Inspiring learning for a fairer future

Start the Change for Youth Workers

Are you passionate about supporting young people to take action for a better world? We are looking for enthusiastic youth workers to be part of our exciting transformative EU global citizenship project on issues around migration and inequality - Start the Change.

Why Start the Change now?
Young people are growing up in a world that is changing almost as fast as they are. Our interconnected and interdependent world brings huge opportunities, but it also brings challenges such as conflict, inequality and environmental degradation.  Global youth work offers young people the opportunity to take part in activities which develop the necessary skills, values and attitudes to engage effectively with the opportunities and challenges our globalised world brings and to have a voice in shaping a fairer, more sustainable future.

Aims of the project
Working with youth groups and schools across 11 European countries, Start the Change aims to empower youth workers, young people, teachers and pupils to explore, debate and take action on local and global issues. Focussing on the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, inequality and migration, the project aims to develop a model of active global citizenship for young people.

Participating groups will have the opportunity to:

• Write a storyline on the themes of migration and inequality which could be entered into an international competition with a prize of 1,500 Euros
• Receive funding of up to £450 for youth-led action relevant to the themes of the project.
• Apply to send a delegate to a week-long youth activists camp in Lampedusa, Italy in September 2018
• Make links with other youth groups in Europe

Project themes can be as varied as:
a) unfair trade conditions/opportunities for promoting fair trade
b) climate change- an important reason why people have to migrate
c) human rights issues (eg persecution on grounds of sexuality, gender and religion) which cause people to flee their country of origin.
d) exploring the mass displacement of people fleeing from conflict zones
e) economic migration- how economic migrants are necessary for our labour market because of falling birth rates

We can support you with training, resources and sessional youth work support if required!

Get involved

If you or your youth group are interested in being part of Start the Change, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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