Purpose of ENYC


ENYC intends to improve the opportunities for young people across Europe to access opportunities to engage in intercultural learning.


Values of ENYC

  • Value and respect young people for who they are and who they will become

  • Mutual respect

  • Voluntary and transparent membership

  • Democratic control by members

  • Shared economic participation

  • Autonomy, independence and inter dependence

  • Cooperation

Members of ENYC


ENYC achieves its purpose by bringing together youth centres across Europe and by offering an environment for cooperation and collaboration.


Youth centres involved in the Network have a distinctive character. Such Centres:


  • Deliberately engage in international and intercultural exchange and learning;

  • Encourage the development of Europe’s diverse cultural identities and share the Council of Europe’s values of universal human rights and pluralist democracy;

  • Seek solutions to such problems as xenophobia and racism.


Given the great diversity of youth provision in Europe, ENYC centres in different countries vary greatly in the scale of their involvement in these matters. In some countries the network has a single member, in others the ‘member’ is a federation of centres or is a national developmental body promoting intercultural learning through youth work. To be a member of the European Network, a Centre is expected to have facilities of a high quality, including easy access to residential accommodation. It will also have staff able to engage young people in learning about inter-cultural and international matters through their active participation. As they develop, these centres may well offer forms of accredited training for young people and for youth workers in the nature of intercultural learning.


Our stakeholders and our position in the world


To be agreed at GA 2010


How we work


To be agreed at GA 2010




Strengths of ENYC


  • The Network has survived and grown over time

  • There is a strong youth membership

  • Members have a common understanding about their principles, their work and the Network

  • The Centres are good quality and effective

  • The Network survives on very little money

  • The Network has developed a mature base on which to build

  • The members are pragmatic and determined to secure a stronger future for their shared activities



ENYC needs to get better at:


  • Clarifying identity and then positioning and promoting The Network

  • Knowledge of the politics of European bodies, including the CoE

  • The financial timetable

  • Knowledge of other similar networks, grants available etc

  • Unlocking the potential of The Network to add value to the work in the member states

  • Promoting the standards of a quality centre

  • Securing and supporting staff development

  • Communications, through use of website, relevant database, forward planning and scheduling

  • Developing a means of collecting key numbers, statistical information, which can provide evidence of the value of the Network




Members to generate at GA 2010




  • The CoE initiative on quality standards will divert resource and create an alternative forum for cooperation which will advantage large centres with strong links to the state

  • The economic environment in a number of countries mean that there is limited resource available to contribute to international bodies




Our goals are to improve the offer available to young people in the member countries. To achieve this we must strengthen the Network and improve its efficiency. Our goals are therefore to:

  • Improve the administration and communication of the Network in all its forms

  • Publish information on centres in membership and opportunities available

  • Increase the resource base available to Network members for their work with young people

  • Have in operation a set of standards which members aspire to

  • Have an annual programme of activity shared across the membership






In three years time we will know we have been successful because:


  • There will be an increase in the number of young people who have benefited from inter-cultural experiences

  • Member states will be able to show how ENYC has added value to their work

  • There will have been one high volume and influential project

  • The Network will be enlarged and stable

  • There will be a handbook of centres to support improved working between the members

  • Every affiliated centre will have a ENYC poster and / or door sticker

  • There will be agreed standards towards which all centres aspire

  • Centres are clear about what they give to and need from The Network

  • There will be an ENYC gathering that members will want to come to

  • The ENYC family will be the best means of networking


Taking Action 2010 and beyond


The proposals below attempt to strengthen the work of ENYC within the current resource base whilst setting a future which increases resources for the Network so it can add value to the work in the countries. Currently ENYC relies heavily on unpaid work; this is particularly problematic because the lack of timely responses by members mean that progress is slow. As such the Network never moves to a firmer footing. This now needs to happen.


  1. The General Secretary and Treasurer have power delegated by the President to represent the Network, including in financial matters

  2. Basic statistics about members will be provided to the General Secretary by Members to support communication and bid writing

  3. A bid writing process will be introduced and used to support the timely collection of information and to ensure the Network is well represented. This will include managing risk on behalf of the Network.

  4. 3 Skype Bureau meetings will be arranged per year and all members will attend these

  5. The President, General Secretary and Treasurer have the power to make decisions between these meetings and will be openly accountable for such decisions to the membership

  6. All Network bids will include a 5% charge for the Network. This will be used by the Network to strengthen the administrative, communication and planning functions.

  7. There will be a membership rota for the website. Every month one member will publish one report about their work and its connection to ENYC

  8. The General Assembly will identify opportunities for joint work for the following year. Individual members will take responsibility for taking this forward within the framework of ENYC. This will include a trainers network proposal and a map of themes of interest to ENYC

  9. It is a requirement of all members to normally answer emails within a two week period, even if there is a nil return.

  10. The process of setting and monitoring standards in ENYC will take account of the work of the CoE.

  11. Each member organisation should have a named contact for the purposes of communication

  12. There needs to be a relationship between the aims of ENYC and the aims of its members

  13. ENYC needs to grow its membership and its activities

  14. The General Assembly and the seminars should be connected. Each member should bring at least one idea to the General Assembly. Post the General Assembly, there should be an operational meeting to take the action plan forward. Members should put in early proposals for consideration by the Assembly.

  15. ENYC should support EVS.

  16. Network standards should be developed.

  17. The lobbying / positioning of ENYC should be further developed.

  18. Members should decide how they will use the Netwοrk.