Enter Youth Meeting

Enter Youth Meeting, EYC Strasbourg, 14 -18.09.2011

The Enter! project was initiated by the youth sector of the Council of Europe in 2009 aiming at the development of youth policy and youth work responses to situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people, particularly in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This project is a response to the growing concern and attention of the European Steering Committee on Youth and the Advisory Council on Youth, the governmental and non-governmental partners of the youth sector of the Council of Europe, to matters of social cohesion and inclusion of young people.

The main concerns that fed into the project were the multi-dimensional social and economic imbalances which hindered young people in accessing social human rights. The methodology of the project sought alternative ways of thinking and practicing youth work, starting from the involvement of young people themselves, relying on the competent action of youth workers and youth organisations and seeking medium and long-term impact through youth policies at local and national level.

Enter! combined different types of activities and youth interventions which, while rooted on the realities of young people and based on youth work practice, sought to influence youth policies in Europe from the local to the national level. On the one hand, the project included activities to train youth workers to carry out more qualitative human rights based youth work. On the other hand, the project extracted policy input and recommendations from the practices of youth work. All this happened with a very clear interdisciplinary approach, both inside and outside the Council of Europe.

Upcoming event: Enter! Youth Meeting 2015 - Young people for social rights: claiming dignity for all!

From 30 June to 3 July, the Youth Department will organise the Enter! Youth Meeting, which will bring together young people active in youth work projects to discuss ways to make the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on Access of Young people from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods to Social Rights a reality for young people across Europe. The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To provide young people with the opportunity to have their voice heard and to be associated with the work of the Council of Europe;
  • To learn about young people’s experiences of access to social rights;
  • To share youth work and youth policy practices and responses to situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people;
  • To elaborate further on the needs and possibilities for the implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation to the member states on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights;
  • To collect proposals for future orientations of the Council of Europe’s work in the area of young people’s access to rights, autonomy and social inclusion.

Read the programme

Enter! project 2009 – 2012 highlights

  • 530 – number of people who participated in the activities implemented within the Enter! project in 2009 - 2012
  • 33 – number of projects initiated by the participants of the Enter! Long Term Training Course for youth workers
  • 16 000 – number of young people reached by the projects run by the participants of the Enter! Long Term Training Course for youth workers

The first phase of the Enter! project aimed at developing youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The objectives of the project were defined as follows:

  • To address situations of conflict and exclusion of young people living in multicultural environments through non-formal education and youth work projects;
  • To develop conceptual and practical means of translating intercultural dialogue into the realities of youth work;
  • To explore and identify means for innovative youth work projects with young people at risk of exclusion and violence;
  • To initiate, support and evaluate up to thirty innovative pilot projects with a high multiplier effect across Europe;
  • To address situations of exclusion, conflict and violence affecting young people through partnerships between youth work, youth policy and local authorities.

In September 2011, the Enter! Youth Meeting gathered 180 young people, youth workers, youth researchers, policy makers and representatives of the project partners with the aim to provide them with the opportunity and the space to voice their opinions, and share their experiences about access to social rights in Europe as a contribution to the development of youth policies in the Council of Europe.

The meeting was a forum to elaborate the first draft of the policy recommendation to be submitted to the Committee of Ministers. The meeting participants also sent a Message to the Committee of Ministers at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter.

Enter! Youth Meeting- clip from Council of Europe Youth on Vimeo

Read here the message from the meeting

Results achieved

Qualitative results of the Enter! project included:

  • Inter-sectorial cooperation inside and outside the Council of Europe (the cooperation with the Congress has been particularly fruitful)
  • Adoption of a Human Rights-based approach to social inclusion
  • Cooperation with local authorities
  • Interest in non-formal education and youth work
  • Networking and partnerships
  • Potential for youth policy mainstreaming
  • Quality development in youth work
  • Innovative monitoring and support system
  • Generating resources for youth projects combating exclusion and violence

Read here the report of the Enter! project 2009 – 2012

Enter! project 2013 - 2015

In 2013 – 2015, the Enter! project objectives focus on consolidating the results of the first three years of the project, particularly in the areas of youth policy At local and regional level, so as to encourage policy action at the levels closest to young people’s everyday life.

The most relevant activities of the project are:

  • National level seminars on access to social rights for young people, involving a diversity of stakeholders in order to bring to the forefront the importance of policy responses in addressing the exclusion of young people
  • A Long-Term Training Course for youth workers, from 2013 until 2015, whose aim is to train 30 youth workers to support young people in their access to social rights and to advocate for better policy on the local level
  • Thematic seminars, on youth participation and access to social rights
  • Study sessions in co-operation with international youth organisations, on the role of coaching in inclusion projects for young people and prevention of youth homelessness, or partnership building with local and regional authorities.

The backbone of the ENTER! project is formed by the 2 long-term training courses which have made an invaluable change for young people and also contributed to promoting access to social rights.

Read here about the first long-term training course 2009 - 2011
Read here about the second long-term training course 2013 – 2014
Read here the message that participants in the second long-term training course addressed to the members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities during their March 2013 session

I got involved because I was seeking tools and support for me and my organisation's efforts to secure the social rights of young people through our creation of informal platforms for and by young people that are linked to the formal democratic decision-making processes.
(Janni NIELSEN, Denmark)
By participating at this training my expectation is to learn more about the tools of reinforcing youth, European programmes, instruments and policies for facilitating the access of young people to social rights and most importantly the ways of promoting democratic citizenship by cooperation with local communities. (Turkay GASIMOVA, Azerbaijan)
This training will help me to bring into my organisation new ideas and practice in working with young people, will help more effectively implement the initiatives that are already started. (Anna GORSKAYA, Belarus)
I want to find out more about other realities of youth workers and young people. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of social rights and how they can support the vulnerable young people I work with. (Jean CASE, UK)
Elizabeth Smith
The opportunity to participate in “Enter” LTTC would have a powerful effect on my ability to put the young people’s access to social rights firmly at the core of our service, informing our policies and the projects development. (Elizabeth Smith, UK)
Fionn Greig
I wanted to take part in this training as I am passionate about young people's access to their social, human rights. I love working with young people and thought I could broaden my horizons with regards the European perspectives and understandings of youth work and young people's rights. I am also very interested in politics and in increasing equality in society. (Fionn GREIG, UK)
I have the possibility to learn new ways of social integration of care-leavers through social inclusion and raising awareness about human and social rights, enrich my professional experience with approaches used in other countries of Europe. I want my new knowledge and skills be useful in helping vulnerable young people to become successful and active citizens. (Igor NOSACH, Ukraine)
I want to improve my performance in my organisation as a youth worker. I want to get new knowledge, share experience and meet people from different countries and cultures. And get new friends. (Petra MILOSAVLJEVIC, Serbia)
Ana Silva
I expect to improve my professional skills in order to do a better and effective work about human and social rights, promoting young people participation and involvement on community issues, becoming more active and developing citizenship skills. (Ana SILVA, Portugal)
Miguel LAMAS
It is a challenge and an opportunity to change different points of approach on how to work with young people about the importance of a stronger awareness of social and human rights with people from different realities, and to be able to develop a project with non-formal approaches in my organisation, which is something that I really believe in. (Miguel LAMAS, Portugal)
I wanted to freshen up my professional skills and learn more about social rights and human rights based youth work. This LTTC is giving me much more inspiration than I could have imagined and I will be happy to share it at our organisation. (Niina LJUNGKVIST, Finland)
I am in this project to learn how to link social rights to concrete street work and other project with youngsters, to inform and educate youngsters in their social rights. (Mia SCHMIDT JENSEN, Denmark)
Anne Mette GLARBO
In the LTTC I found a frame to establish an old idea for creating a participatory youth project. Furthermore it educates and strengthening me in social rights and gives a forum to share experiences with other engaged youth workers. (Anne Mette GLARBO, Denmark)
I am expecting that this training will provide me with educational tools in order to develop a project. It will also be an opportunity to develop my competences and do something concrete. (Estelle GARDETTE, France)
This training will improve my competences in working on access to social rights for young people and will bring an added value to my work, to my organisation and to the activities we will carry out at local level. (Lavinia RUSCIGNI, France)
Achilleas STAVROU
I believe that through this course and the cooperation with the fellow European trainers and youth workers I will be empowered to pursue in a more efficient way my work for the defence of youth rights. (Achilleas STRAVROU, Greece)
I expect to know how the Council of Europe could help me and my organisation in working better, I hope to learn new ways to approach young adults and the complexity of working with other institutions and organisations. (Monia DE PAOLI, Italy)
My very first motivation is that I was always interested in social sciences and such an uprising problem as discrimination, violence and bullying. I expect to learn statistics, methods of how to deal with the cases of violence and discrimination, case studies and build collaboration options, as well. (Ljuba TIHOMIROVA, Latvia)
I am very much interested to understand better the approaches for social inclusion and fighting against discrimination of youth as this is key competence to have when working with youth in the local context where I am from. (Milos RISTOVSKI, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
I need to further develop my competences so I can better contribute in future projects in the youth field and to be able to elaborate and implement realistic and relevant projects by myself. Also, to better understand the strategies to engage with local authorities and the opportunity to have an intercultural experience. (Ana Sofia Martins, Portugal)
Participation in this programme will help me to attract the various European organisations to problems of these children in Russia, besides I will be able to become stronger in my everyday work on child protection. (Olga INZHUVATKINA, Russia)
My motivation lies in the interest in a social status of young disadvantaged people in today´s society, social-cultural environment of young people in today´s Europe or an opportunity to create responsible and competent citizens in a multicultural environment with a possibility to participate in a public life. (Roman Bartos, Slovakia)
Merve Seda CEVIK
I want to learn about youth and social rights and developing current training programmes' contents and improve young trainers of the human rights and social rights training programmes. I want to create a new youth project about social rights. I want to improve myself on social rights as an active citizen. (Merve Seda Cevik, Turkey)
Aleksey  Murashkevych
I want to improve my knowledge on project management and implementation. I want to know more about techniques and measures for fighting discrimination, violence and exclusion affecting young people. (Aleksey Murashkevych, Ukraine)