DUF nominates Nicolai Boysen to the board of the European Youth Forum (YFJ)
DUF, The Danish Youth Council, has decided to nominate Nicolai Boysen to the elections for the board of the European Youth Forum (YFJ). Nicolai has a background as DUF’s responsible board member for European and Nordic cooperation and has been working with youth participation and with amplifying the voice of young people for ten years on a local, national and European level. Read more about Nicolai and his priorities for the election below.
About Nicolai Boysen
Currently, Nicolai is the external representative on European and Nordic matters in the Danish Youth Council. During his two and a half year in that position, he has been the chair our committee on Nordic and European cooperation, represented DUF and the Danish youth as a delegate in the EU Youth Dialogue, worked with amplifying young people’s voices at the EU Parliament elections and been part of the Expert Group on Funding in the European Youth Forum.
Nicolai has been involved with youth organisations since he took initiative to establish a local youth council in his hometown when he was 13 years old. Since then he has been working with advocacy for strong youth participation, to give young people a voice on all levels and to create youth-friendly communities. Through that he has gained a lot of experience in institutional advocacy and a deep knowledge in different fields of youth policy and participation.
When not volunteering in various youth organisations, he studies political science at the University of Copenhagen and works with financial policy in the Danish Ministry of Children and Education.
Nicolai's priorities in the European Youth Forum
Adequate funding for youth organisations
The European Youth Forum cannot disregard that civil society across Europe is shrinking, and our response must be to fight for a strengthened civil society, and especially fighting for the right framework conditions for strong youth organisations. First and foremost, we must secure adequate funding for youth organisations on both the national and European levels, in order to still fulfil our essential role in engaging young people in democracy. That includes continuing the advocacy to strengthen Erasmus+ and enlarging the resources earmarked for the Youth chapter, improving the access to operating grants for INGYOs, and assisting national youth organisations in accessing adequate funding.
Quality youth participation
In order to realise youth organisations as the voice of young people, we must advocate for better participation structures and mainstream youth participation across all policy areas. With the climate crisis mostly affecting our generation, climate policy is an area, where it is especially important for young people to be part of the solutions. Working for quality youth participation also includes continuing to work for a better EU Youth Dialogue that involves both INGYOs and NYCs, creates real impact, and is based on eye-level dialogue between young people and decision makers. Finally, the European Youth Forum has a great potential in creating synergy between UN Youth Delegate programmes in our membership organisations and meaningfully including INGYO’s in the UN-processes.
Rebuilding the labour market in a better way
The European Youth Forum must advocate for structural change in the labour market when recovering the European economy. We should advocate for policies securing a safety net for people employed in platform work and other precarious work, ensuring their access to the welfare system, social benefits and continued education and training as people employed in long term contracts. Furthermore, the European Youth Forum must advocate against policies that prevent collective bargaining.
A strong and independent European Youth Forum
In order to make the European Youth Forum both a truly independent and resilient organisation, we must work to diversify our funding sources and through that increasing our capacity. When doing so, we should also work on allocating any increased funding such that it benefits those of the member organisations that are financially challenged the most, including revisiting the mechanism of apportioning the membership contributions to the organisation. To create a strong platform, we also need to strengthen the internal governance of YFJ, increase the transparency of the organisations and adopt a more collaborative approach to our work.
If you want to discuss Nicolai's candidacy or if you have any thoughts and ideas about it or the European Youth Forum, don’t hesitate to contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to him on social media (Facebook or Instagram).