ABOUT THE PROGRAMMEThe Youth in Action Programme aims to achieve the following generalobjectives:- promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their Europeancitizenship in particular;- develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particularin order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;- foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;- contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activitiesand the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field;- promote European cooperation in the youth field.
THE PROGRAMME IS STRUCTURED AROUND 5ACTIONS:Action 1 - Youth for EuropeEncourages young peoples active citizenship, participation and creativitythrough youth exchanges, youth initiatives and youth democracy projects.Action 2 - European Voluntary ServiceHelps young people to develop their sense of solidarity by participating,either individually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid voluntary activitiesabroad.
Action 3 - Youth in the WorldPromotes partnerships and exchanges among young people and youth organisations acrossthe world.Action 4 - Youth Support SystemsIncludes various measures to support youth workers and youth organisations and improve thequality of their activities.Action 5 - Support for European Co-operation in the Youth fieldSupports youth policy co-operation at European level, in particular by facilitating dialoguebetween young people and policy makers.
ACTION 1Youth for Europe is geared towards the specific needs and expectations ofyoung people. The aim is to promote a sense of ‘Europeanness’ amongyoung people from every strata of society and encourage them toparticipate in the democratic process.This Action supports three main types of activities: Youth Exchanges, YouthInitiatives and Youth Democracy Projects. The detailed criteria to submitapplications are specified in the Youth in Action Programme Guide. Furtherinformation and support can also be obtained by contacting your NationalAgency. For youth initiatives and democracy projects, the SALTOParticipation Resource Centre can also provide specific advice and support(for project ideas, partner-finding, etc).
Youth ExchangesThe aim of Youth Exchanges is to get groups of young people from different countries togetherso they can explore their social and cultural differences and similarities. Youth Exchanges aretargeted at young people between the age of 13 and 25 (up to 20% of participants may beaged between 25 and 30). They receive the unique opportunity to experience significantmutual learning situations and to strengthen their feeling of being Europeans.Each exchange must have a theme that is relevant to the daily experiences of the youngpeople involved but also has a clear European dimension. Themes could cover numerousissues, such as young people in society, racism and xenophobia, local heritage, drugs, theenvironment, etc.In accordance with its inclusion strategy , the Youth in Action programme particularlyencourages youth exchanges involving young people with fewer opportunities.