European youth rise up against poverty

From August 10th to the 14th, young Europeans involved in the fight against poverty will gather in Wijhe (The Netherlands).

This has emerged from the demand of young people linked to ATD Fourth World, who, for years, have asked that an event in which everyone could be involved is organized, unlike the usual European meetings where only 5-6 people from each country can participate.

During a first weekend of preparation in November 2016, European delegates set the followings goals for the meeting:

  • Meet young people from other countries, from other cultures
  • Exchange practices and learn from other groups
  • Exchange on topics where young people can make their voices heard
  • Create to space where young people from very different backgrounds and cultures can meet to share their knowledge and get involved
  • Share talents, do things together.

During the activities, young people who face discrimination due to their social backgrounds will participate. Workshops will be organized and facilitated by the young people from diverse back grounds, and aim to have a mutual sharing of their knowledge and experience.

In February and April 2017, two additional preparatory weekends where held where delegates met to refine the design of the project. Together, they were able to think and take decisions about the program in general, and about the organization of the workshops proposed by the young people.

For further information, please contact the ATD Fourth World European Coordination of Youth Dynamics:

Tel : 0032 499 438 572

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Arnaud, a member of the youth group, Île-de-France was involved in the European Youth Forum in Belgium on 21st and 22nd April.

The agenda was about LGBT people and their abuse. It was very rewarding. With Aurélia who represents our movement there, we presented ATD with a video on the Stop Poverty campaign and asked participants an adjective on poverty. We also answered questions arising from the video. During the breaks, we held a number of mini-debates especially on economic themes. The word ‘inclusion’ was often used in speeches or amendments. This is important because the Forum relies on votes and debates to propose texts and positions. These two days were a discovery.