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Today’s youth will be the key generation of our cities in 20-30 years. What if we planned long-term development around young people? And how else to do the planning if not through participation? 

Participation is not just about taking part in something, but also of being an integral part of the whole. The participation of young people is one of the principles that guide our activity, whether we talk about studies and analysis, about participatory budgeting or about getting involved in decision-making. Here’s how we at PONT Group see participation. 

Young people are creative – we already know that from Com’ON Cluj-Napoca and Sfântu Gheorghe, where young people proposed over a hundred initiatives in order to make their city a better, active and radiant one. Dozens became reality after the community endorsement, helping young people contribute organically to the development of their city. 

We like a lot to talk about creating participatory ecosystems, and to bring at the same table young people, organizations, public authorities and stakeholders in order to better visualise together how the city can be more inclined to youth. One good example on this is the candidacy of the city Baia Mare for the title European Youth Capital 2023, through the concept of PLAY, but also continuing the concept of the previous candidacy, Urban Youth Circle, as a core for the long-term vision of Baia Mare on youth. 

Also, by initiating the concept and actively participating in the governance of the Romanian Youth Capital programme, we empower Romanian cities to invest in developing support networks for young people and co-creating urban areas with young people.  

But that’s not all, because in order to do something, one must have adequate tools. In this case, through LAYOUTH we aim to find those common approaches to local youth action plans that help in strengthening local planning and implementation systems that serve young people, aligned with European youth policies. YouthLand 19.27, on the other hand, aims to find good practices for intervention and response in youth-related issues and collect them into a methodology to support the development of strategic plans. 

What can the city do to empower its young citizens? Starting with this question, we conducted the Interdisciplinary study on young people’s needs and opportunities – LEAP in order to find what makes youngsters tick – what their needs and opportunities are and how can the city improve to meet them.  

Of course, support systems are essentials in order to make things possible. We thought a network of youth workers would be a valorous add, thus we implemented Youth Work Forward and trained young professionals in order to be able to provide support for youngsters based on their needs and approaches. Another example is Urban Citizen Y, which aims to generate exchange of knowledge and creative ideas between young people and youth workers in order to reach practical and pragmatic solutions. 

Urban Citizen Y

The project brings together active young people and youth workers from the European Youth Capitals from 2012-2020 to generate a creative exchange of experiences, thoughts and ideas, but also young people from cities with experience in youth participation and...

Romanian Youth Capital

Cities for youth. Annually, through the competition, the title is awarded to the city that successfully manages to put together the ideas of young people, local authorities and the private environment to create a strategy of local development for young...

Urban Youth Circle and PLAY

Once the core concept of the candidacy of Baia Mare for the European Youth Capital 2022 title, now the ongoing process of creating a long-term vision of a youthful city. Urban Youth Circle addresses the sustainability in an urban and regional environment, focusing on...

Com’ON Sfântu Gheorghe 2020

Youngsters of Sfântu Gheorghe are also full of great ideas! Com’ON Sepsi brought to life 26 initiatives (out of 37 proposals) through the same participatory budgeting principle. Their initiatives focused on the concept PLUS+, on themes like community, movement, relationships, spaces and topics. The initiatives were held in both...

Com’ON Cluj-Napoca 2020

Let’s do well together! Com’On Cluj-Napoca is the perfect setting for young people to form informal groups and put their ideas into practice. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 35 could propose any idea created to generate something positive for...

Com’ON Cluj-Napoca 2021

Do you have a cool idea for Cluj-Napoca? Bring it to Com’ON! The participatory youth process Com’ON Cluj-Napoca ’21 is waiting for young people to submit their ideas for a better city. The groups of young people from Cluj...

Youth Work Forward

The aim of Youth Work Forward is to achieve a certified curricular framework for the training of youth workers and the development of a network of their collaboration through a pilot training edition through which a group of at...

Mapping best practices for youth friendly cities

The project of partnership between 6 organizations from Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Romania, Slovenia and Macedonia consists in collecting and exchange of best practices of municipalities to make their cities youth friendly. In the project partners are reaching out to...

LEAP

Our project called Interdisciplinary study on young people’s needs and opportunities assessment in Cluj-Napoca (LEAP) is implemented in Cluj metropolitan area by the Department of Public Health – Babeș-Bolyai University, the Department of Political Sciences – Babeș-Bolyai University, PONT Group...

LAYOUTH

LAYOUTH comes from Local Action for Youth. But it is also the combination of LAYOUT and YOUTH. Not the least, it also aims a call towards YOU with the middle letters of the newly created word. The project involves...