Youth in Action - learning by doing
Youth in Action is part of EU's Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sports. It 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.
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 group connected with a similar group in France. Together they researched the situation of children in similar situations in other European countries. The groups gathered this information, shared their findings and discussed similarities and differences in conditions for street kids in European countries.
The Youth in Action programme also offers European Voluntary Service, National and Transnational Youth Seminars, Training and Networking for youth workers and organisations and Strategic Partnerships. 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:
- between 13 and 30 or active in youth work/youth organisations
- living in one of the eligible countries.