The Youth Network provides a forum for young people
The ENIL Youth Network is an integral part of ENIL, with a wide range of activities. Its activities are aimed at:
Giving an opportunity to young disabled people to identify areas/issues which ENIL should be focusing on and which are of particular relevance to young people in different European countries;
Providing a forum for young people to share information and ideas;
Strengthening the leadership skills of young people within the Independent Living movement;
Giving an opportunity to young people active in the Independent Living movement to act as role models to their peers;
Giving an opportunity to young people to represent ENIL at different meetings and events;
Improving participation of young people in ENIL’s activities, especially the Freedom Drive;
Improving representation of young people on the Board of ENIL;
Ensuring that the way ENIL communicates responds to what young people want.
Overview of our activities
The Youth Network voices concerns of young disabled people
The Advisory Council on Youth is the non-governmental partner in the co- management structure which establishes the standards and work priorities of the Council of Europe’s youth sector and makes recommendations for future priorities, programmes and budgets. It is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks in Europe and its main task is to advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions relating to youth.
The European Disability Forum (EDF) is an umbrella organisation of disabled people, bringing together representative organisations of disabled people from across Europe, and advocating for the rights of more than 100 million disabled Europeans. ENIL is an active member of EDF, being represented on its board and various committees. One of them is the EDF Youth Committee, which is the voice of young disabled people inside EDF, ensuring that EDF’s work takes into account the perspective of disabled youngsters.
ENIL was invited in San Marino to take part in the first official Independent Living conference on 3rd December, the international day of the Independent Living philosophy.
ENIL has been involved in a project called ‘Mapping of Barriers to Social Inclusion for Young People in Vulnerable Situations’. Its main aim is to take a closer look into the barriers to inclusion faced by young people, analyzing the relations between these barriers and giving recommendations for changes in youth policy.