The second edition of the Enter! Long-term training course (LTTC) brought the direct input of youth workers and young people to the Council of Europe’s youth policies and bridged the experiences from European to the local level.

This complementary training offered youth workers and opportunity to gain insights into how the European level engagement with policy actors can support their efforts to empower young people, and, how to promote access to social rights for young people, in an effort of overcoming the disadvantage they face due to exclusion, violence and discrimination.

The LTTC developed youth worker’s competences in designing and implementing responses, projects, partnerships in support of youth-led initiatives that promote access to social rights and overcome discrimination, exclusion and violence.

The second edition of the Enter! LTTC has been an exemplary participatory process undertaken for the elaboration of a Council of Europe Recommendation. The youth workers and young people involved in the activity had a chance to take part in something new and challenging for all the stakeholders involved. In this way, the second Enter! LTTC did not only result with the Enter! Recommendation but also with an improved competence for participatory policy making.

One of the most important achievements is that the LTTC supported young people to access their social rights, and the project leaders developed their capacity for working systematically on the question of social rights.

The second Enter! LTTC has brought the council of Europe into contact with a whole lot of active individuals active in diverse areas of practice, policy and research, mostly not youth specific, but more broadly concerned with social issues and challenges faced by young people.

This is slowly emerging as a community of practice that identifies, on the one hand, with the Enter! agenda and, on the other, with the standards of the Council of Europe.

During the course, the youth and social workers coming both from civil society and public authorities initiated the creation of the Youth Social Rights Network.

Read more about the impact of the Enter! project in the study on impact and lessons learned from the ENTER! project


The LTTC consisted of the following main activities

  • Preparatory phase from January to March 2013: this phase included preparatory activities for the course. Participants got to know each other and developed an analysis of social rights related policies in their realities.
  • First residential seminar held at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg from 10 – 23 March 2013. The residential seminar was an essential element of the course, allowing for participants to improve their competences on the key course curriculum elements and to kick of their projects, by reviewing and developing their project idea.
  • Project development phase and on-going learning between April 2013 – September 2014: during this phase, participants implemented local youth-led projects in cooperation with local authorities and civil society.
  • Evaluation residential seminar held at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg from 4 - 15 September 2014 During this evaluation seminar, participants evaluated their learning and the impact of their projects for the young people which were involved in their project. The seminar also included training elements to consolidate participants’ competences development.

Read more about the second Enter! Long-term training course in the course documentation: