The EYP programme provide a process used by youth workers, social workers, teachers to support young uemployed people – NEETs specifically – in their personal development path, while activating the local community in being a real and concrete support to the process. In this way, not only the disadvantaged youth can get in touch with society and being empowered from it, but the whole community can be better organize as they increase their communication exchange.
The whole program in brief
|Share the aim of the program with a selected group of young participants and organize structured activities aimed at improving their personal preparation (communication self-esteem, attitude…). Meanwhile the community is involved in activating a stable network to support young people during the program.|
|Assessment of the NEETS skills and competences. A week camp about ability development is organized. (Time management, active citizenship, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, etc.). Other activities with the community to foster inclusion and participation. Local organizations are asked to measure their sustainability level with the LICET® methodology (free test). In this way they can precisely assess their preparation and capacity for support both youth and the whole community development.|
|The youth are involved in activity to facilitate their work preparation (CV writing, mock interviews, safety in a work environment, work in team, etc.) and other follow up activities. By communicating their sustainability levels to the other members of the networks and to the community stakeholders in general, the local actors aim at activating better-organized short supply chains and increasing the possibility to create job openings for young local employees.|
|The results coming from the community, the partners help NEETs to look for specific training (according to the request made by the local actors in the previous phase). In the long period, after the training period, the participants can be absorbed by local organizations. The EYP program organizers will determine the most appropriate work simulation activities to be offered to the participant. At the end of the project, an international camp for selected youth is organized.|
The procedures will provide instructions on:
A – How to get in contact with local stakeholders, what are the aims of their involvement is, how to support local activities, how to engage local actors and how to let them be more aware of their responsibilities in the community, etc.;
B – How to engage NEETs, how to conduct the camps within the programme and other activities, how to fosters skills and abilities in disadvantaged groups, how to facilitate the social and employment integration of NEET, etc.;
C – How to involve actively community/actors at local level and make them support disadvantaged youth, how to facilitate their integration on the labour market, how to provide opportunities for the younger generation, etc.
The main results (tangible and intangible) expected during the project and on its completion are:
The involvement of the community and local employers in the piloting is a part of the very EYP METHODOLOGY. The partners aim at structuring the activities to ensure the active involvement of a number of local actors (enterprises, shops, schools, social services, training organizations, municipalities, local administrations,…). As a part of the LICET® methodology, those are all essential to activate a real local development process. The EYP PROGRAM METHODOLOGY describe and details their involvement, their tasks and relation to the YOUTH activities.
The engagement of the community in the project will further contribute to the social inclusion of NEETs, who as a result of completing the whole programme, become more confident in their abilities to participate in civic and potentially political activities.
The EYP program aims at offering the participants a real and concrete change to enter in direct contact with work-related situations, or have a better idea of how structured and formally defined organizations operate and work. This opportunity can be a huge step for those NEET who have been disengaged from the labour market for a long time or maybe have no work experience whatsoever.
The project provides a new way to deliver youth work, and support NEETs personal development while actively engaging territorial stakeholders and local actors in the process, and favour NEETs’ social and work insertion. The EYP programme is based on WLC’s EMPLOYABILITY BOOT CAMPS enhanced with the LICET® model (method for territorial sustainable development).
The 4 phases of the LICET model provide an innovative way to organize and facilitate collaboration between the local community, young people and businesses/public institutions. By involving these and letting them be responsible for the local issues (unemployment, or poor social conditions of the younger citizens) the aim is to increase their awareness and make them responsible for the creation of a better society/community.
The project is innovative and complimentary to other projects because it provides a European approach to tackling NEET issue as well as focusing on engaging the local community and local employers in preparing young people to enter the labour market.
During the project implementation the EYP programme will be developed and tested in 6 European countries, in different cultures and modified according to the feedback from its users (to the benefit of future participants). The idea is to use good practices from the 6 participating countries in the development of a new and innovative approach that will then be made available freely to all EU Member States.