Politics is what happens when people shape their lives together. In order to involve the younger generations, the association "Es geht LOS", together with the Saxon town of Brandis and in cooperation with the local schools, has set up a youth council. The project with the help of the "Funding Guideline Citizen Participation" of the Saxon State Ministry of Justice and for Democracy, Europe and Equality.
Aim and implementation of the youth council
In the randomly selected youth council, pupils develop ideas for how youth participation can be anchored in Brandis in the long term. "The young people themselves know best how the participation offers should be designed so that they enjoy taking part. The sortition procedure ensures that very different perspectives, especially those of pupils who are not yet active in the pupils' council or youth work, flow into the development of the participation concept," it says on the website of Es geht LOS.
To ensure that as many young people as possible come into contact with the project, Es geht LOS works closely with the Brandis secondary school and grammar school. Starting in grade 7, two students per class are drawn by lot to take part in the process. The youth council is then made up of about 60 pupils.
Randomly selected - and then?
In the first meeting of the Youth Council on 26 September 2022, the randomly selected pupils dealt with instruments for youth participation that have already been tested elsewhere. On this basis, they develop their own ideas and proposals for future youth participation in Brandis.
The young people take this collection of ideas back to their classes to get feedback on their classmates' suggestions. In this way, all young people in the town can have an influence. The young people take the feedback to the second meeting of the Youth Council.
Draft participation concept
At this second meeting on 2 November 2022, the aim is to develop principles for youth participation in Brandis, which will be used to draw up a draft participation concept by young people for young people. In the evening, Katja Meier, State Minister of Justice and for Democracy, Europe and Equality of the State of Saxony, visits Brandis to get an idea of the project and the work of the Youth Council.
The draft for the youth participation concept will be handed over by representatives of the youth council at a public meeting of the town council on 29 November at 6:30 pm. The aim is for the city to adopt participation formats for children and young people based on this concept, which are oriented towards their ideas. In this way, the project will also serve as a model for how youth participation in municipalities can succeed effectively and sustainably.
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