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Youth and community empowerment in EuropeInternational perspectives$
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Peter Evans and Angelika Krüger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305910.001.0001

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Introduction: the theoretical context of the YEPP approach

Introduction: the theoretical context of the YEPP approach

(p.1) One Introduction: the theoretical context of the YEPP approach
Youth and community empowerment in Europe

Peter Evans

Angelika Krüger

Policy Press

YEPP is based on the historical movements of community development and community education. Both of these approaches are participatory and aim to empower the capacity of citizens to influence directly the conditions that affect their lives. Through partnerships between the public, private and independent sectors and by operationalising YEPP's theory and concept of change, YEPP involves youth and communities in constructing their futures. The complex topic of empowerment is divided into seven domains in an empowerment matrix where change may be expected to take place at both individual and community levels. These are: personal-social; political; economic; cultural; education and training; legal and health and environment. There are 10 key non-negotiable principles that underlie the implementation of YEPP on the ground. These stress: the needs of the community and availability of resources; cross-sectoral partnerships; involvement of local stake-holders in planning, implementation and evaluation; involving young people in decision-making; integrating action with evaluation and feedback; bridging gaps between schools, youth, the community and informal education; investing in the capacities of young people; providing equal opportunities; integrating local and trans-national activities and advocating for new policies.

Keywords:   Community development, Community education, Empowerment, Empowerment matrix, Partnership, YEPP principles

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