ERASMUS+ Key Action 2, October 2018 – September 2020
Lead partner: Lawaetz Stiftung (Hamburg)
- Bond of Union (Palermo)
- Mapping for Change (London)
- APDES (Porto)
- Stadsdelsförvaltningen Östra Göteborg (Gothenburg)
CIVACT addresses low levels of civic engagement among hard-to-reach youths in urban areas by activating these individuals through their lived experience with their immediate environment. This project’s goal is to empower these young people to become protagonists through observing and analyzing their neighborhood’s resources and challenges. Through work with specially trained youth workers, they will gain new experience with civic engagement and the confidence and tools needed to propose changes to urban regeneration and local development. The project aims to face the following challenges:
- disengagement of hard-to-reach groups (youths with migration background and youths at risk of marginalization) from democratic decision-making processes and civic life;
- low amount or absence of effective and innovative participative tools involving hard-to-reach youths in urban decision-making processes.
The project will develop and test new methodologies for participation and reading of the territory, so that young people can actively contribute to the development of the communities in which they live, thus promoting civic engagement and active citizenship paths. The CIVACT project will additionally provide youth workers with new operational supporting tools for their activities with hard-to-reach youths and stakeholders involved in district management (administrative staff, district managers, social entrepreneurship and other involved stakeholders) with understanding about participatory methods to engage young people in the creation of proposals for the improvement of their neighborhoods.
The Intellectual Outputs developed during the project will be used as effective work tools by operators working with hard-to-reach youth, which can thus become the facilitators of the process of development of the community in which they operate and youths with migration background and youth at risk of marginalization to carry forward bottom-up proposals of urban regeneration.