Last week, representatives from Volonteurope were in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to take part in Connector 2015, an annual event organised by the country’s national agency for Erasmus+. The week-long event brought together volunteers, learners and practitioners from across Europe to explore innovative learning methods and share best practice.
Volonteurope used this event to generate interest in its EU Youth Ambassadors programme. The programme aims to foster political engagement and active citizenship amongst young Europeans, while increasing their knowledge of European affairs and institutions, and informing them of the benefits of EU citizenship.
Talking about EU Youth Ambassadors, Erasmus+ Project Manager James Moon said: “The idea is to create a pool of young volunteers who will encourage their peers to take an active role in shaping the future of the European project. We will be recruiting participants from across Europe, aged 13-24, targeting those with fewer opportunities in particular. Once selected, EU Youth Ambassadors will be asked to choose between three areas of interest: arts, sports, and journalism and digital media. They will engage with the topics of political engagement, active citizenship and European affairs through these media.”
While the programme will be coordinated by Volonteurope on a European level, the network’s members will be supporting participants at the national level.
The programme will kick-off at Volonteurope’s Youth Convention, taking place in Seville in October 2015, following an initial recruitment period.
If you are interested in becoming an EU Youth Ambassador or want to find out more about the programme, please contact the Volonteurope Secretariat at info@volonteurope.eu.