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How can the European Union and civil society promote pro-social engagement and voluntary work?

How can the European Union and civil society empower young people to take things into their own hands and to participate in social and democratic life?

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It think it´s not that much about "politics", beacuse politics seems very far away for most young people, it´s very abstract, it´s "too big". I think you should rather give the opportunity and a little bit of money to found a club for almost whatever they want: for sports, urban gardening, bike sharing, waste cooking, cultural issues,... It´s amazing what young people can get up, if they have the opportunity and a little support. Beside that they gain so many personal skills and learn project-management by hands-on. The most important things are: It has to be fun! and has to be THEIR project, THEIR ownership. As I said: give them a little bit of money from the government for the start and may some support by a national agencies. I am sure young people got great ideas, but sometimes it fails by implementing it.

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The European Union by no means should encourage young people to take matters into their own hands due to the fact that they could engage in illegal means. Instead, we should encourage them to participate in social and democratic life and let them know that their voices are heard and important because the biggest problem is that many feel their voices are not heard or/and not important.

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I think it would be great to create a flyer or a website that has all the informations in it you could need to get politically engaged. The flyer should be send one time a year to all citizens of the European Union.

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I think it would be great to create a flyer or a website that has all the informations in it you could need to get politically engaged. The flyer should be send one time a year to all citizens of the European Union.
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FACILITATING YOUNG PEOPLE’S ENGAGEMENT THROUGH A ‘EDUCATION POPULAIRE’*PROCESS BY PROMOTING VOLUNTEERING AND RECOGNISING THE SKILLS ACQUIRED Nowadays, too often young people are accused of not making a commitment and being simple consumers. However, I underline that having a job allowing time to do something else is important. However, only a few have time and financial means to make a commitment outside of work. This is why I want young people’s engagement to be recognised, facilitated and seen as a real participation in society. The engagement is a source of fulfilment and development of human skills. Engagement must be at the service of our life-long personal construction. I propose to make pupils aware and value the culture of engagement and ‘Education Populaire’. *Education Populaire is the life skills that one person develops throughtout his/ her life, engagements, responsabilites, experiences and opportunities. It is not through school education, but through extra currirular activities that you develop those skills

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I will express in my language, one language that our MEP can't use in our European Parliment. La Unió Europea s'està enfonsant com a sistema. Tenim el problema dels refugiats, el Brexit, el canvi climàtic, els bancs i, d'entre d'altres, la violència policial que la població de Catalunya va patir el passat 1 d'octubre com a resposta de la determinació de la gent a votar en el Referèndum convocat pel govern de Catalunya. Tenim una UE que no respecta les llengües minoritàries de les regions que la conformen. Com voleu que un català es senti representat si els eurodiputats no es poden expressar en català? La UE necessita respectar als ciutadans que la conformen només així el projecte europeu es podrà salvar. Solució? Apliqueu els Drets Humans que dieu defensar, estigueu al costat dels més febles i no dels mercats, serviu als vostres conciutadans, només així els ciutadans tornarem a creure en aquest projecte.
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Decrease the voting age, give them money, more time and less expectations. Stop telling young people what is "right" or "wrong", they will find out on theirselves.

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The European Union should focus more on education on its work. To make young people particitpate in political events or projects organised by the EU, the youth first needs to understand why we have a Union, why we started to cooperate with our neighbours. This could be done by adapting national course curricula. Then, the youth can be further educated on more specific political topics such as voluntary work (European Solidarity Corps) and initiatives that could make the young people participate socially and democratically. Let them know how they can contribute to European integration and let their voice be heard.
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It is hard to participate in social activity if there is no money to live or you have no time for that. So the work need to be done to fight unemployment and reduce working hours, possibly using automatization. * The education system should do better job at exploring pupils passion in clubs, like acting classes, or make your robts classes, or ecological passion club. Even make video games classes. This should do schools so it will be widely avaiable.* There need to be funds for social service NGO action. * There need to be a swich in culture from candy entertaiment to something with meaning. Culture focuing on important matters. * The culture need to be wide spread, elites dont need to be educated or activated. They already are. * Promoting idols who do good.
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