The Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the Government of Flanders (Belgium), is launching YOUTH.TOGETHER - a project to support local youth work and youth policy actors in their work for social inclusion of young refugees and their access to rights.
YOUTH.TOGETHER seeks to reduce the risks of social exclusion and violence that young refugees, especially minors in transition to adulthood, are exposed to. For this purpose, a long-term training course (LTTC) for youth workers, young refugees and social workers/educators active in reception and hosting centres for minors, or other social and educational facilities has been launched.
Each participant must be supported or sponsored by an organisation or institution within which s/he work or operates as a collaborator, worker, leader or volunteer. The support of the partner organisation is essential during the LTTC because it provides participants the framework to learn, develop and implement their project.
The organisations are thus expected to provide institutional, educational and, where relevant, logistical support and resources to the participants’ projects. The sending organisations may be different in nature and legal status, such as:
Participants should be refugees engaged in youth work and other youth workers active for social inclusion of refugees, who possess a direct working experience with young refugees, want to develop their competences according to the competence framework above-mentioned and intend to develop cooperation and networking at European level.
The application form must be submitted on-line by 23.59 PM (CET), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at https://youthapplications.coe.int/
The project YOUTH.TOGETHER is developed and implemented with the cooperation and support of a variety of partners, including: the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Migration and Refugees, the Children Rights Division of the Council of Europe, the project “Becoming Part of Europe” of national agencies of the Erasmus+ programme, Voices of Young Refugees in Europe, the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth, The Salto Resource Centre on Inclusion, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (tbc), The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the European Youth Forum.
BPE contributed to the creation of the training path, thanks to the participation of Manina Ott, Silke Cuypers and Alexandra Politidis Palm at the Consultative Meeting held in October 2018 at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg.
For the Application and the selection’s procedures see the call for participants here