What is a Youth Exchange? The Youth Exchange is a project that brings together groups of young people from two or more countries, giving them the opportunity to meet, discuss and deal with various issues, while at the same time getting to know their cultures and countries. Youth Exchange is based on an intergovernmental partnership between two or more beneficiaries from different countries. Youth Exchange allows one or more groups of young people to be hosted by a group of young people in another country in order to participate together in a joint program of activities. These plans are aimed at the active participation of young people and are designed to allow them to perceive and become aware of different social and cultural realities, to learn from each other and to strengthen their sense of identity as European citizens.
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What is a training course?
Training and Networking project can be of two types: a project promoting exchanges, cooperation and training in the field of youth work. It will be developed with a view to implementing an Activity which supports capacity-building and innovation among promoters, as well as the exchange of experience, expertise and good practice among those who are involved in youth work
a project leading to the development of further projects under the Youth in Action Programme. It will be developed with a view to implementing an Activity which helps all potential promoters to prepare and develop new projects under the Youth in Action Programme, notably by ensuring support and know-how for the development of the projects; support for partner-finding; tools and means to improve the quality of the projects.
Seminar An event organized to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of good practice, based on theoretical inputs, around a chosen theme or themes which are relevant to the youth work field.
Training Course An educational learning programme on specific topics, aiming to improve participants’ competences, knowledge, skills and attitudes. Training courses lead to higher quality practice in youth work in general and/or, specifically, in mobility projects.
Capacity building activities in the field of youth
Capacity-building projects in the field of youth cover a range of activities that encourage cooperation between organisations active in youth, education, training and other socio-economic sectors in Programme and Partner Countries from different regions of the world.
These projects aim to recognize and improve youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering and link them to education systems and the labour market. They also support regional and transnational non-formal learning mobility schemes to encourage the participation of youth in society.
Examples of capacity-building activities
- Conferences, workshops and meetings
- Large-scale youth events
- Information and awareness campaigns
- Communication and media tools
- Development of methods, curricula, training and documentation such as Youthpass
- Open and flexible learning materials, virtual cooperation, open educational resources (OER)
Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth
What are the aims and priorities of a Strategic Partnership? Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level. Depending on the objectives and the composition of the Strategic Partnership, projects may be of two types:
- Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation:
Projects are expected to develop innovative outputs, and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly produced products or innovative ideas. Applicants have the possibility to request a dedicated budget for Intellectual Outputs and Multiplier Events in order to directly answer to the innovation aspect of the Action. These types of projects are open to all fields of education, training and youth.
- Strategic Partnerships supporting exchange of good practices:
The primary goal is to allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods. Selected projects may also produce tangible outputs and are expected to disseminate the results of their activities, although in a way that is proportional to the aim and scope of the project. These results and activities will be co-financed through the standard budget for project management and implementation. Strategic Partnerships relevant to the field of higher education will not support these types of projects. In addition, some specific Strategic Partnership formats may be realised under this type of partnerships:
- School Exchange Partnerships: Only schools may participate in this type of Strategic Partnerships. The projects can use mobility opportunities for pupils and staff to help the participating schools develop as organisations and increase their ability to work in international projects. In addition, combining mobility and physical exchanges with virtual cooperation through eTwinning is strongly encouraged.
- Transnational Youth Initiatives: These Strategic Partnerships in the field of youth aim to foster social com-mitment and entrepreneurial spirit of young people. The distinctive feature of this format of Strategic Part-nerships is that a Youth Initiative is initiated, set up and carried out by young people themselves.
Civil society cooperation in the field of youth
Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth under Erasmus+ Key Action 3 aims at providing structural support, referred to as an operating grant, to European non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth and pursuing the following general aims:
•Raise stakeholder awareness of European policy agendas in education, training and youth, in particular Europe 2020, Education and Training 2020, specific policy agendas such as the Bologna or the Bruges-Copenhagen processes, as well as the EU Youth Strategy.
•Increase stakeholder commitment and cooperation with public authorities for the implementation of policies and reforms in the fields of education and training and of youth, such as of the country-specific recommendations issued in the framework of the European Semester;
•Boost stakeholder participation in the field of education, training and youth;
•Boost stakeholder involvement in the dissemination of policy and Programme actions and results and of good practice among their membership and beyond.
These aims should be clearly embedded in the work plans, activities and deliverables of the applicant organisations.