SALTO: Why? What? Where? When? Who?

SALTO-YOUTH stands for Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities within the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. What is the history and scope of this network of SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres?


Established in 2000, SALTO-YOUTH is a network of eight Resource Centres working on European priority areas within the youth field. As part of the European Commission's Training Strategy, SALTO-YOUTH provides non-formal learning resources for youth workers and youth leaders and organises training and contact-making activities to support organisations and National Agencies within the frame of the European Commission's Erasmus+ :Youth in Action programme and beyond.

SALTO Partnerships & Cooperation

SALTO-YOUTH does not take over the work of other actors in the field - on the contrary - SALTO strives to complement existing initiatives or build synergies between them.

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Milestones throughout SALTO history

  • September 20004 SALTO-YOUTH coordinators started working within the National Agencies of Flanders-Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. Their main task was to organise training courses which transcended the scope and resources of the NAs.
  • 2001: SALTO goes Online and starts diseminating different useful training tools for youth work and training via its website. SALTO Germany presents the European Training Calendar at Bridges for Training
  • September 2001: SALTO Belgium-Flanders organises a big training event called Bridges for Training, bringing together trainers and training organisers from all over Europe, and thus placing SALTO on the European training landscape
  • April 2002: The South East Europe YOUTH Resource Centre in Slovenia is created to promote the participation of young people and other actors in the field of youth and non-formal education from South East Europe in the YOUTH programme
  • Mid 2002: The Information Resource Centre is created (Sweden/Hungary) and in November 2002 it launches YouthNet, an intranet tool to support communication work of the National Agencies
  • September 2002: TOY-a Trainers Online for Youth database is launched, aiming to help training organiser find the 'right' trainer and youth (work) trainers can promote their skills online.
  • Mid 2003: The EuroMed Resource Centre is part of the EuroMed Partnership agreement between the Council of Europe and the European Commission and gets additional resources to implement EuroMed training activities.
  • April 2003: SALTO launches the Toolbox for Training, an online bookshelf of training resources, making a wide variety of training tools easily accessible to youth workers, trainers and National Agencies/Coordinators.
  • September 2003: With the creation of the new 'Youth Initiatives' and 'Eastern-Europe and Caucasus' Resource Centres, all 8 YOUTH support structures merge into a network of SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres, each working on a priority topic, and carrying out some horizontal tasks on behalf of the network.
  • May 2004: Launch of the New common website, representing the entire SALTO network, with added functionalities such as MySALTO.
  • June 2004: Launch of the interlinking of the European Youth Forum's Pool of Trainers and SALTO's TOY-Trainers Online for Youth.
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Who does What?

Since 2002 the SALTO-YOUTH centres evolved towards true Resource Centres on a specific priority or region.

In addition to their training role the SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres also undertake a number of 'horizontal' tasks, such as developing training resources, sending regular newsletters about European YOUTH priorities, providing a European Training Calendar, making experienced European youth trainers accessible, evaluating the training activities, etc.

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The following downloads are available:

  • SALTO Powerpoint Presentation

    Have a dynamic presentation of the network of SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres, what they do, where they are based and the main tools they developed. (Full Version - Needs a good connection to download)

  • 10 years SALTO-YOUTH

    How SALTO-YOUTH made a difference in 10 years of existence - an overview of achievements.

  • The SALTO network report 2009

    Contributions of the SALTO-YOUTH network of resource centres to international youth work in 2009 - statistics and achievements.

  • The SALTO network report 2008

    The SALTO-YOUTH network of resource centres in 2008 - activities, statistics and achievements.

  • The SALTO network report 2007

    How the SALTO-YOUTH network of resource centres made a difference in 2007 - statistics and achievements.

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