The Young Changemakers Academy is a programme aiming to prepare young people to take active part in their respective communities by shaping their future in given policy areas, by means of three seminars and networking support with other young people and senior political figures from all over Europe with similar interests and objectives. The Young Changemakers Academy shall be a platform to connect young changemakers engaging in political advocacy.
The Young Changemakers Academy is organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the support of LYMEC (European Liberal Youth) and our partners, the Luigi Einaudi Foundation, FNF Greece and LIF.

Do you feel passionate about a cause? Do you have an idea for a project? Learn how to advocate for your project and make change happen!

Event I – ”Building a vision” 

This seminar aims to encourage young people to develop their own advocacy projects: Introduction to the academy, presentation of participants’ respective platforms/projects and personal development plans. Grassroot-/Mass-Movement activism and lobbying. How to achieve a broader impact for youth and personal development plans for the participants. 

By the end of this seminar, participants will:


Day 1 – Friday 11 March 2022

16:00 ELF Welcome
– Marco Mariani, Board member, European Liberal Forum

16:10 Objectives of the Academy and agenda-setting
– Ines Holzegger, LYMEC Bureau
– Andrea Davola, Foundation Luigi Enaudi

16:20 Presentation of the advocacy projects by participants
Moderator: Bàlint Gyévai, LYMEC Secretary General

16:40 Personal development plans and milestones
– Ines Holzegger, LYMEC Bureau

18:30 Conclusions of the first day and evaluation survey
– Ines Holzegger, LYMEC Bureau

Day 2- Saturday 12 March 2022

08:45 COVID testing

09:00 Grassroot and Mass-Movement activism
– Sober Szabolcs, Momentum Mozgalom, International officer and trainer

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Create impact in a youth environment
– Thomas Matthew, Board member, European Youth Forum – ONLINE
Moderator: Chiara Liguori, Policy and Training Intern, LYMEC

13:00 Lunch break

14:30 Lobbying for your cause
– Isabella Mavellia, Bringing Europeans together association and founder of the start-up GreenerEU

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Branding your advocacy projects!
– Isabella Mavellia, Bringing Europeans together association and founder of the start-up GreenerEU
18:00 Conclusion of the first event and feedback from participants

End of the event

The event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Co-funded by the European Parliament. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum. 

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