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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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YEPP I and II: conclusions and policy implications

YEPP I and II: conclusions and policy implications

(p.161) Seven YEPP I and II: conclusions and policy implications
Youth and community empowerment in Europe

Peter Evans

Angelika Krüger

Policy Press

Taken together YEPP I and II demonstrate that young people will participate actively in creating sustainable change if opportunities for civic and community engagement are open to them. Furthermore, all young people including those from disadvantaged communities can benefit from international experience, can learn from their peers of different nationalities and can implement what they have learned in their own communities and communicate the outcomes in international settings. In fact creating a European identity for local projects provides a legitimacy and status that no other approach could achieve and facilitates both youth and community empowerment. Developing partnerships between different sectors did not prove easy. But the YEPP structure at local level of a coordinator, evaluation facilitator and Local Support Group has proved effective in creating and sustaining effective partnerships for the benefit of communities and young people. Furthermore, the best practices that have emerged have been adopted by several local governments when designing new youth policies. In Italy there has also been an impact at regional level with the new regional president being represented at a YEPP conference. This advocacy has also extended to the European Union when YEPP participated in consultations on youth policy with the European Commission. The wider policy implications of YEPP for the future are discussed in a concluding section.

Keywords:   Empowerment, European identity, Partnerships, YEPP structure, Impact, Policy, Future

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