“YOUTH WIN! Youth workers improving youth work now” 2018-2019
KEKS- Quality and Competence in cooperation, Sweden has been granted Erasmus+ funding from The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society/MUCF for the project “YOUTH WIN! Youth workers improving youth work now” 2018-2019. The Erasmus+ is EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe, targeting young people between 13 and 30 years and youth workers.
The purpose of the project “YOUTH WIN!” is to develop and strengthen youth work in the participating organizations. The project mainly includes members of the InterCity Youth network and consists of job shadowing and study visits, youth exchanges and advanced planning visits and European voluntary service. The project aims at strengthening partnerships within the InterCity youth through building competences and exchanging best practices.
The project was granted 131189 euro from the European commission and includes;
- Job shadowing and study visits for 67 youth workers in 9 different countries. See project overview, annex.
- Youth exchanges in KEKS/Södertälje (Aug 2018) and KEDITH/Greece (Aug 2019). Including a planning visit 21-22 May 2018 in Södertälje and a planning visit in Greece 8-9 April 2019. A total of 68 participants, 15 young people + 2 leaders per country per exchange.
- European Voluntary Service (EVS) and volunteers from Cinisello Balsamo/Italy, Ege Pedal Spor Kulübü Derneği /Turkey and Kanuuna network/Finland to KEKS/Sweden during the two project years. A total of 4 volunteers.
Participating organisations / countries
Read more about the participating organisations here.
- KEKS – Sweden (applicant, coordinator)
- Kanuuna network – Finland
- KEDITH – Greece
- Municipality of Chokhatauri – Georgia
- Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo – Italy
- Municipality of ‘s Hertogenbosch – Netherlands
- Municipality of Stara Zagora – Bulgaria
- VVJ – Belgium
- Ringsend Irishtown youth service – Ireland
- Ege Pedal Spor Kulübü Derneği – Turkey
Aims and objectives
The youth workers want to find new working methods and ways to work that lead to concrete improvements in their own organisations. In summary, this project aims at implementing improvements concerning youth participation and influence, non-formal learning methods to support young people at risk, quality assurance methods and improving ways of facilitating young people’s entry into the labour market.
The desired effect of this project is skills development of youth workers and more internationalization in youth work, in order to offer young people international opportunities to a greater extent than it is currently being done. The effect at local level will be concrete measures and testing of new and/or refined methods that have been collected.
The mobility of youth workers programme emphasizes that the participation of youth workers in these activities should contribute to capacity building of their organisation and should have a clear impact on youth workers’ daily work with young people. The learning outcomes should be further disseminated in the youth field as a result of the project.
The job shadowing and study visits were planned and written by the participating youth workers and then compiled by KEKS. The best parts of the individual project descriptions contributed to the final application and constitutes the ground for the project guidelines of the project.
The overall purpose of the youth exchanges is to develop youth work at an organizational level as well as the social and personal development of the young people through non-formal and informal learning methods. The theme of the youth exchange is work against stereotypical gender roles through cultural expressions like dance, theatre and art.
We see European voluntary service (EVS) as a way to develop and strengthen youth work and partnership within the project. EVS is a way for young people to build their skills that increase their chances in the labour market. The participating organizations testify to young people in great need of building their competencies and we see the EVS in this project as a first potential step to build further EVS work focused on young people with limited opportunities within the InterCity youth.
The goal is further that the organizations will, as a result of the project, create their own independent international youth projects based on their new contacts.
NOTE! It is important, both in itself and for ICY: s reputation and future possibilities to apply for European commission funding, that this project is carried out in an efficient and professional manner.
Participation in the project therefore means that both organisations and individuals carefully study the project’s guidelines and rules for reimbursement and commit to following them.
Additional documents are
All necessary information about the project is available on this webpage. In addition reports from the participants and photo documentation during the course of the project will be displayed on the website.
For more information and support please contact the coordinator of the project; Sara Lesch, KEKS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org