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Youth Mapping

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The purpose of this learning tool is to help youth organisations in the EuroMed region to further develop, assess and improve their organisation’s capacity, strengthen youth participation and promote good practice.

Aims of the tool

The aim of the tool is to help youth organisations to learn more about themselves, their capacities, strengths and weaknesses and how they can build on their strengths and tackle their weaknesses and ensure that their organisation maximises its capacity and delivery of services
and supports for young people.
It is crucial that at all phases of the cycle, organisations critically and honestly analyse and record
‘where they are’ in terms of delivering quality services, programmes and activities for young
people. Weakness in upholding principles, poor standards, lack of capacity, inadequate services
and poor delivery are problems that face all organisations to a greater or lesser extent. Unless they are systematically addressed and action taken to correct them, they will continue to hamper an organisation’s capacity and ability to support young people. Equally, an organisation’s strengths and good practices need to be built upon and developed. The focus should be on continuous improvement, development and innovation in meeting the challenges and opportunities that face young people in the EuroMed region.

Description of the tool

The learning tool, which can be used by local and national youth organisations, operates in
three phases as follows:
• Phase 1: Organisation self-evaluation
• Phase 2: Development and implementation of Action Plan
• Phase 3: Action Plan Review
Each phase has related annexes for consideration and completion by the organisation.
Once implemented initially, the tool can be used in a continuous cycle thus ensuring ongoing
development and improvement. For national or regional youth organisations, a longer cycle
approach of 12 months can be used. For local or smaller youth organisations/groups, a shorter
cycle of six months might be more appropriate. In any event, it is a matter for each organisation
to decide for itself the cycle’s timescale.
Completion of Phase 1 (Organisation Self-Evaluation) should take not less than one month and
not more than two. This is followed by Phase 2 (development and implementation of an Action
Plan) which should last for 8 months (long cycle) or 4 months (short cycle). Phase 3 (Action Plan
Review) should take not less than one month and not more than two.


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Tool overview

Youth Mapping

This tool is for

The tool is designed to be used not by an individual but by the organisation as a whole, or in the case of national or regional organisations, a designated committee or working group. In small/local organisations/groups, leaders (or paid staff), volunteers, and young people should all be involved and have their voices heard in all three phases and in completion of the annexes. In larger national or regional organisations where a designated committee is appointed to implement the tool, leaders (or management or paid staff), volunteers and young people should be represented. Where such organisations do not have young people as members, then young people leading or participating in youth activities should be included.

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Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Euro-Med Youth Platform

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Kevin Apap (on 20 February 2014)

and last modified

17 February 2014

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