In over 20 years, the Eurodesk Network has organised countless activities to disseminate information on policies and European opportunities towards young people and those working with them. To celebrate the day-to-day actors of European youth information, those that let young people discover and seize the opportunities Europe offers, Eurodesk launched the “Champions of European Youth Information” award scheme in 2011.
All Eurodesk multipliers from across Europe were invited to submit their project/action. A European jury evaluated all project applications and select the awards laureates. On 9 September 2011, on the occasion of Eurodesk’s activities at the II Youth Convention on Volunteering in Brussels, the first-ever “Champions of European Youth Information” have been awarded:
The “Information & Dissemination Champion” award has been given to the Youth Information Centre of Zaragoza CIPAJ (Spain). In his award presentation, Mr Gregory Paulger, Director Youth and Sport of the European Commission highlighted in particular CIPAJ’s comprehensive information services and the involvement of young people as information multipliers. Those 60 young “antennas” manage information points in their secondary schools, high schools and universities and inform their peers about European opportunities. In addition, the project stands out with the impressive outreach achieved through cooperation of all involved in a “Citizens Network of Youth Information” of 600 organisations and effective links to local and regional media.
(Find the award clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJpt250wUrs)
The Youth Association Intercambia Malaga (Spain) has been awarded “Multimedia & Online Activity Champion”. Eurodesk President Reinhard Schwalbach emphasized the approach of bringing together offline activities and multimedia tools to spread information and know-how. Furthermore, the award jury appreciated the focus of the project on bringing multimedia skills to young people in order to increase their employability.
(See the award clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm1jSMcZaos&feature=related)
The third of the Eurodesk awards went to the Eurowerkstatt Jena e.V. (Germany) which has been awarded “Volunteer Involvement Champion”. In his award presentation, Mr Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum, underlined the project’s outstanding way of combining activities to present volunteering live and to inform young people about European and international volunteering opportunities.
(See the award clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-PloEFSyFo&feature=related)
Furthermore, the award jury has decided to present a Special Recognition Award to the Galway Youth Information Centre (Ireland) for the variety of topics and a variety of target groups addressed by this very inclusive youth information centre. Ms Anja Ruhland, Director Eurodesk, presented the award pointing at the centre’s focus on combining information with guidance and aiming at empowerment of young people through information.
(See the award clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIyCDkiIRLo&feature=related)
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