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Youth participation

We are part of the biggest youth population the world has ever seen! We are also politically active, engaged and often at the forefront of many global movements and youth-led organisations.

However, we are also the generation most likely to “opt-out” of conventional political processes. Voter turnout at elections is lowest among young people, and political parties struggle to recruit young members.

How can we bridge this growing distance between young people and political institutions? We need to make sure that all young people have access to their right to participate in democracy and this means removing barriers and creating equal opportunity. We can do this with better citizenship education, electoral reform and lowering the voting age.

Learn more about what the Youth Forum is doing, below!


Safeguarding Civic Space for Young People in Europe

Over the years, we have, unfortunately, witnessed a crackdown against civil society, including youth organisations, in various European countries. This trend is continuing in 2020, with extremely worrying signs that the COVID-19 health crisis is being used to gain political control, putting many dimensions of civic space under threat. With our new study, Safeguarding Civic Space for Young People in Europe, the European Youth Forum aims to put the spotlight on challenges faced by youth organisations in Europe. 

June2030, the game.

19. 07. 2019
Have you ever thought about what the lives of today’s young people look like? What would your life look like if you were attending high school, university, looking for a flat, an internship or your first job?

Need to get in touch?

General phone line: +32 2 793 75 20
fax: +32 2 893 25 80
Rue de l’Industrie, 10
1000 Brussels

More information here.