Youth Democracy Academy for young policy-makers | Study Session in France (Fully Funded)

Open call for 20 participants from across Europe to join the study session "Youth Democracy for young policy- makers" in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France. This study session is organized by DYPALL Network in cooperation with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.funded by the Council of Europe.

Youth Democracy Academy for young policy-makers | Study Session in France (Fully Funded)

About DYPALL Network

DYPALL Network (Developing Youth Participation at Local Level) is a European platform comprising over 80 civil society organisations and local authorities from more than 30 countries. Its goal is to engage young people in local decision-making processes, enabling municipal and regional authorities to address youth needs and interests, involve them as active problem-solvers, and enhance their ownership, commitment, and involvement in their communities.

YP Lab, a resource and mobility centre within the DYPALL Network, focuses on research development and capacity building in the area of local youth participation.

About the Study Session 

The study session "Youth Democracy Academy for Young Policy-Makers" focuses on two of the Council of Europe youth sector's five strategic priorities: revitalising pluralistic democracy and ensuring young people's access to rights. The long-term goal is to create effective and sustainable youth involvement in decision-making with local authorities by building trust and structures between different actors. This is achieved by connecting young people with decision-makers who are also young, fostering a peer approach that encourages participation in their local communities.

During the study session, the organizers aim to equip 20 youth leaders and facilitators with the knowledge and skills to implement the principles of the "Educate for Democracy" program by DYPALL Network, the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, and the "Have Your Say" initiative by the Council of Europe. The methods will be based on non-formal education principles, intercultural learning, and an experiential and participatory approach. This will foster and encourage participant inclusion in the learning process through theoretical and practical sessions, providing space for sharing, exchanging, and exploring new perspectives on democracy, active participation, democratic decision-making, freedom of speech, equality before the law, and social justice. Additionally, it aims to enhance their ability to encourage their peers to participate in democratic processes. Participants will also be introduced to the Council of Europe's co-management structures, which they can use as inspiration and potentially replicate at the local level.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

Youth leaders and young people with a strong interest in youth policy and participation at local level and City councillors and other elected officials

groups (young people residents in rural areas, from minorities groups, or vulnerable groups) are encouraged

- Applicants must be aged between 18-30 years old (exceptional cases can be accepted, when justified)

Be a resident of Council of Europe member State; and/or Belarus, Holy See and Kazakhstan

- Able to attend the whole duration of the study session. 

have already planned projects and initiatives to boost youth participation at the local level in cooperation with local authorities and have worked directly with local youth councils are especially welcome

- Committed to implement a follow-up activity in your local communities.

Practical condition

Travel expenses to and from the European Youth centre in Strasbourg will be fully reimbursed according to the Council of Europe’s rules, for the most economic and reasonable tickets,

- There is a participation fee 50 Euros per participant. The fee is deducted from the refund of the travel expenses,

Visa costs will be reimbursed by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe secretariat will issue an invitation letter that should facilitate the delivery of visas to attend the study session,

Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organisers in the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. Please note that the accommodation will be provided in double rooms with private bathroom.


Application deadline: Monday 22nd July 2024 by 23.59 CET.

Selection result: 25th July 2024

Arrival day: 27th October 2024 (preferably by 18 pm)

Departure day:  1st November 2024

How to apply?

To apply for participation in this Study session, please fill in the online application form in the following link:

More details

for more details about the study session, check the info-pack of the project from HERE 

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