SUPPORT THE POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION OF CONFLICTS IN ORDER TO REALIZE THE FULL AND MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION OF YOUTH IN SOCIETY
Young people are very important now and in the future. But, there are more and more conflicts happening, and it’s making it hard for young people to be part of their communities. That’s why youth groups and their members need to do something about it.
Our training «Community Conflict Transformation Through Youth Work» for 27 participants from Austria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, and Türkiye with the support of ERASMUS+ of the European Union, aimed to train them on how to analyze community issues and design and implement initiatives to tackle grassroots problems to achieve positive change. Issues could be environmental, social, civic, political, or any other conflictual area that affected their local society. As participants, they chose specific issues to focus on and tackled them during the training to design initiatives with other participants from their countries and implemented these small initiatives after the training. The range of possible issues to tackle varied from the environment, inclusion, diversity, education, digitalization, human rights, gender, integration, equality, solidarity, discrimination, justice, culture, and youth empowerment, to topics such as poverty, employment, social public services, sustainability, politics, and climate change. All these diverse topics could be understood in the framework of visible and invisible violence. Therefore, they chose this framework as a method of finding solutions and developing transformation skills and tools to address these topics in a constructive way to achieve a positive change in the community.