The Enter! project was initiated by the youth sector of the Council of Europe in 2009, and has developed in two phases: Enter 1, from 2009 to 2012, and Enter 2, from 2013 to 2015. This memorandum gives a short overview of its objectives, activities and achievements. Extensive project evaluation and reports are also available from the secretariat of the Youth Department.
In 2009, the Council of Europe’s youth sector initiated the Enter! project aiming at the development of youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people, particularly in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This project was 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 associated with young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods which hindered them 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.
Enter! project 2009 – 2012 highlights
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
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