Youth in Action projects help you play an active role as European citizen and meet others from different countries. Find out what kinds of projects you can get funding for.
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EU’s Youth in Action programme offers a variety of project types, open for young people aged 13-30 and those who work with youth. But what kind of initiatives exist?
"Slainte agus An Oige" gathered 40 young people from Ireland, Lithuania, Poland and the UK in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The aim was to provide young people with a framework for a healthy lifestyle by participating in outdoor activities. Young people tried out different sports and took part in workshops. Each country group also made a presentation on their country's culture and history. The programme helped build self-esteem, acceptance of other people, open minds, learn about other cultures and value different countries.
National and Transnational Youth Initiatives
In Turkey, 12 young people cooperated with a local NGO on a project to teach street children basic computer skills. To give this National Youth Initiative a European dimension, the young people also researched the situation of children in similar situations in other European countries. The group gathered this information, shared their findings and discussed similarities and differences in conditions for street kids in European countries.
Such initiatives can also be transnational if they involve partners from other European countries in similar activities as your own.
Youth Democracy Project
The municipalities of Mynämäki and Lieto in Finland and two youth groups from Kjøllefjord in Norway carried out a youth democracy project in both countries. Aged 15-17, a few of them active in local youth councils, the young people come from small and remote communities. The aim of the project was to find out about decision-making systems and to bring young people and decision-makers closer together. The young people built a Dream Village where the groups simulate decision-making in municipal councils, and examined representative democracy at work.
The Youth in Action programme also offers European Voluntary Service, National and Transnational Youth Seminars and Training and Networking for youth workers and organisations. You can read more about these and other Youth in Action projects on the European Commission's web site.
How to apply
You must be:
For projects submitted to a National Agency there are 3 application deadlines per year:
For projects submitted to the EACEA Executive Agency there are also 3 application deadlines a year: