In Rotterdam today, Commissioner Andor visited the Youth Desk (Jongerenloket), a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through which young people can access all the city's relevant youth-focused services.
The Youth Desk is part of Rotterdam's central policy for Youth at Risk, for young people aged 27 years and under. The implementation of this policy is overseen by four vice-mayors and also involves four city departments working together: Youth, Education & Society (JOS); Social Affairs and Employment (SoZaWe); Health and Wellbeing (GGD); and Safety (DV). Central coordination is undertaken by the Board of the mayor and vice-mayors.
The main activities of the Youth Desk are:
To provide these activities, the Youth Desk works with a variety of other organisations, including secondary and upper secondary vocational schools, city districts, the DOSA Network, mentoring systems, the city's job centre (UWV), care systems, young immigrant reception centres, and social welfare organisations.