The Youth City Council of Gdynia was established in the Resolution XII/223/11 of the City Council of Gdynia concerning the establishment of the Gdynia Municipality Youth City Council and Statute granting on 28 September 2011. The Resolution XIV/273/11 of the City Council of Gdynia amended the Statute of the Youth City Council of Gdynia.
On 24 October 2018, the election to the Youth City Council of Gdynia for its 5th term was held
In Gdynia, young citizens took part in the decision-making process of the following public decisions and together with the authorities they addressed the following public issues:
What was the biggest effect of the cooperation with the authorities in Gdynia was generating a catalogue of subjects and public decisions which the authorities can and will consider allowing the youth to have a say in; subjects and decision which come from the specificity of the City of Gdynia, willingness and openness of the authorities and officials as well as the city’s needs to use opinions of the young people.
Another achievement was the involvement of the Social Innovations Laboratory (Laboratorium Innowacji Społecznych) – a city institution responsible for civic dialogue between the authorities and residents – in the direct talks with the YCC. The city authorities and the Social Innovations Laboratory declared that they would include the YCC in ongoing processes of social consultations, as well as they would try to dedicate separate actions to the YCC, which, in a particular way, would engage them in the dialogue with the authorities.
The first debate between the authorities and young people – so-called round table – 13 June 2019
On 13 June 2019 between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm, there was an event called “Pocket parks in Gdynia – a round table”, during which the youth, adults and associations’ representatives worked in groups on the topics concerning the possibility of pocket parks creation in Gdynia. The meeting took place in Wymiennikownia – the Youth Centre of Social Innovation and Design.
The objective was to interest the youth about citizen activity, to create a dialogue between the youth and decision-makers, to exchange opinions between the people interested in art, greenery and city aesthetics. The debate was attended by a large group of representatives of the City Council, District Councils, Greenery and Aesthetics Department, Gardener’s Office, education representatives, teachers who are the supervisors of school governments, Nasze Orłowo Association, Cool-awi Association as well as the representatives of the Association of Euroregion Baltic Municipalities.
In September of 2019, the project of pocket parks creation was accepted to be carried out in the Participatory Budgeting of Gdynia. You can access the article by clicking here (in Polish): https://www.bo.gdynia.pl/Drugi_miejski_projekt_do_BO_zostanie_zrealizowany.html
The representatives of authorities, President of the City Council Joanna Zielińska and councillors of various districts took part in the meeting. In total, there were about 50 participants from school governments, associations and the city.
During the debate, the participants discussed (in separate groups) the following issues:
The young people presented conclusions and recommendations from the round table at the session of the Municipal Services Committee – so-called first public hearing – 19 September 2019.
During the session of the Municipal Services Committee, which is presided by Elżbieta Sierżęga, President of the Youth City Council of Gdynia Kamil Serapuk presented the results of the first round table talks.
The second debate between authorities and young people – so-called round table – 30 October 2019
The topic of the second round table between the City authorities and the young citizens was public transportation in Gdynia. During the debate, the round table, the youth together with the City authorities worked in various groups on the following topics:
Requests from the debate were as follows:
The young people presented conclusions and recommendations from the round table at the session of the City Council of Gdynia – so-called second public hearing – 28 January 2020.
On 28 January 2020, the representatives of the Youth City Council: a councillor Julia Wyczk and curator Marta Otrębska participated in the meeting of the Municipal Services Committee of the City Council of Gdynia. The meeting aimed to inform the City councillors about the recommendations worked out during the round table talks concerning adjusting public transportation in Gdynia to the youth’s needs.
Julia Wyczyk presented the most important recommendations worked out during the first round table. At the end, the councillors had a chance to ask questions about the recommendations and to address the requests of the young people.
In Gdynia, we worked directly with Wymiennikownia (https://wymiennikownia.org/), the Social Innovations Laboratory (http://lis.gdynia.pl/), Magdalena Annuszek (the Chief of the City Council Service Department in Gdynia) and Joanna Zielińska (the President of the City Council of Gdynia). Magdalena Dębna, a staff member of Wymienikownia, and Marta Dębska, the curator of the Youth City Council, were responsible for the work of the team.
The Social Innovations Laboratory is an independent budget entity of the Municipality of Gdynia responsible for the development and support of the innovative social solutions directed to the residents. Wymiennikowa is a Youth Centre of Social Innovation and Design. It is a place for people aged between 13 and 35, where they can take part in activities and workshops, exchange their passions and ideas, get to know interesting people, spend time freely or rest. Moreover, there are workshops for schools, organizations meetings and various events organized by the youth for the youth.