This analysis is the first output of the project entitled „A part for all – promoting participation of young people from diverse groups“, which we have been implementing at CVEK since the beginning of May 2022.
At CVEK, we have been working on the topic of participation of different minority groups for several years now, pointing out that the involvement of diverse groups in policy-making, but also more generally in the life of society, is key to creating a cohesive society. Young people from different minority groups or groups that can be perceived as vulnerable are at an even greater disadvantage than young people in general in terms of participation and having their voices heard.
Meanwhile, young people have faced many challenges in recent years that previous generations did not face. The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, inflation, the growing influence of social networks and disinformation, significant social changes – all these are issues that have a much more significant impact on young people, and especially on young people from minority backgrounds.
In our current project, we focus on young Roma men and women, young people from the LGBTI+ community, young foreigners, young people with disabilities and young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Bratislava and its surroundings. Our aim is to empower young people from minority backgrounds and help them develop their skills so that they can actively participate in their neighbourhoods and communities.
In the first phase of the project, we conducted research to understand the situation and perceptions of young people from minority backgrounds and to give them a voice. The findings from the research are included in this analysis. In the interviews we explored four themes: perceptions and experiences of their own minority identity, trust in institutions and perceptions of support from institutions, experiences of social exclusion and experiences of participation.
The project „A part for all – promoting participation of diverse young people“ is supported by the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2: Collaborative Partnerships.