2018: The Art of Social Inclusion

Our long term programme for the year 2018 was called “The Art of Social Inclusion“.

Financially supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, this one year programme focused on developing the competences of all actors involved in the youth field: youth workers, facilitators, social workers, youth leaders and young people themselves. Its main aim was to empower young people to take action towards social inclusion, all of that through the medium of art.

The objectives of the Work Plan were:

– To understand the process of social inclusion nowadays;
– To develop competences of youth workers, facilitators and social workers in facilitating local and European activities for social inclusion;
– To try out and experiment different tools and methods to work on social inclusion;
– To support and valorise young people’s actions at local level;
– To learn / become active and inclusive.

In the frame of this long-term project, 4 activities will be organised:

Training of Trainers

Strasbourg, FRANCE (May 2018)

The first activity of the Work Plan consisted of a Training of Trainers and gathered youth/social workers and facilitators, mostly coming from our member organisations. The programme focused on how to work on social inclusion with young people having a vulnerable background. The participants had the opportunity to develop their skills in innovative and artistic methods to work with youth on this topic. After the training, a practice phase was implemented at local level through actions with youth from the participants’ community and at European level through 2 regional youth meetings.

Regional Youth Meeting

Tbilissi, GEORGIA (July 2018)

The first of two regional youth meetings took place in the Caucasus region and gathered young people coming from Y-E-N members and partners from the neighbouring countries. This youth meeting brought young people together to work on youth expression and peacebuilding / conflict transformation.

Regional Youth Meeting

Zakopane, POLAND (August 2018)

The second youth meeting gathered the organisations located in countries from Western and Central Europe. There, the young people were able to share on social inclusion of young refugees and their transition from childhood to adulthood.

Each regional meeting allowed all youth/social workers and facilitators who participated in the Training of Trainers to practice their (newly) acquired competences at European level and within an intercultural team with their peers from the region. The 2 groups worked on different topics but all using art as a way of expression (theatre, digital tools, dance, music etc.)

Training of Trainers

La Claquette, FRANCE (November 2018)

This training was the last activity of the Work Plan. All of the participants of the first training got the opportunity to gather, reflect on their practices and increase their capacity to improve access to Social Rights of all young people, thus completing their learning process started during the first training. This activity also aimed at evaluating the whole Work Plan.

This work plan was supported by: 


KA2* – Capacity Building in the field of Youth

This project aims at developping innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in particular. The partners come from Argentina, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico and Vietnam.

Partners: Fundación Sustentabilidad, Educación y Solidaridad (Argentina), Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria), Youth Express Network (France), Business & Innovation Center of Serres (Greece), « Active Youth » association (Lithuania), Iniciativas Internacionales para la Cooperación (Mexico), Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru (Peru) and Center for Sustainable Development Studies (Vietnam)

This project is supported by: 

KA2* – Strategic Partnership for Youth – Exchanges of Practices

The aim of this strategic partnership is to experiment, share and confront practices on innovative, digital and creative methods and tools to foster youth empowerment and social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities / in vulnerable situations. It comes as continuation and follow-up of “Angle It Right: New Perspectives on young people with fewer opportunities” (2016). The partners come from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.

Partners: Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria), Youth Express Network (France), United Societies of Balkans (Greece), Affabulazione Associazione Culturale (Italy), The Exchangeables (The Netherlands), Youropia (Spain)

This project is financially supported by  and 


KA2*: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices