The Project EYES

European program for citizen engagement to involve young people in ecological transition and to influence public decision-making.
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These YIT will develop a research, a survey to other young people, and interviews to identify the key fears and barriers from the youth perspective on energy and climate. This will improve their skills on analysing social matters, and on co-creating positive solutions to the barriers identified. This process will be mentored by a multidisciplinary Advisory Board (AB), composed by representatives of relevant stakeholders, who will act as role models for different climate change profiles. At the end of the YIT activities, they will produce Recommendations for policy makers on energy and climate planning, and on how to engage youth in these topics.

The collective process with other young people and the Advisory Boards will increase their capacities to dialogue and their civic and social competences. The learnings and the skills gained through the methodology will be assessed through a survey and through the qualitative opinion of the members of the Advisory Boards.

EYES will demonstrate that youth participation in public matters can have 3 relevant impacts

Foster social cohesion among young people
Improve young people’s civic skills
Improve local plans by providing the youth perspective to the policy makers

What is EYES ?

EYES intends to implement and evaluate an innovative method based on youth participation on the energy and climate local planning. Climate change is a global challenge that will especially affect young generations. However, young generations don’t usually have a voice on energy and climate planning. In addition, vulnerable communities are more likely to suffer climate change effects while they usually have more difficulty having their voice represented. As such, young people from vulnerable communities represent a sector of society that is both hard to reach and especially disempowered on that topic.
EYES will create Youth Intervention Teams (YIT), spaces for dialogue on energy and climate change for young people from different backgrounds. Emphasis will be put on the composition of its members, ensuring they represent different social backgrounds to foster mutual understanding.

Developing and implementing innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and/or youth environments in specific contexts

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Project Goals

The purpose of the project is to involve a group of young people (aged 17 – 29 years) in local climate and energy planning, targeting specifically vulnerable groups of youth.

General Objective
Developing and implementing innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and/or youth environments in specific contexts.
Specific Objectives
Enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights.

Challenges

and how the project addressed them

Citizenship participation is becoming a common tool for political participation of citizens at local, regional or national level, but at the same time it has been proven a powerful tool to develop civic skills, values and competences for active citizenship, like :

Increased capacity to analyse a phenomenon or a social problem of common interest (Diagnosis)

Increased capacity to structure the relations between the relevant stakeholders
Analysis of potential impacts to different target groups
Enhances creative ways for solving problems
Abilities to imagine different future scenarios and its consequences
Better communication skills
Team skills to work with several group profiles
Capacity to listen to a diversity of opinions and discuss consensus
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The project addresses two main challenges

Tackling inequality in education and public representation of different groups of young people
Tackling marginalization of hard to reach vulnerable young people who are more likely to be affected by climate change than others

Key features

and elements of the project

The EYES project takes into account the following key features related to the call :

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Support policy reform

EYES directly leads to energy and climate change planning reforms at local level in the municipalities involved

Innovative practices

While non-formal education is common in EU countries through, for instance volunteering or traineeship; this project goes a step further and combines the idea of bottom-up and top-down knowledge and skills transfer mainly being the Advisory Board and local project partner the ones transferring and facilitating knowledge, and the YITs the ones using their skills (which will be developed/strengthened through the project)

Creation of synergies

Tackling climate change is a cutting-cross challenge that involves public and private organizations. As such, the Advisory Board will include experts from different areas that will share experience to create workshops and guide the YITs

context

Context

  • Vulnerable young people most affected by climate change (CC)
  • Vulnerable young people the less heard
challenge

Challenge

  • Tackle inequality among young people to empower them and mitigate the effects of CC on them
methodology

Methodology

  • Create Young Intervention Team of young people with different backgrounds to foster dialogue
  • Develop Advisory Boards of experts that will act as role models to empower them
activities

Activities

  • The YIT develops a research to analyse what are the main motivations and fears of young people on tackling climate change
  • The YIT creates a Climate Action Plan with the help of the Advisory Boards
target

Target groups

  • Young people between 18-29
  • Local municipalities
  • Education, Private and Public organizations (Advisory Boards)
policies

Policies addressed

  • Climate change and/or energy local plans depending on the country)

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Results

The results of the eyes program will be communicated as the actions in each country progress. You can find them in this section.
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