In 2018 EYFA supported 11 small-scale workshops and trainings. Flexible one-off support to develop and create the skills to identify intersecting discriminations, economic exclusion, and how to access their social rights to employment remains our priority in this activity.
This international youth exchange took place in Wojtowice (Poland) and was dedicated to young women* (including a variety of identities, e.g. transgender, gender non-conforming people, cis-women – but no cis-males).
This youth gathering brought together 31 participants involved in workers cooperatives or mutual spaces. Taking place in Milano, Italy from the 5th to the 11th of October, participants came together to exchange experiences and learn how to better self-organise their collective work.
Resilience on Demand: Gathering tools for sustainable youth-led peace activism
This series of 14 workshops provided one-off quick responses to relevant topics as they emerged among European grassroots youth groups for a total of 151 participants.
This young feminist youth gathering brought together 30 participants from conflict-affected regions. Taking place in Yereghnadzor, Armenia from the 1st to the 7th of July, participants came together to share their experience, perspectives as well as enabling networking. It also initiated a process of the creation of a workshop and recommendations for an anti-war campaign.
Solidarity in Action: Building creative alliances against war
This international youth gathering brought together 28 grassroots activists from 12 countries. Taking place in Potsdam, Germany from the 1st to the 8th of September, participants explored the root and interconnected causes of war, migration, and ecological destruction.
Skill Up! Quick Response trainings for action against exclusion
This series of 12 workshops provided one-off quick responses to relevant topics as they emerged among European grassroots youth groups for a total of 165 participants.
Step Up! Boosting youth activism against right-wing extremism in Eastern Europe
This international training brought together 25 young participants from Eastern Europe. Taking place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania from the 17th to the 23rd of May, participants came together to build their own skills in combating right-wing extremism and facilitating further workshops on the topic for grassroots youth activists.
Reclaiming Power! Young Activists Challenging False Energy Solutions
This international anti-fracking gathering brought together young grassroots environmental activists from ten countries. Taking place just outside of Victoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country from the 13th to the 19th of July, participants came together to push for a Europe-wide fracking ban and to challenge other false energy solutions presented in their different local contexts.
Whats your alternative? Environmental justice in practice in a community near you!
This youth exchange brought together young environmental activists and alternative youth communities. Taking place in Warsaw, Poland from the 20th to the 26th of May, participants exchanged skills in hands-on practical alternatives to environmental injustice.
Eco-feminism: Patriarchy pollutes your surrounding too
The gathering brought together women* from eleven countries to learn about topics connected to feminism and environmental justice. Taking place in Kyiv, Ukraine from 17th to the 23rd of April, participants shared ideas on strategy building, consensus decision making, campaigning and tools for action.
Youth Exchange “ Europe and its borders” – strengthening the local engagement for the support of Refugees”
Between the 1st and 12th April 2015, EYFA took part as partner in a youth exchange. We brought people active in refugee support from Berlin to meet with young people in Vienna. More details about the project here. More details about the project here.
Book-release: CALAIS, CALAIS
The Book Calais, Calais is based on the impression and experience from Amy Non, an activist who stayed in Calais along the first half of 2014.
As a personal field report it is a complement to fact based reports about Calais and provides a lively story about the personal situation that Migrants and Activist are experiencing in the daily live of Calais. It will be used to prepare and inform the readers in a literate and sometimes poetic way.
Taking our lives back: Community Organising against exclusion and precarity
The youth meeting “Taking our lives back: Community Organising against exclusion and precarity” took place in Cordoba, Spain between the 20th and 27th October 2014 and brought together 22 young housing activists from different countries in Europe. The main theme of the youth meeting was “Organising the Community – from exclusion and precarity towards alternative ways out of the crisis”.
Activity Calais Migrant Solidarity: practical solidarity with refugees in the heart of border regimes. This youth exchange in Calais, France between 28 August and 3 September 2014 took place to empower young activists to strengthen the application of relevant tools to the practice of claiming refugee rights with a focus on dealing with activist burnout, trauma support and long-term strategy.
Empowering Renewal: Youth for Sustainable and Effective Activism – 10th to 18th May 2014 Abella de la Conca, Spain The activity was a 9-day training empowering personal and inter-personal skills to support a culture of sustainable and effective activism among refugee supporters; it took place in Abella de la Conca, Spain between 9-18 May 2014. The activity was preceded by an exploratory tour that started in Berlin and ended in Abella, collecting experiences that later were used as input during the training.
Migration Margins in Serbia – 16th to 21st April, Serbia
This youth exchange in Novi Sad brought together young refugees and solidarity activists from Central/Eastern Europe to share experiences, develop inclusive group processes, exchange knowledge & skills, take symbolic community action and discuss further European-wide collaboration. More details about the project here.
Skillsharing Portal – Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, Belgium, Germany, UK, Spain
In the second half of the year, EYFA coordinated several groups from various European countries in the creation and translation of training materials on topics such as consensus and facilitation, strategy, anti-oppression and direct action. These materials along with other resources are available via the Skillsharing Portal, an easy-to-access multilingual online platform.
Short-term Skill-up for Long-term Projects – 20th to 30th September, Romania
EYFA organized a skill-share camp in Rosia Montana, Romania. The camp focused on empowering young people empowering themselves to be active on issues of social and environmental justice. Young activists from all over Europe attended trainings and workshops, exchanged experiences, networked and made plans for the future.
Ignite! An antiracist toolkit – Romania, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria
During the first half of the year, EYFA supported the creation and translation of anti-racist educational materials. The materials were created and edited by groups and activists based in Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, and have been compiled on the multilingual, Ignite! online toolkit. The toolkit focuses on the continued persecution, stigmatisation and oppression faced by Roma individuals and communities in Europe. The materials concentrate on actively promoting social change towards ending racism and Romaphobia.
Act Now: Youth for Roma Rights – 5th to 12th May, Ukraine
Participants from 6 European countries attended a week-long youth exchange to explore the past and present discriminatory practices within Europe and the positions adopted by various European institutions, with a focus on the marginalization and stigmatization of Roma individuals and communities. More details about the project here.
Grassroots Activist Youth Forum – 25th April to 1st May, Ukraine
Youth activists attended this week-long forum in Kiev, bringing together a wide range of experiences and knowledge, in order to connect and create stronger networks and alliances. .
Youth Gathering at the Energy Democracy and Anti-nuclear Camp – 23rd to 29th July, Poland
An international youth gathering took place as part of the wider Anti-Nuclear Camp in the Polish village of Lubiatowo to explore energy politics and direct democracy.
Building Sustainable Activism Course – 13th to 19th April, Germany
A course addressing the challenges facing young activists and activist groups working to create social change. The course welcomed youth participants to discuss, explore and develop personal skills to remain sustainable as they work to create social change, even in the face of great obstacles.
Think Like a Forest: Art, Activism and Permaculture – 22nd September to 2nd October, France
For ten days, this project gathered participants from various countries around Europe to explore how to develop effective campaigns and events using art-activism skills alongside the Permaculture design model.
Sharing Our Skills – 16th to 23rd May, Slovenia
This was a week-long youth exchange focused on participants from Eastern Europe, active in social and environmental justice groups. The week was designed as a ‘training-for-trainers’ event, allowing participants to then share their knowledge by training others.
UDBC Youth Meeting – 7th to 15th May, Slovenia
“Understanding Discrimination, Building Community: Exploring Europe’s Past and Present to Create Our Future Together” was a week-long youth exchange focused around issues of discrimination and European community.
Our voices will be heard – 9th to 14th November, Poland
This meeting brought together youth participants to share experiences, discuss and build new strategies in response to issues of racism, nationalism and discrimination (homophobia, sexism, economic, religious, etc.) that they face in their local contexts.
Empowering Ourselves and Each Other – 11th to 16th May, Republic of Moldova
This week-long training was about sharing skills and experiences amongst participants, mainly on participatory decision-making processes, building up tools for working in grassroots groups and organising actions, as well as general capacity-building.
Cooling Our Futures – 9th to 18th December, Denmark
A youth climate meeting held around the UNFCCC COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen. Its aim was to focus attention around the social dimension of climate change, develop ideas around “climate justice” and be a platform for young people to participate at the negotiations.
Dutch-Belgian Climate Camp – 1st to 8th August, Belgium
A week of sustainable living in Belgium, near the Dutch border. Around 400 people, most of them young activists, gathered to hold and participate in over 50 workshops, public actions and events, organising themselves in non-hierarchical structures and living together in a comfortable but low-impact way.
Crash Course in Grassroots Activism – 28th April to 3rd May, Romania
A week-long training course to strengthen, particularly CEE, young activists’ competences in self-organisation and non-hierarchical decision-making.
Building Alternatives – 9th to 23rd August, Turkey
Strengthening youth networks and inter-regional exchange in the field of environmental sustainability.
Kiev Gathering – 26th June to 1st July, Ukraine
Fostering self-empowerment and self-organization among CIS youth.
WOMEN WITH TOOLS: The Collective Memory – 5th to 9th March, Slovenia
Empowering young women through art and technology.