Establishing local youth forums as a mechanism for active youth participation

During the month of February 2017 in the Municipalities of Probistip, Caska and Staro Nagoricane, three joint youth forums will be established. The participants in the youth forums will be the representatives of local civil society organisations, representatives from the aforementioned municipalities who are working in the field of youth policy, youth leaders, and representatives from the business community, too. The youth forums are established as part of the project "Building local capacities for youth policy development", funded by the European Union. The project is implemented by the Youth Entrepreneurial Service Foundation and the Euro Center Foundation, in cooperation with the municipalities of Caska, Probistip and Staro Nagoricane.

The main objective of this activity is to contribute towards increasing youth participation in decision-making processes at the local level, as co-creators of local youth policies. The forums will be established in each of the target municipalities in order to reflect the local attitudes of young people, so that the proposed local measures directly correspond to the needs of young people from these communities.

The results of the work of the local forums are expected to affect the planning of local youth programs by the municipalities. An important function of the forums will be the monitoring and assessing of the effectiveness of the implemented local policy measures, and an indication to take appropriate corrective measures.