About the Project

THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA FINANCIAL MECHANISM “RISK CHILDREN AND YOUTH” PROGRAMME (EU EEA GRANTS and NORWAY GRANTS) FOR THE PERIOD 2009–2014

PROJECT “THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN WORK WITH YOUTH IN GARGŽDAI TOWN”

According to the data of Lithuania Statistics Department, in 2013, young people aged 14 to 29 accounted for 21,12 percent of total population in Klaipeda District Municipality (10 901 young people) and almost 5,5 percent of young people aged 16 to 25 were unemployed. Based on the study of Klaipeda District Youth Issues 2012 and the research of youth situation in Gargždai, the following main areas of concern were revealed: youth’s physical and psychological health, use of alcohol and psychotropic drugs among young people, low youth public engagement and limited leisure time opportunities, youth employment possibilities by their acquired profession, etc.  

PROJECT MAIN GOAL – to contribute to well-being of young people developing an open work with youth in Gargždai.

OBJECTIVES:
  1. to create a material base for Open Youth Center in Gargždai;

  2. to develop youth’s social and life skills as well as abilities needed for labour market;

  3. to foster inter-institutional cooperation.

One of the main activities of the project “The development of open work with youth in Gargždai town” is the establishment of the first Open Youth Center in Klaipeda District. The project will also contribute to youth policy development improving activities of youth organizations and their participation in public life, strengthening youth organizations and their material base, educating young people in entrepreneurship and providing them with various leisure time activities. Activities of Open Youth Center in Gargždai will influence the reduction of risk-group youth exclusion, constructive youth participation in social processes, youth involvement in useful and meaningful activities and play an important role on social and life skills development of young people  as well as on their career opportunities.

The project is due to create an additional value by developing inter-institutional cooperation, i.e. liaise and cooperate with youth-related institutions of Klaipeda District Municipality. This Open Youth Center is expected to involve not only the youth of Gargždai town but also young people from  neighbouring villages, as it will be the only one in Klaipeda District Municipality and have got a convenient location.

TARGET GROUP OF THE PROJECT – young people aged 14 to 29 with special attention to risk-group youth. It is planned, that after the implementation of the project activities, not less than 200 young people will be able to use the services of Open Youth Center.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD – 30/12/2014 – 30/04/2016.

Value of the project – 233 115,70 Eur:

EU funding – 178 333,51 Eur;

Co-financing – 31 470,62 Eur;

Municipality funding – 23 311,57 Eur.

Project promoter – Klaipėda District Municipality Administration.

Project manager and contact person – Adelija Radžienė, senior specialist (youth’s affairs coodinator) of Klaipėda District Municipality Administration Education Division.

adelija.radziene@klaipedos-r.lt; tel. +370 46 452463; +370 686 30736