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Veenkoloniën te koop!
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Veenkoloniën te koop!" consists of two projects. In the first project young people immerse themselves in regional issues, concerning the decline of population in the Veenkoloniën (population decline is the reason for the project), the future of the region and their position as youth of the Veenkoloniën. Do they see a future for themselves in the area, what's their opinion on the topic of endurable energy, what's their point of view on education and employment? What's missing in the Veenkoloniën? Do they see chances for themselves and for the Veenkoloniën? En above all: what do they think of politics and what would they advice local politicians and policy makers in order for them to better reach and involve the youth in local political processes. Their opinion and vision will be translated into several films. These films will be shown in 3-4 specially organized film nights - film nights at which every one is welcome. The second project consists of a series of council meetings, in which young people debate with local politicians and policy makers. We organise one evening in eacht of the municipalities involved (Aa en Hunze, Borger-Odoorn en Emmen) and one meeting in Assen for the provincie of Drenthe. As a start up to this we organise a suprise event, in the form of a council meeting of the future. Young people will organise themselves a council meeting at which local politicians and policy makers will be guests. At this meeting they will show how, according to them, a modern council meeting should be organised and what it should look like. The other evenings start with the films, as basis for debate, after which, under professional guidance, debates will take place. At the end of the evening decisions will be made: agreements to which the municipalities and the provincie will pledge themselves (in the form of ideas embedded in local policy and/or projects, changes in youth communication). The initial results of these agreements will be monitored in follow up meetings, some six months later. For the long term we expect that, the instruments and ideas handed to local authorities by the youth themselves, will enable these local authorities to be better able to reach young people. We also hope that they (youth + local authorities) will commonly find a way to realise an endurable involvement of young people with locale and regional issues.

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