A guest blog by Manchester Youth Council
Manchester is one of five cities on the shortlist to become European Youth Capital 2019. Want to know more? Here’s how our conversation might go.
“So what actually is a European Youth Capital?”
The European Youth Capital is a title awarded to a European city for the period of one year in which it showcases and improves its cultural, economic and political life for young people.
“But hang on a minute, aren’t we leaving the European Union?”
The project is run by the European Youth Forum, which is independent of the EU. We think that this bid is an opportunity to ensure that Manchester’s young people have a say in shaping our future relationship with Europe.
“Okay, I get that, but why should I care that Manchester might become EYC 2019?”
This is easy. As part of the bid we want to…
- Challenge the city to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness, to provide better and cheaper transport, and to improve employment opportunities for young people.
- Change the status quo and make sure that the opinions of young people are valued more. This means changing perceptions of young people and giving them a platform to influence the decisions that matter to them.
- Celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures that makes Manchester so special and make a greater effort to get rid of all forms of bullying and discrimination.
I think those are some pretty good reasons to care.
“Right – you have convinced me that this is a great idea, how do I get involved?”
Right now we need a show of support. Please like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and if you could share and retweet our content that would be great. If we do win there will be plenty of exciting opportunities to get more involved.