The Carnet Jove - the European Youth Card in Catalonia, Spain - has a long tradition of running social programmes for its cardholders and all young people.
Connecta't or Get Connected is the programme that brings together all social initiatives associated with the card, including a very successful series of scholarships. Since 2009 the Carnet Jove Scholarships have been giving young people access to internships in some of the best companies in the region and the necessary income to support themselves.
At the height of the economic crisis, the Carnet Jove team launched a scholarship project aiming to help young people start their careers. Nine years later, the Carnet Jove Scholarships are a huge success, helping over 100 cardholders to do internships in some of the most important companies and institutions in the region, television and radio stations, design and art studios and even the Football Club Barcelona. Over 10 scholarships are awarded each year in fields such as design, writing, photography, radio, fashion, comics, TV production, music, social action and sports.
In addition to the internship, the scholarship provides 5,000 EUR to each winner, to help them become financially independent while gaining work experience.
A new edition of the Carnet Jove Scholarships will be launched in 2019 allowing more young people to kick start their careers.
After over 30 years of development, the Carnet Jove was recently named the most successful and popular public service for young people in Catalonia.