Youth Initiatives

What is a Youth Initiatives?

Within this context, a Youth Initiative is a project initiated, set up and carried out by young people themselves. It gives young people the chance to try out ideas through activities which give them an opportunity to be directly and actively involved in planning and carrying out projects.

A Youth Initiative can be:

  1. National: designed at local, regional or national level and developed by a single group of at least 4 young persons in its country of residence.
  2. Trans-national: a networking of youth initiatives jointly carried out by two or more groups from different countries each composed of at least 4 young persons aged between 18 and 30.

Young people carrying out a Youth Initiative are often supported by a coach. A coach is a resource person who has youth work and/or Youth Initiatives experience to accompany groups of young people and support their participation. S/he plays different roles depending on the needs of a given group of young people. The coach remains outside the Youth Initiative but supports the group of young people in the implementation of their project. S/he works with the young people from time to time performing specific tasks based on the needs of the group. Coaches can be volunteers or professionals, youth leaders or leaders of youth organisations, workers of youth clubs or youth services, etc.


The Youth Initiatives for EYIN:

The Youth Initiatives for the EYIN Project consist of designing and implementing an on-line vocational training program in each of the co-organiser country of the Project. This program will address to the training needs of the main beneficiaries (youth immigrants, ethnic minorities, second-generation immigrants, youth with difficulties linked to sociocultural adaptation, etc.) and to the demand of the employers.

With regard to the non-formal education for the employment, strategies will be defined. These strategies will contribute to increase the labour insertion of the more disadvantaged youth and youth with cultural differences.

Each program will consist of 2 or 3 training for employment courses, not longer than 100 hours, in which will be included some transversal education (Labour guidance and Job insertion, Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, Occupational risks prevention and Respect and environmental awareness) and an unit of Digital Competence, which enable them to obtain the necessary use of the online education.

A telelearning tutor and a guidance counsellor will guide the beneficiaries in the training process and will assess their progress in it.


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