The ‘Be involved’ camp hosted by Youth of Europe. The camp is for promoting social inclusion and tolerance among European youth in an interactive way and explores the topic of empowerment through community actions. Also, it aims to foster inter-cultural, open spaces that connect young people with each other across Europe. Participants from various distinct cultural backgrounds will gather to discuss what inclusion and social activism means today for our generation.
During the two nights and three days of the camp, which took place from July 22nd to July 24th, forty European young adults from five different countries, including Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Spain, gathered together in one place. The IPYG also took part of the camp through invitation and hosted the “The IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop” and “Korean Culture Night.” Through the orientation on Day 1, participants from various nationalities were given the chance to get acquainted with one another.
On Day 2, group discussions and presentations were given on the topic “What is a NGO.” Different opinions were formulated, including the importance of supporting NGOs because doing so can achieve what the government is unable to do, as well as creating something different.
At night, an IPYG staff who was present as the Korean Youth Representative hosted the “Korea Edition” of Culture Night. The host introduced the Republic of Korea as a nation of peace with a great vision, passion, and magnanimity while sharing the meaning of peace concealed within Korean history with the attendees. Everyone was actively engaged during quiz time and it proved to be a special opportunity for the European youth to learn about Korean culture, which was foreign to them.
On Day 3, “The IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop” took place. First the young participants debated on the memory of not being respected and what ethnicity means to them. The young passionately took part in the debate to the point that there was not enough time. The participants shared about the discrimination and difficulty experienced by the youth of each nation and reflected on the value of one another.
After, the participants discussed about the topic of “Diversity of Ethnicities” and the social and governmental conflicts created from the differences and what the youth can do in order to resolve them. After the debate took place, team presentations where they were able to gain the historical background on why the conflicts begun in each nation; marking the beginning of the youth working together to resolve conflicts.
I want to share the voices of the young people who participated in the youth empowerment workshop with the youth around the world.
-Katie Bak, United States, General Supervisor of the Camp Program
“After participating in the youth empowerment workshop I became very interested in the IPYG and would like to use the material from this workshop to advance the work.”
-Youssef Hassan, Germany, Newspaper Journalist
“I really enjoyed the example about Yugoslavia and in general was able to gain a lot of information.”
-Karin Murgova, Slovakia, College Student
“Educating about peace is important and it is also important to not repeat mistakes by learning from history. I hope there will be more opportunities to discuss about culture.”
The IPYG will continue to collaborate with various European youth groups to host youth empowerment workshops while looking forward to the youth around the globe gaining sound awareness of their empowerment and working alongside the IPYG for peace.