The aim of this initiative is to bring together young EYPers who are beginning their professional careers (and are, for example, finishing their studies and seeking their first jobs) with EYP alumni who are already experienced and can share their expertise with the next generation. This year, 18 tandems from 16 countries have met to begin this joint mentorship venture. Meet one mentee, Isidora Smigic from Serbia and her mentor, Katharina Okulski from Austria who participated in the first ever EYP mentorship programme.

Power Shifts 2.0 project becomes an integral part of the EYP sessions! Every International Session happening throughout the project phase 2018-2021 will receive funds for the energy-focussed committee to provide more participants with a chance to debate the future of energy, learn more about the topic and gain valuable insights from the experts.

"What I appreciate the most after my EYP adventure is that I was growing up in a setting that inspired me to do more and to achieve more. Every session challenged me, so I grew stronger, more confident and more courageous." - Zosia Wanat (PL) We had an amazing opportunity to get in touch with three EYP alumni who are currently working for different media related agencies and ask them about their current occupation and their time with EYP. Here’s what David Soler Crespo (ES), James Benge (UK) and Zosia Wanat (PL) had to say.

It is a great pleasure to share the news that Mr. Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee, former President of the European Parliament (2009-2012) and former Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001) has expressed his support to "Power Shifts – Reflecting Europe’s Energy" project by granting his patronage. Mr. Jerzy Buzek shared a few words with us about the project and Europe's future:

Involving locals, putting sustainability into practice and giving ownership to all participants were the goals that young volunteers who organised the EYP International Forum in Mechelen 2018 had set for the session. The event that happened between 9-14 September 2018 in Belgium was a great success...

The city of Milano will host the EYP International Session in 2020. We have asked the amazing team of young volunteers who will organise the event why they want to spend the next two years preparing the session. Here are some insights they have shared with us.