The “YEPP” approach and methodology is built upon five Goals which are:
To enable young people who are at risk of social exclusion and/or live in areas with little or no opportunities to participate in local decision-making processes, to create change within their communities and to become active citizens in the wider society.
To create self-confident and competent communities, so that residents and local stakeholders become active citizens who advocate changes to the environment in which children and youth develop.
To establish strong and sustainable partnerships and strategic alliances involving actors from different sectors (public, private, and independent) as well as different levels (local, regional, national and international), in order to foster youth and community empowerment.
To influence public and independent policies to ensure that the principles of youth empowerment, community empowerment and partnership become mainstream and are transformed into action at all levels.
To provide opportunities for learning and self-development through exchange and transfer of knowledge and expertise at local, regional, national and international level.
To build upon the common ground shared by multiple stakeholders participating at community and international levels (the YEPP Community), the ”YEPP” approach and methodology includes a set of seven core Guiding Principles:
Local stakeholders establish cross–sectorial collaboration, joint action and strategic alliances in informal action groups or formal organisations.
Young people participate actively in the decision-making process and have decision making power.
Equal opportunities are promoted regardless of racial or ethnic origin, education, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
Local stakeholders – including young people – engage in joint strategic planning based on the YEPP Concept of Change and participate in YEPP Monitoring and Evaluation. This creates a recurring systematic process of analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
At the international level, local stakeholders engage in peer exchanges and learning, training sessions and self-development, as well as networking and building strategic alliances.
The “YEPP” approach and methodology expands to a broader field of practitioners and decision makers, to influence public and independent policies at all levels.
These goals and principles combined form the basis for the work in the YEPP Local Sites and the YEPP IRC and are outlined in the “YEPP” approach and methodology.
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