About the project

The ENTER! Youth Meeting 2015

From 30 June to 3 July 2015 the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg will offer young people, especially those experiencing discrimination, exclusion and violence in their environment, the opportunity to have their voices heard on solutions for improving their access to social rights.

200 young people, youth workers and local and regional authorities’ representatives from all over Europe will join the Enter! Youth Meeting, in order to learn and share experiences about social rights, situations and responses in other countries, as well as about the work of the Council of Europe in this field. This youth meeting is part of the Council of Europe’s Enter! project on the access of young people to social rights, which aims to support youth work and youth policy responses to situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people.

The strategic role of this youth meeting is to discuss the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the Member States on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights, which has been adopted in January 2015 and to support its promotion and implementation at all levels.

The main 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.

The programme of the meeting is specifically conceived for a youth dimension, providing space for both individual and group reflection and debate, encouraging exchange of practices and inputs.

The Enter! Youth Meeting will be an opportunity for young people to:

  • get to know new people from different countries
  • get motivated to work further on social rights
  • communicate in an intercultural environment
  • have fun and enjoy
  • learn about the Council of Europe
  • discover Strasbourg
  • get participate and get your voice heard by policy-makers
  • share realities, activities, talents and hobbies
  • influence one’s future and choices
  • get motivated to do more
  • make contribution to social rights
  • get support from others and discover there are more people in Europe fighting for social rights.

Background information about the Enter! project of the Council of Europe

From the perspective of the Council of Europe, social cohesion is firmly based on human rights (as codified in the European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European Social Charter), as well as an acceptance of shared responsibility for the welfare of all members of society, especially those who are at risk of poverty or exclusion. In line with this, the youth policy of the Council of Europe aims at “providing young people with equal opportunities and experience which enable them to develop knowledge, skills and competencies to play a full part in all aspects of society”[1].

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 set in 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 informed the project were the multi-dimensional social and economic imbalances associated with young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and which put them at a disadvantage 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.

The Enter! project promotes access to social rights for young people, in particular of those exposed to social exclusion, discrimination and violence, through a variety of local, national and European interventions involving policy-makers, youth work actors and young people.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To address situations social exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people living through non-formal education and youth work projects;
  • To develop the competences of youth workers to initiate, support and evaluate projects for and with young people as a tool for youth empowerment and youth participation for access to social rights;
  • To develop conceptual, educational and practical means of translating access to social rights for young people into the realities of youth work and policy-making;
  • To advocate for the access of young people to social rights, particularly by developing partnerships between civil society actors, young people and policy-makers, at local, national and European levels;
  • To the role of youth policy, non-formal education and youth work in addressing social exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people.

[1] Committee of Ministers Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe

[2] In the project, by youth worker we understand professional staff or individuals working on a voluntary basis in youth organisations, youth work “classical” structures (youth centres, youth clubs), local authorities structures and other forms of youth work (for example, mobile youth work, social animation etc.). The document, as well as the whole project, adopt a broad understand of the profile of “youth worker”.

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)