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The Working Group on Youth Policy

Youth policy is one of the main priorities of the BSSSC. Since the establishing of the BSSSC, youth work and youth events have been supported and promoted by the BSSSC Board.

 

In 2001 during the Pomeranian Region BSSSC chairmanship youth issues become an important working area. In 2002 youth workers network was established and young people participated for the first time in the BSSSC Annual Conference. In 2002-2004 the network organized many different seminars for the youth. In March 2004 Youth work was transferred to the BSSSC Ad hoc Working Group on Youth Policy.

 

Today the work group consists of civil servants and youth representatives from the participating BSSSC subregions. The working group meets at least twice a year, where current work and youth related issues are discussed.

Our mission

The Working Group on Youth Policy brings together youth workers and youth representatives from the Baltic Sea Region.

 

The main task of the working group is to provide the Board and the BSSSC regions with information on youth policies in the Baltic sea region, to ensure the dialogue between the Board and young people; prepare position papers, initiate own projects and events, and exchange best practices in the field of youth work.

 

BSSSC shall have a youth network consisting of at least one representative from each of the Baltic sea region countries. The youth network shall convene at least twice a year – one of them being in connection with the annual conference. The youth network shall elect two members to the Board for a two year period at the time. The youth network can take part in all the work of the BSSSC.

Christopher Lucht

Youth Cordinator
Perspektive Europa

Brandenburg, Germany

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Borghild Krossli

Eastern Norway County Network 

Oppland Fylkeskommune

Lillehammer, Notway

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Venla Hatakka

Member of the Youth Council

Häme Region, Finland

Venla.hatakka@gmail.com

Agnes Lusti

Member of Østfold Youth Council

Østfold County, Norway

agnes.lusti@mail.ee

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Youth Board Members
 
The Working Group on Youth Policy
 

Baltic Sea Youth in times of Corona

The current COVID 19 crisis brought societal disruptions and had large economic consequences. But has it additionally weakened and isolated young people?

During the BSSSC Spring Youth Event – online edition 2nd-5th June 2020 -  we gave young people the opportunity to exchange views on the Corona crisis and to discuss the lessons learned with experts and politicians from around the Baltic Sea Region. Particularly we discussed the corona-impact on youth in connection with four UN Sustainable Development Goals - the Climate crisis and the European Green Deal, digitalisation, education and finally democracy and youth participation.

The Younger Side of the Baltic Sea Region.

Youth initiatives contributing to the common goals of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region.

I met Julia and Martin for the first time almost two years ago. It was in September, at an annual conference of Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) in Gdańsk. For her, it was just the onset of an adventure into the Baltic Affairs. For him, it was a big step forward. At that time Martin was in the middle of his cadency at BSSSC Board as a Baltic Sea Region Youth representative and he had already earned his reputation as an engaged and visionary lad with lots of ideas on the youth empowerment in the Baltic Sea Region.

BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 - Digital Edition

June 2020

BSSSC invites Youth to meet online for Spring Event 2020! 

Youth have the voice!​

In these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, which has already changed our lives and mindsets, we believe that maintaining communication is even more important than before. We, in the Baltic Sea Region, want to speak across generations on the most important issues. On our fears and ambitions, on the problems we face and the solutions that can be undertaken.

BSSSC Youth looking towards a bluer Baltic Sea

September 2019

The BSSSC Youth Network met 16-18 September in Klaipeda, Lithuania to discuss sustainable blue economy and have their say at the BSSSC Annual Conference. .

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Baltic Youth Camp: 100 youth voices - 1 declaration

September 2019

The Baltic Sea Youth Camp was a big gathering for youths in Gdansk, Poland, June 8-11 2019 with a focus on cultural identity, common understanding and sustainable development. For a while after the Camp some youths have gathered all the ideas from the camp and made it into one final declaration. Read the declaration here.

Baltic Youth Camp finished

June 2019

The Baltic Sea Youth Camp was a big gathering for youths in Gdansk, Poland, June 8-11 2019 with a focus on cultural identity, common understanding and sustainable development. Read the summary and find photos of the event here.

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Successful BSSSC youth event held in Kaliningrad, Russia

April 2019

About thirty youths from the Baltic Sea Region met between April 7-9 in Kaliningrad, Russia, to discuss how to build mutual understanding in the region. 

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Join us in Kaliningrad, Russia, for the BSSSC Youth Spring Event 2019!

February 2019

Dear Youth!

 

The Agency for Youth Affairs of Kaliningrad Region invites you to take part in the International Youth Conference of the Baltic Sea countries  from April 14th to 16th, 2019. The theme of the Youth Event is "Culture, industry of creativity, regional identity".

The Youth Event will address issues and misunderstandings that may arise when different cultures meet. Therefore, the participants will with the help of the      Media Center from the Kaliningrad State Technical University, try to create a full-fledged media product about their vision of the common cultures of the Baltic Sea countries.

The youth event will also give the youths possibility to talk about cultural exchanges through regular film festivals in countries and regions of the Baltic Sea with the art director of the Zarya-cinema, Artem Ryzhkov. The youths will also get a sneak preview of the program of the Film Festival “Koroche”.

The youths will also be given the opportunity to personally communicate with the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region, Anton Alikhanov, in an informal setting.

The hosts will also show and tell the youth participants about Russian traditions and together visit the sights of the Kaliningrad region. For more details – go here. 

Save the date for the Baltic Sea Youth Camp 2019!

December 2018

Save the date for the brand new Baltic Sea Youth Camp 2019!
The Baltic Youth Camp is a three-day festival where youth representatives from the Baltic Sea Region gather to explore friendship, culture and politics through workshops, small seminars and social activities. We welcome you to the first Baltic Youth Camp gathering! Join us and explore cultural identity and friendships in the Baltic Sea Region. Raise your voice and learn how to influence politics, share your viewpoints on cultural and political topics, meet politicians and stakeholders face to face, join in several interesting workshops on art, technology, human rights, ecology, sustainability and heritage. Enjoy excursions, sports and music. t 
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BSSSC Youth Event Gdansk 2018

September 2018

BSSSC youth tracing the steps of Lech Walesa
Back to back with the BSSSC Annual Conference, about twenty youths from all around the Baltic Sea Region met together for the BSSSC Fall Youth Event. They discussed solidarity and participation in Lech Walesa's home work town: Gdansk. 
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Join the BSSSC Youth Event Fall 2018!

September 2018

It's time for the BSSSC Youth Fall Event! 

Welcome to Gdansk September 9 - 10! As many years before, the BSSSC Annual Conference kicks off with youths from all over the Baltic Sea Region meeting to have warm-up discussions on the topics to be discussed at the Annual Conference. This year's Annual Conference is titled "Solidarity, participation and smart action for a better future" and is to take place 10-12 September. Our talks at the youth event will mainly focus on the concept of solidarity and participation. 
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BSSSC Youth Event Finland 2018 finished

April 2018

Youth Event in Finland finished! 
Mandatory and pan-Baltic recycling system, electric planes and mandatory youth hearing with local parliaments. These were just a few of the ideas the youths presented at the BSSSC Youth Event in Hämeenlinna, Finland 18-20 April. Make sure to read the declaration as well.
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Read the declaration here!

BSSSC Youth Event fall 2017 finished

September2017

The BSSSC loves working with youth because they provide us with new perspectives, clever ideas and solutions - and tons of energy. 

From September 18-20 in Trebnitz, Germany, around 15 youths from the BSSSC Youth Network met to discuss cultural heritage, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the EU cohesion policy. The youths presented their suggestions at the BSSSC Annual Conference the days after the Youth Event. They also participated as panelists in both workshops on cultural heritage and the SDGs and also in the preliminary sessions. 

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Join the BSSSC Youth Event 2017!