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.
SMASH – Structural Measures Against Sexual Harassment: AEGEE steps up its efforts against sexual harassment!
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 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. […]