Young Cultentrepreneurs – Supporting youth innovative minds for cultural and creative entrepreneurship
The project will develop new educational resources to motivate and steer young people in NEET situation towards entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sector.
Project Number: 2021-2-PL01-KA220-YOU-000048960
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 01/05/2022 – 30/04/2024
Covid-19 has already put 3 million young Europeans out of work. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), young people constitute major consequences of the pandemic, and there is a risk that they will be scarred throughout leading to the emergence of a “lockdown generation”. The pandemic comes to accentuate existing barriers and difficulties faced by youth and in particular of disadvantaged young people not in employment or education (NEETs). It is reported that disadvantaged youth in NEET situation are severely and recurrently underrepresented in the Youth Guarantee schemes; subsequently, these young people have increased chances to become long-term unemployed and as such be on the brink of social exclusion.
At the same time, young people have a tremendous creativity and innovation capital that need to be unleashed to drive the growth of European economies and societies. Studies and project work show the benefits of deploying culture as a tool for the empowerment, confidence building and social inclusion of disadvantaged youth. Creating value in the field of culture goes beyond economic growth and reinforces social inclusion, feelings of belonging and optimism for the future.
The Young Cultentrepreneurs project aims to create a non-formal learning ecosystem to entice, engage and equip NEETs with skills to enter the cultural and creative economy and to allow their creativity, entrepreneurial and business skills to bloom.