YOUTH IN ACTION - YOUTHPASS

Youth in Action is the Programme the European Union has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU's borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a Programme for all!

Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by promoters in order to get financial support from the Programme; a selection process aims at granting the best projects.

Every person who has taken part in a Youth in Action project under sub-Action 1.1, sub-Action 1.2, sub-Action 1.3, Action 2, sub-Action 3.1 ,sub-Action 4.3, sub-Action 4.6 and sub-Action 5.1 is entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which describes and validates the non-formal and informal learning experience and outcomes acquired during the project.

To issue high-quality Youthpass Certificates with individual learning outcomes, the European Commission recommends paying attention to the learning process throughout the various phases of the Youth in Action projects. Reflections on the learning process and outcomes, leading to the issuing of Youthpass Certificates, increase the participants’ capability to make use of the gained competences, and enhance the quality of the projects. More support and advice on how to implement the Youthpass process in the projects can be found in the Youthpass Guide and other educational publications, in particular the handbook “Youthpass Unfolded”, available at www.youthpass.eu.

All Youthpass Certificates have a common structure, a coherent layout, and contain the following information: -personal details about the participant -general description of the relevant Action of the Programme -key information concerning the project and the activities realised by the participant -description and assessment of the participant's learning outcome during the project.

Through Youthpass, the European Commission ensures that participation in the Programme is recognised as an educational experience and a period of non-formal learning and informal learning. This document can be of greatbenefit for the personal, future educational or professional pathway of the participant.

Each beneficiary of a Youth in Action grant under the Actions concerned is responsible for: -informing all participants involved in the project that they are entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, including information about the nature of the certificate and the benefits of having one -issuing such Certificates to all participants who request one.

These obligations are specified in the model of grant agreement between the beneficiary and the relevant National or Executive Agency.

The technical solution for beneficiaries to issue Youthpass Certificates is available at www.youthpass.eu.