Bearing in mind current needs, but also forthcoming days of Lublin youth, Lublin undertakes measures to develop a youth policy programme until 2030. This document will set the directions for development of Lublin as a youth-friendly place. Moreover, it will top out this unique 2023 year where Lublin holds this respectable title European Youth Capital 2023.
Youth policy is a document that will set directions for development of Lublin as a friendly, open place that offers a wide range of development prospects for young people. The bottom of youth policy development process is the widest possible youth participation, especially those whose needs and urges have not yet been classified. The developed document is to provide a clear and comprehensive answer to the question of how to shape a responsible urban policy that builds the personality of young people. It is important to underline their individuality and to provide them with adequate and relevant tools for their further participation in social life.
Youth policy development process was divided into several stages. The first step was the so-called desk research. On the basis of available reports complementary research tools were developed.
It consisted of:
- 6 individual meetings - with City Officials, with a representative of Lublin Youth City Council, NGO representative working with/for young people and representatives of an educational establishment;
- 6 developed and advanced group meetings - with students of primary schools, technical secondary schools, students and young people with special needs, e.g. pupils and students of special schools and educational centers, youth workers engaged with young people, e.g. in immigrant environments, culture, sport, participation, as well as with young people who remain outside employment and education sector.
People recruitment for group interviews was mostly done by random selection. Participation of people who had not been researched so far in the subject of inactive and non-leader young people involvement was particularly crucial. After the research stage is completed, the first draft of the document will be developed. Lublin youth policy process ensures accessibility for people with special needs. During the process, officials and representatives of organisations co-creating the policy have the opportunity to learn about good practices of other cities. Lublin invited Pole Dialogu Foundation, experienced in participatory and youth project management, to collaborate closely on the report. Moreover, Pole Dialogu Foundation cooperates with the Lublin Research Group and the Stocznia Foundation.