Local authorities to discover YouthMetre in Toruń
On 10 and 11 May, in the framework of its General Assembly, ALDA held a dissemination and awareness raising event on the YouthMetre project – an innovative e-tool aiming to empower young people to engage with public authorities across Europe.
YouthMetre is a Forward Looking youth project funded by the European Commission that started in 2016 and aims to provide accessible information and to empower young people living in the European Union with tools so they are able to interact with policy actors, and using these connections to bring about changes to policies at European, national, regional and local levels.
The rationale is that by providing access to open information, generated by the EU, the gap between youth and the institutions that decide on public policy affecting young people will be closed.
Local authorities have an important role to play in this exchange, therefore, over 25 representatives of local authorities present at the ALDA General Assembly on the 10th of May had the chance to discover the project at the YouthMetre stand.
Having a first insight on the tool, the Local Authorities representatives were invited to attend a more in-depth discussion about the use of YouthMetre in the local context on the morning of 11th of May. The participants and organisers exchanged across the issue of youth participation and how the different e-tool features can support local authorities in engaging young people in the policy making processes.