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How do we get more young people in Europe to volunteer?

#AskNavracsics-helping more young people to engage in their communities

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Youth, wants to help more young people to engage with their communities through volunteering and other activities. He recently discussed the broad issues with a number of young people online and in person, and now he would like to hear from many more young people across Europe.

He wants to hear young peoples’ ideas and opinions on how to make it easier for them to get involved in their communities. These will be used by him and his staff to influence policies and practices at European and national levels. His discussions with young people, along with more formal research into this topic, has highlighted some of the things that discourage young people from getting involved in their communities through volunteering and other activities, including:

  • A lack of motivation and information about how to start volunteering;
  • Too few role models that young people can be inspired by;
  • Not enough information on the opportunities and projects that are available;
  • The costs of taking part;
  • Very little recognition of all the effort put in;
  • Little acceptance by potential employers of the new skills gained through getting involved.

 

Participants to the consultation will have to give their views on what should be done to reduce or remove these barriers, and any others that make it difficult for young people to engage in their communities.

Deadline to participate is 31st August 2016.

http://europa.eu/youth/asknavracsics