The YOUTH IN ACTION programme

Youth in Action is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future.

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Posted: 07/06/2011

It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU’s borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all.

Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by promoters in order to get financial support from the Programme; a selection process aims at granting the best projects.


The YOUTH IN ACTION programme is the EU’s mobility and non-formal education programme targeting young people aged between 13 and 30 years. Its general objectives are the following:

• Promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;

• Develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;

• Foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;

• Contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field;

• Promote European cooperation in the youth field.


In order to achieve its objectives, the Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational Actions.

• Action 1 – Youth for Europe

• Action 2 – European Voluntary Service

• Action 3 – Youth in the World

• Action 4 – Youth Support Systems

• Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field

The call is open to non-profit or non-governmental organisations, local, regional public bodies, informal groups of young people, bodies active at European level in the youth field, international non-profit organisations, and profit-making organisations organising an event in the area of youth, sport or culture.

The next closing date for applications under its Youth in Action Programme is the 1st September 2011.

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You can also get more information from the British Council’s Youth in Action pages.

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