About the project
The project 'DEMOcratise: active youth in policy making' aims to create a fertile ground and the right tools for an effective dialogue between young people and decision makers, through 3 different immersion stages (focus groups, debates and conference), which will lead to a new generation of active citizens at local, national and European level.
A total of 372 young people and policy makers from 4 cities in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Katerini) will have the opportunity to record the real needs and opinions of young people, to debate on them and finally to design appropriate strategies for the inclusion of young people in decision making.
In the framework of the project "#DEMOcratise: active youth for policy making" we invited 35 people aged 16-30 years old, to create focus groups through which we examined the real needs of young people as well as their views and interests on the issues that concern their place, the country or even the EU. The aim was to gather the views of young people in Ioannina and to understand whether and to what extent their interests and needs are in line with the European Youth Goals and the strategies for youth at national and local government level.
A total of 5 Focus Groups were conducted in order to make a catalogue of these needs in Ioannina and as a whole, at national level. It should be noted that throughout the whole range of activities, activities based on non-formal learning (ice breakers, energizers, team-building activities, etc.) would take place in order to achieve the best possible cooperation of the group.
Participants received a certificate of participation. Of course, there was throughout the focus groups the support and guidance of our organisation. The Focus Groups took place in Ioannina in the months of January - March, at the offices of our organization (Zoi Kaplani 10, 45444 Ioannina).
This project was co-funded by European Union, the Erasmus+ Program