Key Actions in the field of Youth

Information about the key actions of the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth open for Eastern Partnership countries and Russian Federation.

Key Action 1: Mobility projects

Youth Exchanges allow groups of young people from at least two different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a Youth Exchange, participants, supported by group leaders, jointly carry out a work programme designed and prepared by them before the Exchange. Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity,democracy, friendship, etc. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education.

Mobility of youth workers supports the professional development of youth workers, through the implementation of activities such as transnational/international seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits, etc. or job shadowing/observation periods abroad in an organisation active in the youth field. All these activities are arranged by the organisations participating in the project. The participation of youth workers in such activities contributes to capacity building of their organisation and should have a clear impact on youth workers' daily work with young people. The learning
outcomes should be further disseminated in the youth field.

Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices

Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity to organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as enterprises, public authorities, civil society organisations active in different socio-economic sectors to cooperate in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernisation and societal innovation.

Capacity building in the field of youth specifically targets cooperation with neighbouring partner countries of the EU. This action fosters cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth, improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering and enhance their synergies and complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society. It also fosters the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility at regional level and promote transnational non-formal learning mobility, especially targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving participants' level of competences and fostering their active participation in society.

Key Action 3 : Support for policy reform

Structured Dialogue: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth promotes the active participation of young people in democratic life and fosters debate around topics centred on the themes and priorities set by the Structured Dialogue and the renewed political framework in the youth field. Structured Dialogue is the name used for discussions between young people and youth policy-makers in order to obtain results which are useful for policy-making. The debate is structured around priorities and timing and foresees events where young people discuss the agreed themes among themselves and with policy-makers, youth experts and representatives of public authorities in charge of youth.

For more information and details please check the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

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