Inclusion and diversity are core values of the European Union therefore the European Solidarity Corps Programme places a special emphasis on including young people with fewer opportunities.
When we talk about inclusion and diversity projects in the context of the European Solidarity Corps we generally refer to projects that:
- either actively involve young people with fewer opportunities (providing tailormade preparation, support and follow-up for them);
- and/or address issues of inclusion and diversity that ultimately benefit young people with fewer opportunities
The Maltese National Agency who has been actively supporting organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities and projects addressing inclusion and diversity issues, has an inclusion and diversity officer who can guide you through the options for your inclusion and diversity project.
What kind of support is provided by the Programme for Organisations?
Young people with fewer opportunities should be able to participate in the European Solidarity Corps projects like any other young person. Sometimes this requires specific support. Under the European Solidarity Corps Programme, you can apply for funding to cover these needs through inclusion support (to support participation of young people with fewer opportunities or special needs related to reinforced mentorship, monitoring and support of participants, preparation of tailor-made activities to support participation of young people with fewer opportunities) or exceptional costs ( to support the participation of young people with fewer opportunities or special needs on equal terms as others related to reasonable adjustments or investment in physical assets).
Besides money, there are also other means of support for young people with fewer opportunities to take part in an international project. These are:
Shorter term project activities: Organisations can create and implement volunteering activities for 2 weeks – 2 months to support the participation of young people with special needs and/or fewer opportunities.
Volunteering Teams: Such solidarity activities could contribute to the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities and/or special needs, via providing placements in a volunteering team for two weeks to two months.
In-country activities:Organisations can create projects in Malta to support and encourage young people with fewer opportunities and special needs.
Advance Planning Visit: These planning visits help to build trust, understanding and a solid partnership between organisations; young people can be involved in such visits.
Linguistic Support: organisations can apply for additional funding or access to online support for linguistic training in long term volunteering, traineeship and employment opportunities.
Recognition: Every participant in an European Solidarity Corps project is entitled to a Youthpass. This is just as much a tool to reflect on learning as it is a certificate and can be helpful for young people in unemployment when looking for a job.
Resources for inclusion and diversity
The SALTO-YOUTH resource centres have developed a number of tools that help you to set up international mobility projects including young people with fewer opportunities or tackling inclusion and diversity issues:
- Inclusion A to Z: a practical manual to set up inclusion projects with a variety of target groups.
- Value the Difference: a resource pack to reflect on diversity and intercultural competence.
- Project examples: get inspired by previous inclusion and diversity projects online.
- Partner-finding: find European project partners and project proposals.
- Methods: browse the Toolbox for methods addressing inclusion and diversity.
- Trainers: find resource persons for inclusion and diversity in the trainer database.