Call for participants | Work Plan 2021 – Let’s discuss ‘governance’ in Internet Governance

International seminar: “Internet Governance and young people”

Helsinki, Finland | 8-12  September 2021


The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe), with the support of JEF Finland and JEF Helsinki, are organising an international seminar on ‘Internet Governance and young people’ in the framework of the Work Plan 2021 – Let’s discuss ‘governance’ in Internet Governance, funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

About the Work Plan 2021:

JEF Europe with the Work Plan 2021 ‘Let’s discuss ‘governance’ in Internet Governance’, through blended activities, national debates, international educational activities and advocacy actions, aims at developing the skills and understanding of young people from diverse backgrounds to enable them to reflect on how they can work to overcome the challenges of youth participation in internet governance processes at European level. 

One of the work plan’s main objectives is to advocate on the importance of discussions among youth representation bodies and youth organisations on Internet Governance, outlined through a set of policy recommendations and an online toolkit of resources developed during the project, with the support of a newly established JEF Working Group on Internet Governance.

About the seminar:

The international seminar will take place in Helsinki (Finland) for 4 days, and will gather 20 young people from all over Europe.

After our first international seminar on Internet Governance, “Internet Governance: why should we talked about it?”, which took place in Alicante in July 2021, this seminar in Helsinki aims at researching what can be the role of young people in shaping Internet Governance strategies and use artificial intelligence as practical examples for the digital distribution of power. It will empower the participants to organise the national roundtables, to explore digital governance in different countries, and to address youth participation and outreach (e.g. towards young policy-makers).

Before the seminar, JEF will hold a webinar to present the results of the first seminar, to prepare the participants for this second seminar, and for the participants to present their contribution (e.g. a presentation of the state of play of Internet governance and youth participation in their home country). 

As an outcome, an easily accessible online toolkit of resources for young people will support the multiplier effect of the participants. The policy recommendations drafted by the participants of the first seminar will also be further developed.

Profile of the participants:

  • Being aged between 18 and 35 years old (some exceptions may be made during the selection);
  • Being able to work and communicate fluently in English;
  • (strongly recommended) Being available for the preparatory meeting (foreseen late August / early September) with the trainers and the selected participants;
  • Interest in the topic and in developing knowledge in working on the Internet Governance field;
  • Experience with Internet Governance processes and/or curiosity about the topic;
  • Willing to implement national discussions (roundtables) after the seminar.

Why should you apply?

  • An opportunity to better understand the role of the Internet Governance stakeholders and to encourage partnership with them; 
  • A networking opportunity with young people working in different development and youth sectors;
  • Bring part of an engaging dynamic focusing on developing youth rights and inclusion in a specific sector.

What we are offering:

  • A four-day international training seminar.
  • Accommodation and food covered for the duration of the seminar in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Travel reimbursement for up to 200 euros.

Fee and finances:

  • The participation fee is 50 euros for covering all on-site expenses.  We understand budgets are tight for young people all around Europe at the moment, and we will gladly consider your application to JEF’s Solidarity Fund for fee-free participation. In order to apply for it, you should state it in your application and we will get back to you.
  • The travel reimbursement will be made after the end of the event upon provided tickets and receipts.

How to apply?

Please fill in the following application form by 31 July 2021 – 23:59 CEST.

More information on the Work Plan 2021 and its activities here


Lorène Weber, Admin & Membership Officer

Young European Federalists

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Brussels

Théo Lecarpentier, Project Officer

Young European Federalists

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Brussels

Chiara Grigolo, Project Assistant

Young European Federalists

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Brussels