[Open Call for Partnerships] Organizations Working on Media and Digital Literacy Initiatives for Youth across Europe

4 minutes read | First published: February 2, 2023

Tactical Tech is an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organizations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. Through different projects, especially  What The Future Wants, Tactical Tech — aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures through education, co-creation and capacity building.

We collaborate with partners working with young people to host events, adapt materials, co-create, translate resources (and much more!) —and now we are seeking partners again!  We are inviting organisations that work with youth across Europe to apply to partner with us in a new initiative in the context of a 2-year project, funded by the EU Creative Europe Program (CREA), called the Media Literacy Case for Educators. In particular, we are looking for organisations and cultural centres that already work with youth on topics related to media and digital literacy.

Partnership goals:

We would like to connect with organisations that work with youth ages 13-19 across Europe, in order to help build their capacity and to further develop media and digital literacy materials with their help and expertise, together with their audiences. To do so, we are seeking partners who can join us in the following ways:

  1. Join a network of organisations working with media and digital literacy across Europe.
  2. Recruit participants for, host and co-facilitate co-development sessions with local participants, alongside Tactical Tech, between March-May 2023.
  3. Participate in training-of-trainers sessions in 2024 that will be based on the materials developed through this project.

More information about the co-development sessions:

Co-development sessions are a methodology that Tactical Tech uses to develop media and digital literacy resources by engaging different target audiences in the themes we want to educate them about. In these co-development sessions, media-related issues important to youth and adults will be discussed, such as political influence and opinion-making, how influencers work, and making sense of big news cycles. In addition, these sessions involve discussing what resources young people need to bring media literacy topics to adults, such as their relatives, as well as what support adults need.  

As part of this project, organisations  working with youth will be trained to implement our co-development format. The organisations will be responsible for inviting and co-facilitating the sessions with participants who they recruit to join the sessions. The participants should be “youth” (ages 13 to 19).

There will be a published report and analysis of the findings from the sessions and the insights and outcomes from the co-development sessions will be the basis for creating new resources for the Medial Literacy Case for Educators, which will be distributed to librarians, educators, schools and cultural centres across Europe.

Who can apply?

In order to be eligible for this partnership call, applicants must meet all of the below criteria:

  • Be an organisation that works with youth.
  • Be based in Europe.
  • Work on the broader topic of digital and media literacy.
  • Have access to a target audience of youth (ages 13 to 19),
  • Be able to join online sessions with other partners, co-facilitate a co-development workshop with Tactical Tech, and participate in the training of trainers (all online).
  • Have the capacity to carry out the activities as noted in this call.
  • We will  also consider larger networks of youth organisations who have access to a target audience of youth (ages 13 to 19 years old).

What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to help shape new resources.
  • A modest honorarium (1000 - 1500 Euro depending on activities and availability of funds)
  • Promotion within our networks (approx. 6,000 monthly newsletter subscribers, 49,000 Twitter followers, and more across social media).
  • The chance to join a community of like-minded individuals.
  • An extensive virtual library of resources and materials developed over the past 20 years that you can use for your own projects, including those which have not yet been released publicly.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please click on the link below. We’ll contact successful applicants to take the conversation further after the call closes.

Once the deadline has passed, Tactical Tech will review all of the applications and select candidates for interviews. The interviews will take place in March 2023. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.