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Power Shifts project cycle goes forward! This time energy was discussed as one of the topics during a session in Villach, hosted by the European Youth Parliament Austra in mid-January 2019.  Around 40 participants from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Albania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Serbia,...

"EYP allows you to take on challenges and stretch your comfort zone. You and the project you work on are always connected to others, and yet you still maintain ownership of your work." Vardges Shahmenendyan, 22, is the president of the National Committee of the European Youth Parliament in Armenia. He studies architecture and works at an architecture studio in Yerevan. Read the full interview here.
Last week it was really "hot" in Thessaloniki as the 38th National Selection Conderence of EYP Greece supported from the Power Shifts Fund 2018 took place. Around 200 participants from all around the country had a chance to discuss energy related and environmental topics under the frame of the session's overall motto: “Contemporary education in an ever – changing world; Rethinking the approach of modern education systems in a rapidly progressing society”. We had a chance to talk to one of the Head Organisers of the session, Elisavet Sidiropoulou who shared with us her impressions as well as her opinion on the future of Europe's energy.
We had the utmost pleasure to chat with Jan-Philipp Beck, former EYPer with a long session history, former president of EYP Germany, who has participated in several Board of National Committees (BNC) meetings, has served on the Governing Body (GB) and also as the Executive Director of EYP. Here is what he had to say about how EYP influenced his personal trajectory and how he still engages with our organisation as an alumnus.

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.