Our Life. Our Voice. Yount people and poverty.

Our Life. Our Voice. Young people and poverty.

The two years project led by the YES Forum is funded by the Erasmus+ programme. It brings together young people from five different organisations across Europe to explore their attitudes to poverty. The young people will create discussions on different perceptions of poverty and as a result formulate their recommendations against poverty and what real and true support should look like.


Research shows young people living below the poverty line face multiple barriers to access education, employment, housing etc. To be poor is a very stigmatising experience, which affect self-esteem, confidence and personal security. Thus, low income is a strong predictor of low educational performance, lower aspirations for the future and finally social exclusion.

There is a lack of extensive knowledge on how young people experience poverty in the different member states. A better understanding is urgently needed towards achieving the Europe 2020 goal of “at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion".


With “Our life.Our voice. Young people and poverty”, we will place young people’s views at the heart of this project to explore young people’s attitudes to poverty and what it means for them to live in families struggling to make ends meet from day to day.

By listening to the young people experiencing poverty we want to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

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“Our Life. Our Voice” Discover Brussels!

The days before and after the “Our Life. Our Voice” Final Conference on 4 May 2017, the project's young participants discovered Brussels and the European Quarter. [more]


Final event

On April 11th 2017 between 15-17, the project participants from Finland held its final event within the framework of the project Our Life. Our Voice. Young people and poverty. The purpose of the event was to give out the magazine...[more]

  • YES Forum
  • The Children’s Society, London, The United Kingdom
  • Cooperativa Zefiro, Lucca LU, Italy
  • Internationaler Bund, Frankfurt, Germany
  • After Eight, Jakobstad, Finland
  • Dynamo International, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ruhama Foundation, Oradea Jud, Romenia