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Quality of Life X-Change
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Why are some young people more optimistic about their futures than others? How can we motivate young people to take their future in their hands to ensure they have a better quality of life? The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) tells us that Greece is the least optimistic country about its future. The UK Audit on political engagement and other statistics reveal that the UK's youth population is the least politically active in Europe. What can these two nations learn from each other? This project brought together young people aged 13 to 21 from the UK and Greece so that they could learn from each other and apply best practice in their own communities. During peer learning exchanges, 30 young people from London and Athens found out about the opportunities, services and social offer including education, employment, in their respective countries. Participants looked and services in their local areas and found out what their peers thought about their social rights and how optimistic they felt about the future. The groups hosted each other during an exchange where they took part in teambuilding activities and sessions on Youth Voice, leadership, citizenship, local policies and cultural experiences, exchanged experiences and took part in discussions about the challenges they faced as young people. During the project, the youth workers from both countries had their own professional exchange to develop a long term partnership to implement the innovative and creative project ideas resulting from the project. Young people's views and opinions have been collated and fed back to decision makers and leaders so that policies are written that meet their needs. This project will ensure that Youth Voice is included in the debate on quality of life and young people's feelings about their prospects and the future.

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