The average unemployment rate for youth in the EU under the age of 25 is at staggering 22.9%. Such extreme unemployment has a negative effect on the future employability of youth as well as on their self-efficacy. Ultimately, such rampant unemployment among the youth presents an economic burden on state finances, producing a negative effect on economic growth and productivity. As one of the key issues in the EU, youth unemployment has become somewhat of an omnipresent topic.
However, in the incessant debates, the voices of the youth themselves are often overheard. In fact, when it comes to the discussions of youth unemployment, there is a general lack of quality participation of the young people themselves. For the young people, this lack of participation in the crucial political and social processes affecting their present and future only adds to the feeling that they have little or no influence on the situation in which they find themselves. The implementation of the project will result in three outputs.
The first is the Training Curriculum for Mobile Journalists. The second is the Mobile Journalsim MOOC. The third is the European Youth News Exchange. The first target group of the project includes youth workers and staff active in education, which will be trained as trainers and act as multipliers in youth empowerment. The second target group includes high-school pupils, students, trainees, volunteers and unemployed young people who will be trained in mobile journalism. By introducing an innovative training program in mobile journalism and providing a platform for exchange and dissemination of news authored by the youth, the project will broaden and deepen political and social participation of young people and enable them to connect with, express their opinions and influence elected policy-makers, public administrations, interest groups, civil society organisations, or individual citizens within any of the political or social processes affecting their lives. In doing so, this project will promote empowerment, participation and the active citizenship of young people, increasing their capacity for political and social participation at local, regional, national, European and global level. By developing a multilingual open educational resource – a massively open online course (MOOC) in mobile journalism, this project will be promoting OER in different languages and produced in Europe; promoting access to and learning through open educational resources; and supporting the implementation of the 2013 Communication on Opening Up Education. By supporting teachers, trainers and youth workers in acquiring or improving the use of ICT for learning and related digital competences; supporting ICT-based teaching, training and youth work, as well as ICT-based assessment practices, this project will be enhancing digital integration in training and youth work at various levels.