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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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The EKCYP is an on-line access point to knowledge about young people's situation across Europe. It enhances knowledge transfers between the fields of research, policy and practice through the collection and dissemination of information about youth in Europe and beyond. Cooperation between the EKCYP and the Youth Wiki, a database on youth policies in Europe to be launched by the European Commission in 2017, has been agreed in the work programme 2016 and pilot projects are being launched.
Since January, updated country sheets with information on national youth policy in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia have been published in EKCYP.
Several analytical papers have been uploaded (see more information here). 
Some of the papers as well as a thematic questionnaire on inequalities, launched among the correspondents of EKCYP, contributed to the preparation of the symposium “(Un)Equal Europe? Responses from the youth sector” 

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At the Youth Forum’s Academy meeting a new toolkit entitled 8 Standards for a Quality Youth Policy was launched.

The toolkit was developed by the Youth Forum’s Expert Group on Youth Policy, made up of representatives from the Youth Forum’s member organisations, with the aim of developing a practical tool for youth organisations to assess the quality of youth policy in their own context (whether national, local, regional or European) and to support advocacy work calling for policies that fulfill young people’s rights.

The Expert Group has identified 8 quality standards that represent good quality youth policy. For each standard there is a set of indicators that help members to comprehensively analyse the situation in their context.

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The following is an extract from CoR News [12.02.2015]
Csaba Borboly
Increasing resources and cooperation for youth employment, entrepreneurship and integration policies should not be seen as expenditure but as investment in the future, the President of the European Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula emphasised today. In a debate with Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Europe's local and regional leaders also called for a renewed education policy which promotes social inclusion, innovation and excellence in all regions of Europe.

"We are looking forward to the European Commission's proposals for a New Skills Agenda for Europe, expected in May", President Markku Markkula said: "We believe the focus should be on the renewed efforts to modernise European education systems, to achieve excellence and stimulate innovation in education and training. It is also crucial to embed digital technologies and develop digital skills to face what is called the Digital Turn." 

Commissioner Navracsics said: "Europe suffers from underinvestment in education. We must reverse this trend, to make our economy more competitive and to give everyone a real chance in life. It is in regions and cities where we will need to tackle exclusion and radicalisation. And I want regional leaders, mayors, heads of local NGOs, schools and sport clubs to know that the EU cares and can support them in many ways. We can help them make a difference on the ground." Read more

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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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The following is an extract from ECOSOC70 [02.02.2015]


The forum will discuss ways in which young people can play an active role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also address how the youth can best communicate on the Agenda, bringing on board the innovative use of social media and communication tools.


The Youth Forum brings young leaders from around the world to the UN Headquarters in New York. It is a platform for youth to engage in dialogue with Member States and contribute to policy formulation on global economic, social and environmental issues.


This two-day event will feature brainstorming town-hall sessions, interactive panels and discussions with Member States, providing youth representatives with an opportunity to voice their opinion, share ideas, and think together about specific issues of relevance to youth in the context of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Ever been to Ganja? You should! 

Ganja in Azerbaijan is European Youth Capital of 2016 and the first EYC outside of the EU! Check out the video of Azerbaijan's incredible second city and start planning your own trip to the garden of youth.

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The following is an extract from the European Parliament Research Service [26.01.2015]

Written by Richard Freedman in cooperation with Marie Lecerf

EYE2016 with textThe figures are stark. More than 4.5 million young people (aged 15-24 years) are unemployedtoday in the EU. The EU youth unemployment rate is more than double the overall unemployment rate (20% compared with 9%) and masks big differences between countries: there is a gap of more than 40 percentage points between the Member State with the lowest rate of youth unemployment (Germany at 7%) and the Member States with the highest rates, Greece (50%) and Spain (49%).

Although youth unemployment has fallen somewhat – from more than 23% in 2013 to less than 21% today – the youth unemployment rate is still high in the EU. And, long-term youth unemployment remains at record highs.

Reducing youth unemployment: priority for the European Parliament 

Tackling youth unemployment in Europe is a top priority for the European Parliament. The European Parliament is fully aware that youth unemployment has a profound impact on individuals as well as on society and the economy. Unless current trends are reversed quickly, today’s levels of youth unemployment risk damaging the longer-term employment prospects for young people, with serious implications for future growth and social cohesion.

Indeed in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament in July 2014, Members warn that there will be no significant sustainable economic growth in the EU unless inequalities are reduced, and recall that this starts with reducing unemployment, especially youth unemployment, and alleviating poverty. Specifically, Members underline the need to ensure wide and easy training, access to Internet, and digital skills development.

People who are neither in employment, nor in education or training, that’s NEET?

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What or who are NEETs? Young people who are neither in employment, nor in education or training – the so called NEETs require political attention as set out in this EPRS briefing on the EU’s youth initiatives. According to Eurostat, 7.5 million young Europeans between 15 and 24 are not employed, not in education and not in training (NEETs) and whereas, in the EU28 in 2012, 29.7 % of young people aged between 15 and 29 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Furthermore, the current limitation of the youth guarantee to age 25 does not take into account the over 6 million NEETs who are aged between 25 and 30.

MEPs want the Member States to take strong measures to fight youth unemployment, in particular through preventive action against early dropout from school, or by promoting training and apprenticeship schemes (e.g. by implanting a dual educational system or other equally efficient types of framework), to develop comprehensive strategies for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and to implement the national Youth Guarantee Schemes in full. Indeed, the Youth Guarantee is an approach to tackling youth unemployment which ensures that all young people under 25 – whether registered with employment services or not – get a good-quality, concrete offer within 4 months of them leaving formal education or becoming unemployed.The good-quality offer should be for a job, apprenticeship, traineeship, or continued education and be adapted to each individual need and situation. Read more

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The following is an extract from the [20.01.2015]


The world in 2015 was a mixed bag for young people. While the rights of LGBT youth were strengthened in the USA, Ireland and Chile, 1 million people fled conflict in Syria and the Middle East, and entered Europe with a majority of refugees worldwide now being children. In France, just days after the November terrorist attacks in Paris, countries committed to limit global temperature increases and curb man-made carbon emissions. In December, the Amman Declaration of the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security led to the UN Security Council’s first ever resolution on young people. In this article, we look to the months ahead and consider what some of the major influences on the international youth sector might be.

In the world of international development, 2015 has been all-consuming. At the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals – now called the Global Goals – were agreed, bringing an end to the four-year long process that began with the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons in 2012. But now that we really are post-2015, in 2016 – year 1 of the new development agenda – we move into implementation and monitoring. It doesn’t necessarily have the political excitement, but it was what the whole process has been about. Read more

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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 Yo!Mag  [12.01.2015]
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Published on December 22nd, 2015 | by YO! Mag

Words by Stephanie Beecroft
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Faced with an economic and environmental crisis, the United Nations has attempted to offer a solution: a set of 17 global goals to lead the world onto a path of sustainable development by 2030, a path where the needs of the present can be met without risking those of future generations.

For young people, who have been called the torchbearers of this new sustainable development agenda, this idea should resonate. As young Europeans, there is some evidence to suggest that we have a raw deal in comparison with older generations, and we cannot allow this to happen in the future. We cannot allow our own search for development, fulfilment and well-being to destroy the planet and the opportunities of future generations of young people.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals tackle such weighty issues as inequality, peace, climate change, unemployment and sustainable consumption. They require bold thinking that deals with social, environmental and economic questions together. All countries must act, and act collectively, within their own borders as well as outside them. Read more

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The following is an extract from the European Youth Forum [11.12.2015]

b2ap3_thumbnail_EYF.pngIn a hugely positive step for young people worldwide the United Nations’ Security Council has adopted a Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. The European Youth Forum strongly welcomes this Resolution and calls for it to be used as a tool to give young people access to their rights, so that their role in peace building would be enforced.

The first ever resolution on youth from the Security Council (one of the main organs of the United Nations) calls for greater participation of young people in the prevention and resolution of conflict. The Youth Forum welcomes the focus in the resolution of the role of youth organisations, as well as the call it makes for young people to be truly represented in decision making at all levels.

The Resolution also highlights the need to protect young people in armed conflict and calls on Member States to increase their political and financial support, taking into account youth and young people’s participation in peace efforts.

The European Youth Forum sees this Resolution as a major breakthrough in the United Nations’ recognition of youth as a positive force for good and calls for it to be properly implemented in order to help build peaceful societies. Read more

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One in every 122 people worldwide is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum, according to UNHCR. This is a crisis that demands urgent cooperation that ensures respect for human, children and youth rights. 

The European Youth Forum has recently agreed a Resolution "Protection and integration of Young Refugees in Europe" which demands action that focuses on the precarious situation facing many minors. The Youth Forum calls for, among other things, a common EU policy on asylum, the abolition of detention of young and minor refugees and the establishment of a civil, European sea rescue operation.

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How is your country really doing when it comes to investing in your education? Is it lagging behind its neighbours or leading the pack?

Last year's report from the European Commission showed worrying trends in decreased government investment in education. What will this year's report show? Find out in the Education & Training Monitor. Out tomorrow! More info

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Three-outcomes.pngWorldwide, youth face myriad challenges in terms of access to equal opportunities to jobs and having a voice in decisions which affect their lives. 

In response to the worldwide phenomenon of young men and women calling for meaningful civic, economic, social and political participation, including in recent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, UNDP’s Youth Strategy identifies  development challenges and issues facing youth today, and more importantly offers forward-looking recommendations for strategic entry points and engagement of  a broad range of partners, including young people themselves, in addressing youth empowerment issues around the world.



The UNDP Youth Strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth within an increasingly complex development context for their social, economic and political development.


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The following is an extract from the European Youth Forum [30.10.2015]


The European Youth Forum has today published an in-depth report, based on analysis from youth organisations all over Europe, which sheds bleak light on the state of youth policy in Europe. Youth policy is not yet fulfilling its potential to address the huge issues that young people face, such as unemployment and social marginalisation.

The report, which includes the findings of 38 National Youth Councils and International Non Governmental Youth Organisations, illustrates that whilst youth policy has been a key tool to improve the lives of Europe’s young people in the past, young people still remain the group at greatest risk of poverty and social exclusion. Youth policy must address such key issues in order to ensure that young people are not marginalised and that their untapped potential is realised. Read more

Download the full report here


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Become an #EYE2016 Programme Contributor!

The second edition of the European Youth Event is looking for enthusiastic young people and organisations that would want to take part in shaping the EYE2016 programme. More info

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The European Youth Forum held an informal breakfast meeting on 8 July, hosted by the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU, which brought together representatives from several EU Member States to discuss youth policy and the main priorities in the youth field.

The meeting, ahead of the Youth Working Party meeting of the Council, gave the opportunity for the Youth Forum to present its key priorities and to discuss these in an informal way. Johanna Nyman, the Youth Forum’s President, briefly addressed the audience outlining the Youth Forum’s position on the recent Council Conclusions on Youth Work, calling for concrete measures to be taken in that field. Read more


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Today is the launch day of Germany’s first-ever federal youth strategy for 2015-2018,  “Jugendstrategie 2015-2018 „Handeln für eine jugendgerechte Gesellschaft”. It aims to offer all youths and young adults the chance to participate actively in society and broaden their perspectives. The youth strategy supports structures for self-initiatives and youth associations so that young people can decide on issues that affects their lives and their future. Read more on the official website (German only).



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