Involving youth centres in the youth policy & youth work of the Council of Europe

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Quality LabelInvolving youth centres in the youth policy & youth work of the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe Quality Label and the European Platform of Youth Centres represent:
•    an opportunity for existing or planned youth centres in signatory states of the European Cultural Convention to subscribe to the values and youth policy priorities of the Council of Europe;
•    a means of encouraging quality development among youth centres on the basis of established standards for educational and policy approaches within the youth sector of the Council of Europe;
•    an opportunity for international networking and exchange between residential educational youth centres and their stakeholders;
•    a mechanism for the promotion of quality standards in non-formal education and international youth work.

SPECIFICITY OF THE EUROPEAN YOUTH CENTRES
The standard that the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres represents is informed by a quality concept that has been established over many years through the practice of the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg andBudapest. This quality concept covers all aspects of the policy, programme, infrastructure, management and administration of the centre. It can be best expressed and understood through the five specific areas of what the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe do and of how they do it:
1.    Value education
The activities of the European Youth Centres promote identification with and commitment to the values of the Council of Europe through non- formal education with young people.

2.    Multiplication of social impact
The activities of the European Youth Centres aim to support young people to become actors of social change and not only their individual advancement and development.

3.    Influence on youth policy
The European Youth Centres promote and host standard-setting activities in fields important to youth policy from the European level to the local level; intensive co-operation of youth work practice, youth research and youth policy is encouraged.

4.    Knowledge development and educational innovation
The European Youth Centres act as laboratories for innovation in youth work and for the creation of knowledge about young people and how to work with them through value education. Knowledge development and innovation capacity is ensured through a team of in-house educational staff.

5.    International co-operation
The European Youth Centres provide professionals and volunteers of the youth sector with the opportunity to exchange and learn across national boundaries.