Over the years, the European Commission has implemented several successful Youth initiatives, most notably the Youth in Action and Youth on the Move programmes.
The Youth in Action programme provides grants to youth organisations and other NGOs that help young people participate in projects such as youth exchanges, youth initiatives or the European Voluntary Service. The aim of the programme is to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among Europeans between the ages of 13 and 30, and to encourage their involvement in shaping the EU's future. This has been particularly crucial during the current economic crisis, which disproportionately affects young people.
The Youth in Action Programme has helped to:
The programme has funded a wide range of activities within the scope of the following five actions:
Through the Youth on the Move programme, the European Union has offered grants to young people so that they can make the most of possibilities that exist in other countries.
While Member States set up their own national job plans, the EU’s 'Youth on the Move' and the 'Youth Opportunities' initiatives have demonstrated the benefits of a Europe-wide approach.
Here are some of the tools Youth on the Move has used to successfully match young people to opportunities:
Further examples of Youth success stories can be found on EVE, the new electronic platform for the dissemination and exploitation of results of projects supported by the European Commission's programmes.