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Get to know

WHAT ARE YOUR CORE DRIVES IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORK?

Constantly working on progress and making a positive impact with my work

WHAT KIND OF CHANGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BRING YOUR LOCAL& GLOBAL/REGIONAL LEVEL?

I believe in the importance of inclusive efforts for a more peaceful and sustainable future, so I would like to see more actions on local and global levels towards that aim.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU THE MOST ABOUT BEING A PART OF YAGE AND DURING THE YAGE EVENTS?

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YAGE was one of the first events offering dialogue and network for young people from EU and post-soviet countries. Despite the lack of political willingness, initiatives like YAGE consolidate the potential of young people over the region of ‘’Greater Europe’’, focusing also on Russia, which was the reason why I applied to its first annual forum back in 2013. Later, YAGE gave me a chance to work on a project called ‘’Model of Democracy’’ as a trainer, which was designed by other alumni, and after that experience, I actively engaged in non-formal educational programs and peer to peer teaching. Now I see YAGE having an exceptional role to bring young people from Russia closer to the EU, building a solid base for dialogue and having a more inclusive network for young people.

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WHICH USEFUL SKILLS DID YOU DEVELOP WHILE BEING INVOLVED IN YAGE?

It was one of my first experiences as a trainer, which later saved as a base of motivation to get a professional qualification for a trainer and actively engage in youth-led program management. Most importantly, it expanded my network and enriched my knowledge on many topics.

WHICH IDEA OF GREATER EUROPE DO YOU ENVISION IN THE FUTURE?

Stronger, diverse and more inclusive. Europe is not restricted with geographical borders, but it is much broader - based on values, vision and inclusive dialogue. I do hope initiatives like YAGE will help young people all over the region of EU and beyond to expand their network, enrich their competences and be more proactive

WHICH STRATEGIES COULD BE USED BY YOUNG PEOPLE TO INFLUENCE THE DECISION-MAKING IN INTERNATIONAL BODIES?

Young people nowadays constitute more than a majority of the population, and young people are not the future, but the present. That is why youth should be more active in advocating for their inclusion in all levels of decision making, also being active in grassroots advocacy initiatives. I believe in a bottom-up approach, and if young people can serve a value, make a positive contribution, then they should be given a chance to do so. Young people need more support to participate in decision making and have greater involvement and responsibility in the future, which can be obtained via constant intensive dialogue with current decision-makers. Young people should be very qualified in different aspects of policymaking and constantly present their vision and ideas in a constructive manner, so their input is taken on board and they are equally seen as legitimate actors influencing decision making in the community, regional as well as international levels

ARE YOU IN CONTACT WITH OTHER ALUMNI? 

I was one of first alumni of YAGE event, and I joined a few annual forums. I am still in touch with some alumni, and when I was studying in Poland and later working in Brussels, we organized a few meetings with other alumni. YAGE events were truly a bonding experience.

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