Engage – Connect – Empower

Empower young people to achieve their full potential

The ‘Young Service Designers’ (YSD) project has been co-funded by European Youth Together (EYT) Sub – programme of ERASMUS+ Programme – under Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EACEA (GA n°624732). The project started on 15th May 2021 and will run for 24 months under a consortium of 6 partnering organizations.

YSD project’s main objectives are the followings: 

  • Boost hyperlocal structures for tackling local specific challenges, putting the youth at the centre of the renewal of their cities.
  • Engage – connect – empower young people to play a more active role in their local community. 
  • Engage young people as co-designers and doers of pilot actions for tailoring public services.
  • Strengthen authentic democratic activities in 6 cities.
  • Include disadvantaged groups.
  • Build a sustainable and green Europe.

The YSD project will address these objectives by targeting young people (16-20 y.o.), youth workers, cities & local administration. The approach is meant to involve young people to propose sustainable and innovative solutions for their cities, with the support of the local administrations and youth workers. 

During the project lifecycle’

  • 18 youth workers in 6 EU Countries (IT, EL, SK, DE, FI, PL) will be trained to mentor young people 
  • 120 young people (20 per country) will develop skills in a 40 hours training 
  • 6 Youth Public Innovation Labs will be organized at local level 
  • 6 Pilot Services co-designed by young participants (at least 1 per country) will be implemented
  • Civil servants from the cities supporting YSD will be involved
  • An E-learning Collaborative Platform will be designed
  • A Toolkit for “Young Service Designers and Cities as partners and allies” will be developed

Youth workers will experiment new methods and acquire knowledge and skills to attract the interest of young people in active citizenship and to stimulate their desire in proposing solutions for tackling local challenges. 

Youngsters will acquire new capabilities with YSD, providing them with the necessary tools to become active citizens and to participate in local decision-making. 

Stakeholders such as public authorities, schools and universities, enterprises and local organizations will be involved in the activities and informed about the new methodologies experimented.