Youth in Action

Youth in Action is the new EU Programme in the field of youth lasting from 2007 until 2013 with a total budget of 885 million euros. It is the successor of the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006). Youth in Action is called “Aktiv ungdom” in Norwegian. The Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs is the Norwegian National Agency for Youth in Action.

Visit the British site or the Irish site for more information about Youth in Action in English.


Non-formal education
The Youth in Action Programme makes an important contribution to the acquisition of competences and is therefore a key instrument in providing young people with opportunities for non-formal and informal learning with a European dimension.

A programme for all youth
The Youth in Action Programme is a programme for all. It encourages the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities and addresses young people aged between 13 and 30, as well as youth workers and youth organizations.

This Programme is the result of a large consultation with the different stakeholders in the youth field and is the response to the evolutions in the youth sector at European level. It aims to inspire a sense of European citizenship among the youth of Europe and to involve them in constructing the future of the Community.

Different actions
In order to achieve its objectives, the Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational Actions:

  • Action 1 Youth for Europe: supporting exchanges and youth initiatives and encouraging young people's participation in democratic life;
  • Action 2 European Voluntary Service: encouraging young people to take part in a voluntary activity abroad that benefits the general public;
  • Action 3 Youth in the World: encouraging cooperation with Partner Countries by building networks, promoting the exchange of information and assisting with cross-border activities;
  • Action 4 Youth Support Systems: promoting the development of exchange, training and information schemes;
  • Action 5 European Cooperation in the youth field contributing to the development of policy cooperation in the youth field.

The Programme guide for Youth in Action

Programme Guide English

Looking for a Norwegian partner? 

OTLAS is a search engine for those who wish to find partners. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can also try these sites:


Youth Networks, Youth for Europe or Euro-Med Youth Platform.

Youth in Action Powerpoint

Download a comprehensive Powerpoint presentation in English here. Please note that the file has not yet been updated for Erasmus+ Les mer

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