Are you keen on youth engagement, empowering young individuals, and delving into current youth matters? If so, this program is tailored for you. Set in the scenic Apulia region of Italy from February 2nd to 8th, 2024, join a group of young people for one week in inclusive and dynamic workshops centered on themes like Rural youth, Quality education and Employment for all!

Travel days are 2nd and 8th February 2024.

The training is organised within the Erasmus+ project European Youth Voices which aims to address major youth issues and key priorities of young people in 5 participating countries: Serbia, Italy, Austria, Latvia and Poland. For one week, 25 young people, 5 from each country, will get together in Corato, Italy to delve into the topics rural youth, education and employment and discuss current youth issues, opportunitites and have a chance to participate in discussions and debates on these matters. The training will be held in the English language. More information about the training course is available in the Infopack.

Throughout the training, you’ll acquire valuable insights and strategies to independently take initiative and organise local events tailored for young people in Austria. Expert youth workers will guide you, helping in event planning and fostering greater involvement of youth in topics like Rural Youth, Quality Education, and Employment for all. After returning to Austria, it will be up to you to spread the awareness and increase youth participation by organizing a small-scale local event. The ACTIVE team will stand by, providing support for this endeavor. Your efforts in organising such event will also be supported with a small budget which can be used for renting the venue, refreshments, materials for facilitation and, of course, your time and energy invested!

What are the requirements for participation?

If you are interested to participate in the training course and you haven’t done so yet, please let us know by completing and online registration form and we will contact you by email. In order to be eligible participants, you must comply with the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should be fluent in English
  • After completing the training, you will be required to organise local event with young people in Austria, supported by a small budget and the ACTIVE team
  • Open mind, interest in the topic of the training and dedication to youth work are appreciated 🙂

About the local event:

As part of this project, we want to give you the opportunity to actively engage in public advocacy and have a say in important topics affecting your life. We will be organizing various activities that aim to bring together young people like yourself, decision makers, and other relevant stakeholders.

One of these activities is Youth Dialogues, where we invite youth activists, volunteers, and other young people interested in public advocacy to come together and talk about a specific topic related to rural youth, quality education, and employment. You will have the chance to voice your opinions, share the challenges you face, and propose solutions. Decision makers will also be present to listen to your ideas and make a commitment to work with you to find solutions.

Another activity is Roundtable Discussions, where we invite all young people and relevant stakeholders to participate in a discussion on the findings of our research and other important topics related to rural youth, quality education, and employment. We want to hear from you and work together to improve your position.

We also have Public Debates, which are designed for young people who are interested in debating and public speaking. These debates will focus on rural youth, quality education, and employment, and will be organized in cooperation with local stakeholders.

Citizen’s Initiatives is another activity where we will provide you with education and support on how to start and carry out initiatives to solve specific problems related to rural youth, quality education, and employment. We want to empower you to make a real change in your communities and these initiatives will be monitored even after the project ends.

Lastly, we have Public Lectures on the topics of the project, where we will invite experts to speak to you about rural youth, quality education, and employment. These lectures will be organized on local and national levels, giving you the chance to engage with decision makers and make these topics visible through debates, initiatives, and lectures. We hope that through all of these activities, you will feel empowered to have a voice and make a difference.

Requirements for local event:

  • signed participants list delivered
  • at least one common picture from local event delivered
  • min 10 participants per local event

What expenses are covered?

As the training course is supported by the Erasmus+ programme, you travels, accommodation and food expenses will be covered throughout the whole duration of the training. Once you are chosen to participate, we will ask you to plan and book your travels from Austria to Corato and back. Transport options may include trains, buses or planes and all tickets and receipts should be kept, and after the training, collected by the ACTIVE team. While you stay in Corato, you will be accommodated in a hotel and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner with coffee breaks in between.

Your travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 200 € per participant, exceeding the budget should be at your own contribution. In case you decide to explore Italy after the training, travel expenses can be reimbursed up to 3 days before or after the end of the training (max 3 days more for your own cultural visit in Italy), but food and accommodation should be at your own cost on these extra days. Below you may find a suggested route from Vienna to Bari:

After the training, once you organise a local event and you provide us with all necessary documents, reciepts and tickets, the reimbursement process will be finalised. You can read more information about the reimbursement process here.

If this training sparks your interest, waste no time—reach out to us promptly, and we’ll assist you through the registration process.