Taimiteko – slowing climate change, one seedling at the time

The following article describes one of the projects run by the Finnish 4H, called Taimiteko. Emma Ilmonen and Eeli Salmela form the Finnish 4H explain what the project is all about. Karoliina Ilmonen, 16, got a summer job from her local 4H association. Here is her story: “I came across an advertisement on the 4H Finland’s website saying my local …

Safe space

This year we are exploring the topic of safe spaces and are encouraging our members and friends to think about how we can ensure that our activities create safe spaces for rural youth to be themselves. This blog post is by RYEurope alumni Emma Ilmonen, current summer trainee at the Finnish 4H. Safe space is a concept that I think …

Rural Youth Europe Board Meetings Since 2010

Throughout the year the board meet to discuss business matters regarding the running of the organisation. We aim to meet physically around 5 to 6 times a year with shorter, virtual meetings in between. The map above shows the countries where we have held our board meetings since 2010. We try to visit different countries so we can meet with …

Rural Youth Europe Events Since 2011

Throughout the year Rural Youth Europe hold a number of events to benefit our members. The map above shows the locations that our events have been held since 2011. Our 3 main events are the European Rally, Autumn seminar and the Study session. The European Rally is our flagship event with around 100 participants and usually held in July or …

RYEurope meetings go online!

Our Grand Prep meeting, which takes place in Spring and brings together key people from past and upcoming events teams, was due to take place in Slovenia from 1-6 April. We had planned to have a full programme to prepare for events in 2020. However, due to the ongoing Covid19 situation, we had to adapt accordingly and instead we held …

Shrinking Space for Civil Society – The Study Session

Iiristiina Heinonen, participated in the Study Session that took place in the beginning of March this year. Here below she tells us about the experience. I participated in study session “Shrinking space for civil society” in the beginning of March. The session was in France, in European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. The session was organised by Rural Youth Europe and European Confederation …

Democracy in Denmark

We start the year with a look back to 2019’s final event. We had the pleasure to meet a small group of active and engaged youngsters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Karoliina, who represented Finland at Participate in Active Rural Democracy, tells us a bit about the experience. When I left for Denmark 12th of November I was super excited because democracy …

Board Life: what does a ‘special interest board member’ do?

Picture above: Geoff Thompson with his wife and parents at the BEM awards ceremony Next summer RYEurope will have a big turn over of board members as several positions open for our member representation to be elected. The position of special interest board member is still a new one, currently in the second mandate with Anja Mager from ZSPM. The position …