The 7th meeting of the Thematic Network on Youth Employment took place in Ghent and Brussels on 24th and 25th of October 2017. The thematic focus of the meeting was activation of and outreach to young people who are facing issues of exclusion from employment, education and social integration. With the objective to share transnational knowledge on how ESF-supported projects are being designed and implemented in the field of youth activation and outreach, the participants visited the charity organization De Sleutel in Ghent, which uses sport as a tool for employment activation of young people with drug addiction problems. The participants also had the opportunity to discuss the practices and projects for outreaching to young people that are being carried out by the City of Ghent. In Brussels, the meeting contextualized and complemented the study visit with ongoing work of the network.
16 participants at the meeting came from ESF Managing Authorities/Intermediate Bodies, 2 from national social partners and research institutions, 3 from the European Commission.