What is Youthpass?

Youthpass is the recognition instrument for projects supported by the EU youth programmes

Youthpass is a tool, process and a strategy to foster recognition and validation of learning in youth work.
As a tool, Youthpass helps to document and recognise learning outcomes from youth work and solidarity activities. It is available for projects funded by Erasmus+: Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps Programmes. The Youthpass certificate helps to document the development of competences, as well as to confirm participation and describe the respective project. An essential part of the initiative is attention to the planning of the learning process and reflection upon the participants' personal learning outcomes. The Youthpass Strategy aims at fostering the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning in the European youth field.

The main ideas behind Youthpass are to enhance reflection on learning and competence development in youth work, receive greater recognition of youth work throughout Europe, support the employability of young people and youth workers, and promote active participation of young people. Since 2005, the SALTO Training and Cooperation RC has been in charge of the development and implementation of Youthpass, on behalf of the European Commission.

How does the SALTO Training and Cooperation RC manage Youthpass?

The SALTO Training and Cooperation RC...

  • communicates between the different actors of Erasmus+: Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps
  • manages and chairs the Youthpass Advisory Group
  • develops the recognition instruments and the related procedures together with experts and practitioners
  • supports translations of the Youthpass website and the certificates
  • monitors the different aspects of the implementation of Youthpass
  • develops and implements training courses, seminars and conferences
  • publishes promotional and educational materials, such as handbooks, videos, leaflets, newsletters and others
  • contributes to European processes developing recognition of youth work and of non-formal and informal learning.

What does the SALTO Training and Cooperation Resource Centre offer you?

  • The website www.youthpass.eu including the technical tool to create Youthpass Certificates
  • A providing educational and technical support for working with Youthpass
  • Expertise on the issue of recognising non-formal learning
  • International Youthpass-related training courses, seminars and conferences
  • Publications and educational guidance to work with Youthpass in your project
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