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Imagina Palmela
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

IMAGINE PALMELA - Youth Dialogue is a 10 months projet to be developed in Palmela - Portugal, coordinated by Centro Social de Palmela, starting in september 2016.The participants will be youngsters from schools, from the comunity & from the youth organisations, young mediators, technicians and politics decision makers and other stakeholders, in a total of 236 participants. From those 60 are fewer opportunities youngsters.Its a youth participation project to think about the municipality future, to identify problems, know concerns and imagine answers.The departure point is the need of a new/complementary Youth Plan, at local level, in agreements with needs and action lines, involving not only youngsters but also politicians. For that, the work will be done to reach 3 big objectives:1. Youth Dialogue: It aims to improve the communication channels that exist in our community to achieve a real youth participation and involvement / engagement in decision making processes and the creation / improvement of youth policy . CSP, as an organization working in the youth field in close partnership with the Municipality of Palmela and CMJP, we are aware that this involves a new way of working / new style of "politics" and are willing to take it and work in that sense. Both the Municipality, as CMJP, CSP, Schools and other partner organizations we are aware that, if there is no effort and a deep work in this area of the Youth Dialogue, our society will have serious problems in the future.2. Promotion of youth participation and active citizenship in order to be able to enhance youth participation and promote active citizenship, we outline some specific goals that will help us to achieve the main objective, namely:* Create awareness of the necessity to discuss the issues / concerns of municipal through dialogue* Learn to listen and express our ideas in a constructive and positive way* Discover the benefits of structured dialogue as a tool for promoting citizen participation and collective creation of local policies* Promote among the youth of municipality, European values, citizenship and democracy* To publicize European cultures and enhance the participation of citizens of other countries living in Palmela* To inform and actively participate in the European Structured Dialogue mechanisms, from the coordinating entity in Portugal .:3. Structured dialogue: we aim to follow the presidencies of the European Union (Dutch, Slovak, Maltese, ...) in order to develop the consultations with young people based on the themes suggested by the Youth Conference (according to the various presidencies ) and do reach the conclusions to the responsible bodies (CNJ, CJE, IPDJ, ...).To ensure the success of this project is crucial to have local partners as Municipality of Palmela, Municipal Youth Council, City Board of Education and the Regional Directorate of Education and the school boards, since we consider that schools have a special role in the active development of the project, youth organizations & other key stakeholders. It is this sequence, the spreading of the project (4 awareness campaigns), the meetings (6) will be developed in the school environment, based on a non-formal education philosophy, encouraging active participation of young people in democratic life through interaction with policy makers politicians, taking positions, presenting proposals and recommendations & shaping policies.Methodology: working meetings in small groups, workshops, large group discussion. ICT will be used to maximize the scope of the project, making use of social networks.The expected result is the significant increase in participation and proximity to the city administration to the youth population as well. IMAGINE PALMELA will impact not only in municipal youth policies as well as national and European, more integrated responses and inclusive, before the diagnosis of needs and problems, with a view to greater social cohesion and Europe.Through this project young people will take a stand, make proposals and make recommendations to also influence European policies, especially the youth.The findings, results and project methodologies will be published in order to be disseminated and used in order to have a multiplier effect through the delivery of a USB key to all participants of meetings and stakeholders inside and outside Palmela region.
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