- Objective: empowering young Europeans to foster their civic engagement
- Target group: young European citizens aged 16-19
- How: organising high school workshops on civic engagement
- Where: Greece, Portugal
Concerned by young Europeans’ disengagement from politics, Civic Act will be organising workshops on civic activism in high schools in Greece and Portugal. Using a learning-by-doing methodology, Civic Act aims to educate and empower young people to solve local problems through active participation, promoting the importance of youth engagement in political and social life. The members of this multinational team are experienced in civic engagement, data protection and campaigning, and will act as facilitators.
Although a majority of young people ask for having more of a say in the way their political systems are governed, European youths are more and more disengaged from formal politics. According to the Eurobarometer, voter turnout among young people has been decreasing all over Europe since 2011. They don’t believe they can influence the decision-making process and don’t feel represented by the establishment. In this context, the Civic Act project aims to have a long-term positive impact on voter turnout and civic participation by empowering young students to solve local problems. Addressing students in their last years of high school, Civic Act emphasises the importance of the first vote, which is a key factor and predictor of future political participation.
The team will hold three workshops with high-school students in different European countries, namely Greece and Portugal. The workshops will promote democratic values by developing students’ abilities to make informed choices and by increasing their confidence in the society. With the help of interactive exercises, students will have the opportunity to flag problems in the school or local community, deliberate on possible solutions and choose the most appropriate one. The team members will support the students throughout the process, present the tools and some successful case studies. A key feature of the workshops is the ‘learning-by-doing’ aspect, which empowers young people and allows them to directly experiment with civic engagement.
- Chrysi Chrysochou (Rhodes, Greece)
- Giovanni Moro (Bergamo, Italy)
- Banjamin Wilhelm (Vienna, Austria)
- Darija Maric (Project Advisor)
- Georgi Michev ( Communications Advisor)
From left to right: Chrysi, Benjamin, Giovanni, Lourenço
Calendar of activities
For information on the project please contact Giovanni Moro:
 Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Perceptions and Behaviours of Young People, 2013, http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/tools/documents/perception-behaviours.pdf.
 Marocchi T., The need to re-engage Europe’s youth, 18 July 2016, http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_6852_needtoreengage.pdf?doc_id=1764.