Young generations has become a growing focus in media, politics and policy in Europe. IAI rejects the traditional interpretation of youth as a passive object of study and policy. It strongly believes instead that young people are key subjects to rethink and address the challenges facing Europe, thus contributing to the EU’s re-generation.
Against this backdrop, IAI aims to promote the role of youth in the construction of Europe by engaging them and strengthening their analytical capacities. The Institute focuses on high-school and university students and young professionals in Italy, the EU and the wider Euro-Mediterranean space in a gender-sensitive way.
Engaging youth in the European public space
This engagement work includes all our projects. In particular, in order to encourage youth’s participation in the European public sphere, the Institute has launched the IAI Prize “Young Talents for Italy, Europe and the World”, which provides youth with the opportunity not only to publish their ideas, but also to discuss them through a major award ceremony with well-known personalities across different walks of life.
Strengthening youth capacities
In an era of disinformation and fake news, the devaluation of skills, the simplification of geopolitical analysis and the trivialization of political messages are mounting threats to a democratic, well-informed and free European youth. IAI aims to contribute to a young civil society capable of understanding and analysing the challenges and opportunities facing Europe mainly through evidence-based training courses, open to university students and young professionals.
Yet educational acitivities are embedded in IAI’s numerous research projects.