am over 25 years old… can I still participate in the program YOUTH?
Yes. There are different ways:
AS A PARTICIPANT.
For Youth Encounters and
Exchanges(Action 1), you can exceptionally be over 25 if your
participation is justified and the number of people in the group aging over
25 is restricted.
For EVS(Action 2), you can be over
25 if your participation is justified and you are considered inside the
group of young people with less opportunities (from a less-privileged
cultural, geographical or socio-economic background, or with disabilities).
Cases are judged on a case-by-case basis. For Youth initiatives
(Action 3), participants should be aged between 15 and 25 “in principle”.
AS A LEADER.
In a Youth Encounters and
Exchanges(Action 1), each group should have one or more leaders
(in accordance with national legislation or requirements for this type of
activity). Their task is to be responsible for carrying out and monitoring
the project properly and for ensuring the active involvement of all
AS A MENTOR
In an EVS(Action 2)
project, each host organization must identify a mentor who is directly
responsible for the volunteer and to whom the volunteer can turn in case of
The different 9 Support Measures(Action 5) are open to: youth workers, trainers, support persons,
project managers, mentors, youth leaders and other actors involved or
interested in non- formaleducation.
What are the
requirements to be an “organization”?
An organization must be a legally established Non-Governmental Non-Profit
organization or association. It can work with any field as long as it is
related with young people: social, environmental, multimedia, artistic,
NOTHING for those Youth
Exchanges (Action 1) in which the hosting
organization finances all the expenses of the participants (accommodation,
transport and food).
NOTHING for all EVS projects (Action 2),
since travel costs, insurance, food, accommodation and a small
allowance are covered by the YOUTH program and the organization.
A LITTLE for those Youth
Exchanges in which not all expenses are
financed by the organization. In this case, participants usually have to pay a
Participation Fee and a part of the ticket (for example, 70 Euros for the
Participation Fee and 30% of the ticket).
A PART for a Group Initiative, Networking Projects and
Future Capital (Action 3). For these programs you get a grant from the Program
depending on 1) the priority they give to your project, 2) the proposal of
expenses you wrote in the application. This money is not usually enough to
cover all your expenses, so in most cases you will have to search for a
part-time job. Check the User's Guide for the exact
amounts determined for Group Initiatives,
Networking Projects and
AS THE ORGANIZER
PART of all costs if no other contribution is found:
the Program grant is
based on the principle of co-funding with other public and/or private
contributions, the total project cost cannot be covered by YOUTH alone.
Check the User's Guide to see what exactly is financed by the Program for
Youth Encounters and Exchanges (Action 1),
EVS (Action 3), and Support
I apply for a project from a country different that mine? (For example, in
the case that I’m a Greek citizen living in England and I would like to apply
for an EVS project in Sweden through an organization from the UK.)
Yes. Then your application is done
through the National Agency of the country of the organization.
In Program Youth are
participating just EU countries?
Countries which can participate in all five actions of the YOUTH
called "Program countries". These are the 15 member states, the 3 EFTA
countries members of the EEA, and the 12 countries candidates to access
the European Union. See list.
The countries in other parts of the world ("third countries") which can
participate in Actions 1, 2 and 5 of the YOUTH program are divided into
priority regions. See list.