For 10 years already, the City of Rijeka, in cooperation with the association DELTA from Rijeka, has been implementing the project titled “I THINK GLOBALLY, I ACT LOCALLY – ACTION DAY” which in 2015 was renamed in the project titled THE INITIATIVE THAT DESERVES AN EXCELLENT MARK!
The goal of this project is to provide a possibility to young people aged between 14 and 19 to develop the abilities necessary for active participation in decision-making processes at local level.
Within the project about 70 high school students, with support from their trainers and volunteers of the association DELTA and employees of the City of Rijeka (city department representatives) in the premises of city administration for one whole day devise projects addressing a certain given topic.
Upon completion of project proposals, they are presented in the City Hall of the City of Rijeka, where students develop presentation and lobbying skills. After the project presentation and discussion, students choose the best project, which is implemented by the prizewinning student group with financial support from the City of Rijeka and technical support from the association DELTA.
The projects chosen in previous years were very successful, within this initiative, high school groups addressed a number of given interesting and actual topics, for example “Volunteering”; “Young People Help Older People”, “Spending Free Time in a Creative Manner”, “The Identity of Young People”, “Social Innovations”, “Youth Skills Development”…).
At first, this initiative was implemented in cooperation with the association GONG from Zagreb and after several years it was taken over by the association DELTA from Rijeka which successfully cooperates with the association GONG from Zagreb, and has developed long-term, successful cooperation with the City of Rijeka.
In 2015, the Project titled “THE INITIATIVE THAT DESERVES AN EXCELLENT MARK!” has introduced two important new things:
- It was harmonised with the European youth policies by incorporating elements of the structured dialogue – process through which young people are included in decision-making processes at EU level. To this effect in 2015, the central theme of the Project “THE INITIATIVE THAT DESERVES AN EXCELLENT MARK” was harmonised with the theme of the next cycle of the structured dialogue that started on 1 January 2016 (theme in 2015 – Youth Skills Development); and
- High school students implemented the prizewinning project in the period from January to March 2016, thus enabling the raising of the quality level of students’ projects and mentor activity provided by the association DELTA.
It is important to emphasise that in 2015, this project was also co-financed by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth in the amount of HRK 67,500.00, while the City of Rijeka, as in previous years, also provided certain financial resources from the Budget of the City of Rijeka and technical support for the implementation of the mentioned project (from 2005 the amounts approved by the City of Rijeka ranged from HRK 90,000.00 to 25,000.00).