European Youth Week takes place every two years. It celebrates and promotes activities targeted at young people through events organised in all countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme. In addition to the Brussels flagship events, hundreds of activities and events were organised locally. The ‘Democracy and Me’ Workshop in YIC Letterkenny was one of them.
It took place on the 2nd of May in the Youth Information Centre, and was facilitated by me, with the help of Maria, Marta, Zoe, Emma and Kasia. The young people present were in for an afternoon of interactive activities about the meaning of democracy and the ways that people can take part in the decisions that affect the way their community is run.
The session started with a wee debate on what democracy is. The word “democracy” is one of the most recognized and misunderstood terms in the English language, therefore it is safe to say that truly understanding “democracy” begins with questions and conversation. The 3 minute motivational video, developed by The Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy set an inspiring tone for the next activity.
The goal of this activity was to see into the essence of democracy – realizing that one does not have to go far to find democracy, it is here around us. Every participant had to “find democracy”. They could use whatever material they wanted from the ones provided. After everyone was finished, we did a mock voting process of their creations. The first 3 with the most votes won cool prizes such as travel books, diaries, tea mugs and a 20 euro One4all gift voucher. Needless to say everyone was excited about that!
The event we organised during European Youth Week with the help of Léargas was a chance to let young people find out more about democracy and the voting process. The workshop was a success, everybody working and supporting each other ❤