Fostering inclusiveness of European youth participation

How can youth participation channels become accessible to all?

Fostering inclusiveness of European youth participation


  • Michalis Moschovakos, Policy Officer European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office
  • Laura Petrache & Yannick Le Guern, Founder & CEO B1-AKT Leading Sustainable Strategies & Paragon Communication
  • Valentin Dupouey, Secretary-General JEF Europe
  • Céline Guedes, Junior Policy Officer Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) Millennial Dialogue Project

Goal: Evaluating the issue of youth participation, current approaches and possibilities

  1. Intro and video statement by Umesh Mukhi, a youth activist
  1. Speaker round: 2 Minutes per speaker answering the question:

Why are certain young social groups underrepresented in European participation channels?

  1. Small group work around each expert: Brainstorm on:

Which links/ opportunities would you need in order to involve respective young social groups in terms of reach, access, form of participation, impact and feedback in a participatory practice?

  1. Plenum: Clustering the results and discussion on

New approaches or shape existing ones? Who has a true “need” for more dialogue?

As to ensure a high quality of the results of the workshop session, it would be great if you would be prepared to elaborate on the questions above.

I am very much looking forward to interesting insights, ideas and a fruitful debate for all participants.

 Verena Riedmiller-Moderator

Insights : Yannick Le Guern, President and Founder of the company B1-AKT Leading Sustainable Strategies and Paragon Communication offers a perspective on the role of identity concerning participation.

He brings into consideration that millenials are not a representative group and the notions differ widely according to the socio-economic background. The feeling not being in the role to participate and the little interest in the idea of a European identity needs to be countered by education and the development of a dialogue on values.

The young vision needs to present in the agenda setting process. Key projects like a European identity, Intergenerational dialogues, young leader development and communication can be and should be approached through methods of social entrepreneurship and innovation labs.

Laura Petrache, Founder of Migrant Sustainable Integration Lab & Director of AKT AS 1 –Leading Intercultural Training Institute, focuses on the role of language and the skills to participate.

She makes clear that there needs to be communication and an information flow about best practices building a common archetype. In order to enable participation the challenge of language, rhetorics and linguistic competences needs to addressed.

The project of bringing people into dialogue has to be built on hybrid identities and news ways of exchange. These new ways has to be explored by networks and the invitation on the side of politics to create policies. Global sustainable networks are named as a solution, as well as labs and agile structures.