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Information and opportunities for young people across Europe.


Youth Awards 2015

Celebrating excellence in international youth work!

Youth Awards recipients announced – click here for details!

Each year, hundreds of thousands of young people take part in European Union funded youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service and other youth projects.

Over the 25 years up to the end of 2013, the European youth programmes have provided nearly €2billion to projects, benefiting over 2.5million young people. The new Erasmus+ programme for youth (2014-2020) will strengthen this support with €1.5billion to be distributed over seven years.

These Youth Awards acknowledge the outstanding work of the organisations behind these projects, and seek to inspire other organisations to offer international youth experiences for the young people they work with.

Over 150 projects were nominated by Erasmus+ National Agencies for these Youth Awards, as examples of outstanding practice in their particular area of activity. These have been shortlisted down to just 35 projects, one per National Agency. Details of each of the shortlisted projects can be found under the three fields of activity:

Download the Youth Awards brochure for more information about all of the shortlisted projects.

An international, inter-institutional jury has selected one shortlisted project from each field to receive a Youth Award from Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, as special recognition of their work in their field. The Youth Awards Ceremony will be held in Brussels in the afternoon of the 6th of May 2015, and the three recipients will be announced here shortly after.

For more information about how the Erasmus+ programme can support young people to gain new experiences through international activities, please visit the Erasmus+ website.


Shortlisted Youth Award projects

Each of the shortlisted Youth Award projects is listed according to the area of activity they were active in. These are:

Empowering young people through meetings with decision makers

Empowering young people through mobility and other initiatives

Supporting youth empowerment through youth work


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