Youth Inclusion: Education, Employment and Empowerment
Youth in Europe were badly hit by the recent economic crisis. The effects are still being felt with high unemployment, rising poverty rates and with a significant share of vulnerable youth achieving low attainment grades and/or dropping out of education or training. The wellness and wellbeing of young people has been affected badly in recent years. Youth work and youth organisations cannot ignore this reality when reaching out and engaging young people. Informal and non formal education in youth work can be a proactive response to address the issues which are contributing to poverty, unemployment, low education attainment, deprived wellbeing and poor health.
Policy actions and measures in informal and non formal learning and youth initiatives can help to improve the current situation in the lives of young people who are living on the edge of society due to poverty, low education attainment, unemployment, and poor wellness and wellbeing.
Youth Inclusion through education, employment, and empowerment can be a response to the present youth crisis of the highest unemployment rates, the growing number of poor young people, significant numbers of vulnerable young people leaving school without qualifications, rising figures of suicide, addictions, and stress levels causing ill health. Ensuring well being among all youth is a challenge especially for the poorest youth. Poor physical and mental health is a significant part of the life of poor youth.
The aim of this project was to learn more about groups of poor young amongst the poorest youth. Among the groups of young people that are identified that more information and insight will be sought are: migrant youth, long term unemployed youth, NEETS, early school leavers, youth who left care, youth with mental health needs, disabled youth, and incarcerated youth.
This project for young people on Youth Inclusion submitted by the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends has been selected by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This project is part of the ‘School of Leaders’ project which is organised by the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco. Through this project, participants gained insight into the experiences of young people and how they view unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, low educational achievement and deprived wellbeing and poor health. The strategic partnership in this project sought ways and means how promote youth inclusion. The highlight of this project was a two day conference. During this meeting these young people had the opportunity to address other young people, youth workers, social workers, youth volunteers, politicians and other key policy makers. The research and information gathered by the young people served as a background and context for the discussions and future projects in youth inclusion.
The project partners were the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco – Malta as the project leader and as Partners there were Ex Allievi Salesiani – Milano, Italy; Zdruzenie exellievov don Bosca – Slovakia; Unione Ex-Allievi Don Bosco Ranchibile – Palermo, Sicily; Savez don Boscovih bivših učenika – Croatia; Mladinsko društvo HERES – Slovenia.
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