Youth for Exchange and Understanding Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_for_Exchange_and_Understanding

Youth for Exchange and Understanding
Youth for Exchange and Understanding logo.png
FormationAugust 28, 1986; 35 years ago (1986-08-28)
HeadquartersAvenue Michel-Ange, 49 - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Official language
Joao Dias

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Non-profit Youth Organisation established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels. YEU is recognized by the Council of Europe and the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the European Commission. YEU has its Head Office in Brussels, Belgium and a second office in Faro, Portugal from where it coordinates a network with more than 27 member organisations from Europe and North Africa. YEU is a non-profit International Youth Non Governmental Organization (IYNGO) independent of all political affiliation.

The Organisation[edit]


Youth for Exchange and Understanding was founded on 28 August 1986 in Strasbourg by a group of 120 young people from 11 different countries, a result of 4-year cooperation which started in Germany in 1981 with the first international meeting - Convention (officially said Convention in 1983) with participants from eight nations. Since 1989 it has been a member of the European Coordination Bureau. Today YEU is a member of the European Youth Forum and the Lifelong Learning Platform and it is considered by the Council of Europe and the European Union as an international non-governmental non-profit youth organisation.


Youth for Exchange and Understanding works to promote peace, understanding and co-operation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights.[1]


YEU is inclusive network of youth organisations, led by and for young people, promoting importance of active citizenship initiatives by using non-formal education as a tool in order to provide knowledge, skills and intercultural experience for personal and social development.


YEU is run by youth for youth with a democratic structure headed by a board of directors. It has two offices, the headquarter and administrative office in Brussels and a second office in Faro, Portugal. There are three main bodies within YEU, the administrative office (AO), the governing board (GB) and the assembly of member organisations (GA).

  • The Administrative Office takes care of logistics, project management and coordination and network strategic planning;
  • The Governing Board is composed by seven people and is responsible for general and planning and strategy of YEU;
  • The General Assembly is held once a year with all full and observer members and it is devoted to GB and AO positions elections and to long-term planning.

Member organisations are youth-led NGOs registered as autonomous entities in their own countries.


YEU is actively involved in the Erasmus+ framework and works closely with the European Youth Foundation to design and develop projects and events targeted at youth.

  • International projects: activities related with the work of YEU held in cooperation with other NGOs and/or partners, ranging from small events to extended cooperations in Horizon 2020 projects;
  • International Youth Convention: a two to three-week convention held annually when people can experience life with local families, enjoy communal life in a campsite, and spend one week in a hostel in a city in the hosting country and meet with their peers, usually newcomers in the youth work field;
  • Youth Exchanges: a meeting of young people involving a maximum of 40 participants and lasting for around one-week to share ideas and discuss on a particular theme such as environmental protection, equality and democracy, active citizenship, social inclusion, youth entrepreneurship, human rights education, etc.;
  • Trainings: one-week long full immersion training activities aimed at improving competencies of youth workers in member organisations;
  • Work camps: field work organised by a member organisation to perform a specific activity on a very local level to foster volunteering and youth work;
  • Internships: periods of apprenticeship at one of the two offices open for people willing to explore the inner workings of an INGYO.


Organisation Country Status
Act4Change  Belgium Full Member
Active Bulgarian Society  Bulgaria Full Member
Agency for Development and Cooperation Cerebra  Bosnia and Herzegovina Full Member
Armenia Progressive Youth  Armenia Full Member
Associação Movimento Juvenil em Olhão  Portugal Full Member
Association for Development, Education and Labour  Slovakia Full Member
"Bridge to the Future" Youth Public Union  Azerbaijan Full Member
Center for Intercultural Dialogue  Macedonia Full Member
Center for Social Innovations "Centrifuge"  Serbia Full Member
CIM Horyzonty  Poland Full Member
Civil Life Association  Turkey Full Member
Club Culturel Ali BELHOUANE  Tunisia Full Member
Community Volunteers Foundation  Turkey Full Member
Development NO Borders  Egypt Full Member
Express Yourself  Latvia Full Member
Foundation of Regional Initiatives  Ukraine Full Member
Impronta Giovani  Italy Full Member
Institute for Ukrainian Studies  Ukraine Full Member
Ireli  Azerbaijan Full Member
Jaunimo mainai ir bendradarbiavimas  Lithuania Full Member
No Excuse  Slovenia Full Member
Resource Centee Leskovac  Serbia Full Member
YEU Estonia  Estonia Full Member
Youth Exchange and Understanding Malta  Malta Full Member
Youth Exchange and Understanding Cyprus  Cyprus Full Member
ZID Montenegro  Montenegro Full Member
Ενωμένες Κοινωνίες των Βαλκανίων/United Societies of Balkans - U.S.B.  Greece Full Member
Culture Goes Europe Erfurt E.V.  Germany Observer Member
Generation of Changes  Ukraine Observer Member
Gibberish  Norway Observer Member
Mental Health Masters Association (MHMA)  Georgia Observer Member
Mladinski Center Bit  Slovenia Observer Member
SIT - Center for Counseling, Social Services, and Research  Kosovo Observer Member


  1. ^ "YEU website About Us section". YEU International.

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