About the Project "Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation"

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Context and overall objectives of the project:

There are more than 1.2 billion young people (ages 15-24) in the world today with about 89 million youth (ages 15-29) in the countries of the European Union. Young people are impacted by constant changes in global social and economic realities, and many of them face poverty, exclusion, inequality and marginalisation. Their personal circumstances and wider political, social and economic environment in which they live may make them vulnerable to various radical influences and also violent radicalisation. Realities of this emerging trend make it necessary to emphasise the need to work with young people in Europe and its neighbouring regions, in order to strengthen their resilience to violent radicalisation, and reinforce the openness and inclusiveness of communities in which they live. 

In order to determine and illustrate the role of youth work in this regard, the SALTO EuroMed, SALTO EECA and SALTO SEE Resource Centres together with the National Agencies of Erasmus+ Youth in Action of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom as well as the European Union and the Council of Europe Youth Partnership have come together

  • to research and showcase positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalisation can be addressed and prevented, and
  • to examine how we can strengthen the role of different actors, in an attempt to compile a long-term strategy about youth work against violent radicalisation.

Planned for 2018-2019: Capacity-building activities based on the outcomes of the research and the international conference

Cross-sectoral seminar: Building young people's resilience against violent radicalisation.

19 - 24 November 2018, Tirana, Albania

Call for participants (open until 9 September 2018) and more information here.

Training Course about Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation

4 - 9 March 2019, Italy

Past activities in 2017

Research and mapping exercise: Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation - Theory, concepts and primary prevention in practice 

In order to examine how different actors have been dealing with potential violent radicalisation of young people, the project partners researched and showcased positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalisation can be addressed and prevented, and examined how we can strengthen the role of different actors. The focus is on prevention, supporting and empowering young people to deal with challenges they face and strengthening their resilience, in Europe and neighbouring regions. More information

International conference, Malta, 27 Nov - 1 Dec 2017

The Conference brought together around 100 participants from Programme Countries and from the four Neighbouring Regions of the European Union in order to explore the concept of youth radicalisation, its forms and manifestations, and how youth work can have a role in its prevention, to reflect on interdependency and the need to analyse this topic from a wider perspective. More information

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