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YES Forum News February 2016

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We are happy to share with you exciting news regarding the YES Forum's activities and projects. While the current projects are running smoothly, we prepare new initiatives aimed to develop the network in a sustainable way and with the young people are at the heart of everything we do.

Best wishes,

YES Forum Secreteriat

Contents

Contents
Focus: European Developments

· Erasmus+: Annual Report 2014 read more »

· New publication on youth work and non-formal learning read more »

· Preventing radicalisation: a key aspect of the Dutch presidency read more »

· Eurydice introduces itself with short video clip read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· EYE2016 Youth exchange: 'Youth political participation: Level up!' read more »

· Strategic Board Meeting read more »

· Invitation: General Assembly and YES Academy Study Visit in Finland read more »

· ‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’ partner meeting read more »

· #YOWEX2016 in Italy read more »

· New Intern/New EVS read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Responding to Children’s Views on Child Poverty, University of Lancashire, UK: 22 April 2016 read more »

· Conference '(Un)Equal Europe: responses from the youth sector', Budapest: 30 May - 1 June 2016 read more »

· Call for proposal EACEA/34/2015: European policy experimentations in the fields of education, training and youth led by high-level public authorities read more »

· Erasmus+ Conference 'Education, Participation, Integration – Erasmus+ and Refugees', Essen, DE: 19-20 April 2016 read more »

Other News

· New study by Eurofound: ‘Changes in policy measures in the EU’ read more »

· Immigration Bill puts vulnerable children at risk read more »

Focus: European Developments

Erasmus+: Annual Report 2014

In January the European Commission published the Erasmus+ Annual Report for 2014. The new programme has benefited more people through a wider range of opportunities and supported a record of 650,000 mobility grants. The new Erasmus+ has a strong focus on social inclusion and will be expanded by €13 million in 2016 especially for projects concerning disadvantaged social groups. Nevertheless, the disparity of grant-approval rates and total grant amount between Higher Education and Youth is still very big.

For more details, click here and here.

New publication on youth work and non-formal learning

The publication by the Commission marks a quarter of a century of EU youth programmes accompanied by EU youth policy. It brings together a range of views and highlights best practices with the aim of stimulating debate about what youth work and non-formal learning can contribute to European education. From diverse viewpoints, it reviews EU cooperation in the field, points to successes and sets out possible future scenarios, particularly in the context of the Erasmus+ programme.  

For more details, click here.

Preventing radicalisation: a key aspect of the Dutch presidency

Building cognitive and social skills, combating radicalisation and coping with migration are the Dutch Presidency’s key priorities on education. More attention will be paid to developing the skills needed to link society and labour market. Preventing radicalisation and integrating migrants are top priorities, especially for young people.

For more details, click here.

Eurydice introduces itself with short video clip

The Eurydice network supports and facilitates European cooperation in the field of lifelong learning by providing information on education systems and policies in 37 countries and by producing studies on issues common to European education systems. You can e.g. see here the structure of all EU members’ educational systems.

For more details, click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

EYE2016 Youth exchange: 'Youth political participation: Level up!'

On 15-16 February 2016, the partners from the youth exchange 'Youth Political Participation. Level Up!' came together in Stuttgart for the project's preparatory meeting. A staff member and a young person from each of the 6 partners, coming from 5 different countries, discussed the details of the 2 events (Strasbourg and Bernburg) within the project.

For more details, click here.

Strategic Board Meeting

On 18 February the YES Forum's Board of Directors  came together with the secretariat for the second organisational retreat since the last General Assembly.

Following the first meeting, the aim this time was to better structure the process of developing the YES Forum. Furthermore, the participants framed the outline of a clear and comprehensible document of the benefits of being a YES Forum Member. Discussions about how the network can grow were held also.

Invitation: General Assembly and YES Academy Study Visit in Finland

The YES Forum together with After Eight invites you to explore the practice of participatory youth work in Jakobstad, where active and voluntary participation of young people represents the cornerstone of their work.

The study visit’s programme starts on Wednesday, June 8, 15:00 and ends on Friday, June 10, 13:00. The General Assembly’s programme precedes it on Wednesday, June 8, between 09:00 and 13:30. Organisations that are not members of the YES Forum are also welcomed to the General Assembly.

For more details, click here.

‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’ partner meeting

On 16-17 February 2016, the 5 partners in the 'Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty' YES Forum led project met in Stuttgart, Germany. During the 2 days they shared the work done thus far by  the young people, best practices, and discussed the next steps.

For more details, click here and here.

#YOWEX2016 in Italy

A delegation of social workers from Germany and the Netherlands went to Lucca, Italy, for the first stage of the Erasmus+ project 'Youth Workers Exchange', which provides for a European exchange between professionals working in institutions, projects and activities dedicated to young people.

Together with our member, Cooperativa Zefiro, the guests visited youth centers in the area and held meetings with municipal representatives. Their stories about the exchange and upcoming visits in other countries will be published on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #YOWEX2016.

For more details, click here.

New Intern/New EVS

The YES Forum Secretariat is happy to welcome two new staff members: Fabian Besche (25) from Germany who is doing an internship and Elie Demerseman (24) from France, a volunteer within the European Voluntary System framework. They will be assisting in ongoing projects, events, and administrative tasks.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Responding to Children’s Views on Child Poverty, University of Lancashire, UK: 22 April 2016

The free event “Responding to Children’s Views on Child Poverty” will take place on April 22nd 2016 at the University of Lancashire, UK. Young researchers and professors of social policy and social work will present findings from research with children experiencing poverty and their proposed solutions to the existing inequality. The presentations will be followed by a creative workshop and debate with MEP Julie Ward, Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, Jim Davis from The Children’s Society and distinguished professors. 

For more details, click here.

Conference '(Un)Equal Europe: responses from the youth sector', Budapest: 30 May - 1 June 2016

On 30 May–1 June 2016, the EU-CoE youth partnership will organise a symposium to explore the range of horizontal and vertical inequalities young people face in today’s Europe and to develop solutions in the joint format of dialogue between practitioners, researchers and policy makers. Participants will look at the potential and limits of youth policy and youth work in dealing with the social, geographic, economic and other forms of inequalities young people experience across Europe 

For more details, click here.

Call for proposal EACEA/34/2015: European policy experimentations in the fields of education, training and youth led by high-level public authorities

The general objective of this call is to promote the improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of  education and training systems and youth policies through the collection and evaluation of evidence on the systemic impact of innovative policy measures. This call requires the involvement of high-level public authorities and the use of sound and widely recognised evaluation methods based on field trials (experimentation).

For more details, click here.

Erasmus+ Conference 'Education, Participation, Integration – Erasmus+ and Refugees', Essen, DE: 19-20 April 2016

Considering the continuous urgency, the National Agency Education for Europa at the BIBB will host a European conference on the topic ‘Education, Participation, Integration – Erasmus+ and Refugees’ in Essen, Germany on 19-20 April 2016. The TCA will offer networking opportunities to selected organisations conducting innovative projects and stakeholders from all over the EU.

For more details, click here.

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Other News

New study by Eurofound: ‘Changes in policy measures in the EU’

This report shows that changes in family policy since the economic crisis are largely the result of a range of conflicting issues e.g. demands for austerity cuts or the need for equitable distribution of limited resources. Such conflict means that family policies often lack an integrated policy framework. In some countries, benefits have been reduced, disproportionately affecting disadvantaged families; in others, new measures have been targeted at the most severely hit.

For more details, click here.

Immigration Bill puts vulnerable children at risk

The YES Forum member, The Children's Society from the UK, sees vulnerable migrant children at risk of losing the opportunity to be given the support and protection they need. Additional measures in the “Immigration Bill”, planned by the UK government, will block many migrant care leavers from vital services such as counselling, education and training.  

For more details, click here.

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