Deadline: 5 September 2013
Open to: youth workers, youth leaders, project managers, youth policy makers, business organisations, formal education institutions coming from Youth in Action Programme countries (EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)
Venue: 22 – 25 October 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania
The Eastern Partnership Youth Forum aims to bring together about 200 young people and youth experts with experience in youth and/or youth related areas to set the ground for a viable, continuous and structured dialogue and cross-sectoral cooperation. Stakeholders are invited to participate in the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in evidence based discussions and mutual learning and the qualitative development of non-formal education/learning and youth work.
Priority will be given to participants with relevant experience in youth work, youth research or youth policy and who contribute to the content and quality of non-formal education in their local realities. The programme of the Forum is designed to strengthen local strategies/plans of non-formal education/learning and youth work in the context of cooperation between Eastern Partnership and Youth in Action Programme countries.
The event will be organised and hosted by the Agency of International Youth Cooperation – the Lithuanian National Agency of Youth in Action Programme – in cooperation with the European Commission in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Platform 4 ‘Contacts between people’, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and other stakeholders.
The Eastern Partnership Youth Forum aims to:
- enhance the recognition of youth work and non-formal learning especially in the context of social inclusion, building on the synergies between international, national, regional and local levels;
- raise the quality and visibility of non-formal learning and youth work at the local level and foster exchange of good practice of youth work between Eastern Partnership and Youth in Action Programme countries ;
- showcase current youth cooperation within the framework of the Youth in Action Programme’s Eastern Partnership Youth Window and explore opportunities offered by the future EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.
Cost of accommodation, meals and other related costs will be covered by the organisers.
For participants from Youth in Action Programme countries please contact your NA before applying to make sure that the Agencies are involved and will cover the travel costs. For participants from Eastern Partnership countries, travel and visa costs will be covered by the organisers of the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum.
A participation fee may be required from selected participants from Youth in Action Programme countries. No fees will be required from Eastern Partnership country participants.
Representatives/participants from Youth in Action Programme countries (EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) should have one of the following profiles:
- Young people active in youth organisations at local level;
- Youth workers;
- Youth researchers;
- Youth policy/decision makers at international, national, regional and levels with an interest in local youth policy.
As the event puts an emphasis on the quality, visibility and transferability of non-formal education, representatives with the following background are also invited to apply:
- Business organisations interested in non-formal education/learning and youth work;
- Formal education institutions interested in non-formal education/learning and youth work.
Representatives/participants from Youth in Action Programme and Eastern Partnership countries should apply by completing the online application HERE. The selection process will be conducted by the organisers and representatives of the National Agencies of Youth in Action Programme. The selection is needed to ensure the right number of participants and to form a targeted and motivated group. Deadline for applying is 5 September, 2013.