[fyeg_gen-l] Council of Europe Award "Young Active Citizens"

Natalie Debono ndebono at ba-malta.org
Mon Feb 2 11:53:32 CET 2004


"Participation of young people in the prevention and  fight against violence
in everyday life"

For the third year running, the Council of Europe organises the "Young
active citizens" Award, promoting active participation of young people in
society.

Any concrete and sustainable measure, action or project in support for young
people's active participation on local and/or regional level in the
prevention and fight against violence in every day life is welcome to apply!
The Award aims at promoting and supporting the development of the project
and at the promotion of the Council of Europe's Youth Sector's philosophy of
co-management. The Revised Charter on participation of young people in local
and regional life as adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of Europe is a source of inspiration.

Who can apply?
-young people, their NGO's or representative organisations, networks or
other structures.
-local and/or regional authorities.
in all the States parties to the European Cultural Convention.

What kind of projects?
-projects have been implemented in 2003 and finish 15th of May 2004 at the
latest.
-projects can address any kind of violence in every day life: domestiv
violence, gang violence, violence in and around school, gender based
violence, violence motivated by racism and extremismŠ
-projects show cooperation between young people, their organisations and
local or regional authorities.
-projects can address the problem in different ways: campaigning,
prevention, training, Š

How to apply?
-Deadline is 15th of May 2004
-Look for the application and guidelines at http://www.coe.int/youth or send
an E-mail to: leen.laconte at coe.int
(please sent a copy cc to info at unitedagainstracism.org )


Further information:
1. Aims and objectives of the 2004 Award
2. The theme of the 2004 Award
3. Entrants
4. Criteria
5. Jury
6. Calendar
7. Prizes
8. How to apply?
>From 2004, the Award will focus on youth participation at local and regional
levels.

1. Aims and objectives of the 2004 Award

The Young Active Citizens Award 2004 aims, in particular, to encourage
cooperation between local and/or regional authorities and young people. Any
concrete and sustainable measure, action or project in support for young
people's active participation on local and/or regional level in the
prevention and fight against violence in every day life is welcome to apply.
In this new format, the Award represents a concrete contribution of the
Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe to the
implementation of the revised European Charter on participation of young
people in local and regional life" adopted by the Congress of Local and
Regional Authorities of Europe (CPLRE) in May 2003. Furthermore, the Award
wants to visualise the Council of Europe's youth sector's philosophy of
co-management in the creation and implementation of measures for young
people's active participation. In this context, and as a contribution to the
work of the Council of Europe's youth sector on the prevention of violence,
the 2004 Young Active Citizens Award will be rewarded to outstanding
measures, actions or projects aiming to promote active participation of
young people in the prevention and fight against violence in everyday life.

The general objectives of the Award are:

- to promote innovative initiatives for the promotion of active
participation of young people at local and regional levels;
- to contribute to the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on
participation of young people in local and regional life, and of the
priorities of the youth sector;
- to highlight and disseminate examples of good practice;
- to increase the visibility of the youth sector and the work of the Council
of Europe.

2. The theme of the 2004 Award

The theme of the Award in 2004 is "Participation of young people in the
prevention and fight against violence in everyday life". Initiatives may
focus on specific issues such as:

· Domestic violence
· Gang violence (including violence in and around sport arenas)
· Violence in and around school
· Awareness-raising and training (formal and non-formal) for young people
· Gender based violence,
· Violence motivated by racism and extremism;
· other

3. Entrants

The competition is open to local and/or regional authorities, as well as to
non governmental youth organisations and networks, and other structures
involved in youth work, in the States parties to the European Cultural
Convention. In view of its objectives, the Award will preferably be granted
to measures, actions or projects that have been developed or implemented
jointly or in co-operation between youth organisations/networks/structures
and local or regional authorities, and submitted on a joint application.

4. Criteria
The Award will be given to (policy/strategic) measures, actions or projects
that aims at supporting and facilitating active participation of young
people (or/and youth organisations/networks) in the prevention and the fight
against violence in everyday life. Such initiatives are designed and
implemented according to the values and principles of the Council of Europe,
and, in particular, those of the Revised Charter on participation of young
people in local and regional life. Initiatives should be implemented in 2003
and completed before 15/05/04.

5. Jury

The Jury are members of the Programming Committee of the European Youth
Centres and the European Youth Foundation, as well as the Council of Europe
Director of Youth and Sport or his/her representative, and one
representative of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe
(CLRAE).

6. Calendar

- Deadline for the submission of projects: 15th of May 2004.
- Meeting of the Jury: June 2004.
- Award ceremony: on the occasion of the final Conference of the Integrated
Project "Responses to violence in everyday life", which will be organised by
the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, in October 2004.

7. Prizes
The winning initiatives will be Guests of Honour at the Council of Europe's
Conference "Responses to violence in everyday life" in Strasbourg, October
2004. The prizes want to boost the visibility, the impact and the
acknowledgement of the initiatives, the Revised Charter on participation of
young people in local and regional Life, and the work of the Council of
Europe youth sector. Detailed information concerning the Prizes will be
available in February 2004.

8. How to apply?
Please, complete the application form, in English or French, and send it by
15 May 2004, to "Council of Europe Award Young Active Citizens", at the
following E-mail address leen.laconte at coe.int or Fax: 00 33 3 41 27 78

(please sent a copy cc to info at unitedagainstracism.org )





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