Voting at age 16, taking young people's voice seriously, setting clear goals for participation processes: A group of active young people from the GaYA project presented their ideas on youth participation in political processes at the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in Munich.They expressed their expectations and needs regarding their involvement into political processes and discussed them with several politicians from Alpine regions.
One main focus was the exchange between politicians and youth, another that youth wants to be taken seriously. Young people are happy to be invited to meet politicians in the town hall or at international events, as was the case in Munich, upon invitation from the Bavarian Presidency of EUSALP. However, they also invite the politicians to meet them where they are, e. g. in clubs, at youth centres, on sports fields and in schools. Youth involvement at local level can be a stepping stone for participation at other levels.
For the project GaYA, having an active role in the annual forum of the EUSALP was a great first step towards more youth participation in alpine wide cooperation. Another achievement in Munich was the award for best project movie: GaYa was one of the three projects that won a prize for its project teaser about youth participation in the Alps.