2018: a year that brought celebrations, breakthroughs and powerful moments for young people. While challenges remain on the horizon and new threats for Europe and our planet are imminent, we must not underestimate the significant advancements that the European Youth Forum and our Member Organisations have made this year.
We are starting to witness the world waking up to the reality of youth rights. Through our work with the United Nations we are proud that for the first time young people are being recognised as rights-holders in the UN Youth Strategy. At European level, the announcement of the new EU Youth Strategy marked another huge milestone, reflecting years of dedicated work by the Youth Forum and our Member Organisations. We’re now ready to make sure that young people and youth organisations are at the core of turning this ambition into reality.
We were very excited this year to celebrate what has been an incredible ten years of the European Youth Capital. With each new winning city the initiative grows stronger, creating a ripple effect that not only brings positive change in the cities themselves but in others across Europe as they share ideas, experiences and best practices. The creation of new and improved co-decision-making structures was highlighted as one of the main benefits for the title winners in our ten year report. We can’t wait to spark the evolution of more innovative, youthful cities as we look ahead to ten more years of the European Youth Capital - and beyond!
This year our biggest event of the year got even bigger. For the 10th anniversary of Yo!Fest we gathered, together with the European Youth Event, 10,000 people to the doorstep of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Young people demonstrated beyond doubt that they have the vision to shape and carry forward the European project. With the countdown to the next European elections well underway, it is a message that must not be lost. The Youth Forum is taking the call for youth-friendly politics directly to European political parties, supported by our unanimously adopted policy platform, 10 ideas to #YouthUp the European Elections.
As we look to the future we must be ready to stand up for the realities and challenges still facing young people across all aspects of their lives: from navigating the precarious transition from education to work, to fighting against multiple discrimination, social exclusion, poverty and lack of representation. As our new Youth Progress Index shows, our societies still have a long way to go to meaningfully include youth voices. Empowering young people and their communities to support other displaced young people was also a significant focus of 2018, as we worked in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency to increase the capacity of ten youth-driven volunteer projects through our European Youth Initiative Fund.
As the Board has reached the end of its 2017-2018 cycle we are proud of what the European Youth Forum has accomplished. Our youth movement continues to grow stronger and together we’re ready for what’s on the horizon in 2019.
|European Commission||2.609.652 €||66%|
|European Parliament||728.317 €||19%|
|Council of Europe||70.000 €||2%|
|Other grants (Maribel, Google)||85.312 €||2%|
|OTHER INCOME AND PARTNERSHIPS|
|Membership fees||150.050 €||4%|
|TOTAL INCOME||3.922.769 €|
|Policy and Advocacy||1.491.014 €||39%|
|Operational Costs||981.517 €||25%|
|YO!Fest 2018||728.975 €||19%|
|Youth Initiative Fund||227.832 €||6%|
|Google fellow+others||55.367 €||1%|
|TOTAL EXPENDITURE||3.885.291 €|