Join our online youth exchanges and meet young people from Norway, Poland and Ukraine!

The on-going war in Ukraine has changed the priorities of youth in Europe. While Ukrainian youth are experiencing an ongoing war firsthand, the Polish and Norwegian youth are experiencing the ripple effects of the war, with young Ukrainians sitting next to them in classrooms or moving to their neighborhood, struggling to find ways to create inclusive environment.

Join us on one of the following dates at 5pm-6.30pm CET

  • August 30th: YOUTH PARTICIPATION: What does participation mean for us? 
  • September 23rd: YOUR RIGHT TO ADVOCATE: What, how, and where can you advocate? 
  • September 24th: THE TIME WE MADE AN IMPACT: Sharing success stories. 
  • September 25th: YOUTH IN TIMES OF WAR: How did the priorities change?

Two years into the war, many young Ukrainians are hindered from traveling outside their borders. We are meeting online to keep the youth connected cross-borders when wars prevent us from meeting physically.

Mahira Karim, Advisor at The European Wergeland Centre

Objective of the online youth exchanges:

  • To establish new and strengthen existing social relations to other youth within and cross borders.
  • To get an understanding of youth councils and youth’s situation in other countries – both similarities and differences.
  • To increase democratic self-efficacy in times of insecurity.
  • To raise awareness and increase knowledge of youth participation and advocacy.
  • To identify challenges to youth participation and explore ways to address these challenges.
  • To reflect on the inclusiveness of the youth councils and explore strategies and tools to make them more inclusive.

Register your participation here:

To participate, you need to be:

  • Between the ages of 14 and 22
  • A member of a local, regional, national youth council, or part of a youth club
  • An active youth in school or university
  • Willing to take an active part in the discussions during the online youth exchange

The European Wergeland Centre, in partnership with the Lublin Municipality, invites youth councils and other active youth to explore what it looks like to be an active youth during wartime versus peacetime, and to address the challenges of our time and create hope for the future.

About the project

The project is part of the Youth for the City, City for Youth project, aiming to strengthen young people’s resilience to handle crisis and reinforce their ability and confidence to participate in public life. The project engages young people in local-decision making and local decision-makers in young people’s ideas and needs. Youth for the City, City for Youth is a project in cooperation between the European Wergeland Centre and Lublin Municipality, supported by The EEA and Norway Grants.

About the organizer

The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. It was established by the Council of Europe (CoE) and Norway in 2008, with a mandate to support member states implement CoE policies in practice. EWC designs and offers trainings and educational programmes to educational professionals and civil society actors all over Europe.