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AY Institute (formerly: Active Youth) has been actively involved in local and international projects (among them Erasmus+, ESF, EUKI, EEA Grants and others) since its very inception. Up until now, the organization has successfully implemented (getting just the highest scores from the evaluators) more than 70 separate project actions on its own (and several times that as a partner). What is more, our NGO has built up a large partnership network all over Europe (more than 400 organisations).

inner peace
This project aims to equip youth workers with skills to promote democracy, support mental health in conflict zones, and enhance their own resilience.
The project aims to foster a transnational network of young activists to combat hate speech and encourage social and civic participation through innovative training methodologies and collaborative work among European youth organizations.
The project aims to raise awareness about the most crucial problem in today's world, which is the protection of the environment.
The "Green Three Seas for Youth” project is part of the European Union’s efforts to achieve a climate-neutral continent by 2050.
The project aims to support young people in joining democratic processes and increasing their involvement in building inclusive and sustainable societies, aligning with the call to engage citizens and communities in climate and environmental discussions and actions.
GREENTRACE aims to create a new methodology for sustainability education, equip youth workers with knowledge and skills, develop youth connection with nature and encourage youth activism on sustainability.
The aim of the project is to help youth transform themselves from objects and subjects of war into agents of peace.
The main aim of the project is to actively involve and empower youth in European democratic life, emphasizing their participation in policymaking processes.
Addressing the alarming issue of violence against women in the Baltic Sea Region, Sisterhood Pathways is on a mission to support victims and educate those keen on understanding the problem. In collaboration with partners from Latvia and Poland, our project seeks to bridge the existing awareness gap and bring fresh perspectives to the forefront.
background of the project
The project’s idea is to provide >100 women coaches with knowledge & tools useful in their career & its development. It is expected that during the project, a network of EU and Uruguayan women coaches will be established and continue to function after its lifespan.
Blue Hearts is an innovative programme that aims to enable non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and youth workers (YWs) to recognise potential leaders among refugees and migrants. Our main goal is to provide these leaders with the tools, information, and chances they require to have a significant and long-lasting influence on their communities.
Young people greatly benefit from data-driven and well-informed discussions about sexual identity, especially in the form of sex education classes, as it equips them with knowledge, promotes self-awareness, fosters healthy relationships, and empowers them to make informed decisions regarding their well-being.
The #EUYOUTH4EUGOALS promotes the engagement of young people and a structured cooperation between different youth organisations to strengthen partnerships focusing on solidarity and inclusive democratic participation of all.
Digital Wise project focuses on young people digitalisation. This action will result in: youth consultations on skill-building needs, three “learning to participate” tools, policy recommendations, networking activities, social awareness campaign to raise the awareness on poverty challenges among youth.
This project focuses on sharing Youth Work-related knowledge between partner organizations and participants, developing new and lasting partnerships.
The SCALE-UP project aims to deepen and increase the acquisition of new skills in young jobseekers in order to provide them with new opportunities to position themselves in the labour market and to respond to the main priorities of the project: to strengthen the employability of young people and to increase the quality, innovation and recognition of youth work.
EYSAD project develops innovative learning and training opportunities for youth work, helping to reflect on sustainability through digital media. The project is aimed at both young people and youth workers and managers and takes a participatory approach facilitated by both target groups.
With the project "GENTLY", we aim to create an innovative package of games that will include both board and online games of two levels (easy and professional) that will reach as many young people as possible, inform and educate them in a non-formal, playful, and joyful way.
With project "Food for Change" we aim to engage, connect, and empower young people to rebuild a sense of community and civic engagement in the field of education, training, and youth work post pandemic by using food as a medium tool
Social Buzz aims at boosting entrepreneurship of youth with fewer opportunities by providing youth workers with tools to teach & mentor this vulnerable group.
outh employment promotion in the cross-border region by enhancing their professional work skills
This project focuses on providing rural area-based youth with mobility opportunities and helping them change their mindset and open up to the world.
This project focuses on creating and improving cooperation between European youngsters and young resident refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers, in an effort to tackle xenophobia, racism, and extremism, and to help the European and immigrant youth be the trigger of change in EU society.
FRIDAY is a project that specifics objectives of the project aim to increase knowledge of young people in environmental issues; to encourage the active participation of young people in European environmental process; to raise young people’s awareness of the importance of taking action against climate change. he project partnership involves 4 organisations, coming respectively from Hungary, Italy, Lithuania and Croatia, characterized by different and synergistic expertise in the field of youth, environment and active citizenship
The aim of the project is to design and develop sports initiatives in terms of obstacle courses for young adults, with a view to increase the inclusion of young adults in an innovative way
The workshops allow teachers, educators, and students to explore the impact that image ideals portrayed in the media have on young people’s self-esteem
The project aims to develop a creative approach that may act in the long-term to benefit young people and their well-being while tackling the negative impacts of the current crisis
The project will develop and implement the Future Skills Cockpit (FSC) tool on a European level. This will allow creation of a target group-oriented instrument that is tailored to the future labor market and offers European career starters the opportunity to reflect on their own competencies and to find out which interdisciplinary skills they still need for their future career
Acknowledging the global need to preserve our cultural heritage aptly documented in the New Agenda for Culture (EC 2018), the scope of the AR4Youth project centralises on training young people in conceiving, designing, and implementing an AR project for digitising and augmenting books, guides or manuals by using as case studies Greek, Lithuanian and Estonian fairy tales, myths and legends
TOMAS project will raise awareness and will allow the combination of cultural, technical, and professional training in a multi- and intercultural context, as well as it will enable mutual respect, enrichment, and appreciation of the knowledge of “other” cultures.
This project focuses on the challenges that youth centers and youth workers faced during the ongoing COVID-19 situation by equipping them with the necessary tools that are needed to effectively work with youngsters.
The project will represent a safe place for women, a chance to feel free to cultivate their interests and share their feelings and inspire those working with domestic violence, as they will be able to replicate them in their professional work.
The project aims to exchange good practices and generate new solutions to facilitate integrated youth aggregation and redefine inclusive urban spaces, not only from an urban perspective, but also from a social standpoint.
During VOYCE project young people will be made aware of the advantages offered by a society able to sustain cultural diversity, gender equality, and no discrimination attitude as predominant values.
The project will empower, bring together and give the youth sector a voice to take an active part in the recovery process in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, by engaging and connecting youth in networks of solidarity, fostering their EU citizens’ identity, and improving their preparedness to engage in supporting their local community.
What if young people suffering from social exclusion could be helped to tackle the challenges of post-COVID times through new connection tools?
Sports as an Equal Playground (SPED) aims to bring sports closer to young people who have fewer opportunities than their peers. One of the most interesting and interactive deliverables of the project will be a special podcast that will share the knowledge and experience of the partnership with others.
The project focuses on empowering citizens by providing them with digital tools to express their needs and opinions. It also aims to strengthen their civic role and participation in addressing ways to integrate information in local communities.
"EuroChangeMakers" covers projects and initiatives that develop opportunities for mutual understanding, intercultural learning solidarity, societal engagement, and volunteering at Union level.
This project enhances digital skills development and competencies of young people, reinforcing creativity and creative solutions to unemployment rates provoked by COVID-19.
To help people flocking from war zones, project aims to create a special programme where youth workers would include refugees and immigrants in their work with youth.
Youth Employment Promotion in the cross-border region by enhancing their professional work skills.
We believe that collaboration of the young people from relevant organizations with the common interests, can break these stereotypes, empower minority groups to improve self-esteem and integrate into local communities thorough sport.
"Social A.C.T. - Active Cycling Team” had the vocation to promote cycling and motivate to practice physical activity as an integral part of everyday life.
Capoeira Connects Europe aims to encourage young people to engage in an active lifestyle through capoeira. The project’s goal is to reduce the social exclusion of disadvantaged youth while promoting empathy and tolerance.
The project aims to foster youth inclusion in urban environments in Lithuania, Denmark and Sweden using urban sport and culture as a vehicle and instrument.
The project’s idea is to provide >100 women coaches with knowledge & tools useful in their career & its development. It is expected that during the project, a network of EU and Uruguayan women coaches will be established and continue to function after its lifespan.
The project aims to foster employability of young ex-offenders by providing employers, youth/social workers & career specialists with tools to teach, guide & employ this vulnerable group.
CoMeDeVa project is a cooperation between Europe and Central Asian countries aiming to raise civic awareness and political participation of young people especially in the post-soviet and partner countries but in a broader sense all over the world.
The project aims to introduce people to sustainable/ethical fashion, conscious clothing and to show possible ways to protect the environment and how to spread awareness further. 
The project intends to raise awareness, understanding, and introspection amongst youth about privilege and social inequality.
Coronahelpers.lt (help during a coronavirus) is a platform for everyone who wants to provide or receive help during a pandemic.
The project seeks to create a special programme in which youth workers would include seniors in their work with youth (or youth would join the activities in the seniors’ centres).
Save The Ocean Project aims to take a small step towards better habits & cleaner ocean.
The main goal of the project is to train, mentor & make sure young migrants have a chance to implement their business ideas.
Svari Advokato Mantija
The project aimed to contribute to reducing the prevalence of corruption in the judiciary and law enforcement agencies. Within the framework of the project, work work was done with lawyers & legal assistants.
The project aims to grow future social entrepreneurs who could tackle various social problems within their local settings, as well as on a wider scale.
The project aim is to create contact between different social groups to foster social inclusion, make young people understand how minority discrimination works and how to counteract this.
Project "Wear(e)able" supports the wave of commitment by young people and focuses on environmental protection with the issue of sustainable clothing, which has so far received too little attention. We say "YES WE AR (E) ABLE" - to be best dressed sustainably! To be WEARABLE for the environment and still be well dressed - yes it works.
The main aim of the 1-year long project “Capoeira Connects Community” is to ensure a continuous and successful social integration of refugees through sports with a special emphasis on gender balance.
The project aims to contribute to the realization of the Union’s objectives in terms of promoting sports and healthy lifestyles among its citizens and especially younger generations.
The '50+30' project refers to the remembrance of 80 passing since the beginning of WW2, The end of WW2 has led to 50 years of authoritarian regimes in many central and eastern European countries, culminating with the democratic revolutions of 1989.
The goal is to provide partner organizations and educational institutes a stage to acquire the necessary competences to apply and spread the easy-to-read language at a local, regional and national level. It will also work on some easy-to-read resources able to raise social awareness on the importance of accessibility in culture and information.
The project is aimed at increasing, promoting and encouraging participation of young people across the EU in sports and PA activities.
The project aims to create strong link between young refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants and EU youth through creative work and cultural activities aimed at fostering social inclusion.
The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about mental health and give tools and techniques to prevent/postpone mental illness to youngsters the public overall. This will allow to decrease stigma about people with mental illness and increase and promote/support the mental well-being of the youngsters.
NextGen4SC forms a project aiming to strengthen the professional profile of young people willing to work in the supply chain sector, supporting them by providing tools & methods to develop such high-quality skills & competencies, promoting this way the quality youth work.
The core aim of the project is to intensify the youth work efforts for peace building and conflict transformation, utilizing mass, alternative and social media. It aims to achieve this objective through the fostering of cooperation and exchanges between youth workers and young people from 4 continents.
The main aim of the project is to ensure a continuous and successful social integration of early school leavers and/or young people remote from the labour market inclusion through digital art & art-related workshops.
The project aim was to give youth workers the training necessary to be able to lead capoeira therapy sessions.
The project aimed to enhance youth’s ability to make conscious decisions about their sexuality and relationships, as well as their well-being and health.
This project aimed to raise awareness about entrepreneurship in rural areas, provide youth with the skills on how to identify the business opportunities that exist in rural areas & develop new ideas.
The objective of the SMART project is to develop information and training material in order to teach young people responsible use of social media.
The project main objective is to contribute to the enhancement of quality of youth work in the specific field of racism and violence behaviours, antidemocratic, nationalistic and populistic tendencies among youth, in particular in the eastern European countries.
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The main idea of the project is to create a sustainable programme for refugee integration through sports and lower existing fears and phobias towards refugees.
Together: Refugees & Youth is about creating a special programme in which youth workers would include refugees in their work with youth, thus increasing refugees opportunities to grow and unlocking their full potential.
The project aims to develop innovative complementary pathways for boosting the employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in particular.
Project’s mission was to grow digital communication professionals, who could effectively communicate with youth and help NGOs be more visible in the EU.
The project aimed to promote partnerships between public administrations and the local community, creating an inclusive environment in which the creativity, motivation and competencies of youth are harnessed.
Young managers of effective career development is about giving young people a real opportunity to increase their employability with a view to sustainable labour market integration, thus boosting overall youth employment rates.
The main goal of this project is to make sure that NGOs and young people are aware of the successful means of integration through youth work and understand their ability to help the DP through various (social) activities.
The main aim of the project was to boost youngsters’ empathy, respect and social responsibility concerning older generations, as well as help to tackle the problem of elderly isolation.
This project aimed to enhance youth workers knowledge about different research methods, setting up and running research studies to boost their performance at work.
Project’s mission was to create ideas on how to be more sustainable and live your life more eco-friendly.
Project’s mission was to promote cycling as a healthy, sustainable and fun alternative to the car.
Project’s mission was to change the approach to- and opinion about people from countryside, minimize negative stereotypes towards them and reduce the ensuing social exclusion.
The purpose of the project "Make Love Speech" was to enhance participants’ (30 Lithuanians in total) knowledge of the issue of hate speech, facilitate their understanding of the importance of human right education and show them how they can use love speech to make an impact on the local situation.
Project’s mission was to rethink the youth's role in urban planning.
Art over Problems
Project’s mission was to provide youth with new skills/tools for solving social problems by using visual arts.
This training course was aiming to teach youth workers how to employ digital tools & methods to become more efficient at what they do, better reach the target audiences.
The project looked for ways to promote an alternative approach to education, personal decision making and governance. Youth analysed how happiness impacts creativity, productivity and learning outcomes. They have practised that by creating their own NFE activities for others.
The project has consisted of two actions: training course & youth exchange. During the 1st one, youth workers have come up with means to teach youth on how to be better learners and users of foreign languages. While the 2nd action has tested the created resources.
The project included an international meeting of politicians and youth in the Foreign Affairs’ Ministry of Lithuania. During the meeting, the ways for Eastern Partnership youth to get involved were analysed and best ideas shortlisted. These were then made available for the relevant institutions and organisations across the participating countries.
In the youth exchange participants discussed ways to reduce food waste. 4 R’s were analysed: recycling, reusing, reducing and recover.
The project sought to encourage youth to be more active in society while taking part in volunteering programs, youth organizations, social actions, initiatives, entrepreneurship activities, etc.
Time to act
The project was part of the European Youth week of 2015 and had its goals aligned with the ones of the Week. The participating youth have taken part in the events taking place all over the city of Kaunas and has also held a session in the municipality. Ideas for higher youth participation were shared were with the local policymakers.
Project has consisted of two actions: training course & youth exchange. During the 1st one, youth workers have come up with means to teach youth on how to start a social business (starting from the basic ideas, marketing, sales and finishing with the actual business plans). While the 2nd action has tested the created resources.
Youth exchange has gathered youngsters from 6 countries to discuss discrimination and ways to reduce it. This included all kinds of intolerance: sexual-orientation, racial, religious, etc. A few prominent guest speakers were invited, which has helped to identify what is necessary for more inclusion.
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