Introducing, the European Youth Forum's latest edition of our annual magazine - YO!Mag!
This edition we have focused on Activism. For some people, it conjures up images of mass protests, demonstrations and placards with strong political slogans. For others, activism might bring to mind certain viral campaigns, social movements or even simply signing a petition. What underpins all acts of activism, however, is more than simply standing against something. It is fundamentally about bringing change.
Too often, policy makers see apprenticeships as yet another rite of passage to set foot in the labour market. This document identifies current challenges to quality apprenticeships, and defines steps to establish apprenticeships systems that are learner-centred, rights-based, and truly inclusive for all young people.
As the year reaches an end, we not only look back at 2018 but at the two years of the political cycle in the European Youth Forum. It seems fitting to have a reflection out loud of the victories and the still existing challenges that our movement and our sector face in the advancement of youth rights in Europe.
In October 2017, 120 youth representatives came together at the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit to shape conversations about the present and the future of youth in our two continents. The Abidjan Declaration sets out demands for the future of youth in the Africa-EU Partnership and to advance the rights and the interests of young people both in Africa and in Europe.
The European Council, EU Heads of State and Government, meet in Brussels today. Among other things on their agenda is the EU’s budget for the next 7 years. The European Youth Forum calls on EU leaders to invest in youth and demonstrate a strong commitment to a fairer and more sustainable Europe.