Building on a strong coalition of youth-led and volunteer-led civil society organisations and a network of political stakeholders and regional authorities, the project “Road to the Future” is designed to encourage and strengthen European-oriented youth participation for a specific democratic milestone, the European Parliament Elections 2019 and in the longer term for the future of Europe. AER is a project partner in charge of working package 3 on monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance.
This European initiative, funded by the ERASMUS+ programme, is built on the principle to develop strategies and organize advocacy actions for the implementation of the New Narrative for Europe using the ideas collected during the phase leading to the EP elections and their follow-up, both at the local and European level with parliamentarians and newly elected MEPs.
Within this context, the project consortium has organised a number of national and local advocacy and lobby actions and events throughout Europe such as a training for activists and facilitators in Struga (North Macedonia in February 2019); a raising-awareness campaign which encompasses concerts, conferences, debates, radio shows and art exhibitions (launched in Jambville-Paris in March 2019); as well as other youth-led activities.
Recently, AER has been invited to contribute to the “training for trainers and mentors” by delivering a training session focused on regional advocacy on youth topics to a group of 40 participants (youth activists, youth workers, youth leaders) who were trained to be able to organise local advocacy campaigns and events, promoting the “New Narrative for Europe” and local trainings for European oriented youth. The training consisted of a series of seminars, workshops, debates, games and other informal activities and took place in Werbelinsee on 22-29 June 2019. It was based on the tools previously created and will focus notably on the online dimension to ensure a strong uptake of the online platform at this stage.
The event was organised in parallel to the high visibility large scale event (Youth for Understanding-Europe 2019) to ensure a maximum impact both on the youth workers and on the participants of the large scale event.
AER is committed to youth participation, European citizenship, education and social inclusion – crucial values for our member regions, and so… is looking forward to contributing to the closing project conference which is planned to take place in Brussels in December 2019!
For more information about this event and project, please contact:
European Projects Manager
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