“Youth for safer youth” project kicked off in Liepāja

On 10–12 December 2019 the project “Youth for safer youth” kick-off meeting took place in Liepāja together with UBC Safe Cities Commission meeting.

The youth and their representatives from Liepāja, Riga, Kaunas and Espoo, as well as security experts from Liepāja, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Tallinn, Tartu, Turku and Lahti participated in the meeting. A questionnaire about youth safety feeling and the possible solutions to raise the safety in the Baltic Sea Region will be developed within the project.

The meeting was opened with welcome speech by Jānis Vilnītis, Mayor of Liepāja. He found involving the youth representatives in safety knowledge building a good solution, especially if it is made in larger scale, in this case – the Baltic Sea Region. Jānis Vilnītis expressed that he was happy for the successful collaboration between safety experts in the Baltic Sea Region. It helps all involved cities to raise their safety. The Chief of Liepāja Municipal Police – Uldis Novickis appreciated the youth interest to get involved into the safety improvement activities.

During three days the youth together with the safety experts analyzed already existing activities and researches about the youth safety. One of the conclusions was that after reaching 18 years age, the youth is viewed as adults, so they are not so much addressed when talking about the youth point of view. The participants developed the main categories, which will be included in the questionnaire, as well as the possible ways to have the best reach of the youth in the Baltic Sea Region. Additionally, it was decided how to work onwards in the project. The development of the questionnaire will be organized in the virtual communication.

The "Youth for safer youth" project is supported by the Council of the Baltic Sea States Project Support Facility.

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