Introduction to youth policy


So what is youth policy?

Youth policy is:

“Government’s commitment and practice towards ensuring good living conditions and opportunities for the young population of a country”
(Finn Denstad, Youth Policy Manual, 2009)

Youth policy is about standards, but also methodology (principles, co-operation), target groups/stakeholders, scope (areas of intervention), budgets

Each country decides what is to be considered as youth policy. Some national youth policies include anything that affects young people, including social protection, gender equality, unemployment, formal education, health, housing, and so on. Other youth policies are much narrower in scope.  It is fair to say that a country's youth policy always mirrors how a government looks at its young people.

Extensive information on youth policy is available on the Partnership's website.