In the year 2000 Association of Viennese Youth Centres (Verein Wiener Jugendzentren) started the first negotiation with the District Council of the 22nd Viennese District and quickly could implement the first initiative in 2001.
2nd, 9th, 11th, and 20th, Viennese district soon followed. In every district the initiative had the same objective and rules, the operational implementation was sometimes different due to local specifications and needs of the respective District Council and school board.
The year 2005 brought two important developments. First the legal age for voting in local elections was set down to 16, which was an important impetus for local politicians to get youth more into their focus. Secondly “Word Up” started in 23rd District and this was the first which from the beginning gave an own budget to the young people to decide upon.
In 2006 Association of Viennese Youth Centres compiled the “Guidelines for Word Up Youth Parliaments” which still are the base for all local concepts
In 2009 20th district switched their system also to own budget. All the other local “Word Up” initiatives keep it the way that the youth parliament decides on their wishes and the district council, district mayor or municipal service finally decide whether they may go with it or not (still have to justify their decision for the young people).
In 2011 “Word Up 20th District” was nominee for Austrian Award for Integration (shortlist of 4 in category “Encouraging and Supporting” after 256 applications)
In the season 2011/2012 the Viennese districts 2, 3, 9, 11, 15, 20, 21, and 23 are working with the “Word Up System”. Local authorities are currently investing app. 105.000 Euro to keep the system running, Districts 20 and 23 each give an annual budget of 80.000 – 100.000 Euro to the young people to decide upon.