Next Closing date to apply for a Youth in Action Programme is 01 June 2011

Youth in the World

Action 3 of the Youth in Action programme opens up new horizons to European youth and youth organisations beyond the EU’s borders.
Youth in Action features a strong international dimension. Through the ‘Youth in the World’ Action, it helps strengthen relations between the EU and its neighbours, as well as the rest of the world by providing young people and youth workers from Europe with the opportunity to take part in exchanges and other non-formal education activities with their peers living outside the Union.

In this way, ‘Youth in the World’ seeks to deepen mutual understanding, tolerance and intercultural awareness among young people within the Union and beyond.

This Action supports various projects with EU Partner Countries, with a special focus on its neighbouring regions – Eastern Europe and Caucasus, the Mediterranean region, and South-East Europe.

Co-operation with EU neighbours

This sub-action focuses on developing ties with partner countries that are part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, along with the Russian Federation and countries from South-East Europe. Reinforcing youth co-operation in these regions will ultimately also contribute to boosting democracy and civil society in the involved countries, as well as to empowering young people to play an active role in their societies.

Youth exchanges for young people aged between 13 and 25 are covered under this sub-action, along with training and networking projects.

At least one group from an EU Member State must be involved in a project, along with one or more groups from neighbouring partner countries. Projects may take place either in a Programme Country or in a neighbouring Partner Country, with the exception of the Mediterranean region. Youth projects taking place in a Mediterranean partner country may get funding through the Euro-Med Youth Programme.

Projects should reflect the priorities of the Youth in Action Programme. Examples of possible themes that could be covered include: strengthening civil society; tackling racism and xenophobia; improving understanding between different ethnic and religious groups; women in society; minority rights; regional co-operation; heritage and the environment, etc.

More information about these three neighbouring regions, as well as support and advice in finding partners and developing activities, can be offered by the relevant regional SALTO Resource Centre:

SALTO South-East Europe
SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus

Co-operation with other Partner Countries of the world
This second sub-action is open to all Partner Countries around the world that have signed a youth-related agreement with the EU.

The aim is to promote the exchange of experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-formal education, as well as to develop lasting partnerships and networks between youth organisations from across much of the globe.

Detailed criteria on how to apply are specified each year in a specific call for proposals.

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