Thematic projects, both local and international, are initiatives developed by members of AEGEE. They deal with current challenges in the European society, create awareness among young people and propose solutions from a students’ point of view.
In 2020 AEGEE has launched a new project, called HerMainY, that focuses on Gender Mainstreaming in the field of Communication. This project is funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and it is the ideal continuation of the GENDERS project: it addresses youth organisations on the topic of gender mainstreaming and aims to disseminate knowledge on gender mainstreaming and sharing best practices. The final output of this annual work plan is a handbook of quality and easy-to-use resources on how to implement gender mainstreaming in youth activities. HerMainY aims at providing youth organisations with this handbook and supporting them in the adoption of these practices, with the aim of contributing to the mainstreaming of gender sensitivity in the youth sector. HerMainY consists of 5 phases: - A Training for Trainers taking place 2nd-9th March 2020 in Moscow, Russia, that has the aim of equipping youth workers with competences, knowledge and skills necessary to implement gender mainstreaming measures in communication at all levels in local organisations. - An Action Tour, in collaboration with Europe on Track (a project by AEGEE-Europe supported by Interrail). 6 ambassadors (trained in Moscow) will travel around Europe on two routes to raise awareness and gather the opinions of young people, in at least 11 different locations, for a total of 500 young people, on SOGI and gender mainstreaming. - A Dissemination phase, taking place during the Spring and Summer period, when the trainers will travel to at least 9 different youth organisations. There they will train youth workers on the competences necessary to implement gender mainstreaming measures in communication in local organisations, and support them in the implementation thereof. - The Evaluation phase, in which the project team together with trainers will monitor, evaluate and collect good practices in gender mainstreaming in communication, especially taking into consideration the results of the first three phases. - The Creation and Dissemination of a Handbook. After the evaluation phase, all the people involved in the project will work on the collection of materials and resources, in order to create a handbook of best practices and tools to implement gender mainstreaming in youth organisations. This phase includes online and offline dissemination, and the support on the implementation of these practices for youth workers and their organisations. Check out the Instagram page of HerMainY here!
Since Autumn 2018, AEGEE / European Students’ Forum has been raising awareness on the topic of Mental Health within the organization. In Autumn 2019, thanks to the support of the European Youth Foundation (Council of Europe), AEGEE launched a project titled MINT: Mental health In Non-formal education and Training. This project includes a live meeting (February 2020, Brussels) and an 8-day long training event (April 2020). The training event will be hosted by and organized in cooperation with AEGEE-Tartu (Estonia). During this training event 16 participants will learn about Mental Health and how to apply this in their trainings. These participants are active and experienced trainers in the youth field. A booklet will be produced, during the training event, including ideas and methods on how to include a mental health perspective in non-formal education and training. The booklet will be shared with all trainers of AEGEE-Academy (the official pool of trainers of AEGEE-Europe) and with external partners and youth NGOs.
Starting from Autumn 2017, AEGEE / European Students’ Forum has been raising awareness and tackling the problem of sexual harassment and consent inside our organisation. In 2019, and thanks to the support of the European Youth Foundation (Council of Europe), AEGEE is launching a project titled S.M.A.S.H.: Structural Measures Against Sexual Harassment. During this project, AEGEE will be able to further increase its expertise and enlarge the pool of members who are trained to prevent, detect and react to cases of sexual harassment (named Safe Persons). The aim of SMASH is to create a sustainable system to prevent and tackle the problem of sexual harassment in (youth) organisations, as well as other events and activities involving youth, using AEGEE as a pilot but ensuring the replicability, scalability and dissemination of our activities. In order to do so, we will train youth workers on how to prevent, detect and react to sexual harassment in their local organisations and communities, becoming Safe Persons and creating a network of Safe Persons all over Europe. Besides, educational guidelines for youth workers on how to become Safe Person and how to implement a system that enables tackling sexual harassment in their local organisations will be produced throughout the project, as well as a trainers’ toolkbox to ensure the multiplier effect. These methods will be tested in a series of events in different parts of Europe, gathering from 50 to 1000 young people, during the Spring and Summer 2019. Thanks to the input from these events, as well as the one from an expert on sexual harassment, the guidelines will be adapted and finalised to be disseminated among AEGEE’s network and other youth organisations in a closing event in Brussels in winter 2019. To sum up, the main events of the workplan will be: Training for youth workers in Tbilisi, Georgia, 9-14 April Training for youth workers in Helsinki, Finland, June Training for trainers in Alicante, Spain, 2-8 October Closing event, Brussels, December 2019 If you are interested in the project, and in particular in piloting the Safe Person method in your organisation, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Y Vote is a European-wide campaign designed to encourage young people in Europe to make informed choices at the European Parliament elections. To become active cititzens, youngsters need to receive better information regarding the European elections, European institutions and the European Union in general. Therefore, conventions and local actions are organised in the year before the elections. A voting guide is developed to help voters find out how to vote in their country as well as from abroad. The project was launched for the European elections in 2009, in the forerun to the 2014 elections, and is currently happening to prepare the European youth for the elections in May 2019. […]
The Summer University Project was born in 1988 with the intention of promoting European integration, and it is currently the biggest project in AEGEE which involves more than 2000 young people every year. Summer Universities are events that take place during the summer in most of the cities where AEGEE is present, for a period of one to four weeks. Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, tasting its diversity, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and becoming open- minded citizens are only some of the reasons why twenty to fifty young Europeans attend Summer Universities. […]
Europe on Track (EoT) has taken place in 2012, 2014 and every year since 2016. In each edition, selected ambassadors have travelled across Europe by train with the support of InterRail to capture young people‘s vision on the future of Europe through photos, videos and interviews. In this year’s edition, twenty local events and more than one hundred interviews were conducted on sustainable development. […]
AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project 2016 – 2018 is an undertaking created out of commitment of young Europeans who understand the importance of youth initiative. We recognise the necessity to provide young leaders, activists and entrepreneurs with opportunities to experience the advantages of work in an international environment; to encounter cultural diversity and to establish a relationship of friendship and mutual respect among themselves. […]
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of AEGEE’s longest running project – Summer Universities! On this occasion AEGEE takes a look back at its history and looks forward to the future of SUs. Throughout the summer season, celebrations happen all around the network. The new Summer Events pilot ‘Summer Breaks’ is introduced and teams of adventurers travel across the network to capture insights of different SUs. The project’s core team is supported by many assistants and adventurers. Together, they create workshops, audiovisual materials and an anniversary booklet. […]
The AEGEE Election Observation Project (AEO) provides youth’s perspective on elections. This is achieved by training and deploying young people (18-30) on observation missions to parliamentary elections across Europe. Mission reports focus on the challenges young people face as voters, candidates, and generally as actors in the electoral process. AEGEE Election Observation Missions are open to AEGEE members and non-members alike. Since 2014, nearly 500 observers have been deployed on 20 missions to 14 countries. […]
The AEGEE Day is a project that aims at organising at least one activity per member organisation to show the strength of the network and to unite our members, regardless of where they are based. This year’s edition focuses on Youth Development under the title of Stepping Stones. The teams build around seven people working on content development, contact with the locals, communication, etc., and a pool of ambassadors that are the key to help the locals organise activities. […]