past events

November 22 2021 - November 26 2021

Speak Up and Lead: making space for diversity and participation in political youth organisations

November 22, 2021 at 9:00am - November 26, 2021

Speak Up and Lead: making space for diversity and participation in political youth organisations

LYMEC and ACP YPN are happy to work with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe on this study session taking place between 22 and 26 November 2021 at the youth center in Strasbourg, France. 


Applications are now closed! 


This event is financed by the Council of Europe. 


The Study Session:

- 5 working days in-person in Strasbourg (22 to 26 November) - travels the day before and the day after 

All accepted participants will have to participate in-person for the full 5 days (digital participation not possible)

- Capacity building of young multipliers (political youth organisations);

- Development of the Diversity Action Toolkit. 



- Strengthen youth activism in removing barriers to their civic participation;

- Allow young people, including those experiencing any form of discrimination and exclusion, to benefit from opportunities that strengthen their access to rights;

- Strengthen young people’s capacities, agency and leadership to prevent discrimination;

- Recognise the full diversity of young people and create a safe space for them to voice their concerns as well as learn from each other's experiences. 



- Open for participants from 18 to 30 years old

- Focused primarily on members of LYMEC and ACP-YPN; 

- Primarily applicants from Council of Europe countries; 

- Interested and involved in diversity and participation in political youth organisations; 

- We are looking for people working with members/organisational development - event or community officers as well as regional officers in youth organisations; 

- Deadline to apply is Sunday 3 October at 23:59 CEST (Brussels time); 

- Selected participants will be informed by mid-October. 



- 20 participants will be selected; 

- Taking into account gender and geographical balances; 

- Representatives from both organisations. 


Participation fee:

Each accepted participant must pay an enrolment fee of 50€ for this study session. The fee can be deducted from the refund of travel expenses. All persons attending the study session must complete a travel reimbursement form, even when there are no travel expenses, and pay the enrolment fee.



As all LYMEC events, this seminar also applies the rules of late cancellation and no show fees: Cancellation less than 3 weeks prior to the event leads to a late cancellation fee of 50 euro, and cancellation less than 72 hours prior to the event or not attending at all (no show) leads to a no-show fee of 100 euro. 


Privacy and GDPR:

Events organised by European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) may be audio- and video-recorded as well as web-streamed. A photographer and/or a cameraman, contracted by LYMEC, may have access to the meeting room in order to take pictures and videos for communication and publication purposes. Videos and pictures taken by the photographer and/or cameraman, contracted by LYMEC, may also be published on the LYMEC website and on related social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). They may also be used in other media and means of communication in order to pass on information about the event and activities of LYMEC. The European Liberal Forum might also use the pictures, video or audio in their communications.

***Disclaimer: By registering for this event you give your permission for LYMEC to use your picture in their promotional campaigns and materials and communication about the event. Please make clear in advance if you do not wish your picture to be used by LYMEC***


About the organisers:

The Youth Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Participation within the Directorate General of Democracy(“DGII”) of the Council of Europe. The Department elaborates guidelines, programmes and legal instruments for the development of coherent and effective youth policies at local, national and European levels. It provides funding and educational support for international youth activities aiming to promote youth citizenship, youth mobility and the values of human rights, democracy and cultural pluralism. It seeks to bring together and disseminate expertise and knowledge about the life situations, aspirations and ways of expression of young Europeans.

African Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) provides a platform for young people to play an active role in policy-making processes at the national, regional and international levels (inspired by the legally binding commitments of the EU and the ACP group of states on youth cooperation - Article 26, ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement). ACP YPN aims to assure that all young professionals can benefit from equality of opportunity by promoting and facilitating the integration of the perspectives of ACP and EU youth in several key dialogues such as the European Development Days, UNESCO, the Youth Forum at the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly, the EU-Cariforum Joint Consultative Committee, and the African Union Youth Advisory Board.

November 22, 2021 at 9:00am - November 26, 2021

Strasbourg, France, France