23 Youth Organisations to benefit from Euro 336,581 with the EU-funded Youth in Action Programme

In the past 5 years youth groups benefit from more than 3 million Euro in EU funds to implement 218 projects
Hon. Clyde Puli, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport, today presented 23 youth organisations with funding grant agreements under the EU-funded Youth in Action programme managed by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA). The total value of these agreements amounts to €336,581.

Hon. Puli said that these European Union programmes are giving young people direct access to EU funds. In the same way, they are providing opportunities to hundreds of young people to acquire and develop new skills which are important for their personal, social and professional lives. These skills include planning, budgeting, public relations, leadership, and how to become member of a group. He said that the Youth in Action Programme provides an opportunity to young people to go on exchanges in which they encounter persons, countries and cultures which are different from ours and gives opportunities to youths to dialogue and communicate more with people of different generations.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that these educational programmes emphasising on the non-formal compliment the investment that the Government is doing in the formal education sector in particular schools. In his speech, the Parliamentary Secretary encourages more groups and youths to get involved in projects and obtain help from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, EUPA and MEUSAC to apply for funds.

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During this activity, a series of information booklets were also launched. These contain clear and simple guidelines and criteria related to the Youth in Action Programme to entice more youth people and organisations to apply and make use of these funds.

In his introduction, the EUPA National Coordinator Mr. Robert Debono stated that “the agency shall be in the coming months reaching out to young people, youth organisations and youth workers to inform them about this fund, which is ultimately aimed to create opportunities for them. Apart from printed material for interested applicants, we shall be going on radio, television, on the internet and on a variety of other tools. The next deadline to apply for funds is round the corner, and so we urge young people to get their facts right and come back to us with ideas. We can meet and explain on how to apply for such funds”.

The Youth in Action programme is the EU Programme for young people aged between 13 and 30. It aims at promoting mobility, non-formal learning, intercultural dialogue, encourages inclusion of all young people and provides support to youth work. The types of projects funded by the Youth in Action programme include Youth Exchanges, Youth Initiatives, Democracy Projects, European Voluntary Services, Cooperation with Neighbouring Partner Countries of the EU, Training and Networking for youth workers and organisations as well as Meetings with Policy Makers. The next deadline for Youth in Action applications is 1st October, which is the third and last for 2012.

Among the organisations benefitting there are the Mosta Youth Empowerment Centre, the Swatar Youth Group, Din l-Art Ħelwa, the Malta Medical Students’ Association, the Society of Contemporary Arts, the Ħal Tarxien Youth Centre, Inspire, Ċentru Tbexbix, Nature Trust (Malta) and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. These projects were selected as a result of the second call for applications which closed on 1st May 2012.

Further information can be found online by visiting www.facebook.com/yiamalta andwww.yia.eupa.org.mt.

These initiatives are funded with the support of the European Commission (Directorate General Education and Culture). Information on the European Union Programmes Agency can be found at the agency website www.eupa.org.mt.