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Discover Youth Talents (V4 conference)

Conference – Symposium - Forum

11-12 April 2019 | Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Overall goal of the conference is to create a platform for discussion aimed at supporting the full development of talent with emphasis on NFL, sharing examples of good practice in youth work and its role in developing potential between V4, EaP and WB.

The Slovak Presidency of the Visegrad Group began on 1st July 2018 and will run until 30th June 2019. The motto of the presidency is "Dynamic Visegrad for Europe",

Visegrad Group (V4 - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic) and Eastern Partnership countries (EaP - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine) and Partner Countries in the Western Balkan region  (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, Macedonia) have a productive and steadily developing relationship with substantial dialogue across a wide range of youth issues, working seminars and annual V4 presidential meetings supported by the active participation of representatives of Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, and SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre.

The main aim of the conference is to discuss the positive influence and enable full development of the potential, the systematic support of talented young people with fewer opportunities and the issue of their identification in informal and non-formal education, sharing examples of good practice and highlighting the role of talent support and development in various fields. Focus on current challenges such as increasing the capacity of youth workers to use innovative approaches, discovering potential, highlighting cooperation between sectors or working with young people at risk of marginalization.


Overall conference goals:

  • The only event in the youth field during the Slovak presidency (“flagship”),
  • Slight follow up of the talent topic raised by the 2016 Slovak EU Presidency,
  • A goal is to share practices and to exchange between the national representatives, to tackle the issue of talents,
  • How to support young people in discovering and nurturing their talents, how the youth work can work with talents,
  • Western Balkans join the event for the first time,
  • Create a platform for expert discussion to support the full development of potential and talent with an emphasis on non-formal and informal learning,
  • Exchange of experience and examples of good practice in youth work and its role in developing potential and talent between V4 countries, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans,
  • Bring together the experts, researchers, youth representatives, and policymakers to advance dialogue between these stakeholders.

Profile of participants:

V4 countries – 12 participants, 3 per state (representative of NA, Ministry Youth Department, youth delegate)

Western Balkans – 10 participants, 2 per state (ministry representative, 1 youth delegate)

Eastern Europe and the Caucasus – 12 pax, 2 per state (ministry representative, 1 youth delegate)

2 people from Salto SEE


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Training overview


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This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 50 participants

from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Eastern Partnership countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth policy makers, V4 contries (representative of NA, Ministry of Youth Department, Youth delegates Western Balkans (ministry representative, youth delegates) Eastern Europe and Caucasus (ministry representative, youth delegates)

Working language(s):



Iuventa – Slovak Youth Institute, National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme for Youth and Sport (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Matúš Zibala


Phone: +421 2 592 96 313

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. In case of interest of participants from Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans countries the travel cost can be cover by Slovak National Agency.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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