FEANTSA Study Session: “Advocating to end youth homelessness in Europe”

European Youth Centre Budapest

29 February to 4 March 2016


When: Monday 29 February to Friday 4 March 2016


Where: European Youth Centre, Budapest, Hungary


What: FEANTSA Youth is a growing and dynamic network of people working in a wide variety of fields including social work, youth work, academics, students, law, architecture, public policy (local and national civil services), NGOs and others. Last year, the second FEANTSA Youth Study Session gave participants the chance to share and learn about taking a human rights approach to addressing and preventing homelessness, with a focus on Advocacy. At the end of the 2015 Study Session, members of the network decided that they wanted to plan coordinated advocacy and campaigning activities to raise awareness about youth homelessness and human rights, to advocate for the prevention of youth homelessness and to advocate ending youth homelessness in Europe.


These significant challenges require reflection, planning and time to implement them successfully. This is why, in 2016, FEANTSA Youth will organize a Special Project: after a five-day Study Session, a collaborative advocacy action will be implemented by participants followed by an evaluation meeting towards the end of the year.

The objectives of this Special Project are:

  1. deepen participants’ understanding of the steps required to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate advocacy actions
  2. build capacity to advocate together - participants will work together to establish an advocacy plan for FEANTSA Youth, including local/regional advocacy actions for the next 12 – 18 months
  3. ensure the running and the stimulation of FEANTSA Youth Network


Who: You!

If you are:

  • Young (ideally under age 30, but some exceptions will be made)
  • Working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Interested in human rights, advocacy, contributing to better practices and policies
  • Can communicate in English
  • Enthusiastic, energetic and prepared to engage in non-formal education
  • Willing to commit yourself after the study session in order to plan and carry out coordinated advocacy work together with other participants


How: online applications will open on 7 December until 20 December >> New deadline: extended until Sunday 3 January 2016 at 20:00 CET. Click here to access the online application form


More information: office@feantsa.org

Application process: 30 participants will be selected by the end of January 2016 based on:

  • Motivation, knowledge of youth homelessness issues, experience with youth work, human and housing rights, advocacy, geographic balance, and age.
  • A maximum of 2 – 3 participants will be chosen from each country


Cost: Travel, accommodation and meal costs will be covered by the Council of Europe; a €50 registration fee will be charged.


Click here to access the German version of the Call for application


Click here to access the Spanish version of the Call for application


News Type: 
Youth homelessness