Poraka Nova kicked off the implementation of the SAI Self Advocacy Influencers Initiative with an open call in April where 10 young people (5 participants and 5 mentors) were recruited to join the activities within this initiative and NEUEYT project.
In May the official training program begin and each week the participants are engaged in online training session where they learn to develop their own blogs, advancing skills in digital tools, gaining knowledge how to work on social media and expressing themselves through different digital channels. The main goal is to be heard and provoke a reaction from the relevant policy makers.
SAI is currently in the second module of the training course which will end this week, and next one the 3rd one will begin in the first week of July. In the next month hopefully we can share the websites that our participants will create with their mentors where they will advocate for different topics of their interest for the underrepresented youth and try to reach to the relevant stakeholders in the communities and policy makers.
In relation to the Youth Council initiative that the Municipality of Trikala will implement via NEUEYT project a very important event took place. On the 19th of May, 2022 the first step for the establishment of the Municipal Youth Council was taken by the Municipality of Trikala. The meeting took place at the City Hall, where representatives of local institutions and associations gathered.
During the meeting the Deputy Regional Minister of Health of Thessaly Mr. Dimitra Natsina and the Deputy Mayors of Trikala Efi Leventi and Vas. Kranias, the President of the Municipal Council of Trikala George Panagiotou and the Vice President of the Tsitsanis Museum and Head of the Volunteers of Trikala, Michalis Lappas, presented the aims and objectives of the Youth Council.
This first meeting was supported by representatives of local educational and cultural associations (Pyrgetou, Agia Kyriaki, Sotiras, Fotada, Apantachou Lagkadioton, Sarakatsanaion, Kipaki, Agia Moni, Agia Triada, Varousiou, Efxinou Club, Eloki Chotei, ELOK, Polio (“Asteras”, “Aeolos”, AS Asklipios, AS TRIKKI, SOAT, AST, Delphi), who had the opportunity to express their opinion and analyse the way that could support this endeavour.
Finally, E-Trikala had the chance to present NEUEYT project and more particularly the Six steps to democratic participation and the Youth Council initiatives to both the authorities and institutions. E-Trikala will work very close with the Municipality providing technical assistance in order to have a joined and optimal result. More meetings will take place in the near future.
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