Youth Shapers: Localizing the SDGs
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan
“Youth Shapers: Localizing the SDGs” is an ERASMUS+ funded Youth Exchange project on the topics of sustainability, the SDGs and democratic participation among young people.
Day 1 and 9 will be spent in Copenhagen.
Venue: Crossing Borders office, Købmagergade 43, 1500 Copenhagen
Accommodations: Generator Hostel, Adelgade 5-7, 1304 Copenhagen
Days 2-8 will be spent on the Danish island of Fyn.
Venue and accommodations will be at Nordfyn’s Højskole, a special type of Danish boarding school, in the town Bogense.
Address: Fælledvej 11, 5400 Bogense, Denmark
School website: https://nordfyns.nu/en/
DATES: April 2nd – 10th, 2019
PARTICIPANTS: There will be a total of 35 at the exchange, not including coordinators. Each country will send 6 participants, aged 18-30 and 1 Youth Leader aged 18+.
COUNTRIES: Portugal, Greece, Romania, Netherlands, Denmark
LANGUAGE: The language of the exchange will be English
- Provide space for solutions-oriented dialogue on climate change and climate policy among European youth
- Equip youth with the tools to participate in the democratic decision making processes by enhancing skills such as advocacy, political literacy, dialogue and debate
Facilitate youth in crafting climate policy suggestions or campaigns that can be used during the “national meetings” phase of the Youth Voices project
Activities & Methods:
The Youth Exchange will begin in Copenhagen on April 2nd. We will spend some time getting to know one another through ice-breakers & team building activities. We will engage with the city and take the opportunity to visit, learn from and participate in some of the many sustainability initiatives going on around town. There will also be free time to explore the city and enjoy the sights.
Late afternoon of April 3rd we will move to the Danish island of Fyn where we will stay and Nordfyn’s Højskole: https://nordfyns.nu/en/
The school has some bikes available for free usage during our stay, a game room, space for movie screenings, a woodshop, volleyball & football courts and is just a few kilometers from the seaside.
At the school, we will hold daily workshops and sessions on the topics of personal and global environmental sustainability, advocacy, dialogue, debate and climate-change policy. All activities will be non-formal. Group work, role-play, games, outdoor time, creative tasks, non-formal discussions and debate can be expected. There will also be plenty of free time to enjoy each others company and the surroundings.
During the week, we will also take a fieldtrip to a nearby eco-village called “Den Selvforsyndende Landsby” (the self-sustaining village): http://selvforsyning.dk/wordpress/kontakt/english/
We will tour the village and learn about sustainable lifestyle practices including permaculture gardening and sustainable architecture. On the way back, we will visit the Egeskov castle in central Fyn: https://www.egeskov.dk/en/castle
Each national group will also be responsible for arranging and hosting a cultural night during the Exchange.
On the morning of the 9th, we will move back to Copenhagen for the last night, where Crossing Borders office will host a goodbye dinner.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18-30, and the Youth Leader must be above the age of 18.
All applicants must have a strong interest in the environment and sustainability issues.
At the Youth Exchange, all participants will be expected to be present at all activities. Active participation will be expected, as will compliance with agreed upon rules. In addition, participants will be asked to help facilitating some activities during the exchange. It is important to remember that the idea of a youth exchange is that it should be by youth, for youth. Therefore, participants will be asked to give input on activities and help create an exchange that is fun and meaningful for all. Participants should expect to meet people of different backgrounds and should come with an open heart and mind. Being kind, helpful and respectful is expected at all times.