WEXFO More Young Voices will be a group exchange program organized by WEXFO together with the partner organizations Polish Youth Council, European Youth Press, and Börsenverein, in collaboration with Utøya AS.
“We are pleased to announce that we have now received funding from Erasmus+ and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB for this project, which will serve as another vital effort in our work to support youth and promote freedom of expression. Together with our appreciated partners and Utøya, we look forward to mobilizing young people and strengthening their participation in society and democracy across national boundaries”, says Hilde Fauskerud Hansen, Project Manager for WEXFO Youth at World Expression Forum.
The More Young Voices project aims to provide a platform for young people and youth organizations from different countries in Europe to share their experiences and discuss the challenges to freedom of expression they face. Through training and non-formal learning methods, the project will equip participants with skills and tools that increase their ability to participate actively in society and overcome the limitations on expressing their opinions.
The target group for the project is young people aged between 18 and 25 who are interested in freedom of expression and eager to learn more. The central element of the program will be a 6-day youth exchange in May for 42 young individuals from four European countries. The participants will attend the WEXFO 2024 congress in Lillehammer and conclude the program with a workshop at Utøya. Following the exchange, they will organize activities on freedom of expression for youth in their respective countries.
The participants in the project will be nominated by WEXFO and the partner organizations. WEXFO asks our shareholders and partners to contribute with nominations for 13 participants from Norway. Contact Project Manager Hilde Fauskerud Hansen if you wish to nominate a candidate.
The project aims to:
- Raise awareness about freedom of expression for young people as a fundamental right for young people
- Empower participants to overcome obstacles in expressing themselves, enabling them to voice their opinions and engage in public debates within their local communities or online
- Inspire and facilitate the exchange of experiences, encouraging knowledge-sharing on youth participation in democracy
- Build cross-border friendships and create a foundation for further collaboration among participating organizations, focused on freedom of expression and youth engagement in democracy
Photo from WEXFO Utøya Young Experts 2023