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YES Forum News October 2015

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After a successful Contact Making Event in September, where the participants' creativity lead to very interesting project ideas, everyone has been busy with trying to meet the Erasmus+ October 1st deadline. Some of the projects have been submitted, while others aim for the next deadline in order to maximize the chance for positive results. With the autumn wind in our sails, we are getting ready for the International Seminar in Brussels, between 12-13 November. Hope to see many of you there!

Scroll down to check out the highlights of the past months.

Best wishes,

YES Forum Secreteriat

Contents

Contents
Focus: European Developments

· EU Youth Report released read more »

· Persistent poverty in the EU: time matters! read more »

· EC new publication: ''Their Future is Our Future: Youth as Actors of Change'' read more »

· Social inclusion and tolerance at the heart of European Week of Sport read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· YES Forum International Seminar in Brussels / 12-13 November, 2015 read more »

· YES Academy Contact Making Seminar in Stuttgart read more »

· YES Forum Volunteer read more »

· YES Forum present at the Learning Mobility in the Youth Field conference read more »

· YES Forum youth exchange in Romania read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Call for Proposals on Targeted mobility scheme DL: 16 October 2015 read more »

Other News

· Inclusion in German schools needs work, says study read more »

Focus: European Developments

EU Youth Report released

The EU Youth Report reveals that generally young people are better educated than their predecessors and less young people drop out of school in the EU. Yet, 8.7 million young people aged 15-29 are unemployed, 13.7 million are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and close to 27 million are at risk of poverty or exclusion.   

Click here to read the report.

Persistent poverty in the EU: time matters!

While more and more people experience poverty at some point in their life, a short-lived experience is certainly different in nature than long-term poverty. Research shows that while the majority of the poor have only short spells of poverty, the longer the poverty spell the harder it is to exit poverty and the greater the likelihood of permanent social exclusion.

To read the full article, click here.

EC new publication: ''Their Future is Our Future: Youth as Actors of Change''

Several research projects address the capabilities, prospects, attitudes and needs of the young generation through the multidisciplinary lens of economic, social and individual perspectives. In doing so, they have paid special attention to capturing the full diversity of young people in Europe. This publication gives an overview of the most relevant projects on youth and youth-related policies.

To read these publications, click here.

Social inclusion and tolerance at the heart of European Week of Sport

The European Week of Sport at the beginning of September focused on social inclusion and the role of sport in promoting tolerance and open societies in Europe. European Week of Sport is part of a bigger initiative to bring about change. Change that will encourage more Europeans to lead an active life and that will help to build personal networks and bridges between different parts of our societies.

For more details, click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

YES Forum International Seminar in Brussels / 12-13 November, 2015

The seminar takes place in Brussels (Belgium), between 12-13 November, 2015. With this seminar, the YES Forum aims to tackle the issues faced by organisations working in the changing environment of the European youth field. Through debates and workshops with MEPs, specialists, and practitioners we will aim to gain clarity on questions such as: How to handle change? How to make the best of it? To adapt or to die? Is failure an acceptable outcome?

For the draft programme click here.

YES Academy Contact Making Seminar in Stuttgart

On 8-9 September, partner organisations in the “YES Academy” project came together in Stuttgart, Germany, for the contact making seminar. The event aimed to foster knowledge and experience exchanges on youth practices across the EU and focused on three themes: 1) youth entrepreneurship, 2) active citizenship and 3) youth transition to employment and autonomous life. Its results-oriented design supported the participants to develop high quality transnational projects involving young people from all over Europe. 

Photos and more details are available.

YES Forum Volunteer

In September, Catalin Buzoianu finished his voluntary year at the YES-Forum. The new EVS volunteer, Eva Botman from the Netherlands, will hold an interview with him on his year-long experience. The curiosities of a new volunteer and the insights of the one ending his volunteering period will be published in the next newsletter. In the meantime, the YES Forum wishes both of them good luck in their current and future projects.

YES Forum present at the Learning Mobility in the Youth Field conference

The YES Forum took part in the bi-annual conference ‘Learning Mobility in the Youth Field: Towards Opportunities for All. Evidence, Experience, Discourse’ between 7th and 9th of October 2015, in Istanbul, organised by the European Platform on Learning Mobility.

For more details, click here.

YES Forum youth exchange in Romania

Between 13-19 July 2015, young people from six countries (Ro, De, Sw, It, Nl, UK) came together in Milcoveni, Romania, for the 'Young People United in Diversity’ youth exchange co-funded by Erasmus+. Exploring the European citizenship concept through film-making, the aim of the exchange was to enhance the participants' intercultural competencies and promote tolerance towards people from different cultural backgrounds.

To read more information click here.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Call for Proposals on Targeted mobility scheme DL: 16 October 2015

The call aims to foster the exercise of workers' freedom of movement, test innovative ways to improve the integration of young mobile candidates into the host country, in particular to trigger the development of a "welcoming/integration culture". Proposals should focus on job placements (mandatory item) and also on at least one of following types of placements: traineeships and apprenticeships.

Find out more  here.

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Other News

Inclusion in German schools needs work, says study

In Germany, more and more students with and without disabilities are sharing the same classroom, according to a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Nevertheless, inclusion in certain schools is being carried out poorly.  

Here is the report in German. For more details in English click here.

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