The kick-off was hosted in the historical compounds of the former Abbey, which is currently used by the provincial government. Ms. Peijs said that she is proud to be the CoR chairperson of an event that brings together 250 young people from all over the world to Zeeland. She added how particularly pleased she is with the fact that participants will be discussing the issue of internal migration especially because of the local demographic changes that can be seen in the Province. She is also excited to hear the solutions proposed by the future generations, who will be affected by it the most.
Silvan Licher, a 2009 YF participant, also spoke at the Kick-Off event. He will be serving as the 2010 YF Ambassador, since the Youth Forum will be hosted in his hometown of Middelburg, Zeeland. After his speech, a video was shown from the 2009 Youth Forum Champions from Hunter, USA, who gave advice to future participants. Check out the video at the YF website here. At the end of the event, Marcin Zaleski, IDEA-Netherlands Executive Director, handed over the KPDC trophy to Ms. Karla Peijs and Silvan Licher as a token of passing on the organization of this year's YF to our partners in Zeeland.
From left: Marcin Zaleski (IDEA-Netherlands Executive Director), Karla Peijs (Queens Commissioner for Province of Zeeland), and Silvan Licher (2010 YF Ambassador)The 2010 Youth Forum in Zeeland will be held on July 22nd- August 4th. The IDEA Youth Forum is a high school debate event that includes three debate competitions as well as debate workshops and great social activities! To find out more, visit the Youth Forum website.