The first transnational panel meeting has taken place in London. Young people with very different backgrounds from Greenwich, Herne, Tilburg and Wattrelos joined the meeting. 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 Neumannemail@example.com||Germany|
|Metropole Européenne de Lille||Anne Billautfirstname.lastname@example.org||France|
|Gemeente Tilburg||Tanja Jansen-Hassounaemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|JES stadslabo||Erwin Van Steenvoortfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Royal Borough of Greenwich||Barrie Kelly||Barrie@visitgreenwich.org.uk||United Kingdom|
|Association des Centres Sociaux de Wattrelos||Sébastien Raemdonck||Europe.email@example.com||France|
|Serve the City international||Sara Tchaparianfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant||Marieke Schoots||Marieke.email@example.com||Netherlands|
|University of Greenwich||Stephen Kennedyfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|University College Leuven Limburg, UC Leuven vzw||Stijn Custersemail@example.com||Belgium|
The project EYES is about cocreation: projectpartners, coaches and young people jointly combine their experiences and knowledge in creating a new approach. This cocreation is done in local testbeds, but also in transnational panel meetings. This is an example of a local testbed, executed in Gent. Read More