Young peoples’ lives are among the most affected from local to global developments. They are increasingly dealing with unemployment and insecurity at work, political instability, economic recession and most importantly climate change. All of these issues are making youth insecure about their future stability and wellbeing, especially in Albania. Therefore, it is important that they are part of decisions that affect them which will lead to better, more democratic and sustainable outcomes.
An increasing number of young people in Europe are participating in decision-making demonstrating their capacity for advocacy, communication, negotiation, and their commitment to challenging injustice. Many are beginning to shape communities around them, influencing policy makers, professionals and the media with their own unique perspectives.
The aim of this program is to increase young people understanding and confidence on their potential as change agents while encouraging their higher involvement in local development processes. Youth are the future of Albania, and that future is in the European Union. Democracy is the heart of this union and as such young Albanians need to catch up to their European peers and become more active and involved in local issues.
This program promotes young people participation in local governance through volunteering and activism activities, organization of debates and impact groups, capacity building sessions for youth voice empowerment, etc.
To strengthen youth participation at all levels we will enable cooperation among various state and private stakeholders, while highlighting the role of youth as agents of development.