Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.
This action supports organisations to carry out Youth Workers' mobility projects, fostering the professional development of youth workers and their organisations.
Under this Action, organisations can receive support to carry out projects comprising of one or more learning activities for the professional development of youth workers and their organisation. This Action supports the professional development of youth workers and thereby the development of quality youth work at local, regional, national, European and international level, through non-formal and informal learning experiences in mobility activities. The Action contributes to the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027, particularly to the European Youth Work Agenda for quality, innovation and recognition of youth work.
More specifically, Mobility projects for youth workers aim to:
- Provide non-formal and informal learning opportunities for educational and professional development of youth workers, contributing to high quality individual practice as well as to the evolution of youth work organisations and systems;
- Build a community of youth workers that can support the quality of projects and activities for young people in EU programmes and beyond.
- Develop local youth work practices and contribute to capacity building for quality youth work of the participants and their organisation, having a clear impact on the participating youth workers' regular work with young people.
Activities to be funded under this topic
Activities supported include Professional Development Activities (PDA’s). Professional development activities are transnational learning mobility activities supporting the professional development of youth workers. They can take the form of:
- Study visits and different types of assignments, such as job shadowing, youth worker exchanges and peer learning, in youth work organisations and organisations active in the youth field abroad.
- Networking and community building among youth workers taking part in the action and supporting its objectives.
- Training courses supporting the development of competences (e.g. based on relevant existing competence models), to implement quality youth work practices or address and test innovative methods (for instance related to digital and smart youth work84).
- Seminars and workshops supporting in particular knowledge-building and best practices sharing linked to the objectives, values and priorities of the EU Youth Strategy and of the EU programmes contributing to its implementation.
Additional supported activities include System development and outreach activities and preparatory visits.
A participating organisation can be:
- a non-profit organisation, association, NGO; European Youth NGO; a public body at local, regional, national level; a social enterprise; a profit-making body active in Corporate Social Responsibility
- a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. informal group of young people)
established in an EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme or a third country not associated to the Programme neighbouring the EU.
Minimum two participating organisations (at least one sending and at least one receiving organisation) from different countries must be involved.
From 3 to 24 months.