Seminar - "Fight back! Communicating in a hostile environment", May 2-6th, Iena, Germany

About the seminar
“Fight back! Communicating in a hostile environment” is the second seminar of 2018 “Fight back: Youth civil society in endangered democracies” work plan of JEF Europe. It aims at addressing the worrying, recent trends of shrinking civic space in many European democracies and the various attacks by governments on civil society organisations.

This second seminar will draw on the outcomes from the previous seminar, in which we focus on developing education about civic space in Europe, by analysing the recent attacks on civil society across Europe, as well as understand the factors that lead to existential threat for certain youth organisations in the continent. It will be designed to give practical advice on how to strategically communicate and how to deal with media in an unfavourable context.

Participants in the seminar will also develop their project management skills and will have the opportunity to receive micro-funding to develop their own local actions during the year.

How will we work?
The methodological approach of the seminar will ensure that the principles of non-formal education are fully respected. This means that the participants will be offered possibilities to be fully engaged in planning and achieving their learning, through various experiential processes, small group work, expert input and open debates. Related to the inputs provided by external speakers, JEF Europe and JEF Germany will ensure that the speakers who will come to address the participants with their expert input will be very experienced and able to engage youth in active and meaningful dialogue.

Application procedure
Who is eligible to apply: Young people aged 18-30 years who are citizens of one of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe + citizens of Belarus. Applications from non-eligible persons will not be taken into account.

Deadline for applications: Sunday, March 11th, 2018 23:59 CET**

Successful applicants will be contacted by Tuesday th March 2018 23:59 CET

Practical Information          

  • Participation fee: €50 

(10 scholarships of 50 EUR will be provided based on the quality of the response with the regard to the applicant's motivation.)

  • Travel reimbursement: 80% of the traveling costs (up to 150€)

The participation fee covers full board and lodging during the seminar (May 2nd– 6th).  All meals are covered from Friday dinner until Tuesday lunch. International seminar will start on Wednesday 14:00 and will finish on Sunday 15:00. 

Read more in the call and apply before Sunday March 11th, 23:59 CET