Call for participants Youth policy seminar Beyond barriers (28-29 October 2015, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Based on the findings of the EU-CoE youth partnership’s events and knowledge production in 2014, the youth policy seminar will look at the role of youth policy in promoting young people’s inclusion from a holistic, cross-sectorial perspective. The seminar will bring together a variety of actors relating to policy, research and practice to exchange how an effective and sustainable implementation of youth policy can contribute to the social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situations. Successful policy examples from different geographical areas relating to social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situations will be analysed and their transferability to other geographical/national/political settings discussed.
The seminar will involve actors from different areas relevant to cross-sectorial youth policy and social inclusion such as youth policy makers, researchers, social services, youth workers, (youth) NGOs.
In particular the invitees will comprise:
- National authorities in charge of youth (via the CDEJ and possibly the Youth Working Party), local and regional youth authorities;
- Youth researchers specialised on the topics of the seminar;
- Youth social workers;
- Representatives of coordinating bodies of social services related to youth in national and/or regional and local structures;
- Youth organisations and young people involved in social inclusion practice;
- International organisations and other structures working on youth in vulnerable situations in South East Europe
Participants would be selected with special attention to including representatives from South East Europe with experience in youth policy implementation.
Aim and objectives
The aim of the seminar is to analyse and discuss the role of youth policy in supporting young people in vulnerable situations in SEE. Presence of participants from other countries, including the Southern Mediterranean, should provide for insights into ways of tackling social exclusion of youth in vulnerable situations in general and inspire further reflection and support inter-regional networking.
- To serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas on ways to support young people in vulnerable situations through youth policies, primarily in South East Europe
- To share examples of successful youth policy initiatives related to the support of young people in overcoming barriers to social inclusion
- To contribute to the visibility of youth policy and its role in reducing obstacles to social inclusion and to produce recommendations for youth policy in this regard
- To initiate dialogues, discussions, debates, exchanges and possible co-operations among all stakeholders and hereby support peer learning on cross sectorial youth policy development focusing on social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situations.
Deadline for applications: 31st of August 2015
- Social cohesion and equal opportunities