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Objectives of the Youth in Action Programme

The Youth in Action Programme is a programme for all. It encourages the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities and addresses young people aged between 13 and 30.

The general objectives stated in the legal basis of the Youth in Action Programme are the following:

  • Promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;
  • Develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;
  • Foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;
  • Contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field;
  • Promote European cooperation in the youth field.

These general objectives shall be implemented at project level taking into consideration the following permanent priorities.

  1. European citizenship
  2. Making young people aware that they are European citizens is a priority of the Youth in Action Programme. The objective is to encourage young people to reflect upon European topics including European citizenship and to involve them in the discussion on the construction and the future of the European Union.

    On this basis, projects should have a strong European dimension and stimulate reflection on the emerging European society and its values.

  3. Participation of young people
  4. A main priority of the Youth in Action Programme is the participation of young people in democratic life. The overall objective for participation is to encourage young people to be active citizens. This objective has the three following dimensions, laid down in the Council resolution on the common objectives for participation by and information for young people:

    • to increase the participation by young people in the civic life of their community
    • to increase participation by young people in the system of representative democracy;
    • greater support for various forms of learning to participate.

    Projects funded under the Youth in Action Programme should reflect these three dimensions by using participation as a pedagogical principle for project implementation.

  5. Cultural Diversity
  6. The respect for cultural diversity together with the fight against racism and xenophobia are priorities of the Youth in Action Programme. By facilitating joint activities of young people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, the Programme aims to develop the intercultural learning of young people.

    As far as the development and implementation of projects is concerned, this means that young people participating in a project should become aware of its intercultural dimension. Intercultural working methods should be used to enable project participants to participate on an equal basis.

  7. Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
  8. An important priority for the European Commission is to give young people with fewer opportunities access to the Youth in Action Programme. Youth groups and organisations should take appropriate measures to avoid exclusion of specific target groups. The Youth in Action Programme is a programme for all and efforts should be made to include young people with special needs.


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