Deadline: 15 December 2012
Open to: youth workers, leaders, social workers, volunteers, advocacy activists between 18-30 years old
Venue: 25 February to 2 March 2013 – European Youth Centre (Strasbourg, France)
The Youth Social Rights Network in cooperation with the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, The Youth Department, invites you to participate in the international meeting – Together for social rights which will take place in European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France from 25th of February till 2nd of March 2013 (arrival and departure days not included. Participants should arrive on 24th of February and depart on 3rd of March).
Travel expenses are borne by the Youth Department. Reimbursement to participants is normally made at the end of the session. Board and lodging is provided at the EYC in Strasbourg for the duration of the session. The enrollment fee for study sessions is € 50 per participant. The fee is deducted from the refund of travel expenses.
The meeting will bring together 40 youth workers and local authorities (elected representatives or civil servants) from the Council of Europe member states working on access to social rights for young people and social policy issues. It will focus on fighting discrimination and exclusion through social cohesion; ensuring that social rights and social inclusion are a reality for young people in Europe while putting accent on raising awareness, at national and local level, on human/social rights issues affecting young people (particularly those from disadvantaged neighbourhoods) through exchange of information, practices, experiences and joint work between youth workers and local authorities.
The aim of this meeting is to promote access to social rights for young people at local level (particularly from disadvantage neighborhoods) by training and networking between youth organizations, youth workers and local authorities.
Objectives have been defined as:
- To familiarize participants on the existing European Social Rights standards, policies and mechanisms and how can they apply locally to promote the access to social rights (particularly in disadvantaged neighbourhoods);
- To deepen the competences and the capacity of the participants to advocate for improving the access to social rights (particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods);
- To create a space of joint cooperation between youth workers and local authorities in improving the access to social rights (particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods)
- To share experiences, good practices, shortcomings and challenges in disadvantaged neighborhoods regarding access to social rights for young people;
- To develop and discuss the future of the network;
- To create concrete local follow-up ideas on access to social rights in connection with Council of Europe work and support measures in Social Inclusion
The meeting will bring together 40 participants from Council of Europe Countries representing 2 types of actors working on access to social rights for young people: Youth workers and Local authorities coming together from same city or country
Participants should be:
- Youth workers, leaders, social workers, volunteers, advocacy activists etc;
- A member of organization working actively in the field of social rights for young people;
- Aged between 18 and 30 years;
- Have organizational support for joining the meeting and follow up
Youth workers are expected:
- To invite local authority representative to join him/her in the meeting and to come together with a member of local authority from their home country ;
- To be motivated to participate in the meeting towards realizing the set aims and objectives;
- To continue the work on the meeting’s follow up in local realities;
- To act like multipliers in their local realities;
- To be able to work in English and/or French
Fully completed application form (both from youth workers and representatives of local authority) together with Letter of support from organizations should be sent to the e-mail: [email protected] no later than 15 December 2012.
Application forms may be downloaded HERE.