“WHY” We Hear You - Erasmus+ KA2- Call 2017
The low level of youth participation in democratic processes, as well as the distrust young people show towards the democratic institutions and values may result in exclusion and social marginalisation.
WE HEAR YOU Project aims to provide a basis for an improved culture amongst youth professionals, as well as structures that will support democratic dialogue and youth involvement in order to promote civic participation, create participatory mechanisms, thus preventing marginalisation and its negative effects on individuals and society
“TALES@home” Talking about languages and emotions at home - Erasmus+ KA2 Call 2016
TALES@home project aims to support multilingual families, helping them to create a favourable environment for language learning and well-being. This aim will be achieved by developing an innovative tool (app) for parents and their children to be used for language related emotion mapping within the family, helping to empower positive emotions and attitudes on a family level and thereby contributing to the improvement of well-being, social inclusion and language learning of the family members.
Addressing non-formal language learning in a multilingual home. More specifically, the motivations and beliefs in the family about language use and learning.
Empowering parents and by extension the whole family to manage language use at home and to create a positive and stimulating environment.
“A Way Home” Just 2017 Action Grants - In collaboration with Youth Care Platform
Authorities responsible for youth care (national, regional, local), youth care providers and youngsters in youth care all over Europe are struggling with their aftercare strategies: how to prepare young care leavers for in(ter)dependent living after care? Too many youngsters who leave care become structurally homeless (often after a first period of independent living). A better preparation of life after the (residential) care is urgently needed.
We did not identify a European member state that has a clear and working ‘after care policy’, that provides clear guide lines and tools to their service providers on how to prepare their care leavers. But it’s not only about preparing youngsters, also better answers by social institutions and public services - that should play a role in the social integration of these youngsters (housing, work provision, social security access, budget guidance, public social services, …) - are needed. Often these institutions and public services are not accessible or adapted in very many ways for these youngsters.
In this project, we want to tackle both aspects: first we want to define and implement a clear after care policy at level of the youth care sector: legal expectations (‘aftercare protocol’), a toolbox (instruments that can be used in the preparation for independent living), training of professionals and trials of these new instruments. Secondly, we want to try out the Canadian ‘A Way Home’ model as a structural approach to fight youth exclusion (as homelessness). In this approach local (social) institutions are brought together to develop and execute a radical local strategy to erase youth exclusion (as homelessness).
Both strands will be piloted in 2 regions: after care policies at regional level in Flanders and Carinthia, the ‘A Way Home’ model at city level in cities of Antwerp and Villach. This work will be guided and followed by social authorities from all over Europe via ENSA and the Youth Care Platform.
Erasmus+ Youth in Action, In collaboration with Youth Care Platform
This project aims to develop expertise on after care mechanisms that guarantee effective guidance in the transition from youth care to young adultness. The project is led by the Flemish Agency for Youth Welfare and managed by Knowledge Center Social Europe.
It is funded under the Erasmus+ (Youth in Action) program. Our partners are the European networks Feantsa and ENSA and the Regional government of Carinthia (Au), Azienda Speciale Consortile Ovest (It) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (Nl). This project is finished on 31/03/2016
"Open door" Youth in Action programme 2007- 2013
Granted by the Youth in Action programme 2007- 2013. The objective was to reduce social exclusion by creating the opportunity for young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to submit project ideas to be developed and implemented in their communities.
"Voices of youth" Leonardo da Vinci program 2014
Granted by the Leonardo da Vinci programme in 2014. The objective is to develop skills methods and structures so that the voices of youngsters are heard. The team intends to boost true participation and inclusion of the Voices of vulnerable youngsters in democratic processes, in policy making, care planning and in daily life decisions.
"Ensa for youth" Youth in action Program in 2011
Granted by the Youth in action Program in 2011. The objective was to develop, share and discuss experiences, examples and possibilities of working together in the youth field. It has been also a good opportunity to experiment the collaboration between the public and private sectors, due to the fact that the project brought together both type of organizations.
"European Youth involved in Public care and Youth Justice" - 5th Framework programme in 2001
Funded by the 5th Framework programme in 2001. The aim of the project was to develop an effective network, to identify common themes and issues, to improve understanding of different systems and responses and also to establish an agenda for future collaboration.
There were three conferences, held in Aosta, Uppsala and Edinburgh with presentations and workshops about similarities and differences in legislation, policy framework, working procedures and recent research going on in partner countries.