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Youth Information in 15 min, Jūrmala 2014

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Evaldas Rupkus

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Compendium on National Youth Information and Counselling Structures
Survey on Impact of Youth Information and Counselling, November 2013

By Ewa Krzaklewska & Dunja Potočnik
“When I read information in the Internet, it is difficult for me to judge how correct it is”

Rural areas
appear as an important areas where stronger impact can be expected from the youth information and counselling services
of the respondents definitely agree that they are very satisfied with the information youth information and counselling services provided
Compendium contents
YIC Concept and history
International overview: who does what and where?
The Impact of YI
Qualitative, based on insights from professionals -> Impact of youth information services and benefits for the state
Establishing the YIC structure on national level
National examples:
It is our compendium!
9 months of research in library and archives, interviews and meetings with experts and pioneers, several contributions and inputs, survey with hundreds of respondents, tens of proof-readings etc.
Thanks for contributions:
Markus Albrecht, Jon Alexander, Johan Bertels, Alexandra Beweis, Vedrana Biličić, Bernard Charbonnel, Claire Conlon, Julie Menšík Čákiová, prof. Willy Faché, Jaana Fedotoff, Ewa Krzaklewska, Andres Lokk, Fiona McIntyre, Wawrzyniec Pater, Mika Pietilä, Dunja Potočnik, Hannes Sildnik, Imre Simon, Sanja Vuković-Čović.
Made possible by:
the Council of Europe, in the framework of the Partnership between the Council of Europe and ERYICA;
and BIJ – Bureau Information Jeunesse (Belgium).
Target groups:
establishers of new YIC structures on national level
those lobbying for maintenance of YIC structure
policymakers, interested in the YIC
Survey on the Impact of YIC
Analysis and evaluation of important actors and stakeholders, cooperation with partners

Identifying the need for youth information and counselling services
Role of YI in the national context of youth policy and legal regulations

Awareness building and lobbying with policymakers
Structure and governance – laying out the possible formal organizational models, selection of national coordinator
Ensuring a stable financing

International cooperation
Planning and implementing online services

Communication and branding of services
Organisation of information and counselling activities in youth information and counselling centres

Youth participation (peer-to-peer)
How to establish?
ERYICA and its services
Youth information history: major developments
The definition and purpose of youth information and counselling, its forms and functions
Never-ending publication

Provide us with your insights for improvement!
Evaldas Rupkus
Consultant of ERYICA
Jūrmala, 5 November 2014
Youth Information and Counselling:
what, why and how to start-up?
Rating of access to information in everyday life
Average satisfaction with information depending on the youth information facility used by a young person
Reliability of information from diverse sources
The areas in which young people would like to receive more information
Prefer to receive advice or information face-to-face
Preferred options for receiving information or advice (max 2 options)
Dilemmas in youth information
Youth work vs. youth information
Part of it?

Standing next to each other?

Not doubling each other's work
Formal and non-formal education
Cross-sectoral cooperation between both asked by the Erasmus+ and some governments

Formal may "eat" the non-formal, has way bigger capacities
Ensuring stability
Hard to prove impact for policy-makers, although obvious for young people
Growing need for being visible and showcasing the impact of YI
Steady financial cuts on youth policy
Need to focus
Quick reacting to the changing socio-economical and political situation
Youth rights
Topic on global and European levels
Not only providing information but encouraging and empowering young people for mobility experiences
Entrepreneurship and employability
Never-ending economical crisis

YI helping in grey periods, when nobody is caring - facilitating transitions

EU Youth guarantee - time to shine for YI services too?
Upholding the educational and capacity building roles
Being first ones to promote it
The European Youth Information Charter
"Access to information does not define itself
only in terms of access to different technologies and media, but must take into account the nature and type of information youths need for participation in society."

UNESCO - Youth and ICT
“We live in a complex society, that offers so many possibilities and choices. In this society young people need information and assistance to understand what is available and how they can use the services which exist. Without such assistance, many will not have the opportunity to live effective lives and contribute to their community.
We live in an information era. While a lot of information is available, it is usually written or presented in a way in which it is difficult to understand, and is not always relevant. Moreover, the available information is very fragmented."

Willy Faché


Visit us at eryica.org
ERYICA is an international non-governmental,
non-profit making association based in Luxembourg.

Network: 24 Members, 5 Affiliated and
2 Cooperating Organisations in
27 European countries

Origins: Established on April, 17th 1986
in Madrid, Spain
«  The European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) is an independent European organisation, composed of national youth information co-ordination bodies and networks. It works to intensify European co-operation in the field of youth information work and services. It aims
to develop, support and promote quality generalist youth information
policy and practice at all levels, in order to meet the information needs of young people in Europe and to apply the principles of the European Youth Information Charter »

National Governmental Youth Agencies:
Andorra, Estonia, Germany, Liechtenstein, Malta, Portugal, Spain (Catalonia)
National Youth Umbrella Organisations:
Belgium (Flanders), Cyprus, Lithuania
National Coordinating Structures:
Finland, UK (Wales)
National Youth Information Centres:
Czech Republic, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands
Associations of YICs:
Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Croatia, Norway, Switzerland
NGOs with Governmental Mandate:
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, UK (Scotland)

Variety of Membership
Idea came from the Youth on the Move Card Experts’ Group (EYCA, ERYICA, Eurodesk) 2012
The role of professional face to face youth information in making mobility a success, through youth information centres and workers
What services in the youth information centre? What answers? What support needs to be provided?
A group of Guides
Quality tool
In Partnership with EYCA

Youth on the Move - InfoMobility (YoMIM)
With support from the Council of Europe

Theory: Human rights concerning youth
Good practice: relevant successful projects
Practical suggestions for workshops with young people

Publication expected autumn 2014

Kit on Rights
Coyote 21
Publication of the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the Field of Youth
16 articles on youth information, from practitioners, experts, policy makers and young people
Based on the experience of the Symposium that took place in Zagreb in May 2013

Available in a multimedia pdf format
Good Practice Booklet
European Arena for
Youth Information
Partnership agreement with the European Commission
Partnership agreement with the Council of Europe
Co-operation with the YFJ, EYCA and Eurodesk

Who wants to be young?
Google pictures: young problems
Finishing school?
Choosing studies?
Finding a job?
Starting business?
Getting quick credits?
Starting autonomous life
Youth organisations
Max 20% of young people
Mostly - youth leaders, active youngsters, knowing "how and where"
And what about...
What about the "
" class of young people - not active but also not in the youth work?
(Open) youth work
Socially vulnerable youngsters
Youth information work
Who is taking care of them?
The essential aim of youth information and counselling is to help guide young people in all aspects of their lives and in their
autonomous decision-making
. It builds on the fact that it is not possible to make a sound decision without knowing one’s options and alternatives.
Key values
being open to all young people
acting in the interest of young people
defining its options based on the needs of the target groups
information is
practical, pluralistic, accurate and regularly updated
user-centred approach
holistic approach to different topics
open to
all young people
without exception, without an appointment
respects confidences and anonymity, provides a maximum of choice
referring to specialized services
Features of
youth information and counselling
Form/part of youth work
When I read information in the Internet, it is difficult for me to judge how correct it is
Rural areas
appear as an important areas where stronger impact can be expected from the youth information and counselling services
European Youth Information and Counselling Agency
23 000 000
local and regional youth information centres
13000 youth information workers
28 countries
How to start and be part of it?
Join my workshop!
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