Phiren Amenca

Empower Roma Youth

“Empower Roma Youth” (ERY) is 3-year strategic work plan “impelemnted by the Phiren Amenca International Network between 2023-2025.

The work plan aims to strengthen Roma youth participation in European youth processes and programmes and raise awareness about the issue of antigypsyism among young people by capacitating mainstream youth organisations to combat antigypsyism in their day-to-day work.

At the European level, the Phiren Amenca International network bridges the gap between the day-to-day reality of Roma youth and EU policy-making. It provides expertise to policymakers to design and implement more diverse and inclusive approaches to Roma youth as part of strategic youth-and Roma-related documents such as the EU Roma Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation, the Erasmus Plus/ESC Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, and mainstream youth policies.

In parallel, we empower grassroots Roma youth civil society and individuals to influence decisions affecting them and take an active part in the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus Plus. We work in partnership with other organisations to promote an intersectional approach to equality and inclusion, mainstream a Roma youth perspective throughout a multitude of policy areas and address racial biases of the majority society.

The strategic objectives of this 3-year work plan are:

To foster the dialogue between young Roma and non-Roma, and build awareness and capacity to combat antigypsyism;

Empower young Roma and non-Roma individuals and organizations to make use of tools such as the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus Plus EU-youth programs;

Capacitate youth workers and youth organizations across Europe with knowledge, methodology and guidance on working with young Roma;  

To strengthen Phiren Amenca International Network as a network of Roma and non-Roma youth organisations working with and for the empowering, connecting and engaging of young Roma.

The 3-year work plan promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.  It protects and raises awareness of the rights of young Roma, prevents and combats antigypsyism, and contributes to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy and multiple EU youth instruments.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.