In the years 2022-2024, as part of the Initiative, a number of activities will be implemented that respond to problems and ideas reported during meetings, talks and consultations with Lublin youth, youth organizations and their international partners during preparations for obtaining the title of EYC 2023. Thanks to the activities carried out under the Initiative, we want Lublin to become a city that invests in young people's ideas, strengthens and develops their competences, as well as a place for international youth meetings and dialogue on the civic involvement of young people.
As part of the Initiative, to create a place in Lublin - a space for young people using the participatory model is planned, i.e. the place, its arrangement and the manner of organization are decided by young people. The city's goal is to create a space that will meet the needs of young people in Lublin. It will become an open, friendly and creative place for everyone. We work as part of a special working group for youth spaces. People who applied for open recruitment will participate in meetings, workshops and study trips. We will learn together and exchange experiences with partners from Krakow, Warsaw and Oslo. We create our common place at 11 Peowiaków Street in Lublin. We cordially invite all interested persons to join the working group and work together.
As part of the Initiative, two editions of the “School Participatory Budget” (SPB) will be carried out in Lublin, which is an opportunity to co-finance projects created by Lublin youth. The School Participatory Budget consists of many stages, including appointment of special school working teams, participation of working groups in training, submission of projects and their implementation. Participation in the project involves not only students, but the entire school community, including: pedagogical, administrative and service staff, students and parents.
Thanks to the pilot edition of the SPB carried out in 2021, it was possible to assess how it affects the school community and school, as well as what information about the institution it can provide. SPB is a piece of knowledge about school finances, an amazing lesson in Knowledge about Society, learning entrepreneurship and, most importantly, everything takes place in practice, not from the perspective of the school bench. Students who make decision concerning the school to a greater extent identify themselves with its space and have a sense of shared co-responsibility for it. They are proud of the results of completed projects.
For cooperation in the edition of the School Participatory Budget entitled "Development of student self-government in Lublin - School Participatory Budgets - second edition", 20 institutions were selected in 2022. Thanks to participation in the SPB, the institutions will receive PLN 4,000 each for the implementation of ideas selected by the school community in the school year 2022/2023. It is worth noting that the first edition of the SPB showed that it is also possible to implement projects that will not be selected during the voting. Most often, such projects are financed by the Parents' Council. SPB, in addition to being one of the components of the Initiative, is also one of the activities carried out in preparation for the celebration of the European Youth Capital Lublin 2023.
As part of the Initiative, it is planned to expand the activities of the Youth Information and Development Centre as a unique place where theory meets practice and information meets opportunities. The Center supports the development of youth information and encourages active citizenship of young people, promoting social responsibility, initiative and entrepreneurship. YIDC's activities are targeted at young people and all people who work with them. As part of the Initiative, YIDC offers:
As part of the initiative, international online and offline youth exchanges will be organized with the participation of beneficiaries from Norway, Poland and Ukraine. Each year of the Initiative implementation, there will be one offline and one online exchange in Norway. Each trip to Norway will last 3 days, 35 people will participate in it. Experienced trainers will lead the activities during the exchanges.
The exchange program includes, among others workshops on building civil society, democracy and tolerance, as well as integration activities. The program will be developed together with young people. The exchanges are aimed at stimulating the activity of youth to social activities. By participating in exchanges, young people will increase their social skills, such as: cooperation in international teams, openness, respect, verbal and non-verbal communication, dealing with criticism, assertiveness, conflict resolution. A total number of people participating in offline exchanges is 70 (35 people a year) and 600 people (300 people a year) in online exchanges.
The Initiative includes study visits to Poland and Norway, as well as workshops, thematic panels, Partners’ Forum and the Grant’s Fair as part of two editions of the Cross-Border Cooperation Congress in 2022 and 2023.
The action will be attended by young people and people cooperating with young people from Norway, Poland and Ukraine - a total of 300 people. The action aims to intensify cooperation and exchange of experiences between participants in the field of youth policy, the functioning of youth organizations, building partnerships and implementing international projects. During the study visits, meetings will be held with entities responsible for shaping youth policy in the city where the visit will take place, and meetings with selected youth organizations will take place. Study visits will allow participants to learn about specific solutions and good practices of experienced entities.
Cross-Border Cooperation Congress, being organized for 10 years in Lublin, is a meeting place and a platform for dialogue between science, culture, education, local and state authorities from the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries. The two upcoming editions of the Congress will be dedicated to youth thematic. As part of the Initiative, during each edition of the Congress, 2 thematic panels, 2 workshops, the Grants’ Fair and the Partners’ Forum will be organized. During the Panels and workshops, experts from Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus will share their knowledge and experience with the participants of the Congress and will present the most interesting examples from their practice. During the Grants' Fair, young people and representatives of youth organizations will have the opportunity to meet representatives of entities that provide financial support for international projects. During the Partner Forum, organizations looking for international partners for their projects will be able to meet and establish cooperation.