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”.
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.
 Committee of Ministers Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the youth policy of the Council of Europe
 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”.