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YES Forum April News

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We are back with the latest news and progresses regarding YES Forum and our members. The first part of 2021 has been challenging for everyone, however we know that organisations in the youth sector have shown incredible creativity and flexibility to overcome these challenges and listen to the voice of youth. Exchanges and discussions with our member organisations have shown us the determination and motivation professionals have kept to answer to young people´s needs in this difficult time. On this positive note, we want to start with good news: our member organisation Stiftung Ev. Jugendhilfe St. Johannis Bernburg (DE) is one of the first to organise a bilateral meeting in Sweden for professionals by the end of the month.

We remain positive that this is the first of many international collaborations in the near future! In addition, we want to welcome the announcement of the new Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027 which will hopefully lead to new and positive perspectives!


YES Forum: a platform for exchange and promotion of good practices!

On 8th April, YES Forum member representatives met online for a Networking Event. The meeting was the opportunity for the YES Forum Secretariat and Board to present and discuss the draft for the renewed YES Forum Strategy, aiming at staying closer to young people and young practitioners´ needs. Two of YES Forum members, Zefiro (IT) and Jongerenwerk Barkema de Haan (NL) shared about their work with young people in times of corona, followed by smaller groups discussions to share positive practices. You can find a presentation video from Zefiro here! If you want to share examples of good practices with the network and want YES Forum to promote them, please write us at

Next step: as the next Erasmus+ deadlines are coming soon (20th May) and we want to invite all of you to a Brainstorming Event, on 22nd of April at 4:00 pm. The idea is to discuss about potential project ideas to submit at the next Erasmus+ deadline.

Please find the link to register HERE, before 19th April.

We welcome all new project ideas and would love to discuss about the topics you are interested in!

SAVE THE DATE: YES Forum General Assembly 22-23 June

We are pleased to invite you to announce the YES Forum 2021 General Assembly, which will take place from 22nd to 23rd June.

The General Assembly will be the opportunity to reinforce the links between YES Forum and its member organisations, present the activities carried out last year by the network, as well as planning and preparing future strategies.Over the last year, the YES Forum Secretarat, Board and member organisations have been working on the renewal of the YES Forum Strategy, trying to stay closer to young people and members´ needs. We are pleased to announce that the final version will be presented at our next General Assembly!

For the moment, we are looking at pragmatic solutions and reflecting about the organisation of the event. We are hopeful that travel could be easier in the next month and will get back to you with more information about the event soon. For now please Save the Date!

Europe 3E Online Meeting

On 25th March, youth workers and young participants gathered virtually to create together the next steps of the Europe3E project and organise the next training for young people that will take place over the Summer.

Since the first training that took place in November, young participants from all project partner organisations experienced the Photovoice method. In spite of all regulations due to the current pandemic, they manage to explore their local environment and take pictures representing what the EU meant to them and to express themselves through the mean of photography.

Based on the different photos, youth workers and young people reflected on the main themes and key words, that will be used later as basis for discussions for political simulations during the next stage of the project at the training for young people taking place during Summer 2021.

For more information, you can also check the project webpage.

Student & staff perspectives on inclusion and belonging in mobility

Students from less advantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented groups that go abroad tend to get better degree results, have lower unemployment rates, are more likely to start their career in graduate-level jobs and have a higher starting salary than their non-mobile peers. However, while they stand to gain from this experience, these students are underrepresented in mobility, with only 7% of Erasmus students coming from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group.

In the course of 2020 the Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility team together with YES Forum have worked to gather answers from over 12.000 students and 750 staff members across Europe and beyond. Our first research outputs were presented during the "Student & staff perspectives on inclusion and belonging in mobility" conference on 31st March.

More Information about the project can be found here.

The YES Forum Secretariat

YES Forum
Wagenburgstr. 26 - 28
D-70184 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-711-16 48 92 7
Fax: +49-711-16 48 92 1

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