ALMA | An Inclusion Initiative for Young People

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Introduction

ALMA, short for “Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve” is an initiative by the European Union (EU) that aims to support young people (18 – 29 y.o.) who find themselves outside of employment, education, or training (NEETs).

The primary objective is to support the most vulnerable among them, including those dealing with challenges like disability, long-term unemployment, inadequate qualifications or skills, and a migration background.

This initiative seeks to empower these young people by providing opportunities for work or training. By addressing both individual and structural barriers, such as disabilities or limited qualifications, ALMA aims to facilitate their integration into society and improve their prospects for a better future.

How ALMA works

This program gives participants:

  • Specialised training in their own country
  • Hands-on work experience with mentor support for 2 to 6 months in another EU country
  • After they return, ongoing help to use their new skills for finding a job or pursuing more education in their home country

ALMA covers the costs for participants, such as:

  • travel
  • insurance
  • social security
  • basic needs such as food and accommodation
  • coaching and counselling before, during and after the stay abroad

How can I apply?

ALMA doesn’t accept individual applications.

Youth organisations supported by these programs are responsible for finding and selecting participants who meet the criteria for ALMA.

So, if you are a young individual and you want to apply, you need to connect with these organisations to be considered for the initiative.

How can organisations get involved in ALMA?

If you’re a group or a organisation in an EU country and you would like to join this initiative, reach out to the ESF+ management authority in your area.

This could be relevant for organisations like youth groups, non-profits, local governments, job center, schools, or vocational education/training providers.

If you want more details, contact [email protected] and take a look at the ALMA guidance manual.

Do you want to know more?

If you want to find out more about this initiative, how it works and all the details of participation check the official website.

 

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