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YES Forum News December 2015

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We are happy to share with you exciting news regarding the YES Forum activities and projects.

According to the participants’ feedback, the event in Brussels was highly successful. During the 2 days YES Forum members and partners had the opportunity to engage in an honest and mutually enriching dialogue with EU-level actors in the field of youth, like MEPs, European Commission representatives, and other EU-level advocacy organisations representatives.

Furthermore, Santa already visited the YES Forum secretariat with 3 great gifts: the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 project ‘Youth political participation: Level up!’ and 2 EVS projects, one for the YES Forum secretariat and the other within the frame of the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 ‘EVS4ALL’ project were approved.

Although we are full of energy and looking forward to the developments within 2016, we also believe it is important to take the time to enjoy life's simple blessings and the beauty of each quiet moment. Hence, at the close of another year, we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy holiday season and a full year of happiness and success.

Scroll down to check out the highlights of the past months and future activities.

Best wishes,

YES Forum Secreteriat

Contents

Contents
Focus: European Developments

· EC report: Youth work and transition to the labour market read more »

· Eurydice’s reports on Education, Training, and Care Systems in Europe read more »

· New priorities for European cooperation in education and training. ET 2020 report read more »

· Erasmus+ struggling to attract apprentices read more »

· The European Pact for Youth – business-led initiative to boost youth employment read more »

· The European Parliament endorses lowering the voting age to 16 read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· 'European Youth Policy: A changing environment' - YES Forum event in Brussels read more »

· YES Forum - YO!Fest partner at the European Youth Event 2016 read more »

· ‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’ website live read more »

· Members’ projects: Youth Action WorX – Barnado’s read more »

· Interview with Catalin Buzoianu, former YES Forum EVS read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Erasmus+ 2016 Programme Guide and Call released read more »

· Call for partners in project for people with mental health problems and refugees read more »

· EU Consultation: A renewed modernisation agenda for higher education in the European Union read more »

· DAPHNE call: transnational projects on the elimination of corporal punishment for children read more »

· DAPHNE call: transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance read more »

Focus: European Developments

EC report: Youth work and transition to the labour market

A new report published by the European Commission clearly demonstrates the link between youth work principles and practice and its contribution to addressing the challenges young people are facing, in particular when moving from education to the workplace. The expert group urges all stakeholders to ensure that the principles and practices articulated in the report result in concrete action and ultimately enhance the job prospects and social inclusion of young people in Europe.

For more details, click here.

Eurydice’s reports on Education, Training, and Care Systems in Europe

Eurydice released 3 reports in November 2015. The network’s task is to understand and explain how Europe’s different education systems are organised and how they work.

1. The Structure of the European Education Systems 2015/16: Schematic Diagrams. This report provides an overview of the structure of education systems in Europe for 2015/16. In total, 42 education systems are represented. For more details, click here.

2. Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2015. This report contains more than 30 structural indicators that focus on country progress and key policy developments in five areas:  early childhood education and care, achievement in basic skills, higher education, graduate employability, and learning mobility. For more details, click here.

3. Early Childhood Education and Care Systems in Europe: National Information Sheets – 2014/15. The national information sheets give a concise overview of the key features of early childhood education and care systems in Europe. For more details, click here.

New priorities for European cooperation in education and training. ET 2020 report

On 23 November 2015, the Council and the European Commission have adopted the 2015 Joint Report on the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). The report is now available in the Official Journal in all EU languages.The report presents the new priority areas and concrete issues for further work up to 2020 based on the main developments and challenges in European education and training identified.

For more details, click here.

Erasmus+ struggling to attract apprentices

The Erasmus exchange programme was broadened in 2013 to include apprentices. Unfortunately, compared to the undeniable success it is for students, few apprentices have taken advantage of the opportunity.Three million students have studied abroad with Erasmus+, but only 5,000 apprentices have taken part in the exchange. France and Germany are joining forces to increase the programme’s uptake.

For more details, click here.

The European Pact for Youth – business-led initiative to boost youth employment

The European Commission is launching a new initiative with businesses to help more young people into jobs – the European Pact for Youth. Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility says that the pact is important as it comes from business itself and also it fits well with the aims of existing EU initiatives such as the Youth Guarantee, the Youth Employment Initiative and the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

For more details, click here.

The European Parliament endorses lowering the voting age to 16

On 11 November 2015, the European Parliament officially endorsed a voting age of 16 for European Parliament elections, and asked member states to consider the proposal. Besides lowering the voting age, the report included a broad package of proposals such as electronic voting and voting rights for EU citizens living abroad.

For more details, click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

'European Youth Policy: A changing environment' - YES Forum event in Brussels

On 12-13 November 2015, within the frame of the ‘YES Academy’ project funded through Erasmus+, the YES Forum organised a high-level event in Brussels for its members and partners, with the theme 'European Youth Policy: A changing environment'. Its aim was to tackle the issues faced by organisations working in the changing environment of the European youth field.

For more details, click here.

YES Forum - YO!Fest partner at the European Youth Event 2016

The European Parliament organises on 20-21 May 2016, in Strasbourg, the European Youth Event where 8.000 young people will gather from all over Europe to meet with their peers, policy-makers and high-level speakers to exchange ideas on youth-related issues and debate under the motto “Together we can make a change”. As the EP’s main partner for the EYE2016, the European Youth Forum is organising  the YO!Fest (Youth Opinion), a political youth-led festival. The YES Forum is a YO!Fest partner thus contributing to shaping an event suited to the need and desires of young people. Furthermore, the YES Forum will also bring a group of 36 participants to the EYE2016.

For more details, click here.

‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’ website live

The website of the ‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’  project is now live. The partners will soon start sharing on the blog section information on their activities with the young people. This strategic partnership aims to set up a group, so-called panel, of young people investigating into poverty in each of the 5 partner countries. These groups of max. 12 young people will be accompanied by youth workers applying interactive and participatory methods to get an insight into the experience of young people in poverty.

For more details, click here.

Members’ projects: Youth Action WorX – Barnado’s

Some of our members and partners just finalised a 12 months-long youth-led social action project aimed at raising young people’s participation, awareness of and action within democratic processes.  Youth Action WorX took democracy to a European level and was supported by organisations in the UK (Barnado’s), the Netherlands (Go Foundation, CMO Groningen, Jongerenwerk Barkema en de Haan) and Romania (Ruhama Foundation). The activities included regular group work, meeting with local/national decision makers, visiting the European Parliament, delivering a presentation at the UK Parliament in Westminster, making a short film and showcasing the learning of young people.

For more details, click here.

Interview with Catalin Buzoianu, former YES Forum EVS

Attached you can find the short interview with our former EVS volunteer, Catalin Buzoianu. Catalin talks about his experience as a volunteer for the past year at the YES Forum, as well as his time in Stuttgart.

For more details, click here.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Erasmus+ 2016 Programme Guide and Call released

On 22 October 2015, the 2016 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals and its corrigendum were published. Integral part of it is also the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. Organisations and institutions seeking funding in the framework of this call must comply with the conditions for participation and funding expressed in this Guide.

For more details, click here.

Call for partners in project for people with mental health problems and refugees

The Social service at the municipality of Piteå, member of the YES Forum, is planning an Erasmus+ mobility project or a strategic partnership and is now searching for 2-3 more partners to exchange experiences and learn from each other, regarding the social inclusion of people with mental health problems, including refugees. 

Deadline for the call is 2 February 2016 for the mobility and 31 March 2016 for the strategic partnership.

Deadline for interested partners to contact municipality of Piteå is 10 January 2016.

For more details, click here.

EU Consultation: A renewed modernisation agenda for higher education in the European Union

The European Union aims to support higher education institutions and national authorities responsible for higher education to build highly effective higher education systems. This consultation’s objective is to collect the views of stakeholders about the current situation in Europe's higher education systems, as well as on priorities for change. All stakeholders and individuals are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Respondents should complete the consultation via the online questionnaire provided.

For more details, click here.

DAPHNE call: transnational projects on the elimination of corporal punishment for children

The call ‘Action grants to support transnational projects on the elimination of corporal punishment for children - JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/CORP’ aims to co-fund transnational projects on the elimination of corporal punishment for children, in line with the specific  objective  to  prevent  and  combat  all forms  of  violence  against  children, young  people  and  women,  as  well  as  violence  against  other  groups  at  risk,  in  particular groups  at  risk  of  violence  in  close  relationships,  and  to  protect  victims  of  such  violence.

The deadline for this call for proposals is 03/03/2016 12:00 (noon) CET.

For more details, click here.

DAPHNE call: transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance

The call ‘Action grants to support transnational projects to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance - JUST/2015/RRAC/AG’ aims to co-fund transnational projects, which are in line with the specific objective of the programme, to prevent and combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance.

The deadline for this call for proposals is 18/02/2016 12:00 (noon) CET.

For more details, click here.

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