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Essentials of Youth Policy

Ended Nov 18, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 8 - Nov 18, 2018


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 “basics” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, European and national levels).
  • Become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, knowledge-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 future engagement in youth policy.
  • Gain motivation and information about different ways of getting involved 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 partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe 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.

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.

Sandra Roe

Sandra Roe


Sandra Roe is an Independent Social Researcher who specialises in research involving children and young people. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Sc. in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Read More.

Sandra is a member of a number of national and international research panels including:

  • The Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), an EU initiative that contributes to both the Council of Europe and the European Commission in relation to evidence-based policy-making in the field of youth.
  • The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (Ireland) Research Panel.
  • Hub na nÓg Panel, a national centre of excellence and coordination in Ireland that supports Government Departments, State agencies and non-government organisations to give children and young people a voice in decision-making on issues that affect their lives.
  • The Ombudsman for Children (Ireland) Panel of Researchers and Policy Specialists.

Sandra has been the National Researcher for Ireland for the last five cycles of the ‘Structured Dialogue’ process, an instrument to ensure that the opinion of young people is taken into account in defining youth-related policies of the European Union. She also worked as a Researcher on ‘Growing up in Ireland’, the National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland. Sandra’s research interests include youth participation, youth policy, social inclusion, youth work and recreation.

Ron Salaj

Ron Salaj


Ron Salaj is a transdisciplinary activist working at the intersection of communications, human rights, technology and critical theory. Read More.

Ron currently coordinates a Master programme on "ICT for Development and Social Good" launched in partnership between ONG 2.0, University of Turin, and Consoft. He is also engaged as a consultant with European Alternatives, a transnational civil society organization and citizen movement promoting democracy, equality, and culture beyond the nation-state, where he advises on various educational and campaign programmes tackling issues such as freedom of movement, hate speech, transnational activism and campaigning. Ron has also co-founded "Science for Change Kosovo Movement", a radical grassroots youth-led environmental movement, investigating environmental pollution through citizen science in Kosovo.

In the past, Ron has worked for UNICEF's Innovations Lab in Kosovo where he led youth programmes, public campaigns, and various experimental initiatives. He has been engaged also in various occasions with the Council of Europe's Youth Department as a trainer, facilitator, expert, and consultant in the field of human rights education, hate speech, campaigning, and activism.

Ron has co-authored two books: "We CAN! - Combating Hate Speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives", published by Council of Europe (2017); and "Making Sense: towards citizen science and participatory sensing", published by Waag Society and the University of Dundee on January 2018.