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[Call for proposals] Support for Policy reform, Civil Society Cooperation in the Field of Youth

Deadline for application: 19 November 2019

The objective of this Call is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grants, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of youth and pursuing the following general aims:

  • Raise awareness of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 including the European Youth Goals.
  • Develop, promote and support actions to engage, connect and empower youth in the spirit of the EU Youth Strategy.
  • Increase awareness and youth participation in EU actions for young people, including Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps and Discover EU.
  • Increase commitment and cooperation of youth civil society actors with public authorities for the implementation of policies in areas relevant for young people.
  • Boost youth stakeholder participation, including by building upon the potential of digital communication alongside other forms of participation.
  • Boost youth civil society involvement in the dissemination of policy and programme actions including results and good practices among their membership and beyond.

These aims should be clearly embedded in the work plans, activities and deliverables of the applicant
organisations.
Furthermore, the organisations active in the field of youth that will be supported under this Call are expected to carry out activities that aim to:

– Contribute to the realisation of the European Youth Goals as attached to the EU Youth Strategy.

– Adhere to the guiding principles set for the EU Youth Strategy and in this regard promote the
following:

o Equality and non-discrimination, by combating all forms of discrimination and promoting action to encourage young people’s fair and equal access to opportunities and facilitate their transition to adulthood, including in civic life, at school or in the world of work.
o Inclusion, catering for the diverse needs of young people and especially those with fewer opportunities or whose voices may be overlooked.
o Participation of all young people in democratic and civic life in Europe; by meaningful action to involve young people and youth organisations at European, national, regional or local level in the development, implementation and follow-up of policy issues; promoting debate and actions to make young people’s voices better heard in society; and encouraging them to vote in elections.
o Global, European, national, regional and local dimension, ensuring European activities reach and impact young people at grassroots level and connect to global issues of concern to young people.

– Foster the development of competences and skills through non-formal and informal learning, youth organisations and youth work; promote digital literacy, intercultural learning, critical thinking, the respect of diversity, and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among young people in Europe.
– Contribute to relevant EU policy initiatives beyond youth policy affecting young people in areas such as citizenship, education, culture, sport, employment or social inclusion.

All the above activities should contribute to widening the outreach towards young people to ensure a diversity of voices, reach young people within and beyond youth organisations and youth with fewer
opportunities, thereby using a variety of traditional and digital channels

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