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YES Forum News June 2016

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Britain's vote to leave the EU is a watershed moment with uncertainties in a lot of fields. But surely, it is the young generation who are most likely to be affected by the consequences of the Brexit and who must live with it the longest. However, there need to be opportunities to make the issues that young people care about a priority during the Brexit negotiations. 

You can read here the YES Forum's full statement on the EU Referendum and young people. Also, as always, stay updated with news regarding the YES Forum's activities and projects and EU developments in the youth and social work fields.

Best wishes and solidarity,

YES Forum Secreteriat

Contents

Contents
Focus: European Developments

· Social Agenda n°44– Integrating refugees read more »

· Most young Europeans feel marginalised by the crisis, says Eurobarometer poll read more »

· Ten actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills read more »

· ‘Poverty risks since the crisis' and 'Young people and the labour market' - two new studies show the problems of young people since the crisis read more »

· Evaluation of the EU Youth Strategy published read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· Our Life. Our Vice. Young people and poverty read more »

· YES Forum's General Assembly 2016 read more »

· YES Academy – Rock the playground read more »

· Youth exchange in Strasbourg read more »

· Members' projects. Activa, Sweden: RECAR read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· MEET Film Festival from 29. September to 01. October in Mazara del Vallo, Italy read more »

· Two transnational calls from Scandinavia read more »

Other News

· Excluding youth: a threat to our future. Report on social inclusion. read more »

· New ESF-funded programme to reduce the number of school dropouts in Napoli read more »

Focus: European Developments

Social Agenda n°44– Integrating refugees

Ahead of the European Commission adopting an action plan on the integration of third country nationals (i.e. from outside the EU), this new Social Agenda looks at the refugee issue from an employment, social affairs and inclusion angle.  

It also deals with other topics such as the the on-going public consultation on an outline of the future pillar of social rights for the Euro zone, the new European Commission approach to dialogue with civil society and how the EU Youth Guarantee is working in practice.

For more details, click here.

Most young Europeans feel marginalised by the crisis, says Eurobarometer poll

More than half of young Europeans aged 16-30 feel marginalised in their own country due to the economic crisis. 61% of young people in the EU do not want to study, train or work in another EU country, while 32% would like to do so. In fact, across the EU as a whole, 88% of people aged 16 to 30 have never travelled to another EU country to study or work. This finds the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament. Nevertheless, for almost all respondents it is important to learn about the EU and how its institutions work.

For more details, click here.

Ten actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills

On 10th of June the Commission has adopted a new and comprehensive ‘Skills Agenda’ for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The important role of non-formal education in teaching youngsters the skills needed is unfortunately left out. Also the question about the budget and investments taken by member states is left unanswered.

For more details, click here.

‘Poverty risks since the crisis' and 'Young people and the labour market' - two new studies show the problems of young people since the crisis

One of the legacies of the crisis is an increased number of people at risk of poverty. Young people are the worst affected. The young adults had their access to the labour market barred by a double-dip recession. The share of people aged 20-29 at risk of poverty increased from 15.4 per cent in 2007 to 20.0 per cent in 2014. This happened while the older age groups stagnated or even declined their risk of poverty shares.

Another study which was published recently by Eurostat shows that those suffering the most from the great recession of 2009 were arguably young people. Many of those leaving school to enter the world of work saw their chances on the labour market dramatically reduced.

Encouragingly, in 2015 the youth unemployment rate in the EU has come down to 20.3%, the employment rate increased to 33.1% and the NEET rate also has fallen to 12%. Those 'in education and training' have been on a steady increase, reaching 65.8% in 2015. These are promising developments.

For more details, click here and here.

Evaluation of the EU Youth Strategy published

An external evaluation of the EU Youth Strategy and of the 2008 Council Recommendation on the Mobility of Young Volunteers across the EU has been published. It involved consultations with a range of EU and national-level stakeholders who have participated in the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy over the 2010-2015 period.

One main recommendation amongst others says: “Focus  on  a  smaller  number  of  more  clearly  defined  and  more  specific  objectives. These should formulate a clear vision of what the EUYS aims to achieve over the next period.”

For more details, click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

Our Life. Our Vice. Young people and poverty

On June 6-7, 25 young people and their mentors came together in Jakobstad, Finland, for the partner’s meeting of the strategic partnership ‘Our life. Our voice. Young people and poverty’. During the two days meeting, the participants presented the work and research they have done in the past year of this running project. The different working groups are now in the part of the project where they focus on one specific topic related to child and youth poverty. For example ‘How does poverty affect education?’ and ‘What does "mental" poverty mean for young people?’

To see the report, please click here.

YES Forum's General Assembly 2016

On June 8th more than 30 delegates and guests gathered for the General Assembly of the YES Forum in Jakobstad, Finland. They debated about the network’s proceedings and reviewed the progress of the ‘Strategy 2020’ which was agreed upon last year. The present members agreed on a new, clear and fair membership fee policy that underlines the benefits of the different forms of membership.

For more information, please click here.

YES Academy – Rock the playground

40 people came together in Jakobstad in the framework of the “YES Academy” project between 8-10 June. Being a member of the YES Forum and host of the study visit, Musikcafé After Eight showed social and youth workers from all around Europe what their approach to youth work looks like.

For more details, click here.

Youth exchange in Strasbourg

As part of the broader project, “Level Up!”, the YES Forum gathered a group of 36 young people with fewer opportunities from five different countries from May 17-22.

During the whole week, they learned and exchanged about active citizenship and participation. Through inclusive and interactive activities, as well as a visit of Strasbourg, the European Parliament, and a meeting with its Vice-president Rainer Wieland, the participants more aware about active political participation and the skills necessary for this.

The week culminated with their participation to the European Youth Event 2016, where they proudly offered their own activity focused on stereotypes and discrimination to other young people from all over Europe.

See pictures here.

For more details, click here.

Members' projects. Activa, Sweden: RECAR

The aim of YES Forum’s member organisation Actíva’s project is to increase the efficacy of career counselling delivered to people with disabilities by developing a Casebook and much more. The casebook is addressed to career counsellors working with people with disabilities. The cases are assembled with a set of questions confronting the reader in finding ways to solve the problems occurring and starting up discussions between counsellors and trainers that will provide a mutual exchange of experiences.

For more details, click here.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

MEET Film Festival from 29. September to 01. October in Mazara del Vallo, Italy

An Erasmus+ project using film to encourage reading among school pupils will feature at the third edition of the itinerant MEET Film Festival in the ancient Sicilian city of Mazara del Vallo (Italy) from 29 September to 1 October 2016. The Festival is a meeting place for all European audio-visual productions focused on education, training and youth.
The aim is to launch a cause for reflection and a cultural production based on the top priorities of the European Programme Erasmus+.

For registration and more details, click here.

Two transnational calls from Scandinavia

Sweden and Finland have published their calls for transnational project proposals in the 2016 co-ordinated call. Each covers four themes.

Sweden
The Swedish ESF Council is launching this call in order to promote project cooperation and mutual learning among the member states of the European Union. The aim is to apply or develop methods in a transnational context together with at least one partner from another member state (preferably at least two), within the following themes: Social Economy, Inclusion, Youth Employment (NEETS and mobility) and Migrants.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

Finland
Finland has also launched a call for projects with partners from several EU Member States, financed under the Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014–2020 programme. It covers four themes: Employment, Youth employment, Learning and skills and Social inclusion.

The deadline for applications is 3 October 2016. The projects selected will be launched in the beginning of 2017.

For more details, click here.

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Other News

Excluding youth: a threat to our future. Report on social inclusion.

A new report on social inclusion of young people ‘Excluding Youth: a threat to our future’ offers an overview of European welfare systems and their role in promoting quality in the lives of young people. Produced by the European Youth Forum, this report examines the social situation of youth and assesses the quality of social policies, social protection and services available to young people. It demonstrates gaps in the current functioning of welfare systems in Europe that need to be addressed. 

For more details, click here.

New ESF-funded programme to reduce the number of school dropouts in Napoli

The ‘Living School’ project aims to fight early-school leaving by offering practical training and skills. It intends to raise the quality level of education in the region and to strengthen the links with local enterprises and citizens.
The ESF has set aside over EUR 100 million for this three-year project. Part of this budget is also intended to train teachers on integration techniques, to open paths towards employment as well as to boost interaction with universities and businesses. 

For more details, click here.

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