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Youth development conference inspires young people to take the reins


This year’s Youth Development Conference, which is entitled ‘The world is ours to make’, will be taking place on Friday 30 October under the aegis of the Integration and Migration Foundation. All young people between the ages of 15 and 26 who are interested in becoming more active and enterprising and looking for ways of implementing their ideas are invited to attend the event, which will provide them with both inspiration and practical advice on doing so.

Heidi Paabort, the director of the Estonian Open Youth Club Union and a speaker and workshop moderator at the conference, says that young people have a lot of good ideas that often go unrealised because they lack information on what they should do next and how they should go about it. “As the title of this year’s conference suggests, everyone has the opportunity to transform their lives and contribute to changes in the world around them,” she said. “The important thing is acting on your ideas. There’ll be inspiration groups at the conference in which we’ll be trying to get young people to do something to bring their ideas to life. We’ll give them tips and advice where it’s needed, and hopefully by the end of the day we’ll have worked out the first few steps in their action plans. The organisers will also be making sure that they don’t forget the ideas they’ve come up with – or the promises they’ve made!”

Toivo Sikk, an area manager with the Integration Foundation’s Development Centre, says that up to 120 youngsters from around Estonia are expected to attend the conference, almost 40 of whom will have the chance to share their motivational stories. “The conference has been divided into two parts,” he explained. “During the first half we’ll be listening to inspirational stories about things that young people have done, and representatives of youth organisations will be sharing information and advice on how to turn ideas into reality and how to develop initiatives. After lunch we’ll be gathering together in four inspiration groups where a moderator will lead a discussion on actually making something of your ideas. Everyone will have the chance to ask the others in their group how they’ve realised their ideas and to share their own ideas and experience, hopefully finding someone like-minded to work with on new initiatives.”

The conference is being held from 10:00-17:00 on 30 October in the Mare building of Tallinn University Conference Centre (Uus-Sadama 5). Online registration is open at until all places are taken or 25 October. Bus transport to and from Tallinn will be arranged for participants from Tartu, Pärnu and Ida-Viru County. Those coming from other parts of the country can request to have the cost of their bus tickets reimbursed. Everyone who registers will be contacted personally in regard to transport arrangements and will have the finalised programme for the conference forwarded to them.

The organisation of the conference is being financed from the state budget via the Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information please contact:

Toivo Sikk
Area manager, Development Centre, Integration and Migration Foundation
Telephone: +372 659 9850