Do we still meet or do we live mostly in our own bubbles? In recent years, we have seen a growing gap in society, especially depending on the level and type of education. We don't live in the same neighborhoods, we don't go to the same sports clubs or schools, we don't meet in the same places, and our priorities and interests are different.
All of this has negative consequences for social cohesion and the possibility of building a society in which everyone can find themselves. According to some, the current coronavirus crisis threatens with polarization. The crisis can accentuate the divisions between groups. It is therefore important, in the post-Corona era, to work on these cleavages and the contributor to bridge the gaps in society.
During the coronavirus crisis, the personal growth and identity development of young people was also put under pressure. Indeed, one of the negative consequences of confinement and online education has been the reduction in social interaction and the increase in boredom, loneliness and mental problems among young people. Research shows that social contact and support can be important factors in resilience and recovery after a crisis.
With its new multi-year project Connecting You (th), the P&V Foundation wants to combine the need for social contacts and exchanges of young people with the societal need for diversified contacts, meetings and mutual understanding. In this way, it is possible to promote not only mental well-being, but also societal well-being and cohesion in society.
The project will consist of 2 components: a call for projects and a youth forum.
Call for projects
The P&V Foundation will launch its new call for projects ‘Connecting you (th). Overcoming social divides’ this September 2021. For more information subscribe to our Newsletter.
As part of its new Connecting You(th) call for projects, the P&V Foundation initiates a youth forum, so as to offer twenty young people aged 17 to 23 the opportunity to gain experience in active citizenship.
The youngsters will be between 17 and 23 years old and the group will be composed in the most diverse way possible. Anyone can apply.
The forum will begin with an opening weekend in October 2021 and end in May 2023.
During this period, the young people will meet face-to-face four times and will organize a certain number of meetings digitally. They will also make field visits and actively participate in the closing event.