Mapping best practices of youth friendly cities – final conference and partners meeting in Cracow, Poland








The final meeting of the project “Mapping best practices of youth friendly cities” took place 8-11 March in Cracow, Poland. The consortium partners met to present the project results, evaluate the project development process and discuss and plan the future follow-up ideas.

The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the international conference “How can municipalities be more youth friendly?” organised by the Nausika Fundacja Edukacyjna on the 9th of March in Centrum Kultury Podgórza, during which international speakers shared their perspective on Youth Friendly Municipalities. Among the guests speaking in the conference were:

  • Mateusz Płoskonka, Director of the Department of Social Policy and Health of the Kraków Municipality (Poland), who personally presented the Młody Kraków Program, which gathered a lot of interest of the international partners.
  • András Farkas, Strategic Director of PONT Group (Romania), who presented the strategic plans for the Municipality of Cluj and talked how to effectively govern a 10-year long strategy which connects many organizations and public institutions in one place.
  • Bruno Antonio, President of the DYPALL Network (Portugal), who explained why a city should adopt a general document of Youth Policy, which is something more than just running local youth-oriented events and programs.
  • Vanja Debevec, CEO of the Inštitut za mladinsko politiko (Slovenia), who brought us an inspiring and surprising example of the national system of Quality Labels and support for the youth-friendly municipalities in Slovenia.
  • Nami Isaki, President of Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) (North Macedonia), who shared the story of the Multicultural Youth Center in Kumanovo, which tackles different yet somehow similar challenges standing in front of their local youth.
  • Giulia Scarafoni from ARS for Progress of People (Belgium/Italy), who despite she couldn’t come personally due to pandemics, shared her experience from the innovative “GeoCitizen” project from the Municipality of Atri.
  • Barbara Moś, Director of Europe4Youth (Poland), who co-organized the Conference and explained a complicated network of youth-friendly dimensions and standards, which have been developed by the Partners during a fruitful seminar in Rabka-Zdrój in July 2021.

The conference was also a space to share the key outcome of the project – the publication with recommendations for municipalities with a selection of positive examples and good practices.  It consists of an analysis of different labels of youth-friendly cities, a number of dimensions and indicators that describe their youth friendliness in different areas of local policies and good practices mapped in different countries around Europe.

Download the publication here or contact us if you need a paper copy.

This 24 month Erasmus KA2 project was developed in cooperation between Nausika Fundacja Edukacyjna (Poland), Mladinski svet Ajdovščina (Slovenia), Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) (North Macedonia), ARS for Progress of People (Italy), PONT (Romania) and DYPALL Network with the support of Polish National Agency Narodowa Agencja Programu Erasmus+.

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