My name is Bérénice Jond, I’m a 25 French and European citizen. After studying litterature, social sciences, and getting a master’s degree in international cooperation, I’m now dedicating the next two years of my life to volunteering for youth rights.
It all started when I joined, out of curiosity, a student organisation that was organising music festivals in Paris. Two years later I discovered a national network of student organisations: Animafac. I got rapidly involved in the network, discovering stakes related to the associative world and higher education. I joined the board, became vice-president and president. I got involved on campaigns, on the organisation of a national forum of youth initiatives, I gained knowledge on youth issues and most of all, I learnt to speak up. That may be the best thing I learnt from my civic involvement.
Representing Animafac in various organisations, I gained knowledge on youth policies, and became involved at European level via the European Civic Forum first, and then via the European Youth Forum. As member of various working groups (youth policies, non formal education, and european and international affairs) within CNAJEP, I discovered new lands of the youth policy field. Staying true to my curious nature, I had to push back the frontier and see what was happening in Europe !
As a member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Committee, I got to meet with a more institutional part of civic participation: civil dialogue. This articulation between very different cultures of participation is food for thoughts in my daily work.
Being involved in several organisations to speak as a young active citizen is what get me up every morning. I’m every day more and more aware of the causes we have to defend. I know we have to stand for what we believe in, through speeches and actions, and I believe we can trust our strengths (especially when speaking of the European Youth Forum, the only legitimate platform to speak for youth rights in Europe).
I hope to continue on doing what I’ve done for the past 5 years and I hope you’ll trust me to commit even more to the cause of youth rights and youth participation !