With almost 14,000 employees, the Internationaler Bund (IB) is one of the large service providers in youth, social and educational work in Germany. Its motto is Strengthening Being Human. Our goal is to help people to develop in freedom, to shape their own lives, to integrate into society, to take on personal responsibility, to actively help shape the development of society and to promote international understanding and cooperation.
The IB has established more than 700 facilities and branches in 300 locations mostly in Germany, helping 350,000 persons regardless of their background, social rank or past experiences, every year with their career and personal planning.
Concerning the international work, IB implements European projects for young people or experts, projects of development cooperation and International Migration Services.
The IB hold membership in a large number of national and European networks, such as Kooperationsverbund Jugendsozialarbeit (Jugendsozialarbeit), AGJ (Jugendhilfe), IJAB, Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge, YES Forum (European network for international Jugendsozialarbeit), EVBB (Europ. Network for vocational training), SOLIDAR (European network for social issues).
Activa is a foundation with Örebro Municipality and Örebro County Council as principals. Our assignment is to guide and support men and women who involuntarily lack access to the labour market, due to illness or disabilities. It’s our belief that diversity is enriching and beneficial for all workplaces. In order to continuously develop our business, we often work in collaborative projects. Activa has been a project owner and organizer of, or partner in several projects. Activa has the declared aim to become involved in projects to develop methods, reach new target groups and to influence attitudes towards people with disabilities. Actíva has 40 employees and has activities all over Örebro county.
Activa Foundation is member of YES Forum.
Association Gionet, based in Bologna, brings together 5 organisations in four Italian regions (FP Ciofs ER and CEFAL Emilia-Romagna Region, SCUOLA CENTRALE FORMAZIONE VENETO Region, COOSS Marche Region, Coop. ZEFIRO Lucca - Tuscany Region).
GIO.NET is an association created in 2016 as a natural step of a path of collaboration between organisations belonging to the private social and training world, to certain European projects (TOMS, ATOMS - Action To Make System, ATOMS & CO). It comes from a common local, national and European experience and is proposed as a space for sharing between those who are committed to reflection, experimentation and the exchange of experiences and good practices in the fields of education, training, social affairs, with a particular focus on youth policies.
Gio.Net is partner of YES Forum.
The Specialised Prevention Service Moselle-Est in Freming-Merlebach (Grand Est region) is involved in prevention and socio-educational activities in four municipalities in the Moselle.
On a daily basis, the educators or street workers go out to meet young people aged between 10 and 21 years old, to try to help those who are socially and/or family-oriented, who find themselves in difficulty, isolated or on the margins, towards a more normalised life path: going to school, finding work, becoming a citizen. They support around 230 young people and 70 families.
The specialised service is part of the national association Moissons Nouvelles, which is present throughout France.
In addition, Moissons Nouvelles is a member of the CNLAPS (French Network for Actors in Specialised Prevention) which is itself a member of the YES Forum.
ÖJAB (Österreichische JungArbeiterBewegung / Austrian Young Workers Movement) is a non-profit organization that provides students and other young people with a home near their places of education, offers inpatient and mobile care, and pursues projects in the fields of education, integration, refugee relief, and development cooperation.
As one of Austria´s largest residence operators and as a youth organization independent of any political party and without any religious affiliations, ÖJAB offers living quarters for 4,600 individuals (young and elderly people). Additionally, each year ÖJAB support 2,000 young people and adults (for the most part from socially underprivileged backgrounds) in acquiring education as well as training that qualifies them for the job market. Asylum seekers and refugees are provided for at ÖJAB facilities and can take part in ÖJAB training programs. ÖJAB also pursues development cooperation projects in Burkina Faso (West Africa).
Founded in 2002, the YES Forum is a European network of 35 organisations in 18 European countries working with and for young people with fewer opportunities. Together we act to improve the life chances of vulnerable young people by: promoting their personal and professional development in society; supporting their active citizenship initiatives; and by promoting inclusive youth policy at local, regional and national levels across Europe. In fostering transnational activities, we are a European forum for sharing good practice in youth and social work, and for giving voice to young people’s ideas. Collectively, the network reaches over 650.000 youths across Europe.
To meet these goals the YES Forum organises projects, trainings, seminars and conferences that provide space for exchange of information and critical thinking in the field of youth. In our activities we connect young people, especially those who otherwise would not have had the possibility or motivation to meet other cultures. As we work WITH young people, rather than doing something for them, we encourage young people become active citizens and foster their participation in the decision-making processes. We furthermore offer training and exchange of best practice for practitioners working with young people.