Creating Strategies that Address the Current and Future Challenges of Youth Participation
From May 31 – June 6, 2013 CCIVS hosted the seminar Creating Strategies that Address the Current and Future Challenges of Youth Participation in Versailles with the participation of young people from Europe and representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. This project was financed by the European Youth Foundation.
The seminar was a next step towards achieving the vision of IVS organisations for the "Social Inclusion and Active Citizenship" thematic area of action, one of the Strategic Goals of CCIVS (White Paper 2011-2021): "a society which allows freedom of movement in which all members without distinction are empowered to exercise active citizenship".
The seminar aimed to enhance voluntary service organisations' capacities to create strategies that address inclusion and active participation in their international voluntary work.
The seminar combined working sessions, sessions of exchange of experiences, as well and sessions for public presentation of the results. The programme was structured in four phases:
• Internal mapping and analyses of the type of projects, areas of focus, specific results, tools used or produced, etc. of IVS organisations in the “social inclusion” and “active participation” thematic areas of action
• Exchange on the achievements in the field by participants.
• Processing the information determined in the first two phases, discussing, debating and deciding on the approach that IVS organisations should adopt.
• Establishing a concrete timeline and setting concrete responsibilities for each of the present organisation representatives.
The participants actively participated in sharing key information about their projects and the stakeholders with whom they work allowing CCIVS to have an overview of the work of IVS organisations. In addition, the participants proposed an action plan, making propositions on the development of educational resources, on the sharing of best practices, on future possible trainings, on the implementation of a working group and the necessity of having a person in the secretariat to follow up on access and visibility. In addition to emphasising the necessity of networking in order to promote IVS and also to advocate for a culture of volunteers without borders.