The voice of young people in Europe, this body seeks both to promote their interests and encourage them to participate more in society.
The European Youth Forum (EYF) is an umbrella organisation for national youth groups across Europe EYF member organisations, made up of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organisations. Together they represent the interests of tens of millions of young people from all over the continent.
What are the Forum’s goals for young Europeans?
It works to:
empower and encourage young people to participate actively in shaping society – and especially a more integrated Europe
promote rights and opportunities for them
improve the living conditions for them
be their voice in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens
How does it do this?
getting more young people and youth organisations to take part in social projects, and especially in decision-making processes
influencing policies that affect young people, by being a recognised partner for international institutions such as the European Union, Council of Europe and United Nations
encouraging policymaking bodies to take youth issues into account in all areas of policy
creating viable, genuinely independent youth organisations – both national and international – particularly by pushing for adequate funding
getting young people from different backgrounds and countries to listen to and appreciate each others’ ideas and experience
endorsing intercultural understanding, democracy, respect, diversity, human rights, active citizenship and solidarity
contributing to youth work in other parts of the world.
The EYF consistently launches interesting and engaging campaigns for young people. To see how you can get involved in their upcoming initiatives, check out their website!