Skills acquired and enhanced through "Young Mediterranean Voices" (YMV) programme promote dialogue and exchange of ideas in community-based and intercultural settings, intercultural/policy leadership, cultural intelligence and empathy, within a broader framework of 21st century skills framework.
YMV skills aim to constitute the voices of YMV alumni as clear and impactful in their communities, and enable them to confidently pursue their professional career.
Within this framework, YMV youth:
- Become actively involved in trending issues, policy priorities, stakeholders, international players, prominent principles, concepts and frameworks;
- Become contextually aware of policy agenda, priorities and scopes where youth perception demands inclusion (local and regional);
- Get hands-on experience with using evidence-based information, in dialogue settings in local, regional and inter-cultural settings across the Euro-Mediterranean;
- Learn to synthesise and summarise evidence to draw conclusions on key issues, weight of youth voice, root causes and possible solutions;
- Contribute to high-level policy consultation applying clear, accurate, well-reasoned, impartial and robust advice;
- Develop leadership skills and advanced media literacy, in local, regional and the Euro-Mediterranean context.
We realised about the importance of debate as a tool to lead change in communities and to promote active citizenship after our participation in the Young Mediterranean Voices National Debate Forum. I founded the 3D: Discuss, Debate, and Discourse Debate Club in the back of the Young Arab Voices programme and it is still active.Rabab Khaddaj, Founder of 3D Club at American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Thanks to Young Mediterranean Voices I became a debate club coordinator. I am spreading the debating culture in my community. I am also collaborating with a local NGO to create projects for youth in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Programme inspired me to be active and to fight for social change.Meriam Yahiaoui, Young Mediterranean Voices delegate Tunisia
Intercultural dialogue is essential between institutions, youth and civil society. The European Commission supports the work of the Young Mediterranean Voices programme and will ensure the necessary support for the Anna Lindh Foundation's future.Christian Danielsson, European Commission's Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
"The European Union supports initiatives that contribute to removing obstacles to young people and that encourage active citizenship and promote democracy”, highlighted Borrell, hereby endorsing youth programmes, such as the Young Mediterranean Voices. "Young people are the main stakeholders in our investment in the world’s future.”Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission
Debating has directed me to my true-life path which is teaching and training. During the years, I have gone from debater to trainer, and now Master Facilitator, this continuity is very special.Ouarda Benlakhlef, Young Mediterranean Voices Master Facilitator, Algeria
I have grown a strong conscience that debate is the domain that best harnesses both my abilities and interests. I owe this programme my nomination to an important fellowship programme to study Master of Public Administration and Public Policies.Mohamed Eraky, Master Facilitator, Egypt
Intercultural dialogue is not only possible, but necessary. Our Young Mediterranean Voices team (Belgium/Libya) was unique in proving that, despite apparent differences, we stand together when it comes to tackling our civilisation’s biggest challenges, climate change, the rise of populism and human rights violation worldwide.
Adel Ramdani, Young Mediterranean Voices delegate, Belgium