Empowering youth to #YouthUp cities across Europe: ALDA amplifies the call for European Youth Capital 2027 applications

Dec 13, 2023

Youth empowerment & Education

In an exciting collaboration with the European Youth Forum, ALDA actively promotes the call for applications for the prestigious title of European Youth Capital 2027. Under the theme #YouthUp, this initiative aims to empower young people, boost youth participation, and strengthen European identity.

About the European Youth Capital

The European Youth Capital (EYC) title, awarded by the European Youth Forum, offers a unique opportunity for European cities to showcase their commitment to fostering innovative ideas and projects by and for young people. Since its inception in 2009, the European Youth Capital title has been instrumental in creating vibrant city ecosystems, enhancing youth participation, and fostering community engagement: check out the report for more insight.

Why Should Your City Apply?

The EYC project emphasises the importance of providing young people with equal opportunities to shape the social, economic, and political life of their communities. Young minds bring fresh ideas, boost local democracy, and contribute to the overall well-being of a city’s residents. The winning municipality not only celebrates the contributions of its youth but also engages in inclusive co-creation, strengthening support for youth rights and fostering connections with other European cities prioritizing their young residents.

Application Details

The competition is open to local authorities from Member States of the Council of Europe, which are parties to the European Cultural Convention. Interested cities can find comprehensive information, including the full call for applications, relevant dates, and details, on the European Youth Forum’s website. The application process encourages collaboration between decision-makers and youth organisations, facilitating discussions on young people’s priorities.

Key Application Components

For inquiries related to the application and selection procedure, please contact Ivan Neirotti (, Senior Project Officer at the European Youth Forum’s secretariat. An informative session is scheduled for January 11, 2023, at 11:00 (CET), and interested parties can register here.

Deadline for Applications:

February 13, 2024 (23:59 CET)

ALDA encourages municipalities to seize this incredible opportunity, creating a positive impact on their communities and becoming a beacon for youth empowerment. Let’s #YouthUp our cities together! For more information, visit the European Youth Forum’s website.