Youth Support Systems

The aim of this Action is to support bodies active at European level in the field of youth, in particular the operation of youth NGOs, their networking, advice for people developing projects, ensuring quality by means of the exchange, training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations, encouraging innovation and quality, providing young people with information, developing the structures and activities needed for the Programme to meet these goals and encouraging partnerships with local and regional authorities.

Action 4 is subdivided into eight sub-Actions:

4.1. Support to bodies active at European level in the field of youth
This sub-Action concerns operating grants to NGOs active at European level in the field of youth that pursue a goal of general interest. Their activities are aimed at young people’s participation in public life and in society and the development of European cooperation activities in the field of youth.

4.2. Support to the European Youth Forum
A grant is awarded every year under this sub-Action to support the ongoing activities of the European Youth Forum

4.3. Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations
This sub-Action supports the training of those active in youth work and youth organisations, in particular the exchange of experiences, expertise and good practice between them as well as activities which may lead to long-lasting quality projects and partnerships and networks

  • Job Shadowing

Youth workers, youth leaders, youth policy makers etc. may do a job shadowing in order to exchange experiences, develop their capacity to organise transnational projects and deal with issues at European level etc.
Duration: 10 to 20 working days (excluding travel days)
Participants: at least two programme countries with up to 2 participants
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day are reimbursed

  • Feasibility Visits

Feasibility visits should enable potential project partners to discuss a project idea with a view to preparing a YOUTH application. They can also be used to create and strengthen partnerships between organisations in the framework of YOUTH.
Duration: Up to 10 days (excluding travel days)
Participants: At least 4 programme countries with up to 2 representatives per partner.
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day

  • Partnership-Building Activities

Should help organisations to find partners for projects and exchange experiences related to the various actions of the Youth in Action Programme
Duration: Up to 10 days (excluding travel days)
Participants: At least 4 programme countries with up to 50 participants
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day

  • Study Visits

The aim is to establish contact between youth workers and youth leaders with the objective to set up projects within the YOUTH Programme in the future. The visits should have a concrete theme.
Duration: Up to 10 days (excluding travel days)
Participants: At least 4 programme countries with up to 50 participants
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day

  • Seminars

The aim is to establish contact between youth workers and youth leaders with the objective to set up projects within the YOUTH Programme in the future. The visits should have a concrete theme.
Duration: Up to 10 days (excluding travel days)
Participants: At least 4 programme countries with up to 50 participants
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day

  • Training Courses

Should help youth workers, youth leaders, project managers to acquire or develop intercultural and communication skills, capacity to work with disadvantaged young people or develop project/organisational management skills, require knowledge of information and media technique etc.
Duration: Up to 10 days (excluding travel days)
Participants: At least 4 programme countries with up to 50 participants
community Funding: 70% of travel costs and a lump sum per participant per day

4.4. Projects encouraging innovation and quality

This sub-Action supports projects aimed at introducing, implementing and promoting innovative approaches in the youth field.

4.5. Information activities for young people and those active in youth work and youth organisations

Under this sub-Action support will be given to activities at European and national level which improve young people’s access to information and communication services and increase the participation of young people in the preparation and dissemination of user-friendly, targeted information products. It also supports the development of European, national, regional and local youth portals for the dissemination of specific information for young people.

4.6. Partnerships

This sub-Action is for the funding of partnerships with regional or local bodies, in order to develop long-term projects which combine various measures in the Programme.

4.7. Support for the structures of the Programme

This sub-Action funds the management structures of the Programme, in particular the National Agencies.

4.8. Adding to the value of the Programme

This sub-Action will be used by the Commission to fund seminars, colloquia and meetings to facilitate the implementation of the Programme and the valorisation of its results.
It supports projects involving young people and organisations from the so-called ‘Partner Countries’, an expression which identifies all countries which can be involved in the Youth in Action Programme but which are not defined as ‘Programme Countries’.