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One brave thing
It takes a significant amount of bravery to stand up to the extremist narratives that youth are exposed to offline and online, to speak out against violence and violent extremism, and to dissuade others from supporting extremist movements. It takes even more bravery to speak out against the ones they love the most.
Do One Brave Thing (BRAVE) aims to empower youth aged between 16 to 26 years-old in Hungary, Italy, Poland and Romania with the skills, knowledge and tools they need. It will help youth to recognise and challenge online polarising and radicalising propaganda and develop online and offline coounter-narratives and democratic engagement. Youth will be empowered to engage constructively with their communities in their daily lives and as active agents shaping the future of Europe.
Do One Brave Things is a pilot project and has been specifically designed and concieved for impact on the EU-scale
Furthermore, some of the main drivers of extremism amongst youth are the feelings of disempowerment, insignificance, uninspired or without purpose, a disconnect between the information they’re given by mainstream media and other voices of authority and what they perceive as reality, as well as a lack of options to address the grievances they face.
One brave thing
This campaign is therefore envisioned as a constructive programme, with multiple facets and elements – which together combine to empower youth positively to understand what they want to achieve in the reduction of extremism in their communities, and then giving them the tools to engage to that. The enabling of youth to have difficult conversations on and offline, and feel confident and able to engage with issues of radicalisation and those being radicalised is a central component.
Do One Brave Thing
Empowering young people with the skills, tools and courage to challenge extremist narratives they experience in their daily lives: from parents and loved ones, to teachers, social media connections and community demagogues. This element of the campaign will provide the target audience with credible alternatives and positive narratives and support the youth to themselves expose and challenge extremist online propaganda and offline rhetoric.
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