Youth for Change

About the Project

Youth for Change seeks to empower young people (15-24 years) to become active, empowered digital citizens capable of advancing strong social change missions online.

Technology was a saving grace for young people during the COVID19 lockdowns in Europe offering them an opportunity to escape, learn, socialise and connect. While technology is a great enabler, the current over and quite often misuse of technology by young people has been proven to be detrimental to their emotional wellbeing, mental and physical health, and many other areas of life.

Youth for Change seeks to change the dynamic by engaging young people in the non-formal learning opportunities which build on their existing interest in social media platforms like Snapchat, Tik Tok. Youth for Change will upskill youth leaders empowering them with new knowledge and practical training resources to help young people put technology and digital stories to good use. The project addresses the needs of young people and the issues they face with regard to digital skills attainment, access to quality non-formal learning opportunities, active citizenship and employability.

Across Europe, youth unemployment and disengagement is on the rise. This issue is now of crucial importance to the European Commission. It has launched a series of strategies and initiatives such as the EU Youth Strategy which seeks to ENGAGE, CONNECT and EMPOWER young people. It has also designated 2022 as the European Year of Youth. All of this comes at a time when social change has never been more urgent in Europe. Every day, we face new and increasing challenges concerned with the pandemic, poverty, financial crisis and security challenges to name a few. Youth for Change recognises the key role that young people can play as active citizens and actors of positive change in constructing better and more sustainable future for Europe.

Project Manager

Head of EU Projects

A firm believer in open innovation and transnational cooperation Grace is head of our EU project team. She brings strategic direction to our work by building and maintaining powerful EU connections and originating game changing projects. Her passion projects are those which create impact on rural economies and communities, foster inclusion and embrace next generation digital technology.

Grace has over 10 years’ experience working on EU projects, is an entrepreneur and has a strong academic background with a BA in New Media and English and continuing professional development in the realms of education, communications and marketing. Grace lives on a dairy farm in rural South East Galway with her husband Raymond and their son Paddy. She affectionately calls the milking parlour on the farm her ‘Think tank’ as she some of her best ideas have come to her there.

LinkedIn: Grace Roche | LinkedIn