Explore the context and purpose of this international long-term project


  • Title
    How To Start Up For Young People
  • Location
    Armenia & France
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Stages
  • Countries
Applicant and Coordinating Organization

Educational & Cultural Bridges NGO


The one year project “How to START UP for Young People” is financed by European Commission within Erasmus Plus projects and will be devoted to fighting against unemployment among young people, especially from vulnerable groups, poor background and fewer opportunities.

No doubt that one project cannot solve such a huge problem as unemployment that young people face today in Europe, but the international team of professional experts and trainers who have designed the project will train and teach young people entrepreneurship, leadership skills and knowledge how to START UP their own small business or job.

On this purpose the project will involve eight participating countries in total, where the unemployment problem is the highest in Europe.

Participating Countries

From EU 5 participating countries were selected such as: Greece, Italy, Croatia, Portugal and France. From Eastern Partnership countries totally 3 will be participants: Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine.


Hosting Organization

The hosting organization is “Educational and Cultural Bridges” NGO, based in Armenia. The organization was founded in 2013 and has implemented numerous projects on local and international level. The detailed information about the organization, projects and partners can be found on the official web page of the NGO.

Why the project is important

The problem of high rate of unemployment among young people is one of the major problems that young people, especially from vulnerable groups, face today in Europe and a problem that needs to be solved, as in some countries (especially participating in this project) it remains No. 1 problem troubling young people today.

Very often in a failed attempt to find a job in their countries young people hopelessly leave their homes for better opportunities and possibilities, though leaving and migrating can also bring its negative effects especially if the young people are not that educated or experienced they might easily become victims of trafficking, member of a criminal group and etc.

So fighting with the problem of unemployment by means of educating young people, transforming entrepreneurship skills to young people, we will not only help youngsters to find or create a good job but will keep them away from violence, crime and psychical disorders.

All eight selected countries of the project have extremely high rate of unemployment among youth. According to the World Bank Data of 2017, the picture of our 8 participating countries is the following:

  • Greece

  • Italy

  • Armenia

  • Croatia

  • Georgia

  • Portugal

  • France

  • Ukraine


The situation is nearly the same in all 8 participating countries, every 3rd young person is unemployed, in Greece even worse every second youngster. These figures are very dramatic and alarming.

According to “Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion” department of European Commission high youth unemployment co-exists sometimes with increased difficulties in filling vacancies, which points to the existence of labour market mismatches, due to inadequate skills, limited geographic mobility or inadequate wage conditions. All the participating organizations try to solve problem of unemployment by means of different educational projects.


    The main aim and objectives of the project
    • To gather young leaders, youth workers from 8 participating countries to discuss the problem of unemployment among youth in each country. The consequences that the problem of unemployment has on young people (for ex. migration issue, crime rate rise, mental illnesses and so on).
    • Finding similarities and differences in participating countries in the topic of Youth unemployment.
    • To raise the issue of unemployment and ways to fight against it.
    • Ways and possibilities how the leaders through NGOs can help and educate young unemployed people especially with fewer opportunities, regions, low income families, migrant background and so on.
    • Non- formal education as a main tool to fight against unemployment among youth.
    • NGOs and their roles, non- formal education role.
    • Experience exchange of the NGOs. Best examples.
    • Entrepreneurship as one of the ways to fight the problem of unemployment.
    • How to start up: skills, knowledge and basic information which will be provided to you people with the help of professional Speakers, Experts and Trainers in the topic of Entrepreneurship, Business Education and Start Up methods.
    • To create for young people peaceful atmosphere for inter cultural communication and self- expression. They will be given chance to express their problems, ideas and things that worry them.
    • To raise awareness of young people about volunteering and non-formal education, Erasmus + and other learning opportunities offered by European Commission.
    • To give young people knowledge and essential skills about leadership and creative entrepreneurship.
    • To empower youth leaders, workers, young people and volunteers with the most relevant skills such as: leadership skills, Communications skills, Correct language to be used, professional CV and motivation writing, correctly preparing for interviews, correct application form feeling and etc.
    • Give opportunity to young people to work in a multinational environment with young people same age from different countries.
    • Learning by doing methods.
    • Give chance to young people to develop their joint ideas, projects, create cooperation among young people on the European level.
    • To set up partnership and cooperation not only between participating organization, countries but young people of that 8 participating countries.
    • To motivate young people to START UP and discover in themselves their talents.
    • Building business and entrepreneurship on HOBBY.
    • And of course create space and conditions for young people to learn about other cultures, history, habits and mentality of 8 participating countries, which are Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Portugal and France.
    • Also one of the major aims is to bring together experts in the field of entrepreneurship and business with unexperienced young people to create the bridge of cooperation.
    • Presentation of European Commission, mainly Erasmus Plus Projects, its possibilities, projects such as Formal Learning, Non-formal learning, EVS programs and so on.

    How to Start Up For Young People

    The project will be implemented totally in 8 steps with 3 main implementing stages
    2 Capacity Building Activities + 1 Mobility Activity