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Vienna´s biggest participation project for children and young people

A Children and Youth Strategy for Vienna

The largest participation project with children and young people in Vienna´s histroy involved over 22.000 young residents of the Austrian capital. Topics were developed together with children and young people and are the basis for a Children and Youth Strategy for Vienna. The City will implement this plan on behalf of all involved.

The Target Group

Persons aged 3 to 19 years living in Vienna were the target group of this process. Workshops were held by educators, youth workers, teachers, social workers and volunteers with their groups/classes. So we could base it on an existing relationship of trust and include children and young people from all backgrounds.

The Workshops

We asked children and young people to do a service check on the city – and answer the following questions:

  • What works well in Vienna?
  • What doesn´t work so well in Vienna?
  • What are the most pressing issues fort he city?
  • In what kind of Vienna would you like to live?

To facilitate the work on those questions all groups could order a tool box that included a step-by-step facilitator´s guide. Download the english version of our Facilitators Guide here.

The Outcomes

From February to April 2019 more than 22.000 children and young people have participated in over 1.300 workshops. Their input was analysed by a social science institute. In a first round 9 topics that were of most interest to the children and young people have been identified. 24 groups have been chosen by lottery and invited to send a representative to a children and youth advisory board to discuss and prioritise these results on 4.6.2019. From that input aims for the 9 topics have been developed and then all Departments of the Vienna City Administration collected existing measures and developed new ones. Proposals for all 9 topics were then discussed with over 200 children and young people at a conference on the Day of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Topics

  • Nature and Environment
  • Opportunities and Future
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community and Togetherness
  • Space and Place
  • Participation and Opinion
  • Safety and Security

See here what were the main medals, repair instructions and approaches to solve the problems identified by the children and young people. And download an overview of goals and objectives of the Vienna Children and Youth Strategy