Estonian National Youth Council (ENL) organizes projects and campaigns in order to develop areas that concern youth and are important to them.
The most important bigger projects web-pages you can visit when you click on the right side of the page where there are lillte post-it type buttons. The web-pages have not been translated into English yet, but we do hope to have most important sections of them translated in the future.
Participation Project and Participation Metro give interactive, simple and fun overview what is participation, why it's important to participate, how to participate and how to teach participation (ENL has created simulation game and materials for teaching participation and citizen activity).
Participation Cafe format brings together decision makers and young active people who discuss problems and find solutions together. During the project street campaigns were organized, materials were printed and shared, simulation games were brought to youth centers, school classes and youth events. Read more about participation metro project here!
The Quality Evaluation of Youth Organizations - ENL works for better and srtonger youth organizations and has created a self evaluation handbook for youth organization. The book contains easier and more complicated methods which help the youth activists to evaluate the progress of their own organization and develop it to the better.
International Youth Day - Every year, on the 12th of August and for 7 years ENL organizes a big celebration in one of Estonian towns to celebrate International Youth Day. International Youth Day offers worskhops, competitions, activities, youth info, youth organizations introduce their activities and everything ends with a big open air concert bringing together popular youth bands and also local favouritte pop groups that everybody knows.
Shadow Elections - Shadow Elections is a citizen education project that gave in 2009 before the elections the possibility to elect also for those young people, who are not in voting age yet. In the capital Tallinn and second largest city Tartu from 5th till 8th of October ENL organized Shadow Elections, which gave the possibility to vote from age 14. The lists of canditates were real, the voting boxes were real and the program that analyzed the votes and put together the list of city councils was also the very same used in local elections during real elections. Only difference was that youth simulated, but the voice of youth was real and statistics and results were published to the media. The aim of the project is to motivate young people to grow interest in social matters and politics in general and to become an active citizen who wants to participate and has the ability to decide according to analysis, facts and information, not by advertisement or nice photograph. The elections participation was very high and ENL plans to continue with shadow electing also in year 2011 when there will be government elections.
Read more about shadow elections in English from the web page of Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations!
Find the Shadow Elections handbook here!
Newspaper Aken - 6 times per year ENL publishes youth work newspaper Aken (Window) that collects all information that is nessecary to know for those who work in the field of youth.
Youth mainstreaming, Youth politics and legislation - ENL works regularly with researches, legislations and ministries and strives for better youth policy. ENL participates in working groups, round tables and other organs as an expert in youth field.