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Kick-off meeting Västerås

First Meeting round-up

Sadly the low level of youth participation in democratic processes, as well as young people’s lack of trust in democratic institutions and values is a fact and this leads to a growing sense of frustration amongst teachers and youth workers within our partner organisations. Since All partners have identified organisational shortcomings concerning youth participation on several levels, both structural and cultural they all decide with enthusiasm

to react against it with concrete proposals with four intensive days of work in Västerås. Everyone met at the City Hall to plan the future project activities and management plan. The objective for coming to Vasteras was mutual learning, seeing how to work together in the most productive way for the next years. In addition the opportunity has been to know which local best practices seemed to work in order to collect them for the data base of the project. Furthermore the interest has been also to see how young people themselves were engaged in them.

Among the best practices and success stories! here4U Putting young people first

Here4U started in 2002 at a school in Västerås. A group of teenage students wanted to make the school a safer place for all. They knew what was going on in the corridors and around school. They got help from Nicklas, who worked there - and toghether they started here4U. The group got bigger, and after a while other schools heard about them and also started their own groups with young people. Today - about 50 schools have active here4U-groups.

Other methods included Democratic and Socratic youth dialogue. The partners even benefitted from an OPERA session an efficient method for working in groups.

Other methods included Democratic and Socratic youth dialogue. The partners even benefitted from an OPERA session an efficient method for working in groups.

Agenda meeting Västerås