On the 7th of May 2024, StartNet is organising in collaboration with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and Connecting Europe the online conference "Bridging the Gap: Empowering Young People’s #TransitionToWork and Civic Participation" from 2 to 4 pm (CEST).   

Join the event to engage with high level EU policy makers, organisations and experts, and discover more about StartNet network’s innovations and experience. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/3aw234fu

In various European regions, challenges like youth unemployment, educational dropouts, and skills mismatches persist, posing significant implications for individuals, economies, and societies. As we reflect on the European Year of Youth 2022 and the European Year of Skills, we also celebrate 7 years of StartNet Network Transition Education-to-Work and its history of promoting young people’s #TransitionToWork. 

Ahead of the European elections in June, where the youth vote holds significant potential, it's crucial to address the remaining challenges and future priorities for decision-makers, experts, practitioners, and young people themselves. The conference will provide a space for dialogue on these critical issues and will serve as an opportunity to present StartNet's most relevant achievements and learnings, aiming to support young people in their journey towards meaningful employment.  

The event features a series of engaging sessions, highlighting StartNet's achievements, a keynote address by MEP Alicia Homs (tbc), and panel discussions on European policy and practice, featuring Massimiliano Mascherini, Head of Social policies research unit at Eurofound and Natalia Kallio, Board Member at European Youth Forum, MEPs, EU experts, and local practitioners. 

Breakout sessions will explore inspiring practices and challenges in young people's empowerment through education and the labour market, covering topics such as career guidance, cross-sectoral cooperation, future skills, and European mobility.  

The event will be accompanied by a graphic recorder, who will support the visual communication with his live sketching of discussions and takeaways.  

For more information  contact perla.zanini@goethe.de

The StartNet project strives for young people’s successful transition from education to employment. It gathers all relevant stakeholders in networks for a collective impact in Southern Italy and across Europe. Since 2017 it co-created European partnerships, capacity buildings, advocacy, a dialogue between policy and practice as well as regional impact projects. StartNet is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and Stiftung Mercator. 
Connecting Europe is a joint initiative of the European Policy Centre and Stiftung Mercator. The main objective of Connecting Europe is to connect civil-society organisations with EU decision-makers and to transnationalise EU policy debates. Established in 2017, Connecting Europe has grown into a network of 50+ organisations, which includes a broad range of research institutes, NGOs, think tanks, network projects and fellowship programmes working across Europe.