The YOUCAN project is a KA2 European Project aimed at modernizing and reinforcing education, training systems, and youth policies to address the challenges faced by migrant youth school dropouts and social exclusion. As part of this project, a transnational meeting was held on the 3rd and 4th of April in Brussels, organized by the European Centre for Economic and Policy Analysis and Affairs (ECEPAA).

The meeting brought together partners from different countries to discuss the progress made in the project and to plan the next steps. One of the main goals of the meeting was to build the capacity of the consortium to work transnationally and with a cross-sector approach. The partners discussed the challenges they faced and the strategies they used to overcome them, sharing their experiences and best practices.

In addition to the meetings, the project also included two study visits. The first was to the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, where the partners learned about the organization’s work and how they could collaborate with it to improve the outcomes of the project. The second study visit was to the Parlamentarium, where the partners had the opportunity to learn about the European Parliament and its role in promoting education, training, and youth policies.

The partners involved in the YOUCAN project are:

The European Centre for Economic and Policy Analysis and Affairs (ECEPAA), a Belgian non-profit research organization that specializes in developing European Union projects in the fields of social inclusion, education, youth, and migrants.

The Association Maison d’Enfant pour la Culture et l’Education (AMECE), a social promotion NGO based in Turin, Italy, that focuses on addressing the needs of children, teenagers, and young adults with migrant backgrounds.

A school located in Greece that was founded in 1984 and serves about 600 students aged 16 – 19 with 80 teachers. The school comprises four different sectors (Informatics, Healthcare & Welfare, Agriculture/Food Technology/Nutrition, and Business/Economics) and includes a number of specialized teaching laboratories for each department and is equipped with modern ICT infrastructure.

Joint, one of the biggest and most innovative youth associations in Italy, which focuses on providing learning opportunities to young people through international experiences such as European Solidarity Corps, International volunteering, Work Camps, local and international Training Courses, Youth Exchanges, and Capacity Building Projects.

AidLearn, a Training, Research-Action, and Consulting Company, which operates at local, national, and European Union level, dedicated to the design, implementation, and evaluation of studies, projects, and training activities that promote individual, organizational, or local development.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cáceres (Camara Oficial de Comercio e Industria Cáceres), a Public Law Body, whose main aim is to defend the general commercial and industrial interests of the province of Caceres, Spain. The Chamber is run by a group of 29 entrepreneurs who are elected every four years by all the entrepreneurs from the Province of Caceres.