How can policies enable young people to be active citizens? How can they support young people to be included in society and to realise their potential and aspirations? Our course will equip learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. A youth policy is a strategy by public authorities, providing young people with opportunities for successful integration in society and enabling them to be active and responsible. Learners will learn about the essential elements of youth policy, the steps of youth policy (development, delivery, evaluation), its impact in the lives of young people, and they will reflect on their future steps in youth policy.


By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Understand the “essentials” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, history, European and national levels).
  • Become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, evidence-based, participation, inclusion, youth work).
  • Understand how to build a framework for youth policy (identifying key issues, priority areas and themes).
  • Understand the major steps for youth policy development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation.
  • Reflect on the future of youth policy and their own future engagement in youth policy.
  • Be ready to take steps for further involvement in youth policy.

Target Audience: Our course is open and free for anyone interested. We encourage in particular youth policy makers from different levels, youth workers and youth leaders, youth NGOs and youth researchers to join the course.

Course is offered by the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth.

The information and views set out in this MOOC are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission and/or the Council of Europe, as partner institutions of the European Commission-Council of Europe youth partnership. The European Commission and the Council of Europe do not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this study. Neither they nor any other person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.