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Essentials of Youth Policy

Ended Dec 11, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 30 - Dec 11, 2017


6 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:



Certificate (free)


How can policies enable young people to be active citizens? How can they support young people to be included in society and to realise their potential and aspirations? Our course will equip learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. A youth policy is a strategy by public authorities, providing young people with opportunities for successful integration in society and enabling them to be active and responsible. Learners will learn about the essential elements of youth policy, the steps of youth policy (development, delivery, evaluation), its impact in the lives of young people, and they will reflect on their future steps in youth policy.


By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Understand the “essentials” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, history, European and national levels).
  • Become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, evidence -based, participation, inclusion, youth work).
  • Understand how to build a framework for youth policy (identifying key issues, priority areas and themes).
  • Understand the major steps for youth policy development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation.
  • Reflect on the future of youth policy and their own future engagement in youth policy.
  • Be ready to take steps for further involvement in youth policy.

Target Audience: Our course is open and free for anyone interested. We encourage in particular youth policy makers from different levels, youth workers and youth leaders, youth NGOs and youth researchers to join the course.

Course is offered by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth.

Course Instructors

Youth Partnership

EU-CoE youth partnership

The partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth is meant to create synergies between the commitments and activities of the two partner institutions in the youth field in situations and on issues that justify a common European approach.

Youth policy is an important focus of the work of the EU-CoE youth partnership.

Laimonas Ragauskas

Laimonas Ragauskas


Laimonas works as a facilitator, supervisor and coach mainly in the area of non-formal learning and training for various youth work organisations, local and European institutions. Read More.

He is involved in EU programmes for youth since 1999 as youth worker and consultants. He developed a large number of training courses on quality of projects implemented within these programmes. Laimonas is facilitating now 2 MOOCs on Canvas: 1) Erasmus+ Funding Opportunities for Youth and 2) Essential of Youth Policy.

Sven Retore

Sven Retore


Sven has been working as a facilitator, trainer and youth worker in the field of non-formal learning since 2005 for local, national and transnational organizations as well as for several European institutions. Read More.

He has been developed organized and trained a wide variety of youth projects and events both in the framework the the EU youth programs and other. Sven is facilitating now the MOOC on Canvas on the Essentials of Youth Policy. He lives in Brussels (Belgium).

Mara Georgescu

Mara Georgescu


Mara Georgescu works as a senior project officer at the EU – CoE youth partnership. Read More.

She has worked for in the field of youth in different capacities: as a local youth worker and human rights educator, as project officer and trainer in civil society organisations and in the Youth Department of the Council of Europe as educational advisor. Her main areas of interest as youth work, social inclusion, intercultural learning and dialogue, human rights education and participation. Mara is facilitating now the MOOC on Canvas on the Essentials of Youth Policy.