Get information on Youthpass!

You might already know from the welcome page that Youthpass is a Certificate. On this page you can find more information about issues that are important to get more familiar with Youthpass and its role in the recognition of non-formal education. Furthermore, you will find here more information about issues which are important to understand the Youthpass process and its principles.


Youthpass in Youth Initiatives

You might ask yourself what you get from Youthpass. We can answer your question right away - before providing you with more background information. Maybe some of these reasons motivate you to read on:

  • Youthpass provides better quality of learning – you plan it, reflect upon it and collect outcomes!
  • You have the right to receive a Youthpass Certificate with information about your project and your learning outcomes.
  • Youthpass is the opportunity to certify your participation in an activity funded by the Youth in Action programme.
  • During the Youthpass process you as a learner decide what you want to learn, how, with whom and the way you want to formulate it in your document. The whole process, the same as the Youth Initiative project itself, depends on your ideas, motivation and creativity

Read even more arguments here.

Non-formal learning/education

You have been to school, which offers so called formal education. The Youth in Action programme is a programme for non-formal education and informal learning and Youthpass is it’s Certificate to make visible what you have learned in your project. Of course this learning is different to what you experienced in school or in university –  because it is up to you!

"The Youth in Action programme is the European programme dealing with non formal education" – but what does this mean?

The definition of non-formal education contains interesting aspects of activities like your project:

  • Participation in all activities is voluntary.
  • The main focus is set on (young) people as learners.
  • Activities and methods are always designed for a particular target group.
  • Learning in non formal setting is planned, structured and evaluated.
  • It’s intentional and monitored.
  • Experiencing, often called as ‘learning by doing’, is the main working method.

By the way: we use the term ‘non-formal learning’ when we are looking at what happens on the level of the individual, which means you and me. And we use this term, when we are looking at the youth work field as a system or a context which includes theories and educational approaches.

If you want to read more about how we – the people developing Youthpass – use the definition and how we define as well formal education and informal learning, please click here.


Recognition of non-formal learning

The background of the Youthpass development is the aim to make the activities people in the youth work field much more known – here initiatives of young people are the important element. Making it more known means as well to take care for making it valuable for you. This is called “recognition”. We identify this recognition on different levels:


Key competences

We invited you to look on your Youth Initiative as an activity in context of non formal education. As such it contains a lot of learning and development opportunities for you. It provides benefits not only for your local community but also for your Youth Initiative and to you personally. A lot of things which you will learn are going to be very useful in your future private and professional life. We invited you to start to reflect upon learning, to name it and to prove it finally by some official document.

For example dealing with the management of the Youth Initiative or an event organisation as a special project – you will gain a lot out of it, like

  • planning skills,
  • time management,
  • team communication and coordination
  • conflict management etc.

The learning outcomes will have a strong impact on your personal and professional competences. Therefore, they should be recognised as such by your personal and professional environment according to the principle – ‘it’s not important where you learnt it, it’s important what you can do’!

But therefore you need a transfer instrument and here we choose the Key competences for Lifelong Learning as the bridge to all other ways of learning and education. But they are as well a great source for each citizen in Europe to reflect on the question “what do I want and need to develop in my life?”


The Key Competences are:

1) Communication in the mother tongue

2) Communication in foreign languages

3) Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology

4) Digital competence

5) Learning to learn

6) Social and civic competences

7) Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship and

8) Cultural awareness and expression

Of course we needed to transfer these general competences to the context of Youthpass and Youth Initiatives. So please find behind each Key competence

  1. the transfer to Youth Initiatives
  2. questions for you to think about and of course to start
  3. the original explanation of the Key competences (as in the political document)

Read more about the political background of the Key competences here.


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Please write your impressions using this feature, or contact us if you have specific questions.
  • Youthpass Team2018-02-13 13:43:58

    Dear k,
    In that field, please only write the street name and the house number.
    Best regards,
    Youthpass Team

  • k2018-02-13 12:28:46

    i have a question:
    In the 1st step I need to give some information. In the section "street adress", should i write the whole adress with postal code city and country or not? Bc postal code and city is aslo asked seperately..

  • Lorenzo2016-10-19 14:55:22

    The Project give me something new about the ecoenergy and gives me the opportunity to look around the main source energies are develop in the world . The Project didn' t was specific as i belong , but i met People really interesting , i know different culture of our Europe comunity and their different costumes. Erasmus + offered me a Great chance to increase my knowledge and grow up.

  • Youthpass Team2016-02-22 13:21:13

    Dear Andre, thank you for your question! You may add your Youthpass to the other necessary documents that are needed when you apply for work or for studies. It confirms your engagement in voluntary activities and describes what you learned in these activities. If the learning outcomes are related to what you would like to study, it may be of help to prove your competences. Also for an employer it may be a useful document that describes what you have experienced and gained from these experiences.
    Or, you may also keep it to yourself as a document where you can find back what competences you gained in the project, so that you can better explain them later.
    Best regards!

  • Andre2016-02-19 23:58:40

    Helllo , i participanted in the youthpass program , and I'm so glad to do that but I just have a question , how can my youthpass certificate help me in my personal life for exemple to find a work , or to subscribe in such university ext , thank you .

  • Guest2015-05-13 23:37:18

    Through this project I had the oppurtunity to get familiar to the Erasmus + programme and its policies. It gave me new ideas to develop my career and skills as well as making new contacts with people in Europe. In Romania I participated a youth programme conducted by GEYC ‪#‎PrismaEU‬ and it was mainly about how we can use social media. And when I came back to my country I made a follow activity with the youth. It was great fun. Thank you.

  • Geoffrey - Pudding Théâtre2015-05-07 12:47:37

    I was very happy and sastisfait to live this experience . This project allowed me to continue to build a European network to present the various projects I developing in France , and discover other project. This project also allowed to know specifically the Erasmus + policy. We worked on our relationship to artistic practice and its impact on the community. Thank you a lot.

  • ELİF TUĞÇE ÇİL2015-03-13 21:54:44


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