Last May, the first call for projects “Mindchangers: regions and their youth committed to the planet and its inhabitants” was launched. This call was aimed at associations and local authorities in Wallonia and Brussels wishing to develop projects that encourage the active and voluntary participation of youth (aged 15-35). With a budget of more than €300.000, ten projects have been selected and will be implemented in 2022!
The projects are designed following a partnership and co-construction approach, creating bridges between associations, local authorities and youth in order to encourage the active participation of young people around the Sustainable Development Goals and international solidarity, with a focus on climate crisis and migration.
Displaying a variety of activities ranging from creating a play, to participating in a collective vegetable garden or designing a radio programme, the selected projects invite young European citizens to engage in concrete actions and communication activities.
MINDCHANGERS, a major European project
“Mindchangers: Regions and Youth for Planet and People” is a European project (2020-2024) coordinated by the Piedmont Region (Italy) and which brings together several partners: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium), Region Baden-Württemberg (Germany), La Rioja (Spain), Réseau Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes d’appui à la coopération internationale – RESACOOP (France, Consortium of Piedmontese NGOs – COP (Italy), the CONGDCAR Platform of La Rioja (Spain), Foundation for International Cooperation of Baden-Württemberg – SEZ (Germany) and the University of Craiova (Romania). It is co-financed by the European Commission under the DEAR programme.
The main objective of Mindchangers is to support young European citizens in their engagement and to raise awareness of the environmental crisis and migration issues in the six participating EU countries.
A source of useful and regularly updated information
Visit the project website www.mindchangers.eu to discover this large-scale European project and its many activities! You will also find all the projects supported on the territory of each participating European partner as well as all sorts of useful information: reports, tools, events, press releases, etc.
All accessible and regularly updated content!
The website, mainly in English, will also provide information in French in the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles section (under the Local Action tab).
The second Mindchangers call for projects will be launched in 2022.
In addition to the calls for projects, Mindchangers is also developing its action in the research field with a study on the mechanisms at work in the transition from awareness to active engagement among young people. A pan-European communication campaign co-constructed by young people and aiming to raise awareness about climate and migration issues among the general public is also being developed.
“Mindchangers aims to enable young people to get involved in concrete actions for the planet, but also to raise awareness among the general public about the essential issues of climate change and migration. It is from today, in our daily lives, that we must all think about future generations and contribute to a real awareness. It is time to take action, and that is why I am delighted that these 10 projects are being launched in the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles”, emphasises the Minister for Culture, Bénédicte Linard.
Within the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, “Mindchangers: Regions and Youth for Planet and People”
[CSO-LA/2020/45-010] is coordinated by the General Department for Permanent Education and Youth of the General Administration of Culture.