1st European Forum of Youth Centres

1st European Forum of Youth Centres, which will be held at the European Youth Centre Budapest from 25 – 27 February 2010. The 1st European Forum of Youth Centres aims to encourage professional exchange for people responsible for youth centres in member states wishing to associate to Council of Europe youth policy.

In March 2009, the European Steering Committee on Youth decided to create a framework for exchange and mutual enrichment of already existing and planned youth centres wishing to subscribe to Council of Europe values. In November 2009, a joint expert group of the CDEJ and AC met to develop the concept further.

The recommendations of the group of experts and the results of the Forum shall be presented to the statutory meetings in March 2010.

The enclosed invitation was sent to those institutions and organisations who have previously expressed an interest in getting involved in the process. The Forum is being organised for participants with a concrete project, i.e. either people responsible for a physical youth centre or those intending to set up a new centre along the criteria proposed. Please refer to the enclosed document for further information on the objectives, profile of participants, programme and application procedures.

The deadline for applications is 19 January 2010.

The forum will bring together:
–    leaders of youth centres aspiring to receive the quality label
–    representatives of countries planning to establish a youth centre with Council of Europe philosophy and quality standards
–    members of the statutory bodies
–    selected experts.

All participants should:

-be prepared and competent to present the structure and concept of the centre they are representing, or
-be in the position to place the plan for the establishment of a new centre in a youth policy framework
-be available for the full duration of the forum
-be able to work in English or French.

Working languages
The Forum will be held in English and French with simultaneous interpretation. Technical facilities for additional languages are available; however, the costs for interpreters for other languages would need to be covered by the participant’s organisation.

Board and lodging will be arranged and covered by the Council of Europe. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs and other subsistence expenses.

Should you have any question regarding this request, please do not hesitate in contacting Antje Rothemund at the EYC Budapest, Secretary to the Group of Experts (e-mail: antje.rothemund@coe.int )

More info and application form

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