European Youth Capital winner - Rotterdam 2009
WELCOME to Rotterdam, Netherlands
A major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum's vintage ships and exhibits trace the city's seafaring history. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture and youth spirit.
Rotterdam as European Youth Capital
The theme of Rotterdam, European Youth Capital was YOUR WORLD. Your World’ aimed to encourage young people between the ages of 12 and 27 to get involved in the vast number of activities that were developed. There were three targets areas of the yearlong project: creating effects that will last long into the years after ‘Your World’; improving the public and media image of young people; and helping young people to reach their true potential.
In order to encourage young people to participate, the key concept for the European Youth Capital was ‘FOR’, ‘BY’ and ‘WITH’ young people. The young people of Rotterdam therefore chose six topics they wanted ‘Your World’ to focus on: (1) arts, culture and lifestyle, (2) jobs and enterprise, (3) housing and living environment, (4) apprenticeships and education, (5) identity and meeting of minds and (6) sports.
Together with various parties in the city, which included young people, youth organisations, schools, institutions for art and culture, businesses, and municipal institutions, ‘Your World’ created a programme of more than 500 activities.