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YES Forum News April 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.

If you want to advertise your own activities within the YES Forum network, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Focus: European Developments

· Erasmus+ Youth reopens in Greece read more »

· European Commission Report on Youth work read more »

· Peer Review in Ireland: Services to address child poverty read more »

· Public Consultation on the European Training Foundation(ETF) read more »

· DG EMPL Highlight on Child poverty read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· 2015 Annual report now online! read more »

· Final registration - YES Academy Study Visit, Jakobstad, Finland read more »

· Recar project April 2016’s Newsletter read more »

· YES Forum at Erasmus+ Forum "Inclusion and Education" read more »

· A step closer to the EYE: YES Forum at the 2nd prep meeting read more »

· YES Forum at conference on child poverty read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· 20 years of EVS: Join the celebrations! read more »

· Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter – Deadline incoming read more »

· New Erasmus+ Call for proposals - "Social inclusion through education, training and youth" read more »

· Daphne Call for proposals – Tackling violence against women & children read more »

· LLLPlatform Annual Conference - Registrations are open read more »

· Contact Seminar, Tallinn - Digital Competences in Education & Training read more »

Other News

· Youth Innovation in Drug Prevention Prize – Call for applications read more »

· WHO - Latest report on Health Behaviour In School-Aged Children read more »

· Unicef Report on inequality in child well-being in rich countries read more »

Focus: European Developments

Erasmus+ Youth reopens in Greece

Blocked for more than a year due to administrative procedures, the funding of Greek NGOs under Erasmus+ Youth will now resume as the European Commission has officially approved I.NE.DI.VI. as Erasmus+ National Agency for Youth in Greece.

To allow Greek organisations to submit their applications, the deadline in Greece under round 2 of the 2016 Call for proposals in the field of youth has been extended until 31 May 2016.

For more details, click here.

European Commission Report on Youth work

The European Commission has recently published a report on the contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment.

The Report presents the results of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-2015. The expert group is of the view that awareness of the broad contribution and further potential of youth work in the lives of individuals and society as a whole should be raised.

For more details, click here.

Peer Review in Ireland: Services to address child poverty

The European Commission has recently released the results of a Peer Review conducted by EU Member States which looked at Irish good practice in the field of children’s services.

Ireland is developing a more coordinated and integrated approach to children’s services, aimed at tackling the complex problems of disadvantaged families in a more joined-up and holistic way. Based on this example, the Peer Review points out some key learning points.

For more details, click here.

Public Consultation on the European Training Foundation(ETF)

DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission holds a public consultation on the evaluation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) for the period 2011-2014.

The ETF is a European agency which supports partner countries to improve both initial and continuing vocational education and training (VET). All stakeholders can provide their views to feed the evaluation, and thus the ETF’s future orientations.

For more details, click here.

DG EMPL Highlight on Child poverty

Last month, DG EMPL of the European Commission published a specific highlight dedicated at child poverty, and advocating for specific attention to children living in low-income families to guarantee equal opportunities for all children and to break the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage.

The author supports several measures, especially supporting families with cash benefits instead of cutting such benefits and adopting a holistic approach that integrates children's rights in all policies.

For more details, click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

2015 Annual report now online!

The YES Forum is very pleased to present you the YES Forum 2015 Annual report!

In this report you will not only see many examples of our activities, but also the views and voices of young people and youth workers involved in our work. As illustrated throughout this report, our commitment to improving the life chances of vulnerable young people in Europe is needed more than ever.

To see the annual report, please click here.

Final registration - YES Academy Study Visit, Jakobstad, Finland

This summer (8-10 June) you are happily invited to Rock the playground! and discover After Eight’s approach to youth work during the YES Academy’s study visit in Jakobstad, Finland. Be careful, only a few places are left!

Workshops, presentations and fruitful discussions will allow us to explore the practice of participatory youth work.

For more information, please click here. You can directly register here.

Recar project April 2016’s Newsletter

The Pilot project Recar, in which YES Forum’s Swedish EEIG member Activa Foundation is partner, published its latest newsletter, available here.

Recar is a project that wants to increase the efficacy of career counselling delivered to people with disabilities by developing a casebook addressed to career counsellors working with them, and a set of additional tools to ease and spread its use.

For more details, click here.

YES Forum at Erasmus+ Forum "Inclusion and Education"

On 14-15 March, YES Forum staff participated to the Erasmus+ Forum "Inclusion and Education", organised in Vienna by German-speaking Erasmus + National Agencies.

Annett Wiedermann, Director of the YES Forum, held a presentation about the structural obstacles organisations active in the field of youth social work are facing, showing how “Do more with less” is a reality for them. Participants stressed that only if Member States provide appropriate financial support, Erasmus+ can become a real success.

For more details, click here.

A step closer to the EYE: YES Forum at the 2nd prep meeting

On 18-20 March, YES Forum participated to the 2nd YO!Fest preparatory meeting in Strasbourg. The YO!Fest partners finalised the work on the thematic ‘hubs' at the European Youth Event (EYE) on 20-21 May 2016.

YES Forum will bring a group of 36 participants to the EYE2016, who will lead their own activity called ‘Fakebook’, designed to identify and challenge the participants’ own stereotypes. We look forward to meeting you, so drop by the ‘Apathy or Participation’ hub and play “Fakebook” with us!

For more details, click here.

YES Forum at conference on child poverty

On April 22nd researchers, young people, policy makers and social workers came together at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. The conference “Responding to children’s Views on Child Poverty” was organised to bring together knowledge about child poverty and the perception of it by the directly affected children and young people. A lot of young participants including a group by YES Forum's member "The Children's Society" facilitated workshops on various aspects of the topic.

The YES Forum is aware of the problems children living in poverty have and is researching this in the project "Our Life. Our Voice. Young people and poverty".

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

20 years of EVS: Join the celebrations!

The European Commission and many countries are holding events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service. Check what happens in your country!

The dedicated “EVS20” website already lists events planned in Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and Romania. The website will be updated with more events in the upcoming months, so don’t forget to have a look regularly if you are interested in joining the EVS20 celebrations!

Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter – Deadline incoming

The latest Call for the Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training (VET) Mobility Charter will be open until May 19th. There is only one deadline in 2016.

Charter holders benefit from streamlined procedures, including the application process, the organisation of mobility projects, and reporting activities.

For more details, please contact the relevant Erasmus+ National Agency.

New Erasmus+ Call for proposals - "Social inclusion through education, training and youth"

The EACEA published a new call for proposals following the March 2015 ‘the Paris Declaration’, open until May 30th.

Falling under Erasmus+ Key Action 3, it will support projects in the fields of education, training and youth aiming at Preventing violent radicalisation and Fostering the inclusion of disadvantaged learners, including persons with a migrant background. Eligible activities include Transnational cooperation and Large-scale volunteering projects.

For more details, click here.

Daphne Call for proposals – Tackling violence against women & children

DG Justice of the European Commission published a new call in the framework of the Daphne programme, focusing on responding to violence against women and children, open until June 1st.

Proposals should:

  • Tackle underreporting by encouraging victims/witnesses to report violence against women/children;
  • Develop multi-sectoral/disciplinary cooperation (at national, regional or local level) to enable relevant professionals to effectively collaborate to prevent/respond to violence against women/children.

For more details, click here

LLLPlatform Annual Conference - Registrations are open

The 2016 Lifelong Learning Platform Annual conference will be held on 31 May - 1 June in Bratislava, Slovakia on the theme “Imagining the learning community of tomorrow”. Registrations are now open for all interested stakeholders, especially experts and practioners in education.

The Conference will be organised around 5 workshops: A diverse community; A digital community; An knowledgeable community; An integrated community; A democratic community.

For more details, click here.

Contact Seminar, Tallinn - Digital Competences in Education & Training

On 11th-14th September 2016, the Estonian Erasmus+ National Agency will host a cross-sectoral contact seminar in Tallinn. It will help participants find partners with similar interests and develop ideas for the new KA2 strategic partnerships on the issue of ICT and digital skills.

For more details and/or to register, click here.

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Other News

Youth Innovation in Drug Prevention Prize – Call for applications

The Youth Partnership (EU-Council of Europe) launched a new call for applications for its European Drug Prevention Prize. It will reward high-quality drug prevention projects that fully involve young people (development and implementation of activities, project decisions, project management and evaluation).

The prize-winners each receive a trophy, a diploma and a prize-money of €5.000. Applications can be submitted until July 31st.

For more details or to submit an application, click here.

WHO - Latest report on Health Behaviour In School-Aged Children

In March, the World Health Organisation published its latest report “Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being”. In this report, about 220 000 young people in 42 countries and regions in Europe and North America describe their social context, health outcomes, health and risk behaviours. It thus presents data on bullying as well as, for the first time, cyberbullying.

For more details, click here.

Unicef Report on inequality in child well-being in rich countries

Unicef recently released a new report on inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union and the OECD. It focuses on ‘bottom-end inequality’ – the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle – and addresses the question ‘how far behind are children being allowed to fall?’ in income, education, health and life satisfaction.

For more details, click here.

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