Erasmus+ Youth

Erasmus+ actions in the field of youth provide non-formal and informal learning opportunities for young people and youth worker and promote activities that encourage, foster and facilitate young people’s participation in democratic life at local, regional, national and international levels.

Learning mobility in the field of Youth

  • Mobility projects for young people “Youth exchanges” & “Mobility projects for youth workers”

Erasmus+ offers opportunities to organize projects for the mobility of young people and youth workers.

Youth Exchanges allow groups of young people aged 13-30 from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days to carry out a series of activities focusing on a theme that is relevant for them. Exchanges must involve organizations from two or more countries.

Information on how young people can take part is available on the Youth Exchanges page.

For youth workers, organizations can take part in opportunities to support the professional development and network of youth workers, including activities such as:

  • seminars,
  • training courses,
  • networking events,
  • study visits, and
  • job shadowing/observation periods abroad.

Opportunities for youth workers can last from two days to two months, and must take place in the country of one of the participating organizations. Projects can include up to 50 people.

Information on how to take part in the action is available on the Youth Workers page.

  • Youth participation activities

Activities outside formal education and training that encourage, foster and facilitate young people’s participation in Europe’s democratic life at local, regional, national and European level.

Supported activities can take the form of (or a combination of): workshops, debates, role-plays, simulations, use of digital tools (e.g. digital democracy tools), awareness raising campaigns, trainings, meetings and other forms of online or offline interaction between young people and decision-makers, consultations, information events etc. 

Eligible participating organisations

Georgian organizations (a non-profit organisation, association, NGO; a public body at local, regional, national level; a social enterprise; a profit-making body active in Corporate Social Responsibility) and an informal group of young people can participate as partners not applicants.      

Partnerships for Cooperation in Youth

Partnerships for cooperation are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the field of youth.

These provide opportunities for a wide variety of public, private, and non-governmental organisations to implement a broad range of activities.

Cooperation Partnerships aim at:

  • Increasing quality in the work, activities and practices of organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors, not naturally included within one sector;
  • Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
  • Addressing common needs and priorities in the field youth;
  • Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements and new approaches, in proportion to the context of each organisation.

Who can apply

A Cooperation Partnership includes at least 3 different organizations from 3 different Programme Countries.

Applicants

Any participating organization established in a Programme Country can apply for a Cooperation Partnership. This organization applies on behalf of all participating organizations involved in the project.

Other participants

Any public or private organization, established in a Programme Country or in any Partner Country of the world can participate. Organizations in Partner Countries cannot participate as project coordinators but can be part of a project (the Programme Guide sets out specific conditions).

Related policies

Cooperation Partnerships are connected to the Erasmus+ programme’s overall priorities as well as youth-specific priorities.

Horizontal priorities in Erasmus+

  • inclusion and diversity in youth
  • environment and fight against climate change
  • addressing digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity
  • common values, civic engagement and participation

Youth-specific priorities

  • Promoting active citizenship, young people’s sense of initiative and youth entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship
  • Increasing quality, innovation and recognition of youth work
  • Strengthening the employability of young people
  • Reinforcing links between policy, research and practice

European Solidarity Corps

The European Solidarity Corps is the European Union's programme for youth volunteering. The programme aims to promote solidarity as a value, mainly through volunteering, to enhance the engagement of young people and organizations in accessible and high quality solidarity activities as a means to contribute to strengthening cohesion, solidarity, democracy and citizenship in Europe.

The European Solidarity Corps funding is provided in the form of grants to organizations through call for proposals.

Young people (18-30) wishing to engage in such activities need to register in the European Solidarity Corps portal. The European Solidarity Corps portal offers a place for those young people and organizations, holding a grant, to implement activities and to find each other. 

Main activities:

  • Volunteering
  • Traineeships
  • Jobs
  • Local Solidarity Projects

These can be in a wide range of fields – education and training, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and natural protection, migration, culture, and many others.

For more information visit: https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

Find out more

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information on activities in the field of youth. It contains all information about the eligibility, priorities, award criteria, funding rules and more.