PIMP your Town!

Objective: "The local politics project for youth participation. What do indoor playgrounds, advertisements for sports clubs and the voluntary firefighters for parents of migrants, talking bins, and electric car as the official major’s vehicle and trampoline in the Baltic Sea have in common? These are all ideas from students, trying to improve their commune, which have been implemented. Pimp Your Town! encourages teenagers to look closer into local democracy. The students take on the role of council members, discuss and decide on different proposals.

Everyone profits from our political events and projects for youth participation. Four classes take part in our project: for three days more than 100 students take over city hall. The students also produce a film and magazine about the project. “Real” council members help them with the proposals which will be discussed in the “real” council later.

Use our award-winning project “Pimp Your Town!” as an up-to-date tool to motivate young adults to participate in politics. Action-oriented and focused, with amazing results and the experience of an exciting political event. Motivating for teenagers. Thrilling for politics. Refreshing for the administration. New opportunities for teachers. Through Pimp Your Town! thousands of students already experienced how exciting and effective local democracy can be. They help to make their commune more livable. 

Many advantages for your commune

You carry out a strong and functioning model which motivates teenagers to participate in politics. You get fresh ideas from teenagers who don’t want to be part of a long-term youth parliament. With this political event local politics will be the focus of families and the public. Suddenly you have 100 students with knowledge about local politics who are keen on participating. You support the youth parliament, in case there is one" (www.politikzumanfassen.de).

Participation level Target groups Number of participants Duration/Timeline Implementation Frequency Budget
Consultation Marginalized Groups, Youth Up to 300 Up to a week Adaptable More than one event Low
Organizational requirements:
  • Education about the procedure of the activity before the actual activity taking place
  • Education about the topic before the actual activity taking place
  • Moderator/Facilitator
  • Project management/Event organization
  • Reaching out to vulnerable/marginalized groups