Startnet - Bari © Goethe-Institut Brüssel

Youth unemployment in Europe remains a significant problem, despite slightly declining numbers, and it has severe consequences for young people, the economy and society as a whole.

The most effective solutions bring together all the relevant actors: Schools, universities, companies, trade unions, job agencies, youth organizations, politics and administrations bundle their competences, partners and offers in order to support young people in the region with their collective impact approach.

The StartNet project pursues this preventive approach on two levels: in Italy through a pilot network in Puglia and Basilicata as well as in Brussels, in order to engage this network in a dialogue with other networks in Europe. The point is that the initiatives should learn from each other and with each other, exchange good practices and be supported in their common goals.

The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator and coordinated by the Goethe Institutes in Brussels and Rome.