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Sport for Activation of Young NEET – SAYN

The project SAYN-SPORT FOR ACTIVATION OF YOUNG NEET aims to develop an educational methodology to help youth workers empower young NEETs. The phenomenon of youth unemployment is very widespread in Europe and in the partner countries. It can have very dangerous consequences for young people, such as psychological disorders, social exclusion, and proximity to juvenile delinquency. During the project, we will develop a training manual for youth workers using sport and non-formal education to enhance young people’s soft skills useful for moving into the world of work. We have foreseen the realization of 3 international training activities during which the developed educational contents will be tested with the target groups: a training course for youth workers, a youth exchange, and job shadowing. Each partner will adapt the activities to their own language and cultural context. In addition, partners will organize local workshops with the young people in their own city. Two tangible products will be created during the project: an educational manual and a documentary video of the activities aimed at young people. The project takes 36 months with the collaboration of 3 partners from the EU (Italy, Croatia, Germany) and 3 from region 3 (Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan).

START: 01/01/2023  END: 31/12/2025


EU GRANT: 249.059 €





  1. L’ ORMA SSD ARL, Italy (Coordinator) 
  2. NGO NEST BERLIN EV, Germany
  4. PermanentPeace Movement, Lebanon 
  5. Tunisian Scout, Tunisia


The project SAYN aims to develop a non-formal educational methodology to empower young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), through the enhancement of the soft skills needed to navigate the job market and achieve their professional goals. 


” Sport for Activation of Young NEET ” considers two main target groups, which are: 

  • Young NEET: aged between 18 to 24 years, with a low level of education and preferably women (around 65-70% of participants).
  • Youngsters will be more empowered, have a new experience on their CV and develop skills. This helps them to increase the chances of finding a job or a training opportunity, doing more job interviews and extending their network. 
  • Young workers: active workers aged between 25 and 30 years with at least 2 years of experience working with young people, those working in rural areas (around 60% of participants). Preference is to be given to people with experience in sport or in non-formal education.
  • Youthworkers will be able to enhance many soft and transversal skills (e.g., leadership, communication competencies, etc.) and to learn theoretical and practical knowledge on how to use sport and non-formal education to empower young people and fight youth unemployment. 


The “Sport for Activation of Young NEET” action fits into the thematic area about youth empowerment/engagement/employability. In addition, the project addresses the horizontal priority of inclusive societies, working with a target group (NEET youth) that is highly at risk of social exclusion.  

The specific objectives planned are: 

  • To train young people in skills useful in finding a job and to fulfill themselves professionally. These skills include flexibility, goal-oriented thinking, decision-making and teamwork, leadership, confidence, active participation, cooperation, the ability to work in an international environment, and the ability to create networks.
  • To increase the skills of youth workers to support and empower young people in building their working future, especially by involving those with fewer opportunities.
  • To exchange skills and best practices internationally among organizations working in the youth field with the aim of developing a sport-based educational methodology to fight youth unemployment. 


The methodology used to promote youth employment is education through sport and non-formal education. This methodology uses sport to help young people to be more prepared to face the work world.  

During the training, partner organizations will acquire new tools and new activities to contribute to fighting youth unemployment. Later partner organizations will offer these activities to young people in their educational and sports services.  

An innovative factor is the involvement of non-EU countries. 

In particular, the methodology used consists of a combination of: 

  • A theoretical introduction to the project’s topic and the skills it aims to develop.
  • Sports activities, with a particular focus on team and strategy sports
  • A re-elaboration of the processes of change and awareness that occur during sports activities based on non-formal education.
  • Moments of shared reflection and self-assessment of learning processes


The project includes a set of international training and educational activities that will actively involve youth workers and young people from all partner organizations. 

The main activities of SAYN will include: 

  • Training course(Amman, Jordan): to train young people in skills useful to find a job and fulfill themselves professionally. Youth workers from all partner countries will take part in a process of learning grounded on sport and non-formal education.  
  • Transnational Youth Exchange(Tunis, Tunisia): to increase the skills of youth workers to support and empower young people in building their working future. 

Young people from all partner countries will cooperate in activity following an educational program of entrepreneurial empowerment. It allows them the improvement of their skills and entrepreneurial capacities with sport as a tool.  

  • Job shadowing(Beirut, Lebanon): to exchange skills and best practices internationally between organizations working in the youth field, developing a sport-based educational methodology to fight youth unemployment. 
  • Local workshop(6 local workshops, one per partner country) 

This action will be essential to connect the intercultural experience with the local community of the participants, creating a concrete impact on their belonging to society. 

The transnational Project meetings are the following: 

  • Kick-off Meeting, (2 days), Milan (Italy)– Lead: L’ORMA 
  • Final Meeting, (2 days), Rijeka (Croatia)– Lead: NEST BERLIN 

The activities of the project are led by each partner, as following: 

WP1: Project management and coordination – Lead: L’ORMA 

WP2: Impact and dissemination – Lead: NEST BERLIN 

WP3: Elaboration of Educational Contents – Lead: VERE MONTIS 

WP4: Monitoring and Evaluation– Lead: ACD LA HOYA 

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