What is the Polish Youth Council?
Polish Council of Youth Organizations (PROM) was established in 2011 (registered in 2012) and represents 38 Polish youth organizations gathering more than 250 000 young people in the country. As a National Youth Council PROM is the only umbrella of youth organizations on the national level in Poland.
The membership of the association consists not only of the biggest and national organizations, but also small and local associations from different regions. Huge diversity of the member organizations is a great advantage which makes it possible to reach out to many young people, also those with fewer opportunities and contributes to making the youth voice in the public discourse much stronger.
PROM assembles both youth organizations (in which young people constitute at least 2/3 of members of people up to 35 years of age) and assembling youth (which has sections of which members up to 35 years of age constitute at least 2/3). Municipal youth councils have their own special section in the Council.
The work of the Council is coordinated by the Board elected directly by the delegates of the member organizations. Five among the members are elected by the First Pillar (organizations with over one thousand members present in more than 1/3 of the regions in Poland) and the Second Pillar (all other organizations).
Main aims of the Council are to represent youth organizations and empower young people across the country to have their voice and impact on public policy and society. PROM sees its role in co-creation of youth policy in Poland, promoting the idea of youth participation in public life and informing the public opinion on the situation of youth. The Council cooperates with the main actors in the youth field in Poland and Europe such as Ministry of National Education, National Agency for Youth in Action and Erasmus Plus in Poland, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, European Youth Forum, Eurodesk and others in order to be an active part of creating youth policy in the country and lobby for organizational priorities such as youth participation, youth information and others.
National projects and actions
Current national projects and actions:
- Advocacy campaign to amend the Polish Law on Volunteering and Public Benefit to include youth work and activities with youth to the catalog of activities in the framework of public benefit,
- Member in the following advisory bodies to the public institutions: Monitoring Pre-Comittee to the Regional Operating Programme PO WER (in the scope of youth guarantee), Financial and Legal Solutions Committee at the President’s Chancellery,
- Cooperation with the Ministry of Education on consulting acts of law and policy documents on youth,
- Coordination of Permanent Team of Municipal Youth Councils,
- Youth Power- project for strengthening the capacities of municipal youth councils in Poland,
- Member of Youth Think Tank Generation 2.0 (“Pokolenie 2.0”) coordinated by the Parliament of Polish Students,
- Analysis of the main national strategies on human and social capital,
- Analysis of the national strategies and policies regarding youth.
International projects and actions
Current international projects and actions:
- Leading Structured Dialogue, a participation project aiming in strengthening participation of young people on the national and European level: charing National Working Group, Ambassadors programme, leading consultations in Poland.
- 25 years of the Polish-German Youth Office: a flagship project with the German Federal Youth Council (DBJR) including the seminar in April 2016 and a strategic meeting in June 2016 resulted in the common understanding document with our demands and self-expectations for the future.
- Bilateral relations with National Youth Council of Ukraine (support of the new structures and work in the subject of Europe), Austrian Youth Council, Belarusian Youth Council RADA and the Coalition of Strategic Partners.
- Trilateral cooperation with Germany and Israel on the subject of remembrance and education after Holocaust (January 2015: Seminar for the 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz for 120 people with the German and Israeli Youth Councils).
- Membership in the European Youth Forum and co-creating European Youth Policies.
Phone: 00 48 22 463 16 51
Office working hours (CET):
- Tomasz Klemt:
– Monday: 16:00-18:00
– Tuesday: 8:00-11:30 and 16:00-18:00
- Michał Tokarski:
– Monday: 10:00-14:30– Tuesday: 12:00-17:15– Wednesday: 10:00-14:30– Thursday: 10:00-16:00– Friday: (after making an appointment) 12:00-14:00 or 15:15-17:00
At other times or in urgent matters please contact PROM Office Coordinator Michał Tokarski at 00 48 727266778.