The deadline for applications for the My MEP – My Voice initiative is now closed. Four regional video workshops and video screenings took place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast in March, April and May 2014.
About My MEP – My Voice
My MEP – My Voice is a 32 county initiative open to 18-25 year olds with a passion for communicating and a desire to have their voice heard in the upcoming European Elections. In early 2014, we put the call out for young people with a story, concern or issue, and a desire to influence the upcoming European elections.
Participants were brought together in March 2014 for a day of training and filming in either Belfast, Cork, Dublin or Galway. At these workshops, participants met their co-stars, decided what they wanted their video to look like and received training in appearing on camera, all before recording their video message in front of the lens!
With the help of a number of young rapporteurs elected at each of the four regional workshops and our partners on the programme, the video has now been professionally edited and can be viewed below. In late April/early May, we are taking the video right to the very people looking for their vote in the European Elections, the candidates. We are holding four screenings of the video in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast and we are inviting all the participants, their friends, family and members of the press. Following the screening, the candidates will have a chance to respond to the video, but more importantly, the participants and audience members will be given a chance to put their questions directly to the candidates.
Dates & Locations for the video screenings
The dates for the video screenings were as follows:
- April 29 – Dublin – The Screen Cinema, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
- April 30 – Galway – IMC, Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway
- May 12 – Cork – The Gresham Metropole, MacCurtain Street, Cork
- May 13 – Belfast – The MAC Theatre, St. Anne’s Square, Belfast
How To Get Involved
If you have any questions on the initative, get in touch with the EM Ireland offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01 662 5815.
For more information, the application form is available to download as a PDF below.
European Movement Ireland
European Movement Ireland is an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe. Founded in 1954, we are the oldest Irish organisation working in the field of Irish-EU relations. EM Ireland have a vast network of individual, not-for-profit and corporate members, to whom we provide an extensive range of briefing, training, information, communications, networking, consultation and research services.
We aim to foster proactive engagement on European issues and facilitate links between all sectors of Irish society and the EU by running a number of advocacy campaigns, education programmes, training courses, information briefings and networking events. EM Ireland also produces clear and relevant reports and publications outlining key European issues and their impact on Ireland and Irish citizens. Ensuring transparency, accountability and engagement at all levels in Ireland’s relationship with Europe is one of our key goals.
Explore our website to learn more about our work and our Presidency & European Year of Citizens 2013 programme of campaigns and events.
European Movement Northern Ireland
European Movement Northern Ireland is Northern Ireland’s leading pro-European organisation, bringing together people who share a common interest in European co-operation in its widest sense. The Northern Ireland Council of the European Movement organises a programme of events comprising of evening meetings, seminars, lunches and conferences. It also publishes material to inform both its members and the wider public about European affairs. Visit the European Movement Northern Ireland website to find out more.
Immigrant Council of Ireland
With over 12 years’ experience the Immigrant Council of Ireland is the leading voice in securing improved rights and protections which benefit Irish citizens, migrants and their families. Learn more about the Immigrant Council of Ireland by visiting their website.
Opportunity Youth is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and families in the community. Opportunity Youth provides a range of services and interventions in the areas of health, justice and the economy. Learn more about Opportunity Youth and their work on their website.
SpunOut is an independent, youth-led national charity working to empower young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to create personal and social change. Through its website, SpunOut provides an interactive online community for young people to consume health and lifestyle information and find out about health and advice services available to them in their area, online or over the phone. SpunOut.ie also acts as an online space for young people to share their views and opinions by writing articles for the site or by commenting on pieces written by other young people. SpunOut also runs a number of offline events including an annual Academy, which provides free practical ‘tools for change’ training, a ‘SpunOut Super Heroes’ mini grants scheme, and the ‘SpunOut Youth Summit’. Read more about SpunOut’s range of work and campaigns on their website
WIMPS stands for “Where Is My Public Servant?” It is a project run by and for young people. WIMPS started (way back in 2004!) with an idea – how do we make politics more relevant to young people? WIMPS decided one way of doing this was to remind politicians that they work for us – the citizens. WIMPS have created a space for young people to discuss and debate issues. WIMPS also want to do more – to get organised, to campaign and to bring our views directly to politicians and others, and to influence the decisions that affect our lives. Learn more about WIMPS and their work on their website.
Young Irish Film Makers
Young Irish Film Makers is a digital film training and production centre where young people aged 13 to 20 years are empowered, through a rigorous practical training programme, to work at broadcast standards with professional digital equipment to make films, particularly feature length films. Learn more about Young Irish Film Makers and their work on their website.
Youth In Action
My MEP – My Voice is funded under Youth in Action, the EU’s mobility and non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 13 and 30. Youth in Action aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the future of the EU. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all. Further information about Youth in Action can be found on the European Commission website.
In Ireland, Youth in Action funding is administered by Léargas. Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 20 years. Visit the Léargas website to read more about their work.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.