Youth Participation
Tags: #youth #participation #activeparticipation

- To reflect the situation of youth participation in participant’s local context and explore the situation of youth participation in Europe; - To discuss the obstacles and enabling factors for participation; - To reflect on different ways of participating.

See “Objectives of the session”.

You can find the “Flower of Participation” here:

The questions in step 2 are adjusted to the participants, student activists from all over Europe, with whom the session was carried out originally and can easily be adapted to fit to a grass roots activity.


90 minutes

Plenary room. Space for small groups to work independently.

Not specified

Student activist from all over Europe.

- Flipcharts; - Markers; - Colourful paper to visualize “Flower of Participation” on the floor.

Visualize flower of participation with colourful on the floor with the text facing the floor.

Activities step by step
Step 1:
15 Minutes

Ask the participants to discuss with their partners and share the outcomes afterwards:

  1. What do you think is “Youth Participation“?
  2. Do you think that young people are included in decision making processes (enough)? In which areas are they included and in which not?
Step 2:
15 Minutes

Introduce the „Flower of Participation“ that has been visualized on the floor before. Turn around the different papers that symbolize the different parts of the flower, so the participants can see the text and explain it to them. Ask the participants to place themselves on the different parts of the flower according to the following questions:

  • What type of participation do you experience in your organisation?
  • What type of participation do school students do in schools?
  • What type of participation do young people in your municipality (in your city)?
  • What type of participation does your organisation when having relations with the Ministry of Education?
Step 3:
20 Minutes

Discussion in plenary:

  • How is the situation in your country?
  • Do you think that you are participating?
  • Which is your way of participating? Where do you think that you are giving your contribution?
  • Why do you think there are different forms of participation? [last questions and link to next step]
Step 4:
20 Minutes

Separate the participants in small groups and let them think about the obstacles and enabling factors for youth participation in Europe. Ask them to write down their results in two columns on one flipchart.

Step 5:
20 Minutes

Presentation of the outcomes of the group work about obstacles and enabling factors.

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