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In several countries in Europe, especially in the South and the South-East, many university graduates have a hard time finding relevant, good jobs. This is especially true for graduates from the social sciences and the humanities. There is a need to find new solutions on how to create jobs for these groups, particularly within economic sectors that match their educational background.

Social Innovators

SOCIAL INNOVATORS presents an innovative model of simultaneously addressing the challenges of high rates of youth unemployment  and low employment rate in NGO sector, which all present a tremendous waste of human potential and missed opportunities for greater contribution to the social transformation not only in partner countries but in EU in general. In NGOs, young people will hater work experience and become involved in some of the most relevant initiatives and programmes dealing with social challenges in Europe today. As a result, the participants will be supported to create their own jobs within the social sector, where their educational background is essential for further development.

Social Innovators

The Social Innovators project benefits from a 1.110.831,78 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the €60 million EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

The Fund supports transnational project initiatives that promote sustainable and quality youth employment in Europe. The focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge and common European solutions should therefore be explored.

The fund seeks to complement existing EU funding on youth employment initiatives, e.g. the long-term unemployed in the age group 25-29.


The selected projects aim to:

  • Make it easier for 25 000 young people to find a job
  • Create 3500 jobs in NGOs and social enterprises
  • Help 1800 young people start up their own business

More information is avaiable here: https://eeagrants.org/youthemployment

The fund operator of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment is Ecorys Polska and JCP Srl Italy.