On March 7th 2019 the European Parliament’s Youth Outreach Unit hosted over 70 representatives of youth organisations from EU Member States in order to identify and discuss what improvements can be made in the EP’s involvement with young people and youth organisations.

The approach used was participatory and consultative, meaning everyone was able be a part of the process and bring their voices and ideas to the table. Partnership for Young London was represented by Troy. Here’s his story of how he got involved with the project.

Why you got involved?

I was keen to learn from more experienced colleagues, and to work in partnership with organisations across Europe who share my passion for creating a society that is positive for young people. Young people and grassroots organisations are not given opportunity to express themselves and through opportunities such as this, where they can have their say on the issues that concern them.

What did you learn?

Events like this highlight the commitment of the EP to encourage and enable participation. It is really important for us to have theses frank discussions together, as a collective voice is our strongest tool. These mechanisms are essential to harness the voice of the young people and the organisations that represent them so that the EP can understand their issues.

But the stand out for me was the amazing people who I met that champion our young people all over Europe. We’ve created a cloud document that contains information about the attendees and the organisations that they represent. Click the link to find out more.

By Troy Norbert, Partnership for Young London