Project Update

“Policing the Policies”: Empowering Young Voices in Berlin's Youth Policy

Last week, we conducted our focus groups with young people in Tempelhof-Schöneberg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg as part of ongoing research on local youth policies. The research is part of our project “Policing the Policy” which aims to examine the overlaps and connections between local youth policies and the needs and perceptions of young people in the district.

A total of 30 young people participated in the focus groups, sharing their experiences, concerns, and needs in regard to the district and Berlin as a whole. The data collected from these focus groups will now be compared with our findings from the desk research on local youth policies in Berlin and the districts. After the evaluation, recommendations for further youth policy strategies will be formulated.

This research is conducted simultaneously with our local project partners: Association Peoples Parliament in Serbia, Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland  , and Field of Dialogue Foundation in Poland. The results will be publicly presented this year in each country. The event will invite youngsters, youth work providers, and district representatives to discuss and review the findings and recommendations. Additionally, we will discuss possibilities for embedding the findings and recommendations in the current youth policy strategies during the event.

We express our gratitude towards all young people who participated in the focus groups as well as for the valuable insights gained from the discussions.

The project is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not
necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).