1. Leading European Youth NGOs:
- Bureau Européen du Scoutisme: Spearheading the European Scout Region, this organisation is part of the World Organisation of Scout Movement (WOSM). It proudly represents 54 million members worldwide across 171 countries, including 2 million in 40 European countries and 68 associations.
- YMCA Europe: A key member of the global YMCA network, present in 37 countries through 39 member organisations and over 4000 local branches. Annually, they engage with more than 2 million young people. The YMCA’s global presence extends to 120 countries, impacting 64 million young individuals. Their focus lies on empowering youth and promoting social justice and peace, particularly through health, employment, civic engagement, and environmental initiatives.
2. Academic Research Partner:
- Maynooth Department of Applied Social Studies: Featuring a centre for youth research and development, this department emphasises youth work research.
3. Six National Youth Organisations Affiliated with European NGOs:
- Our consortium includes six independent national youth organisations affiliated with two major European Youth NGO networks, YMCA and WOSM. These organisations were selected via an open call from nearly 15 applicants. The selection criteria included:
- Geographical Diversity: With representatives from Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, the Czech Republic, North Macedonia, and the Netherlands.
- Outreach and Impact: Evaluating the size and impact relative to the youth population. For example, the Belgian organisation engages 7% of their youth population, whereas the North Macedonian organisation reaches less than 1%.
- Project Engagement and Experience: Organisations such as Les Scouts bring invaluable experience in e-learning and impact evaluation, including collaborations with universities for research studies.
- National Connections: All partners are active members of National Youth Councils and other national youth work platforms.
- Balance in Project Involvement: Incorporating both newcomers to significant European projects, like Scouterna and Les Scouts, as well as experienced groups like JUNAK and SIM in large-scale Erasmus projects.
Our consortium is a dynamic collection of organisations, each bringing diverse experiences to the table, united in our commitment to empowering the youth of Europe. Together, we strive to create impactful, sustainable changes for the younger generations.