Best occasion ever to get involved in the European youth policy. The second edition of the  Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach 2018 has been opened and the prize is waiting for individuals or associations active in the field of youth and education.

As written on the Commission’s website, the projects eligible to compete will have to deal with:

  • Innovative and practice-oriented educational programmes or campaigns and/or Massive Online Open Courses;
  • Games (offline and/or online) with pedagogic purposes allowing young participants to experience Europe and its functioning in practice;
  • Collaborative projects and action-based activities promoting the concrete participation of young people in the democratic processes that shape the future of the EU, and their active engagement with European common values;
  • or combinations of such works.

For the 2018 edition the prizes available are five, each 25 000 EUR worthy. The deadline for applications is Monday 07 January 2019 at 17:00 CET. Further informations about the deadline, the eligibility and the award criteria are available on the official Rules of Contest document.

This year, the prize shares very close links with the European Youth Week 2019 – that will take place ahead of the European election. In fact, according to the last surveys, it appears that the youngsters living in EU barely know how the whole European construction works. Hence, the Altiero Spinelli Contest’s purpose is to award either the works, activities or products that best represent the impact that the young people can actually put in place; the bottom-up contributions in the democratic process and, from the other side, the top-down spillovers from the EU; and, eventually, the core European values, threatened especially in the last period by the populistic wave.

It’s the second year that the contest takes place. The winners of the 2017 edition participated with projects and works regarding schools, courses and programmes for a deeper understanding of the European construction; practical games (online and offline) together with activities regarding the EU; books, photo projects and other visual art performances. Any original mean is suitable to compete for the prize: it’s more a matter of commitment and belief.

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