Following on from the School and Community Labs students, together with community stakeholders (teachers, civil society and local government), designed and implemented a pilot project to collectively tackle a local issue.
The process was underpinned by a needs analysis to identify relevant issues, a collective decision-making process to select one issue to work on and a co-design methodology.
Despite the different contexts in the four countries similar issues emerged through the needs assessment, in particular:
- The lack of child/young people friendly places in the city.
- The lack of an exchange of knowledge and ideas between authorities and community.
- The need to restore young people’s confidence in their ability to make change happen.
- The need for communities to cooperate and exchange ideas, replicate best practices and have young people cooperate with local organizations, stakeholders, authorities etc.
These themes were discussed during a three-day online Civic Hackathon leading to the development of a Youth Civic Manifesto: a document listing the most important factors to consider to increase youth’s participation in local/school/neighbourhood affairs affecting their lives, directly and indirectly.