We believe in youth friendly ecosystems built with increased participation of young people. Our goal is to deliver support, expertise and also co-create social innovation processes at urban and regional level.
We provide expertise and solutions for innovative ways for youth strategies and action plans in urban areas or regions.
We embrace youth dialogue at local and regional level. We believe in physical interactions enhanced by digital solutions.
We provide a theory background, tools and study cases on how to initiate, plan, deploy, implement and consolidate participatory budgeting for youth.
The power and value of thematic, short-term youth programmes has been proven. Youth capital titles and thematic programmes delivered under these frameworks increased organic cooperation of various stakeholders and set the ground for long-term development of youth friendly ecosystems, too.
Cities should involve youth in the decision making processes which will affect their generation’s present and future. Sustainability is the key. We focus on long term urban envisioning but also on what needs to be done today regarding young people in order for that vision to be fulfilled.
European Youth Capital of 2015
PONT Group proposed the idea and coordinated the application of Cluj-Napoca for the European Youth Capital title of 2015. The bid proved to be successful and unleashed an untapped force coming from young people in the service of the city’s economic and social development. This first step enabled a set of follow-up efforts resulting a continuously enlarging set of projects and programmes leading to the creation of the Citizen Y Resource Centre.
Com’ON Cluj-Napoca, Com’ON
Europe and Com’ON Romania
Com’ON Cluj-Napoca was the first participatory budgeting process for young people in Central and Eastern Europe and it was PONT Group’s main contribution to the Cluj-Napoca 2015 programme. It was repeated in 2016. From 2017, a Romanian and European extension process was launched. Com’ON Romania developed new forms of consultation with young people while Com’ON Europe was set to deliver a strategic framework and tools for delivering participatory budgeting processes for youth.
One of the legacy programmes of Cluj-Napoca 2015, the Romanian Youth Capital title created an important tool to empower Romanian cities in investing in youth and co-creating urban development processes. The programme hosted already 3 editions (Timișoara, Bacău and Baia-Mare) while Iași is the current title holder. Additionally, the National Youth Capitals in Eastern Europe project enabled a cooperation between key stakeholders of Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine and created a policy document called 11 Questions on National and Regional Youth Capitals in Europe and the World.
The aim of this project is to develop a framework for developing urban youth ecosystems in the field of youth addressing 5 key topics: information systems, youth participation, youth friendly urban spaces, youth employment and entrepreneurship and long-term vision and impact with the active co-creation of youth, which serve the sustainable long-term development and envisioning of the future of European cities. The cities of Braga (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Varna (Bulgaria), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Amiens (France) partner for this process.
The main goal of the project is to consolidate the local planning and implementation systems serving youth in participating cities, aligned with European youth-related policies while setting a standard and a wide pool of intellectual resources through which any other European city can align its own local efforts towards young generation. The cities of Braga (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Varna (Bulgaria), Novi Sad (Serbia), Amiens (France) and Klaipeda (Lithuania) partner for this process.
The resource centre will support the work of the Network of European Youth Capital titles and will work for the consolidation and recognition of the European Youth Capital title. It also aims to give support and expertise for cities which are nominated as European Youth Capitals, and to national or regional authorities which aim to launch and consolidate regional or national youth capital titles.
The resource centre will support the work of the Network of European Youth Capitals and will work for the consolidation and recognition of the European Youth Capital title. It also aims to give support and expertise for cities which are nominated as European Youth Capitals, and to national or regional authorities which aim to launch and consolidate regional or national youth capital titles.
Cities take leadership in addressing issues of sustainability and climate change. The Urban Youth Circle concept was created in the context of the city of Baia Mare from Romania applying for the European Youth Capital title. The concept becomes the youth strategy of the city while a renewed bid of the city for the European Youth Capital of 2023 is developed under the PLAY concept. The aim of the resource centre is to support shaping and extending this concept further.
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