The emphasis is on an inclusive approach that ensures fairness and equality of access to Youth in Action’s range of activities. The approach will also give the Programme greater reach, as young people will get to meet and work with peers from diverse backgrounds.
The Commission has worked with National Agencies, the SALTO Resource Centresand inclusion organisations to draft an Inclusion Strategy [288 KB] to ensure that young people with fewer opportunities and those from less-privileged backgrounds find a role in the Programme. This further fosters a significant impact of the programme on social inclusion, active citizenship and the employability of those young people.
That means Youth in Action must encourage participation by young people from all educational, socio-economic, cultural or geographical backgrounds, as well as disabled youngsters, and also support projects with a clear thematic focus on inclusion.
Youth groups and organisations that apply for funding for their projects will be expected to ensure that the above target groups – including youngsters with special needs – are not excluded from their planned activities.
The SALTO Inclusion Resource Centreprovides relevant training for international youth workers, along with a range of publications and other resources designed to ensure that no young people are excluded from the Youth in Action programme because of their circumstances.