Why should a city apply to become the next European Youth Capital?
Any project aimed at empowering youth within a society will lead to a better future, as someone well served by a community in their youth is more inclined to serve their community in return.
The title itself makes a statement to the world that the municipality in question is of Europe’s most progressive in creating a unified body of citizens who are involved in bettering the world they live in, a connotation that lasts well beyond the given year.
The European Youth Capital is a young project it positions the city as a pioneer of this exciting opportunity. The cities selected in the next few years will be working to create a standard of excellence that future European Youth Capitals will look to and learn from. For years to come these first few municipalities will be seen as the founding fathers of a movement toward a better environment for youth and a more unified community in general.
Aside from the countless long term benefits there are several perks to be had within the actual year of appointment as European Youth Capital. The most apparent of these advantages is that it provides a chance for the city to showcase its cultural and professional youth issues on a European scale. The city is spotlighted by a variety of media which inevitably creates a heightened sense of popularity for the city as well as increasing its visibility as a tourist destination.
As a leader in youth empowerment the European Youth Capital will also be established as a city for international and European meetings presenting itself as the logical place to host any kind of large scale conference related to youth. This is of course not to mention the amount of international young people and young leaders who will have the opportunity to visit the EYC, increasing visibility and popularity for politicians and policy makers yet to come.
Regional and local Dimension
As for the regional impact, it creates a forum for new and creative thinking in which projects and ideas can stimulate a stronger cultural life and encourage all the citizens of a municipality and its neighboring areas to be active within their society.
It can be easily assumed that the active stimulation of youth involvement and encouraging the youth to think outside the box will present a community with endless possibilities as to the potential productivity of their youth in generating new ideas.
The development of programmes during the European Youth Capital year can also help with gaining momentum for sustainable long term programmes which will endure long after the year in question.
Another example of potential benefits is that being selected as the European Youth Capital ensures that attempts to garner additional public funding and new financial donors is made significantly easier.