The European week of regions and cities (EWRC) is the biggest annual EU event to promote regional cohesion and cooperation. This year EYES and IMAGINE - the two Interreg NWE projects - joined forces to offer a digital workshop on "Empowering Europe's vulnerable Youth!" Read More
EYES - Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills
EYES encourages young people who are in a vulnerable position to (re)gain control of their own life. The approach combines personal coaching with an entrepreneurial mindset and digital support.
EYES is co-designed by an European partnership of municipalities, regional governments, social services and universities, jointly with young people.
In NWE, 14% of young people aged 15-34 years are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Since vulnerable young people are rather irresponsive to classic top-down approaches and hardly connect to existing support schemes they bear the risk of long term labour market exclusion. The situation is particularly alarming in deprived NWE metropolitan areas where multiple risks of becoming or remaining in a vulnerable position are far above national average for young people.
While entrepreneurial education has become an EU priority to fight labour market exclusion, a consistent approach to systematically integrate vulnerable young people is missing. In fact, the low number of local projects linking vulnerable young people to entrepreneurial education reveals the fragmentation of knowledge across NWE. To make a real difference, a transfer of knowledge is needed to generate a new, transnational model. The co-designed EYES approach combines entrepreneurial education with personal coaching and a digital platform to help vulnerable young people access regular support schemes they otherwise would refuse. Of the 100 000 vulnerable young people in five NWE metropolitan areas, EYES will reach 1 000 during the project lifetime. 400 of them will use regular support schemes while 25 will even become early-stage entrepreneurs.
The EYES product package includes an App that that can be jointly used by vulnerable young people and their coaches, training materials for professional and volunteer coaches, and guidance for the local implementation of the EYES approach. The project outputs include training labs which prepare coaches to run the pilots in the Ruhr area, Greater London, Flemish triangle, European Metropolis of Lille, and Tilburg.
Ownership of the EYES approach will be handed over to the EYES innovation network that develops the approach further and transfers it to other cities in NWE, and the EU later on. The EYES digital platform will be integrated into other digital platforms such as Smart Cities.
Metropole Européenne de Lille
1 rue du Ballon
Brussels / Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
Royal Borough of Greenwich
35 The Woolwich Centre Wellington Street
Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos
21 rue Louis Dornier
Serve the City international
5A Place van Meyel
Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant
University of Greenwich
1 Old Royal Naval College, Park Row
University College Leuven Limburg, UC Leuven vzw
Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, Institut für Kirche und Gesellschaft
25 Iserlohner Straße
|Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, Institut für Kirche und Gesellschaft||
25 Iserlohner Straße
|Stadt Herne||Dennis Neumannfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Metropole Européenne de Lille||Anne Billautemail@example.com||France|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Tanja Jansen-Hassounafirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|JES stadslabo||Erwin Van Steenvoortemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Royal Borough of Greenwich||Barrie Kelly||Barrie@visitgreenwich.org.uk||United Kingdom|
|Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos||Sébastien Raemdonck||Europe.firstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Serve the City international||Sara Tchaparianemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant||Marieke Schoots||Marieke.firstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|University of Greenwich||Stephen Kennedyemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|University College Leuven Limburg, UC Leuven vzw||Stijn Custersfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
The EYES discussion paper ‘Key lessons for supporting youth in their steps to work’ reassures the EYES project partners that they are on e right track. Read More
We invite you to join us at the virtual workshop ‘Empowering Europe’s vulnerable youth!’ at the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) 2020. The session will be run by two ongoing Interreg NWE projects: EYES and IMAGINE. Date: 13 October 2020, 9.30 – 11 a.m. Deadline for registration: September 27 2020 Read More
After a period of co-designing with young people and coaches, led by University of Greenwich, and of several transnational meetings, the EYES-project reached an important milestone. The framework of the digital EYES-tool is ready. Serious testing starts now! Read More
Jointly with the NWE project IMAGINE, EYES will host the workshop ‘Empowering Europe’s vulnerable youth!’ at the European week of regions and cities (EWRC) in October. Read More
The Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills #EYES project is the proud winner of the most impressive project achievement award of our #NWEimpact event! EU Interreg project with 5 countries and 11partners. Read More
EYES Event 2019 Tilburg Read More
Ein nachricht von Institut für Kirche und Gesellschaft (IKG) von 15.05.2019. Read More
Partner meeting in ACWS Read More
A presentation for the Tilburg Institute of Governance of Tilburg University about her research within the EYES-project by Nicoleta Balau. Read More
Jointly with the NWE project IMAGINE, EYES will host the virtual workshop Empowering Europe’s vulnerable youth!' at the 18th edition of the European week of regions and cities (EWRC), at October 13. Read More
Milestones and events that are planned for the coming period Read More
Participation in the event 'NWE Make an impact' Read More
The Midterm EYES-conference in Tilburg on October 15th and 16th of 2019 Read More
Local and transnational design- and testsessions for youngsters, coaches/professionals and project partners (2018-2021) Read More