Young people are important agents of change and can make a huge contribution to human rights and democracy. However, youth in general and even more so Roma youth in particular are often left out of decision-making processes and face discrimination on the labour market.
ERGO Network offers a platform for young Roma to develop their capacities as Human Rights activists and professionals.
Each year before the International Roma Day in April, ERGO Network together with TernYpe International Youth Network invite young people to Brussels to learn about EU Roma policies and train their advocacy skills in order to have their say during the annual EU Roma Week in the European Parliament. In small groups, they meet different stakeholders in the policy process, define their messages to decision-makers and engage with Members of the European Parliament during a breakfast meeting.
Calls for application are published on our website.
Young Roma Professionals
The ERGO Network team supports young Roma in their professional development through staff positions, internships and European Voluntary Service (EVS) programmes in the ERGO Network office in Brussels.Roma – also when equally qualified – face discrimination on the labour market even for internship positions and do not have the financial resources to live abroad and gain international experience. Through our funded EVS and internship positions, young Roma with a background in social policy, international relations or civil society can improve their skills, closely get to know the EU environment, network and gain work experience that will help them to find meaningful employment after their time in ERGO. We advertise open positions on our website.
Also many of our members employ young Roma in order to support their professional development in the social field.
What is EVS?
The European Voluntary Service is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme. It gives young people aged 18-30 the opportunity to volunteer in a social, cultural or environmental organisation in another country than their own for 2-12 months. The volunteering placements are paid and allow for lots of learning – both on the job and through language classes and EVS seminars. Volunteers need a sending organisation in their own country to arrange the EVS. Both sending and host organisations must be accredited by the National Agencies of the Erasmus+ programme.