The Council of Europe has been the driving force behind youth policy and youth work in Europe for over 40 years, breaking new ground with innovative policies, approaches and educational materials.
  • The All Different All Equal youth campaigns against racism, xenophobia and intolerance which ran in more than 40 countries;
  • The Roma Youth Action Plan which is helping to empower Roma young people and highlight their concerns.
  • The Compass and Compasito human rights education manuals, which have been translated into more than 30 languages;
  • The Gender Matters training manual on tackling gender-based violence;
  • Portfolio, which enables youth workers to assess and validate their skills and experience.
  • The European Youth Weeks – in 1985, 1992 and 1995 – high visibility youth festivals which put young people’s concerns in the limelight;
  • The development of living libraries – where borrowers “take out” and talk to people instead of books – to break down prejudice and stereotypes.