About Forest Youth

The Forest Youth project aims to improve 4 areas in the youth field:

(1) Youth Wellbeing: In a recent survey of UNICEF (2021) with young people across the EU, almost 1 in 5 responded that they identified as suffering from mental health problems or symptoms such as depression or anxiety. Participants described a complexity relating to their desires to receive greater mental health and wellbeing support. The Forest Youth project based on Forest Bathing methodology will improve youths health & wellbeing, including low blood pressure, decreased stress, improved mood, reduced anxiety, increased ability to concentrate, etc.​

(2) Inclusion: the activities of the Forest Youth project are focused on the main target group – marginalised youth. So, in engaging and connecting activities, they will develop a sense of belonging to the community, better social inclusion via common goals and activities.​

(3) Youth Entrepreneurship & Initiative taking: during the empowerment and initiative-taking sessions marginalised youth will develop a sense of entrepreneurship, will gain a number of transversal skills and will be empowered to take action. The beneficial outcomes to youth empowerment programs are improved social skills, improved behaviour, increased academic achievement, increased self-esteem and increased self-efficacy.

(4) Actions on Climate Change: Youth is identified as one of the nine major groups of civil society in Agenda 21, with the right and responsibility to participate in sustainable development. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Article 6 on Education, Training and Public Awareness, calls to implement educational and training programmes on climate change to educate, empower and engage all stakeholders. The Forest Youth project calls youth to act NOW and TODAY!

The following results will be achieved during the project lifetime:

– Methodology for youth workers “Forest Youth: from improving Youth Wellbeing to Empowering Youth for Actions” (approx. 60 pages) in English, Lithuanian, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Bulgarian languages;

– At least 48 youth workers/trainers will be trained during the piloting stage of the methodology;

– At least 240 youth will participate in Forest Youth activities, will initiate and organise initiatives on the fight against climate change;

– At least 48 initiatives by young people will be organised.

– Project website will be set where all produced materials will be published as open source.

– Project Facebook page & Instagram will be set to keep updated about the project (frequency once a week) with at least 600 followers.

– At least 240 users will be on the Forest Youth Platform which will be available in English, Lithuanian, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Bulgarian languages.

– 6 multiplier events with at least 180 participants ready to implement Forest Youth methodology in their organisations and their daily activities.

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