Youth Sector Priorities
EYF 2021 focus themes for pilot activities
In order to respond as close as possible to the needs of youth NGOs, specific focus is given to certain themes under each priority every year (youth sector priorities 2020-2021).
These are the themes adopted for 2021:
1. Access to rights
a) Actions supporting human rights education.
b) Actions strengthening access to social rights for young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
c) Actions supporting media literacy and young people’s rights in the digital environment.
2. Youth participation and youth work
a) Actions supporting young people’s participation in political life, in decision-making and actions at local and regional levels, particularly in co-operation with local authorities.
b) Actions supporting youth participation in strengthening effective, accountable and inclusive democratic institutions.
c) Actions supporting young people’s participation for environmental protection and combating the climate crisis.
3. Inclusive and peaceful societies
a) Actions preventing and combating all forms of discrimination and promoting gender equality taking an intersectional approach, with a specific focus on Roma youth and other minority groups, national and religious minorities, young refugees in transition to adulthood, young people with disabilities, LGBTQI young people, young women and girls.
b) Actions promoting intercultural dialogue and peace-building, particularly in communities affected by conflicts.
c) Actions supporting inclusion of young refugees and migrants.
A pilot activity is an “intervention”, namely an activity addressing a contextual societal challenge affecting young people at local level. It should be based on innovation or on replication of best practices for example. These activities should have clear links to and an impact on the local context, contribute to the Council of Europe youth programme (please refer to the priorities for the Council of Europe’s youth sector for 2020-2021), have a clear youth work dimension and be based on non-formal education principles.
When assessing applications for pilot activities taking place in 2020, the EYF will pay particular attention to activities developed with local authorities or social services/workers, and projects involving young people trained in the European Youth Centres or presented by local NGOs supported by an international/European youth NGO.
Local projects responding to the EYF quality standards and focusing on other issues contributing to the 2020-2021 priorities of the youth sector will also be considered.
We understand that the needs and concerns of young people are diverse, reflecting your organisation, countries and circumstances. While your project proposals should fall under the CoE and Youth Sector umbrella, we encourage result-oriented, quality driven work, according to your expertise and reflecting your realities. Less Key Words More Authenticity!