Youth for the Future - seminar report

ALUMNI MEETING OF THE RÁKÓCZI FAMILY CIRCLE KOMARNO, APRIL 16-18, 2010. The Rákóczi Family Circle organized a seminar in Komarno, April 16-18, 2010, on how the youth could gain control over their future. With the help of professional team builders, the participants during the numerous group sessions were able to elaborate some actual plans regarding the future of the Rákóczi Foundation and they also worked out some ideas on how could they have a larger influence on the future of Europe.

 

The Rákóczi Foundation in 2010 celebrated the 17th anniversary of its Students Without Boundaries Programme, that was awarded by the first ever Charlemagne Youth Prize of the European Parliament in 2008.

Annually 135 students take part in this program from Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia and Hungary (16-18 years), who participate in a summer study tour and further leadership workshops. The program fosters exchange of experience among students on issues such as European educational opportunities, enlargement of the EU, building cultural understanding and promoting volunteerism. During the two weeks of the summer study tour, the participants also share their cultural heritage. Upon completing the program, they return home and continue this exchange of experience and community building online and via annual meetings. The Students Without Boundaries program serves as a role model for European cooperation, as it fosters European integration. Upon completing the summer program, students return home and integrate their local communities into the program via actively participating in the lives of their own communities, doing advocacy for cultural understanding and promoting European values.

The former participants (that is more than 2000 students from 5 countries) form an alumni community today, called the Rákóczi Family Circle.

The Rákóczi Family Circle organized a seminar in Komarno, April 16-18, 2010, on how the youth could gain control over their future. With the help of professional team builders, the participants during the numerous group sessions were able to elaborate some actual plans regarding the future of the Rákóczi Foundation and they also worked out some ideas on how could they have a larger influence on the future of Europe.

The event was supported by the EPP Group of the European Parliament, the participants and the Foundation.

Upon the initiation of the foundation, Ms. Edit Bauer, Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group was invited to Komarno to present what are the chances of a minority protection system in the European Union.

The presentation of Ms. Bauer was highly appreciated by the 107 participants of the event. The questions following the lecture showed not only interest of the students but also their motivation for getting engaged in building the future.

During this seminar the participants realized what a great impact they can have - not only on their personal futures but - with their forces united, on the lives of hundreds living in Europe. Just like the European Union itself, the Rákóczi Foundation also has power only when everyone's aims are the same.