More and more EYP Alumni are helping the EYP to establish new partnerships - by facilitating contact with their institutions, or by establishing links with their networks. Such partnerships are important, as they provide much-needed resources for our activities, and help us to create long-term impact. We got in touch with Valeriia Cherednichenko (UA), EYP Alumna working for the UNHCR, to ask how she became a "Door Opener" for the EYP - paving the way for a very successful partnership that has now been ongoing for 2 years. Read here what she had to say...
Power Shifts Fund in Eastern Europe: This May 82 participants came together to discuss crucial issues in the energy sector at the Regional Session in Dnipro (Ukraine) under the motto "Heading towards safe, secure and sustainable energy".
The EYP National Committee Support Fund is about to kickstart distributing €14.000! We will support 16 national organisations and 27 different events and projects which will be carried out by EYP across Europe throughout 2019. Supported projects include national organisation capacity building, strategies, administrative costs and legal fees, sustainability, and strengthening the diversity of the network.
The European Youth Parliament encourages young people to make use of their voting rights, also in the European elections. The EYP #IvoteFor campaign invites youth to name their own reason to vote. We asked Catarina, Jonas and Vincent who initiated the campaign about their experience with mobilising others to vote.
We are thrilled to share that we have once more held our Alumni Happy Hours in the Spring of 2019! In May, more than 60 EYP Alumni got together to celebrate the Day of Europe. Happy Hours are cozy and laid-back reunions for former EYPers to get together and reconnect in an informal and relaxed environment.
"Only by seeing and feeling that, at least here in Europe, nationalities are outdated concepts can we embrace the upcoming challenges." - Radoslaw Skowron (PL)
We got in touch with EYP Alumni currently working in different positions in the Law field to ask them about the impact of EYP on their current careers. Here is what Radoslaw Skowron (PL) and Alexandros Politis (GR) had to say:
How will European democracy look after the elections in May? Will young people feel more represented? In 2014, only 28% of 18-to-24-year-olds voted in the European Parliament elections, compared to 51% of those aged over 55. The European Youth Parliament (EYP) encourages young voters to make use of their voting rights. This peer-to-peer educational programme offers young people the space to actively engage with democracy, not just during elections, but in everyday life.
The 89th International Session of the European Youth Parliament(EYP) took place in Yerevan, Armenia in March 2019. For 10 days, almost 300 participants from 36 countries across Europe engaged in intercultural encounters and explored ways to be active citizens together. It was notably the biggest international youth event in the history of Armenia. Below are some of the session's highlights.
This March has been busy for the Power Shifts project! Next to the Yerevan International Session and Baku National Selection Conference, also the National Selection Conference of EYP France took place between 21-26 March in Eaubonne with a total of 115 participants, gathering delegates from all over France as well as Ukraine and Armenia.
The media team of Eaubonne session asked the delegates their opinion on energy transition, and you can hear their opinions on this video by Francisco Cardoso, the editor of the session.