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.
LOCATION: 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: September 27th – October 4th, 2020
PARTICIPANTS: There will be a total of 35 at the exchange from 6 partner countries. Ages 18-30.
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:
During the week of the exchange we will work together across cultures and nationalities to build up our knowledge and capacity to fight climate change and to reach decision makers with our ideas.
Through a variety of non-formal methods, creative games, workshops, lectures, and other activities, we will generate concrete ideas and policy suggestions on climate change that can be used in the future. We will learn and practice strategies on how to make those ideas heard by politicians and other decision makers.
There will also be ample time for building friendships and explore the surrounding Danish nature and scenery. At Nordfyn’s Højskole we will have access to many facilities including sauna, sports equipment, wood shop, arts and crafts and a projector.
All applicants must have a strong interest in the environment and sustainability issues.
In order to become part of the exchange applicants must send a 1 page letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the Youth Exchange, all participants will be expected to be present at all activities. 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.