“As EU4Youth Alumni, we wanted to develop the social skills of young people with Down’s syndrome, to accelerate their integration into society, to support their access to education and employment. It was a very rewarding experience,” – EU4Youth Alumnus Alishir Boyukkhanli.
Since the Network launch in 2019, Alumni designed and implemented several hundred actions, each engaging a small group of young people in their community – most of these from disadvantaged groups. The impact of this work expands with each new beneficiary, who carries it further into their circles. These are just a few of the many initiatives implemented so far – and the list is growing:
where 13 enthusiastic teenagers from disadvantaged families are improving their handicraft skills to start their own social businesses
engaging as active citizens and strengthening the voice of those who are not yet involved in civil society organisations and decision-making process
Library in Action “eGame”,
which helps young people to realise their ideas through mentoring from their peers who already work with their communities
New Life-New Opportunities,
to provide local youth the confidence they need to make changes in their own lives
offering young people from vulnerable groups a much-needed space for support and creativity
Dream Catchers’ Initiative,
which brings together Armenian and Yazidi youth to promote intercultural communication and active citizenship
where experienced young people offer their younger peers training opportunities to gain new knowledge
Youth Capacity Building: Know-How,
empowering youngsters in Alaverdi through an alternative educational programme covering professional orientation
Way for the Change for Adolescents,
with professional therapeutic workshops to support adolescents in a child assistance centre
More Europe, More Opportunities,
helping young people to develop soft skills by jointly organising a campaign about healthy lifestyle
Salyan Youth in Action,
with around 20 youngsters in one of the rural regions of Azerbaijan, engaging in non-formal education for better career opportunities
Girls Leadership Academy 2.0,
developing the leadership potential and skills of girls 14-to-16-years-old from rural areas and small towns of Ukraine
for participants to make new friends, interact with interesting people and discover new opportunities
Young Leaders for Community Development,
empowering young people to became changemakers and learn how to organise large scale events with hundreds of participants
The Youth Matters Initiative,
helping disadvantaged young people from rural areas to overcome obstacles and get involved in international projects
Through the 10-month programme, the Alumni work with a Mentor to create and implement their own initiatives on the ground, gaining new tools, skills and experience in working with young people. They also learn from each other: talented, outspoken and active young leaders from across the Eastern Partnership region.
Each cycle offers opportunities for the participants to meet in person, for example during the onboarding meeting or the final evaluation meeting that are usually held over a couple of days. The Alumni also remain connected online, even after the cycle completion. Here are impressions from the 2022 regional meet-up. And here are the pictures from the IdeaLab Event 2023.
The EU is dedicated to developing youth leadership and entrepreneurship through a variety of actions, including capacity building, fellowships, support to policy dialogue, as well as providing grants to organisations active in these areas. The EU4Youth programme is one of the key vehicles of this support to young people in the Eastern Partnership region.
The EU4Youth Alumni Network is managed by the EU4Youth Coordination and Support project, in close cooperation with SALTO Eastern European and Caucasus and its network of Information Centres for Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps, and the EU Neighbours East project.
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