July 2017 – May 2018
The main focus of Youth, Not Status is the social inclusion of refugee and migrant youth. Our idea is to stimulate and facilitate communication between young people of different backgrounds, and to encourage them to engage with decision-makers so as to arrive at practical solutions and ideas to:
- promote the participation of young people in discussions among themselves and with decision-makers as a tool for prevention against radicalisation, racism and marginalisation;
- foster integration and social cohesion between young communities;
- promote intercultural dialogue through empowerment and active involvement with other young people living in Malta;
- provide human rights information and skills necessary to structure ideas and strategies;
- support empowerment in political participation and decision making through dialogue with decision and policy makers
The activities were entirely youth-led and included practical action to engage participants in conversations, space for advice, talks, discussions, presentations, video screenings and other tools supporting the development of common perspectives for action and sustainable strategies and formulate necessary political demands.
How did we do this?
We organised a series of workshops during which the participants developed a collective plan, with the help of coaches, in order to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills through activities (training, campaigns, evaluations, follow-up, etc).
The program was a unique opportunity to acquire practical tools to help youth in developing common perspectives for sustainable strategies. They were guided on how to formulate political demands, comment and provide input on how Malta’s youth policy can be used as a tool to promote and encourage integration.
The project included:
- Two Youth Camp weekends;
- a series of workshops, facilitated by experts on youth policy, human rights, active citizenship and refugee/migrant integration, leading to a policy encounter with government authorities responsible for youth and also for integration;
- social events in order to stimulate friendship, networking and the creation of a safe and comfortable environment.
Throughout the project, we focused on human rights, advocacy skills, intercultural learning and active participation.