Eurodesk Stories: Leah – European Youth Event

The EYE (European Youth Event) brings together thousands of young people from all over the European Union and the world at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and online, where they share and shape their ideas on Europe’s future. It is a unique opportunity for 16- to 30-year-olds to interact, inspire each other and exchange their views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers, right in the heart of European democracy.

Two young people − Patrick and Leah − were selected and supported by Eurodesk Ireland to participate as part of the Eurodesk delegation in the European Youth Event from 8 to 10 June in Strasbourg, France. 

Here are Leah’s reflections on the Event…

1. Why did you participate in the EYE?

I participated in the European Youth Event because I wanted to get more involved with the EU. As an island nation, we are cut off from the rest of mainland Europe. This makes it harder to feel connected to the EU. The EYE event gave me this opportunity. 

2. What did you find interesting/beneficial/surprising?

I was surprised by the sheer number of people who came from so many different backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. It was great to see such a diverse group of people.

3. What is your learning from the event?

During my time at the event I learned that despite having different backgrounds so many young people have commonalities and deal with the same issues. 

4. How can you use this experience in the future/your work/activities in the organisation?

I think I could use this in the future to support young people in becoming more involved with the EU. It can seem daunting, but they can make a difference. 

5. Would you recommend attending EU youth events to other young people? I think it’s important for young people to get involved with EU events, as we should take every opportunity to have our voices heard as the next generation.

Leah nominated by Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Dublin

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