Employability and entrepreneurship, Youth Mobility

Mobility in The Mind

Launched in 2015, Mobility in the Mind aimed to address one of the most pressing issues for young people in Europe – unemployment. Drawing on the know-how and experience of EYCA member organisations, the programme supported young people to develop their entrepreneurial skills and co-create career opportunities for themselves and all young people in Europe in five economic sectors.

EYCA Young Innovators

Through Mobility in the Mind, twenty young people from five European countries became EYCA Young Innovators. For one year, the EYCA Young Innovators worked closely with the EYCA member organisation in their country to:

  • Offer new insight into what entrepreneurship and employability mean to young people in Europe
  • Co-create and innovate European Youth Card services to boost entrepreneurship and employability among all young people
  • Gain valuable skills and hands-on experience in developing a business plan, thus creating new career opportunities for themselves.

EYCA and its member organisations were there all the way, supporting the development of the ideas and skills of Young Innovators through mentoring, connecting them with their peers from across Europe, with business partners and potential investors, so that Mobility in the Mind provided a truly valuable learning experience.

As part of the programme, the EYCA Young Innovators took part in several events. The calendar included a Symposium in Portugal (17-20 March, 2015) and five seminars dedicated to each economic sector (April – November 2015). The seminars brought together EYCA Young Innovators, EYCA member organisations and potential business partners to build sectorial partnerships and further develop their projects.

Five Innovation Sectors

The Young Innovators worked with five EYCA member organisations to develop European Youth Card-related opportunities and projects in five different sectors of the economy.

  • Tourism and hospitality - Croatian Youth Hostel Association, Croatia
  • Communications & digital technology - Polish Youth Projects Association, Poland
  • Cultural industries - Asociatia EURO<26, Romania,
  • Social enterprise - Evropski omladinski centar, Serbia
  • Green initiatives - Centre Information Jeunes, Luxembourg.

Mobility in the Mind was co-funded by the Youth in Action programme of the European Union.