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YES Forum News July 2017

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During the first half of this year, the YES Forum has been very active, attending several events and conferences, contributing to multiple public consultations in the field of youth, running its own workshops following the invitations of various high-level stakeholders at the European level, and organising its own events and project meetings. We are happy to share with you these exciting news.

During the second semester, the focus will be on submitting new project applications and implementing new activities to support the YES Forum network, especially the Project Planning Meeting in September, a gathering of young people and partners in Brussels in November in the framework of the YourEP project, as well as our 2017 Policy Event later on. Keep in touch to make sure you don't miss any of these opportunities!

If you want to advertise your own activities within the YES Forum network, do not hesitate to contact us. And until the next newsletter, we would like to wish you all a nice summer along with sunny holidays!

Best wishes,

The YES Forum Secreteriat

Contents

Contents
Focus: European Developments

· Next Estonian Presidency of the EU Council – Youth read more »

· European Solidarity Corps: Commission proposal read more »

· Erasmus+ Generation Online Discussions read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· Upcoming: YES Forum 2017 Project Planning Meeting, 14-15 September, Stuttgart read more »

· “Our Life. Our Voice” Final conference, 4 May, Brussels read more »

· 2017 General Assembly, 3 May, Brussels read more »

· Internationaler Bund - "An Education Offensive For People With Disabilities" read more »

· YourEP: Work in Progress! read more »

· Conference - “Challenges and opportunities for international youth work”, 18 May, Berlin read more »

· H2020 PROMISE visits Prague! read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Consultation on “Promoting social inclusion through formal and non-formal learning" read more »

· Erasmus+ Next deadlines read more »

· Don’t forget the Erasmus+ 30th Anniversary! read more »

Other News

· Erasmus+ applications go online! read more »

· Erasmus+ - New Guide to the Mobility Tool+ read more »

· EC Publications on youth work read more »

· ECIT Summer University on European citizenship read more »

Focus: European Developments

Next Estonian Presidency of the EU Council – Youth

On 1st July, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU will begin. The Estonian government has revealed its priorities in the youth field.

Reelika Ojakivi, the Head of Youth Department of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research outlined Estonia’s priorities for the youth sector in these words: “We need to develop digital solutions [...] to help reach young people who are currently out of reach [and] to take advantage of digital solutions to support youth's active participation in decision-making.”

He also emphasised the need to continue highlighting the key role of youth work, define its long-term priorities based on values, with special emphasis on local youth work.

European Solidarity Corps: Commission proposal

To strengthen the European Solidarity Corps, the Commission has proposed a dedicated budget and a legal basis for the next three years.

This proposal will help consolidate the initiative thanks to a dedicated budget of €341.5 million. The aim is to enable 100,000 young Europeans to take part by the end of 2020. The following types of activities are envisaged in the future:

  • Solidarity placements (volunteering activities up to 12 months, traineeship placements for 2–6 months, job placements for 2–12 months)
  • Volunteering teams (10-40 young volunteers from different countries for 2 weeks to 2 months)
  • Solidarity projects (at least five participants to set up solidarity projects at the local level on their own initiative, 2 to 12 months)

The proposal will now be examined by the European Parliament and Council of the EU. For more information, please check here.

Erasmus+ Generation Online Discussions

To prepare the future of Erasmus+ and gather the input from the programme’s past, current and future beneficiaries, the European Commission opened online discussions on the “Erasmus+ Generation” platform.

The platform is opened to all interested stakeholders. It is especially designed to be interactive and allow the participation of all, including young people who have experienced or would like to get involved in Erasmus+. The discussions will feed into the preparatory work regarding the future of Erasmus+ beyond 2020.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

Upcoming: YES Forum 2017 Project Planning Meeting, 14-15 September, Stuttgart

To support the whole network, the YES Forum will hold its 2017 Project Planning Meeting on 14-15 September in Stuttgart.

YES Forum EEIG members, Associate members as well as interested organisations are all warmly invited to exchange, discuss and prepare innovative project ideas. We will create a supportive context to allow participants to make the most of this meeting, with a focus on the next Erasmus+ deadlines (4 October 2017, February 2018).

For more information or to register to the event, please click here.

“Our Life. Our Voice” Final conference, 4 May, Brussels

The “Our Life. OurVoice . Young People and Poverty” project reached its climax on 4 May with its Final conference in Brussels.

As we celebrated their involvement during this two-year Erasmus+ project, its young participants presented their work and results, highlighting the need to be more ambitious to tackle youth poverty across Europe.

Many participants from the youth and social field, the civil society as a whole, as well as local, national and European public authorities discussed these results with the young participants with very encouraging outcomes!

A Facebook gallery of the entire “Our Life. Our Voice” event, including the Welcome Party and the conference itself, is available here. Another gallery is available here for the young participants’ parallel activities organized on the days before and after the conference itself.

You can also find the full report of the Final conference here, as well as all project’s results here.

2017 General Assembly, 3 May, Brussels

On 3 May, the YES Forum held its 2017 General Assembly in Brussels.

It was the perfect opportunity to review the YES Forum’s latest developments since 2016, to discuss its future strategy with the creation a new legal entity to support the network’s growth, and of course, to welcome our new members and associates The Inclusion Network, IDEUM and GIO.Net!

Thanks again to all our member and associate organisations! A Facebook gallery of the event is available here.

Internationaler Bund - "An Education Offensive For People With Disabilities"

The project ELLA ("A European Lifelong Learning Academy – An Education Offensive For People With Disabilities"), of which YES Forum's EEIG member Internationaler Bund is a partner, was succesffuly completed in the end of last year.

The project developped a permanent programme of inclusive adult education for people with and without disabilities. The participating organisations from ten European countries and Israel worked together to develop, test and disseminate six different didactic and methodological approaches to adult education for people with disabilities.

To build these tools, the project reversed the "traditional" didactic methods to involve people with disabilities who became experts in their own issues. They acted as teachers and workshop leaders, reported on their own experiences, determined and put to the test their own professional and social lives.

For more information, you can check this article, or find the project results on ELLA's website.

YourEP: Work in Progress!

On 30-31 May, sunny Stuttgart provided the perfect setting for the YourEP project's 1st Project Meeting.

Together, the project partners and their young participants planned the next steps, in order to prepare all participants in the next few months and help them design their own open and inclusive simulation of the European Parliament when they will all meet in November in Brussels.

Once again, many thanks to all participants for your motivation, engagement and brain power during these 2 days!

A photo album of the meeting is available here. You can also find more details on the project’s webpage.

Conference - “Challenges and opportunities for international youth work”, 18 May, Berlin

On 18 May, the YES Forum participated in the conference “Encounters. Change. Renewal. Challenges and opportunities for international youth work in a globalised world” in Berlin.

The conference was organised to mark the 50th Anniversary of IJAB, Germany’s central specialist agency for international youth work.

The YES Forum was invited to present its own approach and projects during the workshop “Giving social justice an international profile”. The presentation focused on the “Our Life. Our Voice. Young People and Poverty” project, to showcase how the YES Forum aims at contributing to social justice through internationalised youth work.

More information are available (in German) here.

H2020 PROMISE visits Prague!

On 12-14 June, the YES Forum and the Manchester University participated in the Symposium organised by the EU-CoE Youth Partnership in Prague.

The event was the perfect opportunity to present the PROMISE research project at the European level, in order to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to policy and practice. The University of Manchester and the YES Forum took part in discussions over the 3-day meeting, reaching all relevant European stakeholder, including the EU institutions and the Council of Europe, youth networks such as the European Youth Forum and the Young European Federalists, other European universities, and of course youth workers themselves.

Because the Symposium focused on "Youth Policy Responses to the Contemporary Challenges Faced by Young People", the YES Forum was also invited to present the outcomes of its Erasmus+ "Our Life. Our Voice. Young people and Poverty"project! Katerina animated several workshops to disseminate the projects' results to both policy-makers and youth workers from all over Europe.

For more information, please check the PROMISE website here.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Consultation on “Promoting social inclusion through formal and non-formal learning"

The European Commission is preparing a proposal for a “Recommendation on promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning” and invites all stakeholders to contribute by giving their opinion through a public consultation.

The consultation focuses on the most effective ways of promoting ownership of shared values through formal and non-formal education. All stakeholders in the youth and education fields are invited to contribute.

You can do so through this online questionnaire until August 11.

Erasmus+ Next deadlines

The next deadline this year for Erasmus+ projects in the field of youth, whether KA1, KA1 or KA3, has been set on 4th October.

Additional calls for proposals in the field of youth are also published on a regular basis. Don’t forget to follow the YES Forum on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you get the heads on as early as possible!

You can also check all deadlines and new calls here.

Don’t forget the Erasmus+ 30th Anniversary!

For the 30th Anniversary of Erasmus+, multiple events will be organised in the EU this year. Discover what's happening near you here!

You can also sign up to the European Commission's monthly Erasmus+ newsletter to learn more about the 30 years of the programme as well as Calls for Proposals, events and news.

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Other News

Erasmus+ applications go online!

The long, PDF-based Erasmus+ application forms are about to move to an more user-friendly web format.

The first tests were conducted during the second round of the call 2017. The first pilot to be filled in fully online will be the Youth application forms. Web forms for other sectors are coming soon!

For further information please contact your local National Agency.

Erasmus+ - New Guide to the Mobility Tool+

The Mobility Tool+, used to manage Erasmus+ projects online by beneficiaries and National Agencies alike, has a new online guide!

It is now available to all beneficiaries of Erasmus+ projects. For more information, please click here.

EC Publications on youth work

Do you need some summer readings? Maybe these can help!

The European Commission published a handbook "Improving youth work: your guide to quality development" along with a toolbox "Support for youth workers tackling violent radicalisation". You can find them here and here.

ECIT Summer University on European citizenship

The ECIT foundation (European Citizens’ Rights, Involvement and Trust) will organise a summer university on “Countering threats to European citizenship across borders, reconfiguring its future“ from 30th August to 1st September.

Students, academics, policy makers and civil society representatives from all over Europe will meet in Brussels to exchange views on the gaps and future challenges of European citizenship.

The event is open to all interested participants. You can find more information or register as a partner organisation or a participant here.

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