At a time when the notion of politics is obsolete and irrelevant among young people, the Municipality of Larissa has created the Municipal Youth Council. The aim of the initiative is for young participants to get familiarized with decision-making processes at the local level, and to participate in initiatives promoting social justice and solidarity.
As such, the young women and men that will participate in the Council will work towards organizing and supporting local community initiatives and will co-design – in collaboration with the local authority of Larissa – a framework for the city’s Youth Strategy. The Council places great importance on the participation of vulnerable population groups.
One representative (and one alternate member) from the refugee community will participate in the Council. More specifically, young people 17 to 30 years old, as well as groups are eligible to participate in the Council.
In preparation for the formation of the Council, over 100 young people participated in education workshops focusing on their familiarization with local government operations. In addition, an event was organized focusing on issues related to the engagement of young people in decision-making processes and their active involvement in institutional and political processes, where particular attention was paid to the engagement of vulnerable population groups.