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European Conference Regaining Europe: The Role of Youth Work in Supporting European Cohesion

Dates: 12-15 March 2019

Venue: Leipzig, Germany

Eligible are 120 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 20th January 2019

The current developments in Europe raise some concern about its future. The main concern these days is to preserve European principles and prevent a return to nationalist tendencies.

General Description

The current developments in Europe raise some concern about its future. While Europe was and is in a constant state of flux, the UK’s decision to exit the European Union is an unprecedented indicator of a growing mistrust vis-à-vis an open and solidary Europe. The main concern these days is to preserve European principles and prevent a return to nationalist tendencies.

The idea to discuss Europe’s current situation and the potential role of youth policy and youth work in fostering the European spirit is rooted in the “shock day” in June 2016 when Brexit happened, but also in the growing nationalism and populism across Europe. The list of current challenges is long, beginning with the lack of solidarity between European countries in essential political issues, in particular the integration and hosting of refugees and the social divide.

The National Agencies for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps from Germany, Slovenia and Italy in cooperation with the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership will host the conference

“Regaining Europe – The Role of Youth Work in Supporting European Cohesion”

Why having a conference?

The organisers of the event are facing the above mentioned challenges on a daily basis and with increasing concerns, in particular regarding the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. They are convinced the European idea needs to be renewed. It would need a new European narrative that responds to the realities of everyday European life. The idea is to discuss the current situation in Europe and the potential role of youth policy and youth work, including the programmes Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps, in helping to restore the European spirit and foster European cohesion.

Aims of the conference

Ideas and motivations to organize the conference are to create an environment for critical debate on European values and the future of Europe while making youth work more political and more European. Accordingly, the conference aims at reflecting on common European issues such as democracy, citizenship, solidarity and the social dimension of Europe as well as motivating and mobilizing participants, in particular young people, to act for the idea of a strong Europe. It will provide an opportunity to exchange on shared European values and the future of Europe and to deepen the dialogue beyond borders and between citizens.

The conference shall also contribute to the reflections on the new EU Youth strategy and the EU campaign “12 ideas”.

Target groups

About 120 participants are expected to take part in the conference; among them will be youth workers from diverse levels and backgrounds as well as policy-makers, decision-makers, officials, researchers, stakeholders and members of European networks in the field of youth.

The Manifesto

It is planned to publish prior to the conference a Manifesto on Youth Work in Europe, summarizing the current situation in Europe from the perspective of young people and identifying demands and possible solutions. It will be drafted by an editorial group of experts and serve as a basis for reflection in the conference. Following the conference the Manifesto will be revised by the expert group in accordance with the discussions at that very place and largely published.

The programme

The programme foresees a welcome and interactive opening session on the first day. Inspirational keynote speeches including buzz groups in the morning of the second day titled “Regaining Europe” will be followed by a panel discussion representing participants from diverse backgrounds such as European institutions, representatives from National Ministries responsible for youth, public administrations, National Agencies and the civil society.

Eight parallel expert fora from the afternoon of the second day on will discuss topics such as democracy development, nationalism and populism, diversity, inclusion and inequality, dignity, migration, solidarity and human rights.

A creative sharing of forum results will take place in the morning of the third day, followed by an Open Space on ‘Youth work, youth policy, young people – what is our role in shaping Europe?’. Results of the open space sessions will be shared in the late afternoon. A farewell party with special guests will close the day. On the fourth and last day a panel will be looking at the European Union from outside, from China, USA, Arabian countries as well as Eastern European and South Eastern European countries, before summing up the lessons learned and discussing next steps.

Call for participants

The selection of participants will be based on this call. Participants should be ready to share practical and theoretical knowledge on the topics of the conference and be open to controversial standpoints within and outside the youth field. Furthermore, they should be ready to share specific experiences in international youth work and its development, building on Erasmus+ Youth programme and the European Solidarity Corps or other relevant European programmes; participants may be youth workers, paid or volunteering, representatives of youth organisations and other experts in the field of youth.

Selection criteria

The organisers will aim at composing a group of participants representing the widest possible diversity of perspectives and experiences from across the European youth field. The composition shall be balanced and diverse in terms of geographical, gender, professional backgrounds including local youth work and youth movements from European level; social and/or cultural groups underrepresented in political dialogues will be particularly considered in composing the conference participant’s group.

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This project is financed by the participating NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth Programme or by your Regional SALTO Resource Centre.

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country. The hosting German National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.




Jugend für Europe, National Agency


  • MOVIT, Agencia Nazionale per i Giovani, National Agencies
  • CoE-Youth Partnership

Phone: +49 941 6964632

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Regaining Europe.pdf

Timeschedule Regaining Europe.pdf

Contact for questions:

Julia Thunecke, Valentum Kommunikation

E-Mail: jfe@valentum.de

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.


Training Course: Virtual Action for Human Rights Education

Dates: 5-11 February 2019

Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Eligible are 36 participants coming from: Albania, FYROM, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Spain, Ukraine

Application deadline: 7th November 2018

Erasmus+ Training Course – Youth Workers Mobility: This training course is for beginners in Human Rights Education and Youth Work. We aim to train youth workers on how to organise HRE activities.

General Description

The training course project stands for equality, dignity, human rights and diversity. It is a project against hate speech, racism and discrimination in their online expression. The whole project is a tribute to youth participation and co-management.

Main Objectives of the TC:
• To raise awareness about hate speech online and its risks for democracy and for individual young people, and promoting media and Internet literacy;
• To support young people in standing up for human rights, online and offline;
• To reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech;
• To mobilise, train and network online youth activists for human rights;
• To map hate speech online and develop tools for constructive responses;
• To support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online;
• To advocate for the development and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech;
• To develop youth participation and citizenship online.

The working methods are awareness raising, advocacy, and it also seeks for creative solutions. It is a project for action and intervention. The project equips young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognize and act against such human rights violations.

The overall methodology for this activity will be entirely based on the principles of non formal education such as exercises, games, group dynamics, work in plenary and in sub-groups peer support, and self- directed learning, among others. Linguistic cooperation and solidarity will also be put forward throughout the days.

In the end of this project we are expecting these results;
The level of awareness of participants’ hate speech and human rights education will increase. Discrimination and hate speech among young people will be prevented. Cooperation among young people will be encouraged.

Participating organizations will have knowledge of human rights for use in youth work. The value of daily social media usage will be highlighted. The mobility of the participants will be ensured. Values of european will make sense for young people.

In the long run the European Union citizenship and peace environment will be encouraged. It will draw attention to the destructive consequences of hate speech in youth work. It will be ensured that basic human rights are spread among young people.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food are fully organized and provided by the organizers during the entire duration of the Training Course.

Travel reimbursement

% 90 of travel cost will be reimbursed in cash on spot. Travel limits will be calculated according to the Distance Calculator tool of Erasmus+.

  • Moldova: 275 € / Lithuania: 275 € / Albania: 275 € / Italy: 275 € / Romania: 275 € /
  • Spain: 360 €
  • Ukraine: 180 €

There is a noparticipation fee.



Youth Work Association – Youth NGO

Phone: 0090506137990

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Visual tools for HRE.pdf

Contact for questions:

Mehmet Cetinkaya

E-Mail: youthorgtr@gmail.com

Yerevan Centre

Training Course Building Bridges, Breaking the Walls: Managing Refugee Crisis in Europe

Dates: 20-28 November 2018

Venue: Yerevan, Armenia

Eligible are 36 participants coming from: Armenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine

Application deadline: 7th November 2018

The Training Course is intended for 36 youth workers, youth educators, members of civil society organizations from 15 EU and Neighboring countries who are ready to actively fight against radicalization, discrimination and intolerance against refugees.

General Description

“Building Bridges, Breaking the Walls: Managing Refugee Crisis in Europe” is a long term project which is intended for 32 youth workers, youth educators, members of civil society organizations from 15 European Union and the Neighboring Partner countries who are ready to actively fight against radicalization, discrimination and intolerance against refugees and migrants in their countries and who want to transfer the knowledge they gained in the project to the youth in their organizations and countries.

Following the Training Course in Armenia, successsful participants will be invited to join a Study visit in Stockholm, Sweden in 2019. Attending both Training Course and Study Visit will ensure a long term impact of the project on 36 youth workers involved in the project.

The Training Course (Armenia) and the Study Visit (Sweden) have the following main objectives:

  • To provide conceptual framework on the notions of emigration, immigration, integration and multiculturalism to 36 youth workers from different European countries;
  • To analyze the emigration and immigration situation in participating countries and to find out the causes of migration, namely push and pull factors;
  • To discuss and analyze the current refugee crisis migration challenges in Europe and try to offer solutions from the perspective of youth work;
  • To foster tolerance, respect and open-mindedness towards migrants while working with young people as a target group;
  • To share experiences and best practices of integrating young migrants in youth organizations;
  • To equip youth workers with capacity to combat hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse;
  • To create a network of NGO’s willing to be involved in the migration management process and contribute to the refugee integration process in participating countries.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food are fully organized and provided by the organizers during the entire duration of the Training Course.

100% of all the travel costs of the participants within the maximum limit per country will be reimbursed.

Below you can see the travel cost limits per country per participant:
Armenia – 0 EUR
Georgia – 180 EUR
Czech Republic – 360 EUR
Turkey – 275 EUR
Sweden – 360 EUR
Norway – 530 EUR
Greece – 275 EUR

Finland – 360 EUR
Germany – 360 EUR
Italy – 360 EUR
Moldova – 275 EUR
Portugal – 820 EUR
Romania – 275 EUR
Denmark – 530 EUR
Ukraine – 275 EUR

There is a participation fee of 50 EUR.



Armenian Progressive Youth – Youth NGO


Nordic Diaspora Forum – Youth NGO

Phone: +374 55 271188

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Nelly Paytyan

E-Mail: hr@apy.am

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Training Course: Powering Entrepreneurship Education For Disadvantaged Youth

Dates: 1-11 November 2018

Venue: Antalya, Turkey

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, FYROM, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Turkey

Application deadline: 14th October 2018

To equip the youth workers working directly with young unemployed people and disadvantaged youth from refugee/asylum seeking and migrant background with essential entrepreneurial and business tools, methods and skills to tackle the problem of unemployment

General Description

The international training course “Powering Entrepreneurship Education For Disadvantaged Youth” aims to train and equip youth workers and youth leaders working directly with young unemployed people and disadvantaged youth from refugees/asylum seekers and migrants with essential entrepreneurial and business tools, methods and skills to enable them to contribute to tackling of the problem of unemployment among youth through quality youth work that promotes self-employment and entrepreneurial culture.

The training course will be based on non formal learning methods and principles, intercultural dialogue and communication including group discussions, interactive presentations, participant’s lead workshops, team work,etc.

The methodology of the project will stimulate active participation, sense of initiative and involvement of the learners. It aims to create a learning space with better self-awareness and awareness of the needs and goals of the groups of young people they work with to enhance the results of the learning process and give birth to high quality projects led by the participants in the future.

The project aims to reveal the value of the Erasmus+ Programme as a tool for youth empowerment and raise awareness about Youthpass tool for supporting young people harness skills and personal growth through self-reflection and learning documentation.

Objectives of the training course:

– Introduce youth entrepreneurship as a tool of fighting youth unemployment;

– Support youth workers in developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalized young people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and in preventing racism and intolerance among youth;

– Learn to use youth work to empower youngsters to start their creative search for entrepreneurial opportunities;

– Learn to use non-formal education to support current and future job-seekers to be pro-active and able to apply entrepreneurial approach into career development;

– Explore ways for using youth work to bring alienated and marginalized youth back into the economic mainstream and giving them a sense of meaning and belonging; Helping address some of the socio-psychological problems and delinquency that arises from joblessness;

– Learn to use Youthpass and the Key Competences to support young people through creative process of skill harnessing, self-reflection and documentation of the personal learning process;

– Develop quality youth mobility projects to be applied under Erasmus+ Programme;

– Develop and publish online the “Handbook: Entrepreneurship Education for Marginalized Young People, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants”

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This project is financed by the Erasmus Youth.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) will be provided. Accommodation will be provided in double rooms.

Accommodation and food

All costs are covered by the project

Travel reimbursement

There are different limits for travel costs for each country:

– Germany: 360 Euro

– Turkey: 0 Euro

– FYROM: 275 Euro

– Hungary: 275 Euro

– Bulgaria: 275 Euro

– Italy: 275 Euro




Lucky Punch Jugendhilfe gGmbH – Youth NGO

Phone: +38971307381

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Powering Entrepreneurship Education.pdf

Contact for questions:


E-Mail: vlade-tearce@hotmail.com


Training Course: Tackling Racism and Radicalization

Dates: 11-15 November 2018

Venue: Bristol, United Kingdom

Eligible are 15 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU, Other Countries in the World

Application deadline: 27th October 2018

This Training will bring together professionals, youth workers and organisations invested in tackling racism/radicalization. Through a series of lectures, activities, and events the participants will become better agents of social change.

General Description

This Training Course aims to empower participants to become active in the fight against Racism & Radicalization. By the end of the course, the participants will not only have fostered greater tolerance but have become better agents to enact social change.

Participants will leave with stronger relationships with other European organisations creating the potential for future projects.

1) Develop participants competence to speak publicly on issues regarding racism and radicalization
2) To provide participants with the skills and tools needed to tackle racism and radicalization.
3) To create international cooperation between professionals from numerous counties
4) To share best practice in order to heighten the quality of anti-racism and anti-radicalization initiatives.

Full information on the training can be found in the training pack.

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This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth.

Participation fee


What does the Participation fee cover?

– The full training course

– All materials during the course

– Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner during the course

– Tea breaks during the activities

– Social Activities

– A day trip in Bristol

– Transportation to and from Bristol Airport

– Visa Invitation letter

Travel reimbursement




The Sociological Mail – Youth NGO

Phone: +777078128

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

S Knight

E-Mail: shanekaknight95@outlook.com


Training Course: Inclusion of Refugees in Non-Formal Education Context in Youth Work

Dates: 7-15 November 2018

Venue: Eskisehir, Turkey

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: FYROM, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 7th October 2018

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We would like to carry out project to address the problem of inclusion of refugees in non-formal education context in youth work while create synergies among the participating organizations to future cooperation for the inclusive education methods.

General Description

The refugee population is, mainly, made by young people aged between 13-30; in Turkey the percentage is more then 75%. Most of those young people have to be educated to prevent marginalization; in parallel to this issue there are no opportunities for those young refugees to participate to education processes in the Youth Works.

In additional, youth workers/leaders are not competent enough to provide educational opportunities in EU and neighboring countries, especially in places like Turkey and Greece.

The methods used during the TC:

The methodology of the training will be based on the non-formal education methods such as:

  • role-plays,
  • case studies and group work;

there will be a space for participants’ to try out their own methods.

The participants will become aware about the refugee situation in their countries and in EU general therefore they will be able to take initiative towards those issues in their local communities.

Participating in the project, it will motivate them, in their work, as they are working in their local communities as youth workers therefore they will be acting as change makers.
In the long run, potential benefits of the project:

– Racism and xenophobia towards refugees and young people with migration background will be decreased.
– Educational services (in youth work) for refugees and young people with migration background will be increased.

Objectives of the training course:
Thus, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth leaders in finding proper approaches for fostering the inclusion of refugees it also marginalized young people with migration background.

More specifically the projects’ objectives are:
– To strengthen the understanding of inclusion and its challenges for young refugees and young people with migration background.
– To create strategies on youth work context, to improve the quality of youth services developed for refugees and young people with migration background.
– To explore the role of youth work in inclusion strategies on educational services.
– To create and implement local activities on inclusion of young refugees and young people with migration background.
– To strengthen ties between people and organizations engaged in the field of youth work.

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

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This Training is financed by Erasmus+ Program

The accommodation and food will be covered by Tepebaşı Social Asistance and Solidarity Foundation in the context of programme rules of Erasmus+

The travel reimbursements will be covered by the maximum limit based on distance calculator of Erasmus+ Programme Guide.






Tepebaşı Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation -NGO

Phone: 0044 (0) 207 386 8865

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:


E-mail: buyilmaz@tepebasisydv.gov.tr


E-Mail: michela.ferrara@nicolaarts.org

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Youth Exchange: Instruments for Social Inclusion

Dates: 5 – 11 November 2018

Venue: Cagliari, Italy

Eligible are 6+1 participants coming from: Greece

and Involves 42 participants coming from: Italy, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Greece, Croatia

Application deadline: 28th September 2018

The project “Instruments for Social Inclusion” is a youth exchange that will involve 42 youngsters from Italy, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.


The project will take place in Cagliari, Italy, from 5 to 11 November 2018 and the main topics are exclusion, immigration and the role of the music as a tool to encourage the social inclusion process.

The increase of immigrant flows at European level, is causing the spread of xenophobia and racism, and is causing the success of extremist political factions, which undermines the European Union stability and impede the social inclusion process.

We strongly believe that the music, thanks to its nature of universal language is a perfect tool to combat these prejudices and stereotypes, which come from a lack of dialogue and cultural awareness and from communication difficulties.

The biggest aim of “Instruments for Social Inclusion” is to enhance the social inclusion process through the music and has these specific objectives:

– explore the topic of social inclusion and share good practices developed at European level in this field;
– analyse the European situation about migratory flows;
– create 5 musical tracks about social inclusion;
– use music to promote social inclusion;
– boost the mobility opportunities of the Erasmus plus programme as tool for the social inclusion and personal development.

Working Methods
All the Seminar activities will be done through the methods of non-formal education. The activities will be for example brain storming’s, plenary discussions, simulations, role plays, team building, energizers, ice breakers and many others. Non formal education is voluntary, no hierarchical and all its methods are based on the concept of learning by doing

The Participants Profile: 1 group leader + 6 participants = tot 7 people

Leaders Profile: experienced youth workers, activists who are actively engaged in each partner organization. Leaders are trained in intercultural learning, organizational management, conflict management and crises and possibly be a musician.

Young Participants: The ideal participant should be volunteers or active members from Partners’ organisations and they must be highly motivated to contribute to the project success. We will include youngsters with fewer opportunities.

The selection will be based on the following criteria:
EXPERIENCE in projects tackling exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people
MOTIVATION and capacity to develop actions for and with young people on the topic of social inclusion and migrants
INTEREST IN THE TOPIC(s) and possibilities to share about it
OPPORTUNITY to use actively their learning to implement activities
PRO-ACTIVE IDEAS to contribute to the activity, follow-up and dissemination plan.

GENDER BALANCE needs to be followed as much as possible. Participants will be selected through a common application process run by the applicant together with the partners organisations.

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This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

– Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation.

Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus + program, within following limits:

Greece: 275 Euro/participant. Participants who will exceed this travel cost, will be charged the additional cost

Participation fee 40 euro per participant. The fee will be deposited after succesful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).


Association SarditineraOnlus – NGO


YiA 18 – NGO


Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

email: yia18plus@gmail.com

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

Working language: English

Profile of participants: Motivated young people holders of EU passport, residing in Greece.

Age bracket for participants: 18 – 30 years old

Group’s leader: 18+