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…)

NO HATE SPEECH


EUROPEAN YOUTH FOUNDATION
Flexibility for the duration of international activities
EYF visual identity At its December 2016 meeting, the Programming Committee on Youth decided that, as from January 2017, the European Youth Foundation (EYF) will not apply the 4 working days minimum duration as a hard criterion for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan. This decision was based on the needs expressed by youth NGOs willing to use new and innovative ways to ensure a non-formal approach for their activities.

Until now, a minimum of 4 working days has been required for international activities supported by the EYF. This requirement is based on the principles of non-formal education, which is one of the pillars of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. It aims to ensure high quality work plans and international activities in which participants have time to go through all learning processes and to reach intercultural awareness. The Council of Europe considers that four working days is the minimum duration to develop participant-centred and result-based activities using non-formal education methods and tools, and to allow participants to go through all learning phases.

Nevertheless, the EYF will continue to assess all new applications received (for one-off international activities and international activities within an annual work plan) on the basis of their merit and the quality of the programme provided and its non-formal education approach, including the duration of the activity.

NGOs applying for activities lasting less than 4 working days will have to provide in the application form clear and solid arguments to convince the EYF that the non-formal education elements required by the Council of Europe are still taken into account.   This decision will be applied for a trial period and its implementation evaluated by the Programming Committee on Youth in June 2019.
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
YOUTH WORK PORTFOLIO
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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...

SITE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE YOUTH WORK PORTFOLIO

BROCHURE PRESENTING THE NEW PORTFOLIO
(please write to the youthportfolio address if you wish to receive a print copy of the brochure)
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The Congress invites young people to Strasbourg
REJUVENATING POLITICS


Logo CongressThe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is inviting one young person per member State to come to Strasbourg to take an active part in its 32nd and 33rd sessions and develop their own grass-roots project back home as part of the Congress’ initiative “Rejuvenating politics”.

The Congress and youth participation
In view of the apparent disengagement of young people from conventional political participation, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has been taking a closer look at the issue of youth participation. Its work has concluded that young people are still committed to participating in society, however they are engaging differently.

Since October 2014, the Congress has been inviting young people from different backgrounds – youth activists, youth workers, students, young politicians – to take part in its sessions, to have their say in the debates and to exchange with Congress members on the issues on the agenda. 

Since 2016 they are invited to participate in both sessions, being involved in the Congress’ work for the whole year. As part of their participation in 2016 youth delegates were invited for the first time to develop their own projects at local and regional level. This aspect of their participation will be further developed in 2017.

EXTENDED DEADLINE 17 JANUARY 2017  

 

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
ENIL & ESN Study session

ENIL logoESN logoThe European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) are looking for participants for their study session on promoting intercultural learning, cultural awareness, tolerance and solidarity among disabled and non-disabled young people.

The activity will take place between 29 May and 3 June 2017, at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg.

Read more and apply here http://enil.eu/best-practices/a-new-year-a-new-study-session-apply-now/

Deadline is 21 February 2017 
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Training Course ''Developing Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech through Human Rights Education
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No hate speech movement logoThe Youth Department of the Council of Europe launches the call for the Training Course "Developing Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech through Human Rights Education" organised in support of the No hate Speech Movement.

The training course will develop the competences of youth workers and educators to work with young people to develop counter and alternative narratives to hate speech based on the new manual ‘WE CAN’.

Participant will gain the competences to identify the underlying narratives behind hate speech, understand the functioning of effective counter and alternative narratives and how to develop them using the action-oriented step-by-step guide in the manual, and developed proposals for off- and online initiatives that integrate the manual in education and campaign practices in support of the campaign No Hate Speech Movement.

The new manual ‘We CAN’ supports youth workers and educators to develop with young people counter and alternative narratives to hate speech they encounter. It will be launched at the training course in March.

The new manual complement Bookmarks, the manual on combatting hate speech through human rights education provides youth workers and educators’ information and educational activities for youth to understand hate speech and the treat it poses to human rights and democracy.  

The course is held on 20-25 March 2017 at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France.

Interested campaign activists, youth workers and educators active with young people on combatting hate speech through awareness-raising and educational activities can apply online.

The application must be submitted by 24 January 2017, at noon, Central European Time though the online form at: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms/Application-form-Training-Course-Developing-Counter-and-Alternative-Narratives-to-Hate-Speech-through-Human-Rights-Education

For more information please consult the Call for applications to the Training Course ''Developing Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech through Human Rights Education 
 
PUBLICATIONS
OF THE YOUTH DEPARTMENT

List of publications [pdf] Updated September 2016

ALPHA LIST of Youth publications, reports, manuals

The publications are listed in alphabetical order.

Just click on titles to consult them online

ORDER ON LINE COUNCIL OF EUROPE YOUTH PUBLICATIONS

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