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The annual FEANTSA Youth Study sessions over the past three years have provided an opportunity for young professionals from across Europe to come together to identify key issues in tackling youth homelessness and propose a series of solutions. The study sessions have led to a growing and dynamic alumni network with membership from across a wide variety of fields including social work, youth work, academics, students, law, architecture, public policy (local and national civil services), NGOs and others.  

The past study sessions have focused on taking a human rights approach to preventing youth homelessness while also developing and implementing an advocacy strategy aimed at raising awareness for youth homelessness among policy makers.

In June 2017 the FEANTSA Youth Study Session will focus on Housing First for Youth. Housing First is a model of providing housing for people with chronic experiences of homelessness and complex needs. It has proven successful and is becoming mainstreamed into many European Government’s Housing and Homelessness Strategies. This study session will take the Housing First model and look at how best the model can be implemented to address youth homelessness, and the specific needs which often accompany youth homelessness.

Further information can be found here.

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Applications for the European Youth Capital (EYC) title 2020 are officially open! From December 16th 2016 until February 26th 2017, cities across Europe are invited to present themselves as candidates for EYC 2020, before the eventual winner is announced at the European Youth Forum’s Council of Members in November 2017.
To learn more about it click here.
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We would like to draw your attention to the European conference "Volunteering for Social Change" at the Allianz Forum Berlin on 20 and 21 March 2017.


Tens of thousands of young people have completed a European Voluntary Service (EVS) in the last 20 years and have already benefited from great volunteering and learning experiences in Europe. However, up to this point, primarily young people with high school diplomas and students have taken part in European voluntary and mobility programs. What are the reasons for this and how can the EVS be made more accessible for all young people, irrespective of their educational background and social status?


The conference "Volunteering for Social Change" presents the project results of the European cooperation project "European Voluntary Service for All" (EVS4ALL), co-funded by Erasmus+. By the analysis of concrete voluntary services, fourteen organisations of European youth and volunteer work, as well as foundations from Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Romania, have developed European policy recommendations for an inclusive European Voluntary Service which will be presented and discussed at the conference in March. The conference will open on 20 March with an evening event during which Daniel Cohn-Bendit and MEP Brando Benifei, amongst others, will discuss how a socially just and inclusive Europe can be designed for young people.




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The study session “Inclusion Culture – Promoting Leadership in Intercultural Understanding within Mixed-ability Groups” is organised by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) in partnership with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

The aim of the study session is to promote cultural awareness, tolerance and solidarity among disabled and non-disabled young people and to stimulate intercultural learning.

The study session will take place between 29 May and 3 June 2017, at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France (arrival on 28 May and departure on 4 June).

Between 10 and 15 participants per organisation will be selected on the basis of the received application forms. You can find the online application form here. For more information about the content of the study session please check the invitation document you can find here.

Deadline for applying: 21 February 2017, 23:59h CET

Application must be done in English.

The participation fee (covering programme, food, accommodation, travel and visa costs) is 50 EUR.

You can find more information in this FAQ document.

A list of the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe is available here.

If you have any additional questions or require the application form in an alternative format , send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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25/10 - 28/10/2017, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 

The main goal of this project is to set up a series of meetings between youth workers and youth policy stakeholders to present and discuss the needs of youth workers in the prevention of processes of youth radicalisation leading to violent extremism. During a full four day meeting in Brussels, youth workers will have the chance to re-view work dedicated to this topic, exchange ideas and practices, and formulate key messages for the use of youth policy actors at European level. In the follow up actions, participants in the projects will be able to report on the conclusions deriving from the meetings and work sessions to their national and regional governments.

The main roles of the facilitators are to:

  • meet regularly to help set up a plan with the rest of the team

  • ease interactions with and among participants in the project

  • establish common ground

  • bring out and resolve conflict

  • maintain democracy & participation

  • stick to the agenda

  • rework the agenda

  • maintain group focus

  • record decisions and action points

  • test for agreement

  • evaluate the meeting


All candidates must apply using the enclosed application form (please type, no handwriting!). Applications should be sent to ECYC’s Secretary General Rares Craiut by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Deadline for applications: 15th of June at 12:00 CET.

Before filling in your application, please have a look at the “Practical information” below to make sure that you agree and are comfortable with the practical terms and conditions for the training course. 

Further information is available here

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28/08 – 02/09/2017, SIBIU, ROMANIA

Profile of the participants:

  • Youth workers or youth leaders (employees or volunteers) active with young people in the framework of open youth work associations, groups and projects whether they are member of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs or not

  • Educators and project leaders, in a broad sense of the term, i.e. carrying out open youth work educational activities with young people;

  • Motivated to work and to develop collaborative European multiparty projects that develop the Human Rights perspective;

  • Interested in developing their competence in the themes of youth work preventing violent radicalisation of youth;

  • Resident in one of the 48 European countries;

  • Aged between 18 and 30;

  • Able to work in English.

    All candidates must apply using the enclosed application form (please type, no handwriting!). Applications should be sent to ECYC’s Secretary General Rares Craiut by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Deadline for applications: 15th of February at 12:00 CET. 


Further information can be found here

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This Sunday at 11 am YEPP Porta Palazzo will be presenting the theatre play "Il Cadavente". To know more about this event click here.

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YEPP Albenga young people participated on a eight day exchange programme with young people from different european countries (Spain, Norway, Poland and Finland). The objective of this exchange was to “Learn how to recognise and fight hate”.
Further information can be found here.
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The EVS film festival, the video contest on Youth citizenship initiated by the French Erasmus+ Agency for Youth & Sport is back.
The European Erasmus + program guides and supports everyday youth citizen involvement, particularly through the European Voluntary Service.
For this 4th edition, in link with the 20th EVS anniversary, we invite you to illustrate the sentence: “To be 20, a part to play and get involved!” So share with us your vision of Youth involvement into the society, in all its forms.
In the first 3 editions, nearly 200 videos were posted by young people from across all Europe, demonstrating a huge civic engagement.

How to participate?

The 2016 edition is opened to people from 13 to 35 years old and living in Europe. Participants must post a video lasting less than 3 minutes that illustrates a vision of youth participation.
All practical information about the video contest (participation modalities, rules and regulations, prize list ... ) are available online and especially on the rules and regulations of the contest.

2 steps to participate:
1 / Videos must be downloaded on the WeTransfer platform <>  and the link must be reported to us through the registration form.
2/ Fill the Registration form online
The contest closing date is September 3rd, 2016.
3 Prizes will be awarded by a jury including one special for a video provided by a European voluntary EVS

You want to be inspired? Take a look at the EVSFF teaser.
Thank you to the Association Action! and the Montreuil young videographers....

Take part in this contest is also an opportunity to participate in a "special" weekend in Montreuil (France) September 22-23, 2016 to celebrate the EVS 20th anniversary and the Youth participation. 

This year, the French Erasmus+ Agency for Youth & Sport is a partner of the official launch of the European Youth Card in France. On this occasion and for the 20 years of EVS, the best 20 participants of the video contest for EVS Film Festival 2016 will win a European Youth Card: more than 60,000 discounts and benefits for young people between 12 and 30 years in many areas (sports, leisures, culture, mobility) throughout Europe.

This competition is organized with the support of Ministry in charge of urban policy, Youth and Sports , the City of Montreuil , CaféBabelAgence du Service civique, , Action ! and Carte Jeunes Européenne. 

Follow us on Twitter with #EVSFF / Facebook

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Message of the UN Secretary-General on International Youth Day 2016


12 August 2016

The world’s young people – who make up the largest generation of youth in history – can lead a global drive to break the patterns of the past and set the world on course to a more sustainable future. Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries. Youth can deliver solutions on these issues, which lie at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this first year of that 15-year plan for a healthier, safer and more just future, we count on the active engagement of the world’s young people to transform the production and consumption of goods and services so they meet the basic needs and aspirations of the world’s poorest people without overburdening already strained ecosystems.

Young people are traditionally at the cutting edge, and today’s youth have more information than any previous generation. Their dynamism, creativity and idealism can combine to shape attitudes toward demand and help create more sustainable industries.

Youth are already influencing how the world produces, distributes and consumes while driving green entrepreneurship by designing sustainable products and services. As conscious consumers, young people are at the forefront of a shift toward more fair, equitable and sustainable buying patterns. Youth are strong and effective advocates of recycling, reusing and limiting waste, and they are leading technological innovations to foster a resource-efficient economy.

When we invest in youth, they can contribute to new markets, decent jobs, fair trade, sustainable housing, sustainable transport and tourism, and more opportunities that benefit the planet and people.

I am proud that the United Nations is actively engaged in supporting young leaders who can carry out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production patterns. I encourage all young people to become involved in advancing the SDGs and demanding action by their Governments. My Youth Envoy is eager to connect you to our campaigns, which are being carried out across the entire United Nations system.

On International Youth Day, I urge others to join this global push for progress. Let us empower young people with the resources, backing and space they need to create lasting change in our world.



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Today is the International Youth Day!
The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.
Sustainable consumption entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of communities while safeguarding the needs of future generations. The development and promotion of individual choices and actions that increase the eco-efficiency of consumption of all and minimize waste and pollution is critical to achieving equitable socioeconomic development. See more on this year's International Youth Day.
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Can young people help to create a better Europe?

Discover the ideas developed at the 2016 European Youth Event here



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At the PeaceJam Foundation you will hear keynote addresses by Nobel Peace Laureates, participate in educational activities on social justice and in high-quality and engaging volunteer projects. 

The conference is for young people aged 14-18 accompanied by their teachers/ youth workers.

The conference will be held in Brussels on September 10 and 11th, 2016. 

To find out more click here

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Training Course 30 June - 10 July 2016 | Baile Tusnad, Harghita County, Romania

Participatory Photography Project covers theoretical part on the most important photography terms, tips on techniques, composition and practicing by taking thematic pictures in the local community editing using professional photo editing programs.

Organizer: Young Europe Society (NGO/Others)

Application deadline: 16 May 2016.  Find out more here


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The following is an extract from Letters to the editor in the Economist [22.02.2015]

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Your leader on young people (“Young, gifted and held back”, January 23rd) laid out the difficulties we face today. But by calling on the young to vote because “it is not enough for the young to sign online petitions” you fall into the trap of preaching to “apathetic” youth. The young have never been so politically engaged. They boycott products, support referendums on issues they care about and, yes, they are very active online. The reason they don’t vote is a lack of trust in politics, which they see as unresponsive. Only 0.5% of MPs among Europe’s parliaments are under 30. For us, the political system is outdated. We want a more participative form of democracy.


President, European Youth Forum, Brussels

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Do you agree with the targets of these young people? They want more work to be done on peace-building, improving inclusive, intercultural education programmes, less bureaucracy, more solidarity within Europe and much more. They met in Brussels to discuss the New Narrative for Europe and this video was the result:


This video is the result of a project by the Winter 2015/2016 DG EAC trainees. It presents the EC trainees' opinion on European Union policies by identifying current as well as future challenges of the EU and suggesting how to tackle them. 

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"After the EU Youth Conferences in Rome in October 2014 and in Riga in March 2015, the EU Youth Conference in Luxembourg issued a set of 15 final recommendations on “Empowerment of young people for political participation in the democratic life in Europe” in the context of the 18-months cycle of the IV cycle of the EU Structured Dialogue in the field of Youth. 

The Implementation Toolbox on “Empowerment of young people for political participation in the democratic life in Europe” is a complementary outcome document that endeavours to give concrete answers and guidelines for the implementation of the 15 recommendations adopted at the EU Youth Conference in Luxembourg which took place from the 21st to the 24th of September 2015.

The implementation toolbox gives the opportunity to go beyond general policy development and to reveal concrete implementation potentials of the policy recommendations, to deal with their operational levels, to go a step further and to look concretely into the practical aspects of implementation: what should exactly be addressed in the field to make these policy recommendations become real? Policymaking is not only about decision-making but also about thinking how to change realities on the ground."

Claude Meisch
Minister of Education, Children and Youth
Luxembourg Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers

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The following is an extract from the European Parliamentary Research Service [7.01.2016]

Democracy is about much more than voting once every five years or so in a national or European election. It is also about civil engagement and participation in the democratic process. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that while turnout in the 2014 European elections stabilised at just under 43% (very similar to 2009), turnout has been declining since 1979. Furthermore, turnout among young voters in the European elections of May 2014 (18-24) was low, at 28%. Contrast that with turnout among people aged 55 and over, over half of whom (51%) cast their ballots in 2014, and it’s clear that youth participation in European elections is not the best it could be. The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has traced and analysed voter turnout in this regularly updated facts and figures briefing.

Young people not voting, but positive about Europe

Yet the problem is even more complex. According to the Eurobarometer survey of October 2014 post the European elections, the youngest Europeans (18-24) were more positive about the European Union than the oldest (55+), even though far fewer of them turned out to vote. The same can be said for many national elections. So what can be done about it?

Alternative forms of participation

Girl with a smartphone

Robert Kneschke / Fotolia

A slew of schemes have been launched to encourage young people to become engaged in politics. Initiatives include smartphone apps, vlogging and social media campaigns aiming to revolutionise how young people think about politics. But all of these commendable initiatives do not seem to make a difference in increasing youth turnout.

Young people have developed different forms of political activism and participation, such as demonstrating, volunteering in associations and socialising and expressing political opinions through digital and social media. While social media is increasingly used in campaigns across Europe, the ultimate effect of this usage remains unclear. Some attribute the increasing levels of political activity on the internet to citizens who are already politically committed. It may be that social media have only a very limited effect on getting otherwise disengaged citizens to engage. Read more

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela

Eurochild invites you to save the date for its conference Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children on 5-7 July 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. This conference aims to promote the understanding of children’s rights as a cornerstone to the development of equitable, healthy and prosperous societies.

Taking place in Brussels, and co-hosted by Eurochild members Kind en Gezin and Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance, the 2.5 days conference provides a unique opportunity to connect European Union institutions with national realities, through the perspective of children and young people. More info

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The following is an extract from Eurochild [24.11.2015]

 Children demand dialogue with EU officials and better processes for participation

With Children for Children: Child reporters in front of the European Parliament

On 18 and 19 November Eurochild, together with its members Universal Education Foundation (UEF) and European Child Rights Unit, and Julie Ward MEP welcomed children from across Europe (Italy, Moldova, Kosovo, Bulgaria, France, Lithuania, the UK and Ireland) to Brussels to talk with Members of the European Parliament and European Commission officials about their involvement in decision-making processes. 


The children started on Wednesday afternoon with a workshop at the European Parliament, where they shared experiences of their involvement in CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society), in research, in Investing in Children schemes in the UK and in a project against violence in Italy. Children and adults exchanged experiences on children’s participation in small groups. They also shared obstacles that prevent the meaningful participation of children and gathered ideas on how decisions made at European level affecting children and young people can be improved. Read more

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