A small step to my community, a big step to all of us.
Europe Goes Local is a European cooperation project to develop and strengthen local youth work.
The 3rd European Youth Work Convention in December 2020, has brought together the European youth work community of practice and identified actions, measures and future steps to support the implementation of the Agenda through the Bonn process. Europe Goes Local’s mission is to strengthen the youth work community of practice at the local level, in line with the European Youth Work Agenda and from the perspective of municipalities and of local youth work actors.
The project is financed by the contributions of participating National Agencies, in the frame of Erasmus+ (Training and Cooperation Activities) and/or the European Solidarity Corps (Networking Activities). The project is governed by the Steering Group – in charge of the main aims of the project – and the Advisory Board – a forum for planning of European and national activities. The project is running for the period of 2021 – 2027, with a mid-term evaluation in 2024.
The Europe Goes Local platform is to bring together partners who are involved in advocating, supporting, developing and implementing local youth work, both governmental and non-governmental nature. The platform aims to create dialogue and cooperation, providing concrete activities, learning and networking opportunities, tools and sources of knowledge in the programme countries and neighbouring partner countries of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps programmes, European and national networks and umbrella organizations, the SALTO Resource Centers, other large-scale initiatives and strategic cooperation projects.
All partners are invited to contribute actively to the activities of the platform via sharing knowledge, creating tools, networking, advocacy and dissemination of the project outcomes. The platform’s foundational tools for quality development of local youth work are the European Charter on Local Youth Work and the Changemakers Kit.
The idea of a charter was first launched at the 2nd Youth Work Convention, held in Brussels 2015. In the declaration, it was stated that “The Convention is asking for more awareness of this local level responsibility and to agree with the local and regional authorities on a European Charter for youth work at local level.” The motivation was to create a common ground for youth work.
Starting from the declaration 22 Erasmus+ National Agencies in the Youth field together with their partners the InterCity Youth network, the POYWE network, the European Youth Forum and the partnership between the EU and the Council of Europe launched the Erasmus+ strategic cooperation project Europe Goes Local. The charter is one of the main outcomes of this project. It has been developed through a Europe-wide consultation process, engaging a wide range of stakeholders on all levels, including governments, municipalities, NGOs, youth organisations and councils, umbrella organisations and many more. It is, thus, created and owned by the European youth work community and concerns everyone, from policy makers to youth workers and young people, who is engaged in youth work and wants to improve it.
The aim of the charter is to contribute to the further development of local youth work. It does this by stating which principles should guide it and how different aspects of it should be designed in order to meet these principles.
The Charter is available on the following languages: