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YES Forum News September 2017

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

This year has already been quite busy for the YES Forum and all its members, a positive trend that will continue until the end of the year. New project applications, a new approved project, the implementation of the "YourEP" project and the 2017 Policy Event will keep the whole network busy! You will find more details about these below.

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

Best wishes,

The YES Forum Secreteriat

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Focus: European Developments

· European Solidarity Corps: Commission proposal read more »

· 2018 Erasmus+ Annual Work Programme published read more »

· European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications read more »

· New EU Online Tool to help the integration of migrants and refugees read more »

YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

· Registrations: 2017 Policy Event, 23-24 November, Brussels read more »

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

· YourEP goes online! read more »

· New Project: DIVE! read more »

· H2020 PROMISE – 1st European Policy Network meeting, 4th July, Brussels read more »

· Our Life. Our Voice. – Intellectual Output 3 read more »

Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

· Call for proposals - Rights, Equality and Citizenship read more »

· Erasmus+ Next deadlines read more »

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

· European Training Calendar – Check it out! read more »

Other News

· New study published on youth work and entrepreneurial learning read more »

Focus: European Developments

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 volunteering opportunities under the new ESC will replace, from 2018 onward, the European Voluntary Service activities which were so far implemented through Erasmus+.

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

2018 Erasmus+ Annual Work Programme published

The work programme outlines the structure and funding of Erasmus+ for 2018 and highlights the link between the policies as well as changes from 2017.

Despite an increase from €2.5 billion in 2017 to €2.7 billion in 2018, the Erasmus+ budget leaves its youth strand with €210 million in 2018, instead of €232 million in the 2017 budget. This is explained by the impact of the European Solidarity Corps initiative: from 2018 onward, European Voluntary Service (EVS) activities will no longer be implemented through Erasmus+, but will be implemented as volunteering placements under the European Solidarity Corps.

Other activities under the youth strand of Erasmus+ (Mobility of youth workers, Strategic partnerships for youth) will remain unchanged. The full Annual Work Programme is available here.

European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications

The European Commission has launched the first full version of the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO).

ESCO aims at facilitating the dialogue between labour market and the education/training sector by providing a common language that helps jobseekers to find the job that best matches their skills. The classification is available in 26 languages and covers almost 3000 occupations and 13.500 skills and competences.

The first full version (ESCO v1) is available through the ESCO service platform.

New EU Online Tool to help the integration of migrants and refugees

The European Commission has developed a Skills Profile Tool to support the early identification of the skills of refugees, migrants and other third-country nationals.

The tool is now available online and can be especially useful to organisations helping migrants and refugees integrating in the EU. A dual-language system allows the user to choose 2 languages to appear side-by-side on the screen, including many non-EU languages. The tool enables migrants who may have never needed a CV or needed to present their skills in an international context, to do so in an easy and friendly way.

For more information, please check here.

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YES Forum’s activities and members’ activities

Registrations: 2017 Policy Event, 23-24 November, Brussels

This year, the YES Forum will once again be happy to welcome its members to its Policy Event on 23rd and 24th of November in Brussels.

This new opportunity to meet with high-ranking EU officials will help us bridging the remaining gap between policy and practice in the youth field, not only through the participation of youth practitioners, but also thanks to the young people who will join us to voice their concerns directly.

But that's not all: the YES Forum is turning 15 years old this year! In the evening of the 23rd of November, we'll celebrate this milestone together ... while gathering all participants' creative energy to fuel the future of the YES Forum! Registrations are now open here!

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

On 14-15 September 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany, the YES Forum held its annual Project Planning Meeting in cooperation with Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg.

This two-day event prepared the ground for new collaboration opportunities, leading to the development of nine new project ideas. You can have a look at these project ideas in this Report: feel free to contact us or the project leader if you are interested to get involved as a partner in one of these!

Finally, the YES Forum participating members also took the last step in view of founding a new legal entity to provide innovative and flexible ways to support the YES Forum’s work. Keep posted to be updated about its creation!

YourEP goes online!

The Erasmus+ project for youth YourEP, coordinated by the YES Forum, has now entered its online phase!

YourEP’s participants will now take part to various online activities: all kinds of EU-related media content as well as exchanges between the participants from different countries will contribute to prepare them before meeting in November in Brussels.

YourEP’s online presence has also expanded with now:

  • Its own webpage with additional content;
  • Its own Facebook page.

Have a look and check them regularly for updates!

New Project: DIVE!

In the framework of the DIVE project ("Diversity in Pan-European Youth Networks"), the YES Forum will collaborate with three major European Youth Networks in order to help them reach and involve a more diverse audience.

From 2017 to 2019, the YES Forum will support the European youth networks JEF Europe (Young European Federalists), ESN International (Erasmus Student Network) and AEGEE Europe (European Students' Forum) and their local and national member with its expertise in view of making their sections more inclusive.

These networks suffer from a lack of diversity among their volunteers due to several perceived or real barriers. These barriers will be identified through 3 trainings, which will in turn develop adapted tools to take them down.Fore more information, please check here.

H2020 PROMISE – 1st European Policy Network meeting, 4th July, Brussels

On 4th July, the youth research project H2020 PROMISE held the first meeting of its European Policy Network in Brussels.

Thanks to this meeting, PROMISE researchers could present their work and early progress to key European stakeholders, including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Youth Forum. The project’s consortium also gathered crucial feedback from the participants, not only on the research aims and methods, but also on how to transfer the project’s results to the right stakeholders in order to best contribute to the improvement of youth policies at the European level.

For more information, please check this Report, as well as the PROMISE website.

Our Life. Our Voice. – Intellectual Output 3

YES Forum’s Erasmus Strategic Partnership “Our Life. Our Voice. Young people and Poverty” came to an end earlier this year. But it is still only the beginning for the dissemination of its final outcomes!

With the official end of the project, we are also happy to announce the publication of the project’s 3rd Intellectual Output, a Toolkit on “How to engage young disadvantaged people” based on the methods implemented during the project from 2015 to 2017 by all partners.

Since the Final Conference of the “Our Life. Our Voice” project in May in Brussels, the project has continued attracting attention, leading to the participation of the YES Forum and project partners to numerous events throughout Europe.

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Calls for Proposals, Conferences and Training

Call for proposals - Rights, Equality and Citizenship

The REC Programme (Rights, Equality and Citizenship) has issued several calls for proposals, including:

  • Prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance (Deadline: 7 November)
  • Prevent and combat gender-based violence and violence against children (Deadline: 14 November)
  • Support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration (Deadline: 9 November)

A variety of activities are eligible to support these actions including trainings, exchange of good practices, awareness-raising and education activities.

More information on each call here.

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. In the field of youth, this deadline will cover among others:

  • KA1: Youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service, Mobility of youth workers;
  • KA2: Strategic partnerships supporting innovation/exchange of good practices;
  • KA3: Dialogue between young people and policy makers.

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.

European Training Calendar – Check it out!

Each year, hundreds of trainings for youth workers are organised to strengthen the European youth field: have a look at these opportunities!

The SALTO-YOUTH Platform provides a full calendar of all training opportunities covering the next months. You can sort training opportunities by dates, location, theme ... and maybe find the perfect training for you or your organisation!

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Other News

New study published on youth work and entrepreneurial learning

The European Commission published a report on the contribution that youth work makes in fostering entrepreneurial learning in the EU.

This report present the findings of a major study mapping, describing and analysing the contribution that youth work makes to supporting young people in achieving competences that will help them to fulfil personal aspirations. Results are summarised in 28 country reports, an inventory of 114 good practices and 12 case study reports.

It confirms the official recognition of youth work by the European institutions and highlights possible improvements that can be made in respect to the policy framework, as well as concerning partnerships at national, regional and local level.

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