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Stories

My speech as candidate for the European Youth Forum

20.11.2014

Stories.

They are part of our daily life since we are kids. They are the ones our parents would tell us before going to bed. They're the ones we made up as we were hunting for rare species of insects in the backyard pretending to be scientists. Now, they're the ones we are writing with each step we take towards autonomy.

We often forget how many stories we hear and tell and most of all, we underestimate the power of storytelling.

Think of all the stories you've heard... So many stories... But what is the point of a story if not to be told? That's where we come into play!

We, young people involved in youth organisations, tell stories. Far from being made up, they are about real people and their everyday life. We speak about these young Europeans who do not have access to quality education, who cannot express their opinions, who would like to work but cannot find a job... But we also speak about those who get involved in so many diverse ways, who live abroad and learn so much, who become youth workers, who advocate for what they believe in! We work everyday to make sure their stories, our stories, are listened to and taken into account. And we need to value those thousands of inputs for they give us great insight when advocating for youth rights.

You're probably wondering where I'm getting at with this story thing, right?

Well, what is youth participation if not giving young people the opportunity to speak up and tell us their stories to contribute to the making of history ? What is youth work if not empowering young people for them to be able to write their own stories ?

Our organisations are here to put personal stories together in order to create our collective present and future ! Our platform is about those millions of young people. It is about taking the most concrete stories around us to imagine improvements and alternatives. They might (and maybe should) appear crazy at first sight, because thinking out of the box is one of our greatest strengths. We have the power to build on all those things to contribute to political debate and inspire policy-makers who (let’s say it) are sometimes helpless while facing youth issues!

We have to be a sort of political itching powder, questioning the world we live in and daring to take strong stands when needed.

Because I want young people’s energy to change the world as we know it, I want to dedicate the next two years of my life to build our collective story. Let’s make the stories we write a dream come true ! Let me be a great Board Member to represent all of your stories !

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