Youth Information

Youth InformationThe provision of information to young people is a central role of the agency. Aġenzija Żgħażagħ launched its web portal called Youth Information Malta on the 26th February 2011 during an activity at its premises at the Annex of Casa Leoni, Sta Venera. The need to provide specific information of particular relevance to young people has been felt for years and also emerged during the consultation process preceding the Maltese National Youth Policy 2010-2013.

Youth Information Malta consists of a web portal which includes general information compiled in Maltese and in English about: Culture and Leisure; Education; Environment; Employment; Europe; Family and Relationships; Health; Housing; Law, Rights and Responsibilities; Money; Participation and Volunteering; Sport; Transport and Travel. Information is presented under various subheadings to facilitate research. A search function and accessibility features are also included.

Youth Information Malta contains information compiled specifically for young people in collaboration with government directorates, agencies and non governmental organisations. This information is continually updated and includes detailed contact information of various institutions, agencies and organisations together with embedded hyperlinks to access further details directly from the source.

Youth Information Malta provides also a showcase of news, music, and events pertaining to the youth field. The news section includes updated information about scholarships, exchanges, funding for projects, EU opportunities etc. The streaming music function is aimed primarily to promote local artists and their music with direct links to the respective websites. The events section is a showcase of events and besides informing young people, it assists youth organisation, agencies and groups in their promotions.

Youth Information Malta does not only provide updated information but aims to be a common meeting platform for young people, institutions, organisations, youth workers and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.

In March 2011, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ became a member of the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA), an international non-profit association based in Luxembourg. Established in Madrid in 1986, ERYICA has become a network of 26 Members, 5 Affiliated and 4 Co-operating Organisations working in 31 countries, in more than 8.000 youth information centres, where 13.000 workers provide young people with generalist information under the principles of the European Youth Information Charter.

Furthermore in July 2013 Aġenzija Żgħażagħ signed the European Youth Information Charter. Upon signing this charter Aġenzija Żgħażagħ joined the list of European youth entities that were signatories. This signing was an acknowledgement of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s achievements in the area of youth information. Under the European Youth Information Charter, 32 members and affiliated members of ERYICA throughout Europe seek to endorse and guarantee the right of young people to full and reliable information. Such information will enable and assist them to make informed life choices and encourage their autonomy and active participation in a democratic society.