“Faces of Europe” and Summer University Project win Charlemagne Youth Prizes in Romania and Slovakia
March 29, 2017
We are happy to announce that AEGEE has two national winners for the Charlemagne Youth Prize 2017 competition, awarded annually to youth projects that reflect active participation in the development of Europe: the photoblog project Faces of Europe has been selected as the national winner of Romania and the Summer University Project has won the national round in Slovakia.
Faces of Europe
The photoblog series has been running since early 2016. Inspired by the famous Humans of New York, Faces of Europe shows the human aspect of Europe by sharing photos with personal stories. The photoblogs aim to explore the rich cultural diversity that Europe harbors. The blogs are published regularly on Facebook and the Your Vision for EUrope website. Since its launch more than 100 stories of many Europeans have been shared, that received a lot of positive feedback from our readers.
Faces of Europe is run by a multinational team with reporters from all over Europe. Currently 16 reporters from 12 countries are involved in making the blogs. The photoblog series is an initiative of, and coordinated by, the Your Vision for EUrope project. Launched by AEGEE-Europe, the project aims to raise awareness and stimulate discussion on the future of Europe.
Summer University Project
The Summer University is an event that takes place during summer between one and four weeks in most of the cities that AEGEE is present. Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are some of the reasons why 20 to 50 young Europeans from all over Europe come together in each Summer University to taste the diversity of our continent.
Since 1988 more than 100.000 people participated in Summer Universities, which took place in over 260 cities in more than 40 European countries, making it the biggest volunteer-based mobility project in Europe.
Charlemagne Youth Prize – what’s next?
The Charlemagne Youth Prize is awarded each year to youth projects that show participation in the development of Europe and foster a shared sense of European identity. Young people between the ages of 16 and 30 from all EU member states can submit projects. Previous winners include AEGEE-Europe`s Europe on Track project.
In the next phase of the competition the projects will be evaluated by a European jury that consists of three members of the European Parliament, the President of the European Parliament and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. This jury will select the winner out of the 28 national submissions in May 2017.