|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2019|
|Agenda item:||4 Plans|
|Proposer:||FYEG (decided on: 07/14/2019)|
FYEG Inclusion Plan 2019-2021: making FYEG more inclusive
This document aims at identifying causes for exclusion in FYEG and setting a
clear pathway to create an inclusion plan for the organization.
What is social inclusion?
Social inclusion is an ongoing process which ensures that those at risk of
poverty and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to
participate fully in economic, social and cultural life and to enjoy a standard
of living and well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they
live. It ensures that they have greater participation in decision-making which
affects their lives and access to their fundamental rights.
Young people with fewer opportunities.
“Young people with fewer opportunities” is a term used to describe young people
who are at a disadvantage compared to their peers because they face one or more
of the exclusion factors below. These often prevent young people from taking
part in formal and non-formal education, trans-national mobility, employment,
democracy and society at large. The term “young people with fewer opportunities”
purposely focuses on the situation in which young people are in so as to avoid
stigmatization and blame. The causes of disadvantage can be manifold, and the
solutions similarly so. Young people with fewer opportunities are young people
who, largely due to their personal situation and sometimes also due to the
choices they make, face different and/or more difficult obstacles in their lives
than other young people
√ Social obstacles: people facing discrimination because of gender, age,
ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc., people with limited
social skills or anti-social or risky sexual behavior, people in a precarious
situation, (ex-)offenders, (ex-)drug or alcohol abusers, young and/or single
parents, orphans, young people from broken families, etc.
√ Cultural differences: immigrants or refugees or descendants from immigrant or
refugee families, people belonging to a national or ethnic minority, people with
linguistic adaptation and cultural inclusion problems, etc.
√ Educational difficulties: people with learning difficulties, early school-
leavers and school dropouts, lower qualified persons, people with poor school
√ Disability (i.e. participants with special needs): people with mental
(intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities.
√ Health issues: people with chronic health problems, severe illnesses or
psychiatric conditions, young people with mental health problems, etc.
√ Economic obstacles: people with a low standard of living, low income,
dependence on social welfare system, people in long-term unemployment or
poverty, people in debt or with financial problems, etc.
√ Geographical obstacles: people from remote or rural areas, people living on
small islands or in peripheral regions, people from urban problem zones, people
from less serviced areas (limited public transport, poor facilities, abandoned
Three steps to becoming more inclusive:
For doing applying an Inclusivity strategy in FYEG we need to extensively
analyze the current situation of the participation of people with fewer
opportunities and decisions concerning accessibility. In short, we examine how
accessible FYEG and its events are at the moment as far as possible and as far
as FYEG can notice it. It is important to keep in mind that even if support is
not often requested, that doesn’t mean that it is not needed. It might only show
that the support offer didn’t reach the people in need.In FYEG it would be
reasonable to analyze the following for the last period (1 year or 6 months):
- How many people with disabilities take part in projects, working groups
and other activities?
- How many people requested financial support with participation fees and
- How many people requested organizational support for travelling?
- How many people requested support with other logistics?
- Ask for feedback from people who requested help, how FYEG could still
improve the support and implement it in the support to offers.
2. Implement support offers
When organizing an event, the prep team should always have a look at the list of
the obstacles and think about how to make the project as accessible as possible
for people facing some of the obstacles.
Concrete support offers in FYEG projects (apart from the ones that already
exist) should always be:
- Sign language for deaf people: always having one person present who can
translate English in sign language
- Linguistic support for people who don’t speak English very well
- Financial help also for exceptional cost due to disability or health (e.g.
costs of a personal assistant, specialized travel items, insurance etc.)
- Travelling: For some people (e.g. disabled persons) it might be much more
difficult to travel than for others.
- Mental health is an important aspect in the lives of today’s youth. FYEG
should develop a clear framework for vulnerable adults with mental health
issues with this information: a contact person, check personally needs,
prep team role, etc. In the Strategic Planning Meeting some principles
were discussed, for instance, an open policy to people with mental health
issues, creation of silent rooms, etc.This should be further developed.
So FYEG could…
- Offer organizational help for the trip
- Connect people who travel from the same regions, so someone who might not
be able to travel alone can get support.
- Organizational support with logistics
- Personal support during activities
It is very important that these support offers are placed well visible in
project calls, so that the people in need can find them easily.
3. Further actions
By doing the analysis from point 2 we get a broad insight in the inclusiveness
of projects and see concrete deficits. Therewith we can develop specific
measures and actions to become an inclusive organization. As further actions
- Implement further support offers
- do awareness trainings on inclusion aspects in projects
- attend events with target organizations so they can build trust with FYEG
- organize a seminar on Social Inclusion
- promote Social Inclusion in the external communication, e.g. do a social
media campaign on inclusiveness in politics and mobility
- create a guide for the MOs to be aware of Inclusion issues
…and a lot more things.
The concept of Inclusivity advances FYEG to be a more inclusive organization.