Youth - Young people building Europe


The Youth Department is part of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe. The youth programmes of the Council of Europe are integral part of a wealth of initiatives aimed at the development of a common European cultural identity.   (more…)


Educational Advisors Recruitment
Youth Department

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The Youth Department of the Council of Europe is recruiting Educational Advisors

Their job mission, under the authority of the Head of the Youth Department, is to plan, implement and evaluate non-formal education and training activities within the annual programme of the Youth Department, these programmes promoting the Council of Europe’s values of human rights, cultural diversity, democracy, social cohesion and the rule of law in the youth field.

Interested candidates may apply on line at the following address until Tuesday 21 July 2015

Educational Advisors (Grade A1/A2)


The European Portfolio for youth leaders and youth workers is an initiative of the Council of Europe in cooperation with experts and partners such as the European Commission and the European Youth Forum.

It provides youth leaders and youth workers in Europe, volunteers or professionals, with a tool which can help them identify, assess and describe their competencies based on European quality standards.

After distributing hundreds of Portfolios in Europe and beyond, our English stock is now empty. However, the new online version is now available! (link below)

You may also still use your Portfolio in its online versions, in English, German, Dutch, Turkish and Russian!! (the French Portfolio is still available in its paper version.) If you don't know the Portfolio yet, have a look at the presentation...


BROCHURE PRESENTING THE NEW PORTFOLIO (please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)

Remembrance and learning
from the Second World War

The seminar Remembrance and learning from the Second World War took place in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg between 19 and 22 May 2015.

The seminar aimed to promote a shared and deeper understanding of the reasons, consequences and lessons to be learned from the Second World War and its contribution to shaping common European values – democracy, rule of law and human rights, and to engage with young people on their defence and promotion of intercultural dialogue for further mutual understanding.

It brought together 60 participants from Council of Europe members states, including 30 participants from the Russian Federation.

The seminar took place in the Framework Agreement between the Council of Europe and the Russian Federation in the field of youth. The programme featured sessions with survivors and veterans of the Second World War and the Holocaust bringing young people together with Rostislav Aleksandrovich Sergeev and Raymond Gureme, but as well discussions about what it means to have a shared history and how to incorporate multiple perspectives in working with the past.

Participants also had the chance to reflect on how to incorporate learning from the past and remembrance activities within human rights education with young people and to elaborate guidelines on how to conduct such work.

You can read here: the programme of the event

A video realized by the Council of Europe about the event

Photo galleries from the event here and here and here A podcast with participants


Evaluation and Follow-Up Conference

On 27-30 May 2015 the No hate speech movement evaluation and follow-up conference brought together some 120 participants, representatives of the stakeholders involved in the campaign to create the space to evaluate the results of the campaign and to develop the follow-up strategy.

The conference discussed the evaluation of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign at the European level and identified measures for its follow-up and sustainability of the results in youth, human rights and education and media related policies.

Programme of the conference >>

Photo gallery (Council of Europe)

Photo gallery

Photo gallery 2

Podcast with participants in the conference

Enter! Youth Meeting 2015
 Access to social rights for all young people

E!YMFrom 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg will offer young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights.

200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives from all over Europe will join the Enter! Youth Meeting, in order to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field.

The implementation of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights will also be discussed.

List of participants >>

List of organisations >>

Programme >>

European Youth Event:
Call for YO!Fest Partners
This call is for youth organisations that wish to become YO!Fest partners and to bring a group of participants to the EYE in 2016.

Individuals should not apply to this call and will need to be part of a registered group to attend the event.

Organisers: European Youth Forum/ European Parliament

Number of participants: 8000

Dates: Friday 20th May and Saturday 21st May 2016

Deadline 04 September 2015

Further information on the call >>

Launch of a manual to combat antigypsism

The first human rights education manual for young people on combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma – was launched on 21 April in Strasbourg.

The manual – Mirrors - Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education – will be made public for the first time at a side event on The Roma between memory and rights, during the Council of Europe’s April Parliamentary Assembly session. (The event will be held from 1 p.m.- 1.45 p.m. in Room 10 of the Palais de l’Europe)

The manual will soon be available on the site of the Roma Youth Action Plan.

You may also consult it HERE

Interview of the authors

Further information available on the Press release


ALPHA LIST of Youth publications, reports, manuals

The publications are listed in alphabetical order.

Just click on titles to consult them online


Tip. some of our publications are catalogued under ''Education" all other youth publications...

List of publications [pdf]