The Youth in Action Programme, which ran from 2007 to 2013, aimed to inspire a sense of active citizens, solidarity, and tolerance among young Europeans, as well as involve them in shaping the future of the European Union.
Following on from the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006), Youth in Action promoted mobility, non-formal learning, intercultural dialogue, and inclusion, primarily among people aged 15-28.
With a budget of €885 million for its seven year duration, the Youth in Action programme set out to achieve five main objectives, tackled through five main actions:
Progress was regularly reviewed, with results published on the website of the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency.
The programme is estimated to have supported around 8,000 projects and provided opportunities and experiences to around 150,000 young people and youth workers every year.
An evaluation of the programme was carried while it was underway and the results, published in 2011, suggested that from 2007-2009:
A further review, to determine the success of the programme as a whole, will take place in 2016.
In addition to the evaluation, the European Commission regularly monitored the programme to gauge satisfaction levels, as well as the potential success rate of programme, publishing the results in a monitoring survey in 2011.
Aside from the publication of the 2013 statistics and the close of the programme, as well as the ex-post review schedule for 2016, the activities of the Youth in Action programme will continue under the new Erasmus+ programme, scheduled to last from 2014-2020.