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YES Forum News September 2016

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

While several projects were concluded during these past few weeks, the network has also been busy preparing new initiatives to keep innovating altogether with and for youngsters with fewer opportunities in the upcoming years. The race to the 4th October Erasmus+ deadline can now officially start!

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

Best wishes,

YES Forum Secreteriat

 

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Focus: European Developments

· Public consultation on the EU Youth policy cooperation read more »

· EP’s recommendations to improve Erasmus+ read more »

· EYE2016: "Shaping Europe" Report read more »

· Report on NEET diversity read more »

· Fund for European aid to the most deprived – First results read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· YES Academy – Towards new, innovative projects! read more »

· "Level Up" last step: Youth exchange in Bernburg read more »

· Recar project August 2016’s Newsletter read more »

· 2016 Policy Event in Brussels, November read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Upcoming Erasmus+ deadlines read more »

· EVS20 – Celebrate the EVS’ 20th Anniversary! read more »

· Two transnational calls from Scandinavia read more »

Other News

· Peer Review - Addressing children at risk of poverty read more »

· Eurobarometer – International Youth Day 2016 read more »

· New EU Regulation for better social statistics read more »

Focus: European Developments

Public consultation on the EU Youth policy cooperation

DG Education and Culture of the European Commission started a public consultation on the Youth policy cooperation in the EU.

The consultation will close on 16/10/2016. The public consultation is about how EU countries work together on policy for young people, how useful and effective EU youth policy is and it can be improved, with a focus on the EU Youth Strategy (2010-2018) and the EU Council Recommendation on the mobility of young volunteers in the EU.

For more information or to contribute to the consultation, please click here.

EP’s recommendations to improve Erasmus+

The European Parliament’ research department published a study looking into the first experiences in the decentralized implementation of Erasmus+.

This study focuses on the decentralised actions of Erasmus+ by National Agencies, two and a half years into the programme period. It also formulates recommendations for improvement, including:

  • More flexibility in the use of the budget
  • Making room for smaller-size applicants
  • Not more, but fewer and better IT tools

For more details, the whole study is available online.

EYE2016: "Shaping Europe" Report

Last May, 7500 young Europeans gathered at the European Parliament for the European Youth Event (EYE2016). More than 30 young people from our YES Forum member organisations took also part in this event.

A report presenting the 50 most impactful ideas of the EYE2016 is now available in English, French and German. The aim of the report is to serve as a source of inspiration for the MEPs and to provide them with a clear view about young people's concerns, dreams and future perspectives. The ideas showcased in the report have been sent to all MEPs, as well as various parliamentary committees.

For more information, please click here.

Report on NEET diversity

A report on the diversity of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEET) has been published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofund).

Key among its findings is that the situation of NEETs can usually be placed into one of seven categories:

  1. People who are about to re-enter education, employment and training
  2. Short-term unemployed people who are actively seeking work and have been unemployed for less than a year
  3. Long-term unemployed people who are actively seeking work and have been unemployed for more than a year
  4. Unable to work, train, or learn due to illness or disability
  5. Unable to work, train, or learn due to family responsibilities, such as duty of care to a family member
  6. Discouraged workers who have stopped looking for work because they believe there are no opportunities for them
  7. Others, who may be NEET due to variety of reasons, such as careers in the arts, little formal presence in the labour market or education, social exclusion, or privilege.

For more information, please click here.

Fund for European aid to the most deprived – First results

The European Commission published a report on the implementation of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in 2014.

The report shows that approximately a quarter of the recipients (3 million) were children aged 15 years or below, compared to 1.2 million people aged 65 years or above.

For more information, please click here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

YES Academy – Towards new, innovative projects!

On 6-7 September, the participants of the 'YES Academy' project held their last meeting during the Contact Making Event organised by the YES Forum in Stuttgart, Germany.

This two-day event concluded the learning activities of the 'YES Academy' project, and prepared the ground for new collaboration opportunities in the future, with one single aim: improving youth work across the European Union, to better help youngsters with fewer opportunities!

For more information, please click here.

"Level Up" last step: Youth exchange in Bernburg

On 22-26th August 2016, the 36 young people and group leaders involved in the project 'Youth political participation: Level up!' gathered in Bernburg, Germany, for the last step of the project.

After an intensive learning week in last May in Strasbourg, concluded by their participation to the European Youth Event 2016, the young participants met a last time to focus on political participation at local, regional and national levels.

While they learnt how to become active national and European citizens, and how to have a positive impact thanks to political and civic involvement, the young participants were also empowered in many other ways: they gained social, communication, linguistic and intercultural skills, all that through new European friendships!

To know more about “Level Up!” last Youth exchange, the learning activities and its outcomes for the young participants, please read the full article.

Recar project August 2016’s Newsletter

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

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.

2016 Policy Event in Brussels, November

On 15-16 November 2016, YES Forum will once again be happy to welcome the chief executives of our member organisations to this top-level event in Brussels.

The 2017 Policy Event will be a unique opportunity to meet with high-ranking EU officials. MEP Jeroen LENAERS (NL, EPP) will be our host in the European Parliament along with other distinguished guests from the EU institutions.

To know more about this invaluable opportunity to have a say in European youth politics, please click here.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Upcoming Erasmus+ deadlines

The deadline to submit a project application for several strands of Erasmus+ is approaching. Don’t miss them!

On 4th October, the following calls for proposals will close:

  • Key Action 1: Mobility of individuals in the field of youth (Youth exchanges, EVS, Mobility of youth workers)
  • Key Action 2: Strategic partnerships in the field of youth
  • Key Action 3: Meeting between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth

For more information, you can contact your National Agency here.

EVS20 – Celebrate the EVS’ 20th Anniversary!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service, events are organised in all EU member states.

Don’t forget to check online what is happening in your neighbourhood!

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 please, click here.

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Other News

Peer Review - Addressing children at risk of poverty

As part of the Social 'Open Method of Coordination', EU member states led a Peer Review on Prevention and Early Intervention Services to address children at risk of poverty, hosted by Ireland.

Among its key conclusions, the seminar’s report highlights the role the EU level can play to enhance national policies by fostering a shared political commitment to implementing the Recommendation “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage”.

For more information, you can read the whole report here.

Eurobarometer – International Youth Day 2016

On the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August, Eurostat published data on young people in the European Union.

Among other key findings, these statistics show that the proportion of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET) increases considerably with age, from 6.3% for the age group 15-19 in 2015, to 17.3% between 20-24 and even 19.7% for people aged 25-29.

For more information, please click here.

New EU Regulation for better social statistics

In late August, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys.

This initiative is part of a major programme for the modernisation of social statistics undertaken in close cooperation with the Member States.It aims at making social statistics better and more easily available so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular.

For more information, please click here.

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