issue 4, year 2

Spotlight: dissemination & networking


‘Youth Policy Responses to the Contemporary Challenges Faced by Young People’


The EU-CoE youth partnership, in the framework of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, asked the CATCH-EyoU Consortium to present the WP3 Blue Paper at the symposium “Youth Policy Responses to the Contemporary Challenges Faced by Young People” they organized from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Prague (


Cinzia Albanesi (UNIBO) and Lorenzo Floresta (FNG) as WP10 leaders participated with the aim to disseminate the results of WP3 during the interactive events called “Youth Policy Fair”, an open space for learning on practice and policy responses to contemporary challenges at local, national and European level. The aim of the presentation was to engage with stakeholders and start conversations with practitioners, researchers, policy makers, representatives of different European, national or local youth organisations.

The symposium offered to its participants the opportunity to attend different thematic squares on “Belonging”, “Agency and empowerment”, “Participation and expression” and “Working and creating”. Thematic squares were interactive, allowing participants to explore thematic areas of youth policy of particular relevance to young people’s lives today, by sharing examples of effective practice of youth policy that tackle contemporary challenges. During the final session, thematic groups shared their key messages, which were also graphically presented.

Matthew Johnson, Director for Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Council of Europe and Jacob Kornbeck, Youth, Volunteer Solidarity and Traineeships Office Unit, European Commission were in charge of the opening speech of the symposium.

Plenary sessions included a keynote of Steven Roberts (Monash University, Australia) on Young people’s experiences and aspirations and the contemporary challenges they face, and story telling by young activists (Vicky Anne Reichling, from CGJL - Conférence Génerale de la Jeunesse du Luxembourg a.s.b.l) and youth workers (Bruno Antonio, form DYPALL Network, Portugal).

Participants had the opportunity to have interesting conversations and to network during the different working sessions and during informal time, including a wonderful dinner on a cruise boat!

This Symposium gave to CATCH-EyoU project a wide space to disseminate and share the results in a international context, with policy makers, researchers and young people, and with  representatives from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Czech Ministry for Youth and Sport and other several Public and Private International Institutions.

If you want to know more on the results of the symposium see the report and the compendium, authored by the rapporteur John Muir, with inputs from many contributors,on the web page of the Symposium

CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 649538