The project Connect

The art of youth participation: building connections to shape our future” (CONNECT) is a 24 months project planned by a partnership composed by 9 partners based in 8 countries geographically located in different areas – north, south, east and west of EU (Intercultura France; SIEDAS Slovakia; Global Citizens Academy Lithuania, TDM 2000 Estonia, IUVENTA Serbia, Turkonfed Turkey, SOCIAL POLICY AND ACTION ORGANIZATION Cyprus, TDM 2000 and TDM 2000 International Italy).

The action tackles the problem of the increasing number of young people who lack trust in the EU and public institutions in general, encountering difficulties in understanding their principles, values, and functioning. The main need identified is the lack of youth INVOLVEMENT and dialogue in all stages of the policy making decision and the consequent necessity to improve the existing participatory mechanisms and creating new ones.

The project targets young people and youth organizations in Europe, creating new models of cooperation among different actors of the society. It supports the birth of new networks which facilitate the recognition and the development of youth work, providing youth with competences, tools and strategies useful to increase the impact of the activities implemented at local and international level with the aim of fostering active participation.

The consortium aims at supporting youngsters’ development, enabling them to become more active members of society, improving their citizenship skills and fostering their capacity to intervene and take action in support crises situations that could affect the community in which they live and as a larger effect the European Community.

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24 months

Structure Activities

The main results of the project will be:


Researches about youth policies and models of active youth participation, and on existing practices in cross-sectorial cooperation between NGOs and policy makers, in all participating countries.


Platform presenting good practices of cooperation, aimed at facilitating interaction between the different NGOs networks.


16 local events, 8 large scale local events and 1 large scale international closing event, involving around 2000 stakeholders.


Implementation of one international training courses, two seminars, and 9 job shadowing for a total of 87 youth workers, multipliers of the tools and best practices on active participation