Just a step-by-step process

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Why a Youth Forum?

Youth Forums are structured events led and organised by students within and among schools to express their ideas, opinions and proposals concerning relevant topics with a democratic decision-making process. They build student’s skills to act consciously within and outside schools towards a more democratic and equal society.

Future Youth Schools Forums has been designed to guide you through a step-by-step process to set up a participatory, active citizenship experience on local – global issues. As you progress through the website, you will be led through the steps you need to take to either set up and participate in a Youth Forum as an Organising School (Organisers), or to attend another schools Youth Forum as a Participating School (Participants).

What might a Youth Forum look like in your context?

  • An annual event promoting youth participation, schools networking and civic engagement.
  • A space for decision making where debate and conversation can take place.
  • A space for networking and collaboration within and among schools at local, national and international level.

You’ll also be able to share your experiences, network and collaborate with students from other countries on our Discussion Board and participate in Webinars to share your social actions!

Whenever you see this icon, we are letting you know that there are thematic Learning Resources you’ll be able to read and download to help your school and students learn about the issue of the Forum. These resources include 7 workshops for students attending the Forum, short activities for the whole school to learn about the global issue the Forum will be addressing, a treasure hunt, a quiz, an assembly presentation and much much more!

Whenever you see this icon, we are letting you know that there are a set of modules that you can do to give yourself a Skills Workout! These modules have all been designed to help your students prepare for the Forum and will make sure they develop those essential leadership skills, like working in a team, decision making and time management.

Each module lasts for 30-40 minutes and can be facilitated by teachers or students, or can be done individually. The great thing about the Skills Workout is that you can use it according to your needs. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend beginning with the ‘Assessing Strengths’ module!