ALBANIA – The RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania concluded successfully the “Youth Voices for Stronger Communities” project supported by the Austrian Development Agency and organized under the framework of Tirana European Youth Capital. This initiative reflects and meets the perceptions of youth in Albania and supports them with knowledge and tools to become proactive citizens and increase their participation in the local and regional levels.
6 workshops were organized in Berat, Pukë, Krujë, Kukës, Gjirokastër and Sarandë. The workshops gathered around 100 young people, NGOs working with and for youth, and youth focal points in the respective municipalities. The young participants were guided toward the main concepts of participation, tools, and channels of participation and through different exercises, they were prepared to engage in civil society or municipality decision-making processes.
Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Albania, Mr.Kreshnik Loka, shared with the participants the available opportunities offered by RYCO through its volunteering, social entrepreneurship, and high school exchange scheme programs. Also, the young people had an open discussion with Ms. Françeska Muço, Youth Representative in the RYCO Governing Board, shared her experience as a youth representative and also informed participants on different youth participation mechanisms at local and regional levels. She encouraged young people to participate in youth exchanges in addition to their studies, as a way to explore their inner talent, gain new skills, and strengthen their networking skills.
About the project
“Youth Voices for Stronger Communities” project is supported by the Austrian Development Agency and implemented by RYCO LBO in Albania. This project is organized under the framework of Tirana European Youth Capital 2022.