- Objective: fostering civic engagement among young Europeans
- Target group: young European citizens aged 15-30
- How: creating an online platform featuring interviews with young European activists, paired with ‘how-to’ articles on civic activism
- Where: Finland, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Poland
Concerned about young people’s decreasing levels of political participation, European Heroes aims to inspire young people to take action at a local, national and European level by providing them with role models and hands-on advice on how to make their voices heard. The team will interview young European activists who carried out various successful initiatives and produce videos and ‘how-to’ articles on the different ways to become civically engaged, such as how to start a petition or a movement. The videos will feature young Europeans and therefore highly relatable role models. They will be shot in Southern, Northern, Western and Eastern European countries, in both urban and rural areas, to show that young people everywhere can take action to improve their local communities.
Compared to other age groups, young people participate less in political processes – especially party-mediated ones. This does not mean that young people are not interested in politics. Data collected by the “Generation What” study (2017) revealed that the majority of young people are interested in participating in society: 61% state they have an interest in becoming active in an NGO, and over 30% said they would like to engage themselves in political organisations. Young people, in fact, do participate in alternative forms of political engagement more than other age groups, namely in street demonstrations, volunteering, or signing petitions. However, they can often feel overwhelmed and disoriented as to how they can play a more prominent role. European Heroes aims to address both these aspects by providing young people with highly relatable role models that made a difference thanks to their civic activism and by creating an online platform containing information on how to make a change.
The team will interview young activists from across Europe, producing between 12 and 15 videos. Each video will feature a role model who undertook a specific type of civic activism, from organising a petition, to taking part in street demonstrations, to joining an NGO. The videos will be paired with articles providing rough guidelines on how to undertake those specific activities, making it easy to follow the example provided. Both the videos and the articles will be collected to create a portfolio of useful tools and inspirational examples to be published on the project website. The team aims to create an online platform accessible to young people willing to engage in society.
- David Timis (Targu Mures, Romania)
- Alin Gramescu (Costesti, Romania)
- Anna Saraste (Helsinki, Finland)
- Stine Navarsete (Project Advisor)
- Violetta Tsitsiliani (Communications Advisor)
From left to right: David, Anna, Alin
Calendar of activities
For more information about the project, please contact David Timis: