Projects on political participation in youth work
St. Polten (OTS/NLK) – Because young people are confronted with global issues in all walks of life, from climate justice to dealing with refugees to the phasing out of fossil fuels, and are often the most affected by political decisions, Südwind Niederösterreich is committed to giving them a voice, especially during the European Year of Youth and to give opportunities for political participation.
With a view to tomorrow’s International Youth Day, the association for development policy and global justice refers to a survey by SOS Children’s Villages, according to which 88 percent of all 11- to 18-year-olds in Austria believe that action must be taken now to protect the climate and the environment, before it is too late, and 72 percent say the young must pay for the mistakes of the older generation.
Südwind is therefore committed to projects that open opportunities for young people to participate and correct the situation – for example with the EU project “YUPAD – Youth Participatory budgets empowering young people using big data”: together with partners from eight countries (Belgium , Italy) , Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Greece and Cyprus), Südwind deals with participatory youth budgets. “Young people have many ideas for a better and more livable world. But who listens to them and where do they get the money to implement their ideas? Many cities and states allocate a participatory youth budget – that is, a pot of money with which they can implement their project ideas. We support authorities in setting up participatory youth budgets and young people to make use of the budgets,” says Südwind project manager Julia Weber.
Südwind Niederösterreich has also been involved in youth projects for many years, especially in the Bucklige Welt Wechselland fair trade region, where numerous youth conferences, holiday games and workshops have taken place and in the coming months further projects across generations will be held under the motto. “Generations FAIRverbindungen”. be implemented. “Equitable and sustainable regional development is only possible with comprehensive education and youth work,” emphasized Dr. Ingrid Black.
For more information, contact Südwind Niederösterreich at 02622/24832, Mag. Jana Teynor, email firstname.lastname@example.org and www.suedwind.at/niederoesterreich.
Questions and contact:
Office of the Lower Austrian provincial government
State Office Directorate/Public Relations
May. Rainer Hirschkorn