Dear reader,

This survey is an integral part of the research and mapping the youthwork eco-systems within the KA2 project “A step between” (2018-3-MK01-KA205-059975).

In this research, we are going to be focusing on three critical points of analysis.

The first point will be youth grass-root organizations. We will attempt to map out the grass-root youth organizations and their resources, capacities, areas of interest, their way of functioning and the conditions they provide to the youth workers. We will also observe their role in processing further the ideas of young people.

The second point for mapping will be the European institutions and the decision making processes. This mapping process will provide information on the relevant policy and decision-makers regarding “youth work”. This map will be useful for advocacy and lobbying activities of youth workers and grass-root organizations that do not understand that much the European arena. This will also explain the process of a bottom-up approach in terms of legislation, policy and program changes.

The third point for mapping will elaborate on the representation processes of youth workers in Brussels. It will explain the role of the representation body (ex. the European Youth Forum), the decision-making process regarding the youth workers and the possibility for youth workers to join the advocacy and mobilization campaigns.

This report will help many youth workers and youth organizations to understand the different aspects of the youth worker’s environment and will help them become aware of how they can get involved in the decision-making processes, advocacy, and campaigning activities.

The innovative approach is the combination of the three areas (grass-root organizations, institutions, and representation) into one report that will make youth workers better understand their environment and help them organize and advocate for the improvement of their condition. Simply not having such a map is missing the opportunity for a bottom-up approach in terms of policy change, changes to the different European programs (such as Erasmus+) or changes to a different kind of legislation.

Methodology and Scope of the research:

  • The survey that will go to at least 50 Grass-Root NGOs in Europe from 5 different countries
  • Internet research and exploratory phone interview with 5 different NA´s (German, Italian, Croatian, Macedonian and Luxembourgian)
  • Internet research and an exploratory phone interview with 5 youth councils in 5 different countries (Croatia, N. Macedonia, German, Italy, Luxembourg)

  • Internet research and an exploratory phone interview with the European Youth Council

  • Internet research and an exploratory phone interview with members of the European Commission (policy officers)

  • Internet research and exploratory interviews with Parliament members and parliament groups.

For further information and questions, you can contact:

Darko Mitevski
[email protected]

Glossary of important terms

GRO (Grass Roots Organizations)

NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations)

NA (National Agencies responsible for the administration of the Erasmus+ program on a national level)

EC (European Commission)

EP (European Parliament)

EYF (European Youth Forum)

As there is no wider accepted definition of what a Grassroot (non-governmental) Organization is, we will try to provide several key points that can provide more common understanding:

  • non-profit, non-government organizations
  • have a bottom-up approach of addressing social issues
  • local organizations that develop and impact the local community
  • they are not a subsidiary or local office of a network
  • work on community-based projects

The goal of this survey: to discover some initial indicators that describe the eco-systems which will be used for much more comprehensive research later on. Those indicators include:

  • how many grass-root NGOs are there – where? (in the targeted 5 countries?)
  • the estimate of % of the total number of all NGOs
  • who represents them (network, association)?
  • how are they organized?
  • what type, size, topics do they address?
  • how many young people do they work with?

Deadline for filling the survey is 25th of October 2019.

The Survey

*according to the Erasmus+ program, youth is defined as people from 13-30 years old