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Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme

International Academy Berlin for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economy gGmbH

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015
  • Location Berlin, Germany
  • Geographic Focus Europe

About this grant

The project goal is to bring about sustainable change in local communities across Europe through innovative approaches to youth empowerment and community development. The International Academy for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economy gGmbH provides technical assistance, organizes networking opportunities, and coordinates joint initiatives for the Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme, a Europe-wide network of community-based youth projects. The program was established in 2001 through the collaboration of several European and domestic foundations, the grantee, and the Network of European Foundations. Since 2012, the grantee has acted as the secretariat and resource center for the program. During 2012-2014, the grantee provided direct technical assistance to local program sites; trained young people and community stakeholders on a range of topics; organized international networking opportunities for young people and practitioners in community-based youth work; organized six international workshops and trainings for young people on topics such as advocacy, entrepreneurship, and media; and expanded the number of local program sites from 15 to 18 across 7 European countries. More than 250 young people were directly involved in activities in the program’s local sites. Funding for the grantee’s work and for the local program sites was diversified, including securing multiple project grants from the European Commission. The grantee is based in Berlin, Germany.