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Youth Self-Government Lab

Project Promoter: Stowarzyszenie im. Stanisława Brzozowskiego
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 101 657,19 EUR
Agencja Promocyjno-Reklamowa SPOT s.c. Piotr Czerwiński, Wojciech Krawczyk
Fundacja Zróbmy.To
Duration time: 01.10.2021-31.07.2023

The Youth Self-Government Lab project is implemented in the City of Cieszyn from October 2021 to July 2023. The project is a response to the diagnosed needs of young people studying in Cieszyn secondary schools. A survey we conducted in April 2021 on a sample of 360 people showed that 87% of respondents do not have a sense of agency in their local community. Furthermore, young people do not know how municipal government works, what challenges it faces and what their role in shaping local policies might be. At the same time, there is a clear potential for change: over 71% of the respondents felt that the issues of Cieszyn are interesting and important to them. Therefore, the project’s main objective is to increase the sense of agency among participants of the project, but also to develop their competence in the field of self-government knowledge, self-presentation, and conscious use of media. 30 young people (14+) from the Cieszyn Silesia Region have applied to take part in the project. From January 2022 these persons have been participating in regular cross-curricular seminars, self-government workshops and competence-building and integration workshops. We are working together to create the statute of the Youth Municipal Council and support its re-establishment in Cieszyn. In cooperation with the project partners (, redakcjaBB), young people will soon start publishing their own texts dedicated to local issues. The project will end with a Youth Forum in June 2023, during which we will present an evaluation report, examining the change in the sense of agency of young people in Cieszyn. The Youth Self-Government Lab is not only a rich program of educational activities, it is also accompanying participants in their daily challenges and supporting their own initiatives.