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What is the YEiV Youth Summit?

200 young people meeting in Denmark, working together to strengthen the voice of youth in the upcoming European election!

  • Dates: A Youth Summit taking place in Denmark on the 6th – 12th of May 2019.
  • Participants: 100 young people from all over Europe and 100 Danish folk high school students will meet and join forces around the issues concerning youth in Europe.
  • Themes in focus: Youth under pressure, Culture & Identity, Climate, Refugees & Migration and EU in the World.
  • Facilitation: A group of enthusiastic professionals emphasizing both the vocational training and education as well as the social aspects.
  • Purpose: An intensive communication strategy will ensure that the politicians listen.

Why a Youth Summit?

The Summit facilitates the possibility for young Europeans to share dreams, discussions and reflections on their future in Europe.

  • To strengthen the voice of the youth in the public debate in connection with the EP-election 2019
  • To generate concrete messages and inputs for the political debates
  • To transnationally connect young Europeans, which enables the participants to address different problems and solutions that cross borders
  • To engage and motivate young people and first-time-voters to vote in the election

Young people are the leaders of the future, yet they account for the largest share of non-voters. Ensure that the youth takes part in defining the future of Europe!

The week in Denmark

… will take place in different venues. The first part of the week, will take place at the 10 folk high schools that are taking part in Young Europe i Voting. The last part of the week will take place on the Youth Island in the Copenhagen Harbour.

Monday – Friday: Stay at a Danish folk high school

  • 4 days at a folk high school: The European participants will be a part of the school life at a Danish folk high school, which is a non-formal residential school with approximately 60-100 students.
  • Exploring 5 themes: In a special designed program, the participants work intensively exploring the different facets of 5 themes in workshops and activities.
  • Versatile methods and personal experiences: The focus will be on getting to the centre of the dilemmas of the theme, involving both experts, theory and own experiences.
  • Define visions: Based on the work with the themes, the groups will choose the most important visions and messages that they wish to communicate to the European Parliament.

At the folk high schools, we will work together to choose the most important messages of the youth!

Friday – Sunday: Stay at the Youth Island

  • Youth Island summit: 200 young people meet on the Youth Island in the Copenhagen Harbour.
  • Communication training: Based on intensive communication training and workshops in creative communication, the participants will learn how to communicate their visions and how to make their voice heard in the public debate.
  • Inspire young people: We want to inspire other young people to engage in European issues and to vote in the upcoming European election.
  • Press conference: On Sunday, we will hold a press conference with invited politicians in order to communicate the messages and visions to all of Europe.

On the Youth Island we will make sure that the visions are communicated strongly to politicians from all over Europe!


We are facing similar challenges in our lives throughout Europe. Challenges, which are not unique to any one country or any one person; challenges, which cross borders and affect all of us in various ways.

Themes Overview

The European continent has a diverse population, and it is home to 24 different languages. This melting pot of nations, languages, and cultures is the backbone of the EU. Current events have shown that cultural differences can cause exclusion and division of people. How do we preserve positivity and the extraordinary progress made throughout history? With ‘culture & Identity’ you’ll engage with Europe’s cultural and social developments.

Silkeborg højskole Egmont Højskole

Climate change is a reality. It is time to collectively act and find solutions. In 2015 the Paris Agreement was established, and this was the first global and legally binding climate deal. It is important that we collectively keep our leaders accountable and remind them of the consequences of climate change. Engage yourself with Climate challenges and express your dreams and visions.

Krogerup Højskole Idrætshøjskolen Aarhus

The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for encouraging peace and democracy. The EU has the ability to function as a starting point of global partnerships. However, new risks and challenges have emerged in connection to globalization. How influential will the EU become in a new global order? How are the EU relations with the USA, China and Russia now and how will they be in the future? Will the EU be able to establish a more balanced partnership with the African countries? These and many other questions will be argued and discussed in ‘EU in the world’.

International Peoples College Brenderup Højskole

Four years has passed since the refugee and migration crisis was at its peak. One million refugees found their way on a perilous flight towards the shores of Europe. How to manage current and future crises is still a major topic of discussion. EU’s current migration policy is not working for its member states nor for the refugees. Speak in the name of justice and share your thoughts and visions on ‘Refugees & Migration’.

Vrå Højskole Uldum Højskole

Today’s youth is facing complex decisions. Young people enjoy new and different freedoms but are expected to enjoy and seize the present while carefully structuring and planning their own futures. Different insecurities come with such freedoms, and this has dramatically increased the incidents of different mental health issues. Sign up for this theme and share your ideas and thoughts on what ‘Youth under Pressure’ means and how to handle it.

Gymnastikhøjskolen i Ollerup Grundtvigs Højskole

Young Europe is voting for…

Even though the young Europeans have expressed the most interest in the EU, they constitute the largest group of non-voters. The political course set in the EU now will shape your future possibilities and living conditions. We believe that it is crucial for the youth of Europe to unite and get involved in European issues.

Engage yourself and join the European Parliaments campaign: This Time I’m Voting…
Sign up and invite your friends – it matters!

What is a Folk High School?

Besides being one of the origin places of democratic education in Denmark, a folk high school is also a non-formal residential school offering learning opportunity in almost any subject. At a folk high school you live together and experience each other in many different social situations. During your stay at a folk high school, you live, eat, study, party and clean together with the other students. Learn more about the Nordic folk high school tradition here.

What is the Youth Island

It is an island run by young people, for young people. It is located in the Copenhagen Harbour where it previously functioned as a sea fortress. This historic monument has been modernised today. The summit will be the first major event on the island, and will be the place where the participants from all over Europe meet for three days to share and present which ideas and visions, they beleive determine the future for the youth of Europe.


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