Empowering youth for building more inclusive societies
Being a meeting point of ambitious, proactive and creative European students, EFPSA serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas, as well as creating and implementing projects on diverse topics. Since one of the four core strategic goals of EFPSA is to contribute to society, EFPSA has identified a need to activate students’ potential and knowledge in the field of social psychology.
The project “Empowering youth for building more inclusive societies” has been created as a collaboration between the Finance Office, the Social Impact Initiative Team and the Training Office, and is co-funded by the grant of European Youth Foundation. It is grounded in the belief that EFPSA, as a unique Federation of future professionals in the field of psychology, should continue to strive to get more involved with the relevant and current issues that the European society faces. One of the largest issues of a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious European society is discrimination. Even though it is manifested in many different forms, discrimination always prevents the social inclusion of certain groups, and hence counteracts the attempts for building an integrated and harmonious society. However, EFPSA believes that youths are the key to societal change and the ones who can create a more peaceful and inclusive society. Therefore, the main aim of this project is to empower young people to promote social inclusion and take actions toward building inclusive and peaceful societies.
The project consists of three different phases. Firstly, the long-standing EFPSA Event “Train Advanced Trainers” will educate and encourage experienced youth trainers to use their skills in non-formal education for the promotion of social inclusion and intercultural dialogue. Secondly, a campaign named “Better Together” will increase the knowledge and capacity of high-school students to combat racial, gender, religious and other forms of discrimination through a cycle of workshops carried out simultaneously in 20 European countries. Thirdly, through the international EFPSA Training Event “Train the Trainers” the project aims at teaching the beginning trainers the skills, knowledge and attitude needed to design and deliver effective training sessions, and encourage them to use these skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on society and promote social inclusion.
“This project is supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.”