What is the "Youth ’17-’27: Strategic Framework for the Empowerment of Youth"

What is the "Youth ’17-’27: Strategic Framework for the Empowerment of Youth"

About “Youth ’17-’27: Strategic Framework for the Empowerment of Youth”

Youth ’17-’27 is

The text that specifies the principles and the objectives of Youth Policy in Greece considering current youth transformations and their social, economic and cultural dimensions.
The processes that secure active participation of youth in policy making.
All available (and potential) tools and programs that could be utilized towards the achievement of the objectives, as well as, the planning for the next decade.

The indicators, mechanisms and monitoring processes that will be adopted by the Hellenic Republic in order to develop the capacity to (i) evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the actions, tools and programs; and (ii) adjust the implemented policies accordingly, in order to achieve optimal results.
The particularization and adjustment of the general European decisions, guidance, and priorities for the youth according to the circumstances in our country.
It also includes, though, at the same time, the directions that target young people’s needs at a local level.

 The perspective

Developing youth as human capital is a top-priority towards the country’s future and its recovery but also towards social justice and equality both between and within generations. The State is expected to empower youth to develop and to make full use of their potential. Such a target can be achieved only through investing in youth’s own abilities and skills by using their energy and activity, and by encouraging ambition and by creating opportunities for further development and improvement in a number of areas of interest.

Undoubtedly, in order to achieve effective public policies for the youth, it is necessary to design a clear and integrated strategy, which will include policies that correspond to the real needs of young people and commit State actors to a long-term horizon in accordance with international standards. This is why the framework of this project develops specific objectives and presents the kind of action necessary for achieving them.

These targets reflect both the way that the State understands the youth’s role in the political, social and economic life, as well as, the measures and initiatives that could constitute a favorable environment for supporting and empowering young people.

The monitoring of the implementation and the processes of evaluation are also considered as key strategic factors for ensuring effective public Youth Policy. To this end, the following methodology was adopted:

Firstly, for the justification of each individual target account has been taken of the knowledge generated so far on the needs of young people through the use of available research data, the mapping of existing youth policies, as well as consultations (electronically or in person) with the young people themselves, and also with agencies, organizations and collectives working for or with youth.

Secondly, the framework makes use of the existing indicators – national, European or international – but also develops new ones.  These allow the monitoring of the achievement of general and specific objectives, as well as the annual monitoring and overall assessment in order to ensure that the State will remain focused on improving the well-being of young people in an organized and systematic manner.

Thirdly, the requirement for an interdisciplinary policy approach is a key assumption of this Strategy Framework. Therefore, interdisciplinary synergies are thoroughly encouraged, not only at the level of intra-government agencies but also in direct dialogue with stakeholders both inside and outside the country.. Only in this way can it be ensured that the Youth Strategy will have a real impact on young people and will serve as a common reference in any future discussion and cooperation.

Finally, the Youth Strategy is governed by a set of principles that form the basis for the constant improvement of its effectiveness and the quality of the partnerships that will be developed in the context of its implementation. In addition, these principles influence the methods based on which the State processes youth policies, shapes programs and communicates their results.

Youth Strategy Governing Principles

The principles governing the Strategy determine its validity and effectiveness. These principles were identified after exploring corresponding youth strategies at European and international level and after they were put to dialogue through a process of pre-consultation, with the ultimate goal of demonstrating their significance and their possible – further – specialization. The setting of priorities was driven mainly by pre-consultation with student youth through the use of online questionnaires.

1: Ensuring equality for young people and young people (equal rights, equal opportunities, equal treatment and respect of their diversity)

2: Empowering young people and enhancing their autonomy

3: Encouraging individual and social responsibility

4: Promoting young people’s active participation in decision-making processes and centres for issues that concern them

5: Social cohesion and solidarity

6: Collaboration and mutual commitment among all actors supporting young people

7: Documentation  and scientific research

8: Transparency

Data collected and analysed

In defining the key objectives of the Strategy Framework, mapping all possible existing tools and programs in use or planning as well as monitoring indicators, the following have been taken into account:

The outcome of public pre-consultation (August- September 2017).
The outcome of pre-consultation with student youth, with a collection of more than 1,000 questionnaires from Lyceums (upper secondary schools) in the country (September 2017).
The related study of the Social Policy Government Council for the Youth Sector (2017).
The mapping by the Greek Government in relation to the Sustainable Development Objectives 2030.
The mapping of the Central Government’s toolkit and programs for the youth through the use of a dedicated online platform specifically created for this purpose by the General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning and Youth (July-August 2017).
The proposals and comments submitted at a relevant meeting of the Permanent Special Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights (September 2017).
The proposals and comments of the Government Social Policy Council on the draft of the Strategy (December 2017).
The proposals and comments based on the outcomes of consultations in the cities of Komotini, Thessaloniki, Heraklion (Crete) and Larissa (January-February 2018). European and international policy papers, as well as the relevant academic literature.

Summary of the National Objectives of ‘Youth ’17-’27: Strategic Framework for the Empowerment of Youth”

Youth Strategy 2017-2027 is structured into seven main objectives. These objectives, as shown in the following table, are directly linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Youth Strategy Objectives 2017-2027 and their link with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Promoting Self-reliance and Independence of Youth and Facilitating their Advent in Adult Life – SDGs 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11,16

Affordable and Quality Education-Training-Apprenticeship – SDGs 4, 8, 9, 12

Decent Work and Development of Youth Entrepreneurship – SDGs 8, 4, 9, 10 12, 13, 17

Health, Welfare and Well being – SDGs 3, 1, 2, 10, 11, 12,16

Strengthening Youth Participation in Democratic Life – SDGs 16,10,5,11,17

Reducing inequalities among young people – SDGs 10,5,1,3,4,8,11,16,17

Youth friendly cities and the demographic renewal of the periphery – SDGs 11, 12,13, 16, 17