Youth Participation in Local Community’s Development is an EVS project (European Voluntary Service) of 12 months that was carried out in Palermo. Palermo is a city with strong presence of migrant communities which has different areas in conditions of degradation and abandonment. We have decided to treat these issues by integrating them. That is why the project’s target is promoting social inclusion and active participation of young people in the community and also spreading the values related to the concept of European Citizenship.

Our project planned the participation of a Spanish volunteer, Mar, 30 years old, in the areas of activity of CSF, from April 2016 to March 2017. Her main activities were related, on the one hand, to acquire competences for communication and promotion of activities and social campaigns on the issue of revaluation of public spaces, and therefore, also to join volunteering activities for cleaning and restoring urban decor. On the other hand, she had to support CSF’s staff in workshops on European Citizenship, creative recycling and work related to information desks for young people. Finally Mar joined the CSF guys in networking strategies for the creation of an Euro-mediterranean Magazine.

All project activities were conducted through non-formal learning methodologies based on active participation. The approaches used were the following:

Experiential learning – Cooperative learning – Peer learning- Outdoor activities

Youth Participation in Local Community’s Development has aimed to have a real impact on all parts involved (participants, partner organisations and target beneficiaries).

We believe that these have increased awareness of concepts such as European Citizenship and Active Participation and have contributed to improve the social inclusion of disadvantaged groups by establishing good practices for sharing on a local, regional, national and European basis.