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  1. 1. Youth in Action mobilising the potential of young EuropeansYouth Exchanges: mutual understanding Y outh Exchanges respond to young people’s natural desire to explore the world. The mobility that the scheme offers exposes them to new experiences, allowing them to see diversity as an enrichment rather than a threat. It shows young Europeans more clearly what they have at home. Exchanges focus on a theme relevant to the participants’ daily lives, such as young people in society, racism and xenophobia, SLBCPQR?LBGLEȩ@CRUCCLȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSPCQȩ?LBȩ religions, women in society, local heritage, or the environment. This fact sheet presents some examples of the thousands of projects completed so far. The experience of multicultural Europe at a local level broadens the mind, and is a trigger for developing tolerance and mutual understanding. This practical engagement in #SPMNC?LȩGLRCEP?RGMLȩMȎ ȩCPQȩWMSLEȩNCMNJCȩ?ȩ sense of being a European citizen rooted in something that they have done themselves. They also acquire a broad range of skills and knowledge about the world of work, which can Youth in Action Programme ͷ
  2. 2. ͷȧ help them to improve their job prospects later ?LBȩ?NNPCAG?RCȩRFCȩQNCAGȏȩAȩT?JSCQȩMDȩRFCȩ on. EU — democracy, respecting human rights, A strong international dimension, particularly freedom, as well as deepening solidarity and in eastern Europe and the Caucasus, the intercultural awareness. At the same time, Mediterranean region, and south-east strengthened relations between the EU and its Europe, helps young people to distinguish neighbours boost democracy and civil society. Some of the many Youth Exchange projects completed so far JC?TCȩ?LBȩRFCȩGLȐ ȩSCLACȩMDȩQMAG?Jȩ?BTCPRGQGLE
  3. 3. ȩ Participants 1. Overcoming gender stereotypes Workshops examined, for instance, typical shared the same The Youth Exchange ‘Gender equality: is everything professions for men and women and the validity concerns over for anyone?’, in Lithuania, Norway and thepeople from Germany, Kaunas, invited 24 young UK for of ‘typical’ characteristics. The project reviewed ?NNPM?AFCQȩRMȩECLBCPȩCOS?JGRWȩGLȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩAMSLRPGCQȩ gender and racial an eight-day exploration of the principles of gender and cultures, and provided opportunities for equality, even equality and of methods to combat discrimination discussion with local civic leaders. in 2010. The focus extended from women’s rightsthough they came and feminism to women in employment, parental Participants acquired a better understanding of the importance of being public-spirited, and a greater DPMK–BGĶ–CPCLR– RMJCP?LACȩDMPȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSPCQȩ?LBȩRFCWȩQF?PCBȩRFCȩ cultures same concerns over gender and racial equality, even RFMSEFȩRFCWȩA?KCȩDPMKȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSPCQ
  4. 4. Project funded by the Youth in Action national agency in Lithuania Hosting organisation: ͬ VðÁ Kauno ávairiø tautø kultûrø centras, Lithuania. Sending organisations: ͬ Evangelische Jugend Erfurt, Germany; ͬ Cardiff Youth Service, UK; ͬ Kristoforo þygeviø klubas, Lithuania; ͬ Ugdoms og Versfamilien, Norway. 1 T ES T IM O N I AL S ‘Young people open to acting active in socialtheir and be more must be more as citizens of life countries. ’
  5. 5. Y O U T H E X C H A N G E 3 2. Think about your friends, not felt they had a voice as citizens. An intercultural 2FCW–JMMICB–?R– QEB @LKȏF@Q workshop helped the participants to challenge beliefs and attitudes. the myths of $GȓȩWCGEFRȩWMSLEȩNCMNJCȩDPMKȩCGEFRȩAMSLRPGCQȩ Among the results of this project were enhanced stereotyping ?LBȩDPMKȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩQMAGMCAMLMKGAȩ?LBȩASJRSP?Jȩ capacities for intercultural cooperation, raised people’s ethnicity backgrounds spent nine days together in the awareness of equality, diversity and human summer of 2007 to explore international rights, and new skills and engagement in active and beliefs cooperation, equality and diversity, and human democracy. rights and democracy. The participants came to Project funded by Wokingham from France, Jordan, Lebanon, the the Youth in Action national agency in the UK Palestinian Territories, the Spanish Basque Country, Syria, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Through Hosting organisation: ͬ Wokingham District Council Youth Service, UK. workshops, discussions and outdoor activities they Sending organisations: BGQAMTCPCBȩRFCȩBGȎ ȩCPCLACQȩ?LBȩQGKGJ?PGRGCQȩGLȩRFCGPȩ ͬ The Jordanian–Danish Youth Centre, Jordan; countries, and looked at the myths of stereotyping ͬ Anatolia Scout Association, Turkey; ͬ Kilimiliklik Kiltur Elkartea, Spain; people’s ethnicity and beliefs. They conducted a ͬ Fun Hut, Palestine; ~NFMRMȩQ?D?PGȩRMȩȏȩLBȩMSRȩFMUȩD?PȩJMA?JȩWMSLEȩNCMNJCȩ ͬ Follow the Women, Syria. 2 TES TI M ONIALS Hanin admits she has no Jewish friends and does LMR–ILMU–?LW–QP?CJGQ
  6. 6. –Q–D?P–?Q–QFC–ILMUQ–QFC–F?Q– ‘ 5C–?JU?WQ–RFGLI–UC– the ‘ Iour situation is,how bad have big problems in try to explain how never met an Israeli. Basque country, but we UC–QSĶ –CP–?R–RFC–AFCAI– ‘Now I am learning to tolerate diversity more and ILMU–RFC–.?JCQRGLG?LQ– points. We spent 12 ?AACNR–NCMNJC–UGRF–BGĶ–CPCLR–@?AIEPMSLBQ–?LB– have bigger problems. ’ hours at the borders perception of the world. ’ ‘ We cannot go anywhere. when we came here and You have to pass had a very bad time. ’ RFPMSEF–RFC–AFCAI– NMGLRQ–RM–ECR–RM–BGĶ –CPCLR– countries. ’ a church and a synagogue stand alongside one A visit to the 3. Branch of olive another, helped reinforce the sense of co-existence, ‘Garden of This project created a multicultural and multi- and each group had a chance to introduce its own religious atmosphere by bringing together 20 young rituals. An imam read extracts from the Quran tolerance’, where a people belonging to Christianity, Judaism and Islam and explained the meaning in English, answering mosque, a church from Hungary, Romania and Turkey for 10 days in questions from participants. and a synagogue Antalya, Turkey in 2011. The project focused on Participants learnt about each other’s religions and stand alongside intercultural learning, and each group planned its cultures, improved mutual understanding, and broke own activities for a designated culture day, at which one another, down stereotypes and prejudices. it introduced its culture and religion. All participants were also involved in workshops on diverse Project funded by helped reinforce activities such as Ashura, painting Easter eggs, the the Youth in Action national agency in Turkey the sense of co- 1F?@@?RȩPGRS?JȩMPȩFCLL?ȩLGEFRȩCȎ ȩCARGTCJWȩPCKMTGLEȩ Hosting organisation: prejudices among the participants. A kite workshop ͬ ILDMPK?JȩEPMSNȩMDȩWMSLEȩNCMNJCȩ8CWR˵LW?BGȩ2SPICW. existence GLTMJTCBȩEPMSNȩUMPIȩ?LBȩRFCȩIGRCQȩUCPCȩȐ ȩMULȩ Sending organisations: ͬ JMPoint for Jewish Community Public Benefit Foundation, together in a spirit of brotherhood and freedom. A Hungary; visit to the ‘Garden of tolerance’, where a mosque, ͬ Eco East Romania Association, Romania. 3 TES TI M ONIALS‘ 5C–QRPCQQCB–RF?R–@CGLE–BGĶ–CPCLR–GQ–LMR–QMKCRFGLE– ‘ We shared our Finally, we realised that we are the feelings, our own values, our religions to divide us but to widen our horizons. ’ and traditions. Q?KC–PCE?PBJCQQ–MD–BGĶ –CPCLACQ–JGIC–P?AC–MP–PCJGEGML
  7. 7.
  8. 8. 4 Y O U T H I N A C T I O NFor many of the 4. Ambassadors for peace experience Europe for themselves. For many of the ?JI?LȩQRSBCLRQȩGRȩU?QȩRFCȩȏ ȩPQRȩRPGNȩ?@PM?B
  9. 9. ȩLBȩRFCȩ ?JI?L–QRSBCLRQ–GR– Twenty-six Bosnian, Kosovan and Serbian students students from Italy and Belgium were confrontedU?Q–RFC–ĺ–PQR–RPGN– and 20 young people from Belgium and Italy took DMPȩRFCȩȏȩPQRȩRGKCȩUGRFȩRFCȩTGCUQȩMDȩNCMNJCȩMDȩRFCGPȩ part in the European Rails of Peace (EU.R.O.PE) MULȩ?ECȩAMKGLEȩDPMKȩNMQRAMLȐ ȩGARȩPCEGMLQȩ˜ȩ?LBȩabroad looking forward to the same type of European project during eight days in 2008. The students from the Balkans travelled to Rome, Sienna, GLRCEP?RGMLȩRF?RȩRFCȩ#3ȩU?Qȩ@SGJRȩMLȩ?ȓ ȩCPȩRFCȩ Leuven and Brussels, where they met students Second World War. from EU countries, and shared their experiences — The outcomes included raised awareness of N?PRGASJ?PJWȩMDȩRFCȩAMLȐ ȩGARQȩRFCWȩF?BȩJGTCBȩRFPMSEFȩ democratisation, human rights and intercultural @CRUCCLȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSP?JȩCRFLGAȩ?LBȩPCJGEGMSQȩ communication, and the overcoming of stereotypes communities. There were also opportunities and prejudices. The project also developed regional DMPȩBGQASQQGMLQȩUGRFȩMȑ ȩȩAG?JQȩDPMKȩRFCȩ#3ȩJMA?Jȩ and international cooperation. government, and experts in democratisation, human rights and intercultural communication, Project funded by on overcoming stereotypes and prejudices and the Youth in Action national agency in Italy developing regional and international cooperation. Hosting organisation: ͬ Viaggi e Liberta Associazione Culturale, Italy. Subsequently, all the participants travelled by Sending organisations: train through Europe, in small groups. This gave ͬ Aegge leuven vzw, Belgium; them the chance to get to know each other, to ͬ Kontra organization, Serbia; ͬ Research and documentation centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina. make friends, to widen their perspectives and to 4 T ES T I M ON I AL S ‘ INMJGRGA?J–QGRS?RGML–GL–RFC– ?JI?LQ
  10. 10. –2F?LI–WMS–DMP–the came here with very clear opinions regarding having confused me. I have not necessarily changed my ideas but I have certainly questioned them and I RFGLI–RF?R–GQ–?–EMMB–RFGLE
  11. 11. ’ They confronted 5. East meets West in combating overcame stereotypes, integrating elements of prejudice the complex geopolitics of the region, including resistance to the independence of Ukraine and Georgia (and the R?AIJGLE–BCJGA?RC– This project aimed at breaking stereotypes and tensions between Tbilisi and Moscow), the diversity of alphabets, and the continuing use of Russian. issues such as combating xenophobia via art. A historic village in the Caucasus provided a meeting point between The results included personal enrichment, new religion and East and West and a perfect setting for theatre, friendships, and deeper understanding of very homosexuality dance and music. In the course of eight days BGȎȩCPCLRȩ@?AIEPMSLBQȩ?LBȩASJRSPCQ
  12. 12. ȩ2FCȩNPMHCARȩ together in 2007, 16 young people from France, strengthened the participants’ sense of citizenship Georgia, Spain’s Basque region and Ukraine created and involvement in democracy. a show. They organised workshops, designed a set, Project funded by composed a song, and created the choreography the Youth in Action national agency in France for a play that they presented to the local public. Hosting organisation: They decided themselves on the casting, and ͬ Youth Group in Upper Svaneti Programme CTC, Georgia. voted on the issues the play should touch on — Sending organisations: ͬ Centre des sureaux, France; confronting along the way resistance to tackling ͬ Kilimiliklik Kultur Elkartea, Spain; delicate issues such as religion and homosexuality. ͬ Charitable Fund ‘Pryyateli ditely’, Ukraine. Through cooperation amongst themselves, they 3 T ES T I M O N I AL S ‘ Our testimony hardly describes the intensity of what we experienced! We BGQAMTCPCB–?LMRFCP–UMPJB
  13. 13. –R–GQ–?–RPC?QSPC–GL–UFGAF–UC–A?L–ĺ –LB–QGKGJ?PGRGCQ–?LB– where multiculturalism is a real issue.’
  14. 14. Y O U T H E X C H A N G E 56. Opening doors with art and from the past can help to understand why certain The project culture superstitions and beliefs exist in the present. And by introducing and explaining another culture, they not provided aA project in Iceland that involved 56 young only got a deeper understanding of it, but also saw space wherepeople from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, how their own culture can be perceived through thethe Netherlands, and Norway for nine days in CWCQȩMDȩQMKCMLCȩUGRFȩ?ȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩ@?AIEPMSLB
  15. 15. the participants2007 was organised by LungA. The aim was to could discussMNCLȩBMMPQȩRMȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩAMSLRPGCQȩRFPMSEFȩ?PRȩ?LBȩ Project funded by the Youth in Action national agency in Iceland BGĶ–CPCLR–ASJRSPCQ–culture. It provided a space where the participantsAMSJBȩBGQASQQȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSPCQȩGLȩ?LȩSLNPCHSBGACBȩ Hosting organisation: in an unprejudiced ͬ LungA, Iceland.environment, through workshops examining their environment Sending organisations:own and each other’s fairytales and folklore, and ͬ The Factory, the Netherlands;their role in each country’s history. ͬ, Estonia; ͬ Northland Academy of Art and Science, Norway;The project concluded with an event where each ͬ Linnanmäken sirkusskoulun kannatusyhdistys ry, Finland;participating country gave a presentation of another ͬ The Bakkedia School,’s culture. They learnt about how tales7. Can you get around town in a community in a public café. They also took part in wheelchair? TV shows on the topic of integrating disabled young people.The ‘Helping hands’ project aimed at integrating In addition to suggesting ways that the localdisabled young people in eastern Romania. Twenty- community can help disadvantaged young peopletwo young people from Italy and Romania spent and provide for socio-professional inclusion, thesix days in Bîrlad in 2010, identifying the problems project promoted a positive attitude towards The projectfaced, and exploring possibilities for bringing NCMNJCȩUGRFȩQNCAG?JȩLCCBQ
  16. 16. ȩRȩ?JQMȩPCTC?JCBȩBGȎȩCPGLEȩ promoted aimprovements to the quality of life of disabled approaches to helping disabled young people,young people. In particular they looked at how to exposing the participants to the diversity of positive attitudeincrease the chances for social and professional European views. Parents of local disabled young towards peopleintegration. The project included visits to institutions people particularly appreciated the public discussion forums and the interest of other young people in with special needsspecialised in working with disabled people, andoutdoor activities, such as exploring the local town improving the quality of disabled people’s a wheelchair, and trying to accomplish simple Project funded bytasks like shopping in a supermarket or using local the Youth in Action national agency in Romaniabuses. The participants performed shows in local Hosting organisation:schools, and set up round table discussions with ͬ Asociatia Myosotis Romania.disabled young people and members of the local Sending organisation: ͬ Uniamoci Onlus Associazione, Italy. 7 T ES T IM O N I AL S ‘ IUMPIGLE–DMP–?–@CRRCP–JGDC–DMP–BGQ?@JCB–NCMNJC
  17. 17. – am so happy to see these young people ‘ Peopleabout disabledno in Bîrlad had My disabled child will grow up amongst them. ‘ The theatre changed my views performance people because they LB–GD–RFCW–?PC–RFGLIGLE–JGIC–RFGQ–v–UCJJ–
  18. 18. –GL– ’ this case I dare to hope for a better world! they put on had no interaction with personal attitude towards them. ’ ’ disabled people!.
  19. 19. 6 Y O U T H I N A C T I O N 8. A Euro–Arab view of the future end of the workshop all the participants took part in the International Euro-Med Singing Festival, to This six-day workshop in Poland in 2007, entitled which the schoolchildren and the public were also They discovered invited. ‘Let’s talk about the future’, focused on the parallels within connections — and divisions — between Europe Better understanding emerged about cultures RFCGP–DMJIR?JCQ– and the Arab world. Thirty young people from from this project — not only of each of the Algeria, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Palestine other participant’s, but also of their own culture. songs, and dances and Poland explored together their distinct cultural Stereotypes were broken, and respect was acquired backgrounds and traditions, through dance, singing, DMPȩRFCȩQGKGJ?PGRGCQȩ?LBȩBGȎCPCLACQȩMDȩRFCȩMRFCPȩ QRMPWRCJJGLEȩ?LBȩAP?ȓ
  20. 20. ȩ2FCWȩBGQAMTCPCBȩN?P?JJCJQȩ participating countries. within their folktales, songs, and dances, and they even found similarities between their native Project funded by languages. They learnt about the politics and the Youth in Action national agency in Poland society of their respective countries, and discussed Hosting organisation: ͬ, Poland. issues such as the challenges faced by women and Sending organisations: the role of religion in society. They visited a school ͬ Association CIRTA, Algeria; in Warsaw, and each national group presented ͬ Friends of Culture Jordanian Forum, Jordan; ͬ Zajel Youth Exchange programme, Palestine; a show to the children, talked with them and ͬ Ecological recycling society, Greece; presented their national food, as well as playing ͬ Sustainable Development Association SDA, Egypt; E?KCQȩ?LBȩK?IGLEȩF?LBGAP?ȓQȩUGRFȩRFCK
  21. 21. ȩRȩRFCȩ ͬ Forum für europäische Begegnungen e.V., Germany.8 TEST I MO N I A L S‘ This project demon- strated how to show Polish people that in the Arab world, people are the same, with the same problems and friend- QFGNQ
  22. 22. –2FGQ–K?ICQ–GR–KSAF– C?QGCP–RM–QNC?I–?@MSR–RFC– ’ future.‘ The visit to the school where each group could demonstrate its country and culture was particularly successful. This made it possible to @PGLE–RMECRFCP–BGĶCPCLR– cultures and discover the ’ fascination of diversity. 9. Sustainable development, smart Concrete outcomes included communication tools resources such as advertisements in social media, a street campaign in Riga, and a movie clip. The participants The participants The 4U2C project, on the importance of sustainable were asked to continue promoting sustainable development and smart use of resources, brought development back home through doing similar shared their together 26 young people from Egypt, Jordan, street campaigns and through recording people’s experiences and Latvia, Poland, Spain, and Tunisia for six days in reactions in interviews. There was also a heightened 2010. Much of the project took place in Latvia, understanding of, and engagement in, sustainability daily practices in issues among the participants. UFCPCȩRFCȩN?PRGAGN?LRQȩCVNJMPCBȩBGȎCPCLRȩTGCUQȩ saving, recycling and shared their experiences and daily practices Project funded by and reusing in saving, recycling and reusing resources. They the Youth in Action national agency in Latvia got to know and understand one another and resources one another’s cultures better through non-formal Hosting organisation: ͬ Jaunatnes vizija, Latvia. education activities including practical tasks, role Sending organisations: games, and teamwork. ͬ Hussein Aghmed Hussein el Shafei, Egypt; ͬ Asociacion Juvenil Intercambia, Spain; They learnt more about respect for the environment; ͬ El Hassan Youth Award (EYA), Jordan; at the same time, through workshops, they ͬȩ MKȩ1NMRI?ŻȩGK
  23. 23. ȩLECJSQ?ȩ1GJCQGSQ?ȩ.MJ?LB learnt how to promote sustainability back home. ͬ Association des jeunes méditerranées pour les échanges culturels, Tunisia.
  24. 24. Youth Exchanges Youth Youth Youth Youth Youth are part of the Youth Exchanges Initiatives Democracy Volunteering Support in Action programme of the European Union Youth in Action mobilising the potential of young EuropeansYouth in Action is the European Union programme ȧQGELGȏ ȧA?LRȧGKN?AR A survey in March 2011that has helped young people since 2007, through among a representative Youth in Action has had a demonstrable impact sample of participantsnon-formal learning and wider mobility, to boost on the hundreds of thousands of young people it revealed that:their skills as well as giving them new opportunities has involved. The programme has enabled manyto develop their personal capacities. It is open toall young people, regardless of their educational, MDȩRFCKȩRMȩCVNCPGCLACȩMRFCPȩAMSLRPGCQȩȏ ȩPQRȩF?LBȩ 91 % thus developing a greater sense of openness and of young peoplesocial and cultural background. It encourages understanding of other cultures. And it has provided considered participationintercultural dialogue and the inclusion of all young the young people who have taken part with new increased theirpeople, particularly those with fewer opportunities. QIGJJQȩ?LBȩAMLȏȩBCLAC
  25. 25. ȩ competences in foreignIt strengthens European values everywhere it languages;operates — in the EU and in 140 countries beyond. This is all the more important since for manyIt funds a wide variety of youth activities, includingexchanges, initiatives, democracy projects, and a of the projects, the participants are deliberately 75 % selected from communities and social groups with said they improvedvoluntary service. It also supports youth workers their abilities to identify fewer opportunities. The whole programme has aand civil society organisations through training and opportunities for their QRPMLEȩQMAG?JȩBGKCLQGML
  26. 26. ȩRȩK?ICQȩQNCAGȏ ȩAȩNPMTGQGMLȩnetworking, and promotes European cooperation in personal or professional for involving young people from disadvantagedRFCȩWMSRFȩȏ ȩCJB
  27. 27. future; groups (with disabilities, health problems, or social, economic or geographic obstacles, unemployed,Noticeable results UGRFȩCBSA?RGML?JȩBGȑ ȩȩASJRGCQȩQSAFȩ?QȩC?PJWȩQAFMMJȩ 73 % declared they felt moreYouth in Action has a global budget of EUR 885 JC?TCPQȩMPȩDPMKȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩASJRSP?Jȩ@?AIEPMSLBQ
  28. 28. ȩ European;million for the 2007–13 period, and by the end 2FCȩCLE?ECKCLRȩMDȩK?LWȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩQMAG?JȩEPMSNQȩGQȩof 2010 it had fully used the EUR 549 million important in ensuring that the European integrationallocated so far. Its basic premise is that investment project is not restricted only to elites in European 92 % of youth workersin young people is the best business case for the society. considered they gainedEuropean Union and it is also the way to make a skills and knowledge theysuccess of the European integration project. Over Attractive learning would not have otherwisethe four years 2007–10, more than 527 000 acquired; Youth in Action makes extensive use of non-formalpersons took part (390 000 young people and 137 learning, through attractive methods (such as000 youth workers); 61 000 project applications workshops, interviews or simulations), and based on 73 %were submitted and 30 100 projects were approved of youth organisations personal experience outside schools. This promotesfor grants; and Youth in Action involved around said they were doing individual-based teaching, with the emphasis on20 000 youth organisations, informal groups more international talents and strengths. Professional facilitatorsof young people, or public bodies every year as projects. ensure the learning process is conducted mainly bypromoters of projects. The intense involvement young people themselves, through participation andof non-governmental organisations and social In addition peer learning. The non-formal learning experienceenterprises is a stimulating example for young that Youth in Action provides is recognised through the 2010 survey showedpeople of what it means to be an active player ?ȩQNCAGȏȩAȩACPRGȏȩA?RCȩA?JJCBȩ?ȩ7MSRFN?QQ
  29. 29. that participants inin society, and many participants in projects later the programme havebecome involved themselves in social work. ?ȧQGELGȏȧA?LRJWȧFGEFCPȧ LȩRFCȩBGȎ ȩCPCLRȩCLTGPMLKCLRȩMȎȩCPCBȩ@WȩNPMHCARQȩ young people discover their own potential and voting record in EuropeanThe projects supported range widely across youth elections than their peers. abilities, and exercise new levels of independence?ARGTGRGCQȩ˜ȩCTCPWRFGLEȩDPMKȩP?GQGLEȩRFCȩNPMȏ ȩJCȩMDȩ For instance in 2009, and decision-making. The experience boosts theiryoung people in the media and giving them more 60 % of participants personal development and widens their horizons, voted, compared to anof a say, to organising environmental protection helping them make choices about their further average of 29 % forprojects at local level, creating documentaries on personal and professional life. And they acquire all young people acrosssocial issues such as young people with HIV or competencies that are increasingly valuable in an Europe.exclusion of minorities, or helping inmates in young evolving labour market.ͬ % 60MȎȩCLBCPQȩGLQRGRSRGMLQȩRMȩ@MMQRȩRFCGPȩMULȩQCJDCQRCCKȩ?LBȩRMȩK?ICȩCȎ ȩMPRQȩRFCKQCJTCQȩRMȩGLRCEP?RCȩinto their community and into wider society. 29 %
  30. 30. NC-31-11-276-EN-CWho can take part in Youth Exchange projects, and how do they work?Youth Exchanges are open to young people who are countries) as well as to the neighbouring partner13 to 25 years old; up to 20 % of participants may countries of the EU, eastern Europe and thebe aged 25–30. Youth Exchanges can be bilateral, Caucasus, the Mediterranean countries, and south-or multilateral, involving at least one EU country. east Europe. Projects may take place either in aIn itinerant Youth Exchanges, all the participants programme country or in a neighbouring partnermove at the same time through the participating country, with the exception of the Mediterraneancountries. region. Projects receive grants via Youth in Action national agencies in programme countries, or viaNNJGA?RGMLQȩK?Wȩ@CȩK?BCȩ@WȩLMLNPMȏ ȩRLML the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executivegovernmental organisations, local or regional Agency in Brussels.public bodies, informal groups of young people, or#SPMNC?Lȩ@MBGCQȩ?ARGTCȩGLȩRFCȩWMSRFȩȏȩCJB
  31. 31. 7MSRFȧ#VAF?LECQȧGLȧȏ ȧESPCQParticipation is open to the 27 Member States ofthe European Union; Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, 2007 2008 2009 2010Norway, Switzerland and Turkey (the programme Submitted projects 3 314 3 413 3 947 4 265 Funded projects 1 542 1 663 1 592 1 814 Successful grant applications (%) 46.5 48.7 41.3 42.5 Committed funds (million EUR) 30.321 32.934 32.699 34.702 Number of participants 48 721 52 605 48 886 54 146 Youth in Action: #SPMNCȧGPCARȧGQȧ?ȧQCPTGACȧRMȧFCJNȧWMSȧȏ ȧLBȧ?LQUCPQȧ to your questions about the European Union. Freephone number (*): 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 (*) Certain mobile telephone operators do not allow access to 00 800 numbers or these calls may be billed.More information on the European Union is available on the Internet (*SVCK@MSPEȩ.S@JGA?RGMLQȩ-ȑȩȩACȩMDȩRFCȩ#SPMNC?Lȩ3LGMLȩCover image: © Michèle Constantini/PhotoAlto; Page 1: © Patrick Shéandell O’Carroll/PhotoAlto© European Union, 2012Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.Printed in Belgium.ɡɘɝɣɔɓȩɞɝȩɔɛɔɜɔɝɣɐɛȩɒɗɛɞɡɘɝɔɕɡɔɔȩɑɛɔɐɒɗɔɓȩɟɐɟɔɡȩ #!$ doi:10.2766/18115