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

SALTO-YOUTH stands for Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities within the European YOUTH programme. What is the history and scope of this network of SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres?

What is SALTO-YOUTH? is a network of 8 Resource Centres working on European priority areas within the youth field. It provides youth work and training resources and organises training and contact-making activitiesto support organisations and National Agencieswithin the frame of the European Commission's Youth in Action programme and beyond. SALTO-YOUTH's history started in 2000 and is part of the European Commission’s Training Strategy within the Youth in Action programme and works in synergy and complimentarity with other partners in the field.

SALTO Partnerships & Cooperation

SALTO-YOUTH does not take over the work of other actors in the field - on the contrary - SALTO strives to complementexisting 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
  • End 2001: 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 newslettersabout European YOUTH priorities, providing a European Training Calendar, making experienced European youth trainers accessible, evaluatingthe 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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