Rural Youth Project competition 2017

Rural Youth project is a project where young people have worked together towards a common goal on a voluntary basis. This competition can gain your project visibility on a European level!

Congratulations to the winner!


Vardavar International Festival 2017

Since the festival gathered young participants from all Armenian regions by giving them the opportunity to take part in the project and interact with tourists which is very essential for rural youth to raise an intercultural competence. Also, there was an exhibition of handmade arts and crafts of children from several Armenian regions. It is important to mention that the owners of the local markets were mainly young people from rural areas and the festival fostered the development of their initiatives.

The main purpose of the festival was to broaden the scope of “Vardavar” holiday, rituals, Armenian national songs and dances, and present to the whole world. In addition, promoting the prosperity of the tourism industry, ensuring sustainable growth of Armenia, protection of national values ​​among youth, social inclusion of rural youth, promotion of intangible cultural heritage make the base of the festival.

Since protection of cultural heritage, regional integration and social entrepreneurship are some of the main activity areas of our organization, we decided to develop such project, which will make significant and intangible impacts on different spheres for the Armenian community.

The project involved diverse groups: participants (youngsters from urban and rural areas), tourists, folk dance and song groups, actors for the performances, technical support group, coordination group, various NGO representatives, journalists and local people.

The project had very positive impact both on tourists and the community. People got to know about one of the ancient holidays of Armenian culture and were immediately exposed to its celebration process. The festival promoted tourism and social entrepreneurship industry at the mentioned places, since local people were selling their homemade products nearby. So, by being broadcasted through various media, the festival attracted many more people to visit Garni and Geghard which impacted on the development of local social entrepreneurship initiatives.

Fields of Vision

Fields of Vision is a rural crime prevention project conceived and developed by Worth Valley Young Farmers Club.

In recent years rural crime has been rife in the Worth Valley and we decided to act positively.  We planned to create a network of local rural people linked by a WhatsApp conversation and facebook.

Firstly we wrote the guidelines and terms and conditions that members need to sign up to, then made sure that the project was insured and that we managed peoples personal data correctly. Next we designed the website and social media pages before promoting the scheme to the local rural community.

Once signed up, members share sightings of criminal or suspicious activity instantly via WhatsApp. The rest of the network look out for the suspects coming their way and gather information and photos of them and their vehicle which are passed to police.  Some would-be criminals are unnerved by the extra attention they receive and stay away. is set up so that anyone can start their own Fields of Vision group.  Recently groups started in nearby Silsden and in Stablehurst in Kent.  Statistics show we are preventing crime, putting rural people’s minds at rest whilst promoting our youth organisation in a positive light.  As our membership grows we feel it’s only a matter of time before we help police catch criminals.

We’re entering the Rural Youth Project of the year because in our own time and on a voluntary basis we’ve used technology and innovation to reduce rural crime locally. The spread of the use of our system could help rural communities throughout UK and Europe.

15 club members run the project and overall now we have 270 members of the rural public in our existing networks. We are preventing crime in 3 rural areas totalling a population of around 18,000 who are in a way sharing the benefits.

Young People - Old Handicraft

Binding brooms, pottery or turning an ice stick – many old professions have become rare. In order not to let the professions fall into oblivion, the rural youth destrict Braunau created a book about old crafts.

Young rural people from the district of Braunau have made it their task to take a look at the workshops of traditional an regional craftsmen and to bring them up in front of the curtain.

Summarized in a book of local handicraft, 62 pages of comprehensible instructions and useful tips from 23 rural youth groups encourage people to try them out.

The handicraft book was sponsored with 80% by the LEADER region Oberes Innviertel – Mattigtal.

At the self-organized Handicraft market, visitors were treated to self-produced products by nine regional direct sellers.

Eight different craftsmen exhibited their products.

The book was available at an own stand against voluntary donations. You also got a ticket for every donation, whereby there were great tombola prizes to win.

Stage entertainment:

  • 11:00 Performance of the folk dance group
  • 13:00 Project and book presentation
  • 14:00 Fashion show of 14 rural youth traditional costumes
  • 15:00 Male choir performance

The rural youth music cape provided a musical framework. Children could try making butter themselves.

The proceeds of the book (4.000€) were donated to charity.

The project was divided into two project teams, each consisting of seven members of our rural youth management.

A total of 231 rural youth members were involved an 1848 project hours were spent.

Through our project, the old handicraft should not die off.

Competition proceedings

  1. RYEurope judging RYEurope: Board will do a judging to choose the three best projects for voting.
  2. Voting: After the board selections, a public voting will take place on RYEurope Facebook 15-29th March 2017. You have a chance to collect more points for your project through the voting. The project with the most points wins the Rural Youth Project competition. The winning project will be announced at the beginning of April 2018.
  3. Prize: The winner of the Rural Youth Project of Year will be awarded with two places to the European Rally. In addition, their travel expenses are refunded up to 250 euros.
  4. Please note that by submitting the video/automated presentation you also agree to it being published on the website of Rural Youth Europe and social media sites Rural Youth Europe uses.

The Youth Project of the Year 2017 will be judged using the following criteria

  1. How well the aim of your project is in line with the overall purpose of your organisation and what are the benefits to your organisation, members and local community.
  2. Level of innovation and creativity in all project phases such as general idea and implementation, communication and advertising throughout the project.
  3. Level of involvement and volunteering of young people in the planning and implementation of the project.