Topic 1: Aims of the method

  • The method invites young people discuss the issue of youth participation in society focusing on the several areas of their life (community, neighbourhood, school, youth or sport clubs etc). Using the ladder of participation by Roger Hart as a guiding principle the activity helps young people share their own personal experience with participation, identify meaningful forms of participation and tokenistic ones and ultimately assess obstacles and enabling factors in terms of participation with their peers. The point of the exercise is support young people to understand that although they might not always be in control of the above-mentioned factors, there are plenty of strategies and things they can still do in order to participate in their community and make sure the decision are taken involve them.