Young leaders in rural areas

Goal of the project

Our objective is to promote active citizenship, sense of initiative and youth entrepreneurship including social Entrepreneurship of young people living in rural areas

Who is it for?

The project is aimed at young women and men aged from 14 to 19 coming from rural and geographically marginalized areas of Sicily (IT), Galicia (SP) and the central area of Portugal, with fewer opportunities for their educational and professional development.


The project promotes four main actions aimed at providing key competences and leadership skills to young people, in order to favor their personal educational and professional development:

  1. Launch of the transnational YouLeadears programme, a capacity-building course aimed at girls and boys (aged 14 to 19) living in rural areas in the areas of intervention of the project and divided into the following modules/curricula: Social Innovation, Equality of Gender, Sustainability and Climate Change, Digital Skills. The course will be deployed in a hybrid mode providing for an e-learning platform and face-to-face meetings such as workshops, national and transnational ‘multiplier’ events (‘Hackathon Day’, in Belgium);
  2. Development of a training program for teachers and educators (training for trainers) online and offline, which will aim to develop skills such as valorization and evaluation of the learning path, necessary to implement and facilitate the YouLeaders program in line with the objectives of the project and the local needs and priorities;
  3. Formulation of a Syllabus, a comprehensive handbook on the YouLeaders program and teacher training path, co-created together with the beneficiaries and key players of the project. The objective of the syllabus will be to provide guidelines for the development of youth and community leadership at the local level, thus providing the key tools to involve and train the young leaders of the future in the role of promoters of local sustainable development;
  4. Mid-term and final evaluation report, to evaluate the learning path implemented and finally elaborate suggestions, corrective actions and lessons learned to ensure the sustainability and replicability of the YouLeaders model.


90 young leaders (young women and men) from rural areas of south-western Europe involved in the activities;
15 facilitators/trainers directly involved in the activities;
15 members of local organizations and institutions in the field of youth policies and social entrepreneurship, involved in the activities;
200 participants from secondary schools, youth organisations, public and private institutions dealing with inclusive and youth education and training, youth empowerment and professional development involved in the dissemination activities.


Fondazione Comunitaria di Agrigento e Trapani – Italy (Coordinator)
Asociación LUG OPEN FACTORY (LOF) – Spain
Caritas Portuguesa (CP) – Portugal
Fundación Galicia Europa (FGE) – Spain


The project (n° 2022-1-IT03-KA220-YOU-000086796) was approved and co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme and the Agenzia Nazionale Giovani (Italy) within the KA220 Cooperation partnerships in Youth programme.


For more information on the project or to participate you can contact Mariagiovanna Carpinteri

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