Europe

In Europe, we’ve helped young people connect to their dreams, goals, and communities and develop the skills to make their aspirations and a career attainable. We’ve also empowered our local partners to grow and operate sustainably. Our Make a Connection initiative, launched with longtime partner Nokia, supported youth civic engagement and life skills in 12 European countries. We’ve been empowering young change-makers through our  Laureate Global Fellowship and national YouthActionNet® institutes in Spain and Turkey.

Armenia

2

Initiatives

Our focus in Armenia has been to nurture young innovators.

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Belgium

2

Initiatives

Through Future Smile, the Belgian adaptation of our global Make a Connection initiative in partnership with Nokia, we supported youth volunteer groups here focused on sustainable development. 

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Czech Republic

3

Initiatives

In the Czech Republic, our Make a Connection initiative, locally known as Pripoj se, responded to local needs by promoting civic engagement. 

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Finland

2

Initiatives

As part of a global partnership with Nokia, we launched our Make a Connection initiative in Finland.

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France

2

Initiatives

Through YouthActionNet® we’ve supported young social entrepreneurs driving change in France. 

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Georgia

3

Initiatives

Rooted in our belief that young men and women can offer innovative solutions to pressing global problems, we’ve empowered youth social entrepreneurs in Georgia. 

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Germany

3

Initiatives

In 1994, just five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we provided seed funding for the creation of the German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS).

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Hungary

4

Initiatives

In response to 40 years of centralized and one-party politics in Hungary, the local adaptation of our Make a Connection initiative, Kapcsolódj be!, focused on community involvement and active citizenship. 

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Ireland

1

Initiative

We’ve based our work on sustaining long-term support for young people at the local, national and international level. 

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Italy

4

Initiatives

We've supported young people here as creative and innovative contributors to local society.

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Moldova

2

Initiatives

We strengthen and expand the impact of youth-led social ventures in countries such as Moldova.

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Netherlands

4

Initiatives

Known locally as the Youth Press Agency, our Make a Connection initiative connected youth at risk in the Netherlands with access to positive, productive leisure time activities.  

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Poland

4

Initiatives

We provided seed funding for the creation of the Polish Children and Youth Foundation (PCYF) in 1992, as the country was emerging from a post-communist recession.

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Portugal

3

Initiatives

We’ve always recognized youth as change-makers, and in Portugal our efforts focus on nurturing young social entrepreneurs. 

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Romania

3

Initiatives

We worked to spark and sustain a national service learning movement across Romania through our Make a Connection initiative, known locally as IMPACT. 

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Russia

5

Initiatives

Through partnerships with global entities such as the Caterpillar Foundation, Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, and Nokia, we began working in Russia more than a decade ago. 

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Slovakia

0

Initiative

After the fall of communism in Central Europe, we worked to support young people here by helping to establish the Children of Slovakia Foundation (NDS).

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Slovenia

2

Initiatives

In the early 2000s, a robust partnership with Nokia brought us to Slovenia.

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Spain

4

Initiatives

For years we’ve been empowering young innovators in Spain through YouthActionNet®.

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Turkey

3

Initiatives

In Turkey, our Make a Connection initiative, known locally as Dreams Workshop, promoted youth volunteerism and artistic self-expression.  

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United Kingdom

3

Initiatives

Through the Make a Connection initiative, known locally as Life Routes, we focused on having a deep impact on individual young lives. 

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