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Youth@Work NOT « doing social business as usual »

Training Course

11-16 July 2022 | Athens, Greece

8%. This is more or less the percentage of GDP produced in the EU through social economy activity (civic society and businesses) and more or less the percentage of jobs created from social economy initiatives! And it's rising!

It's needless to point out the importance and implications of the above fact and quite evident why this is happening! People, political structures, and civic society see it as a response. Maybe "doing business in a different way" can address a lot of current challenges such as employability, community development, participation, inclusion, change of values.

Through youth social entrepreneurship, young people develop personally, professionally, act towards change and participate, make their voice heard, and claim a fairer world.

Erasmus+ has responded to all this, to some extent. There are several training courses, seminars, and other events that are promoting very successfully the idea of Social Economy. On the other hand, there is an impression that there is a method used that is targeting the “usual suspects”. What about the cases of all those young people with a background that is the reason they face social exclusion?

If Social Economy initiatives respond to gaps of needs, who is better to identify them, analyze them, and suggest ways to tackle them than the people that face this situation of exclusion? Who could know better how to deal with refugee issues through a social venture than a refugee? Who could know better how to address the lack of culture in a marginalized community better than the young people living there? And the examples can go on.

But there is also the question of how does youth work adapts, or needs to adapt when working in these contexts and excluded young people?

With this training course, we aim to address this gap and we want to promote a kind of youth work (supporting fewer opportunity groups) approach that is meaningfully inclusive, creating the space for experimentation and tailor-made methodologies and suggests social economy as a mean to personal, social and employment (re)integration.

Aim & Objectives

The aim is to equip volunteers and professionals that work with young people with the necessary competences, tools, and know-how to support social economy initiatives taken by young people that face exclusion.

The objectives include:

  • To promote and inspire field workers on changing the paradigm when working on social economy initiatives with young people that face exclusion
  • To explore and understand Social Economy and Social Enterprises
  • To experience live social enterprises through visiting study visits
  • To reflect and become aware of specificities in regards to inclusion within social economy initiatives
  • To enhance and increase relevant competences and awareness of tools through a simulation of creating a social business plan

Target group

  • Youth workers
  • Youth Leaders
  • Community Workers
  • Trainers and other experiential learning facilitators
  • Social Enterprises Incubators/Centres



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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Community Workers, Social Enterprises Incubators/Centres

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (Hellenic National Agency) (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Apostolos Alexiadis, TCA Officer


Phone: +302131314450

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 National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

The Hellenic NA will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

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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