Zoom on: ‘artists in residence’ initiatives

The program of the year 2008/2009 took place in italy, in the Aosta Valley, at the station of Breuil. It has been the object of a photo exhibition in 2010 at the ‘Citadella dei giovani’ (citadel of the young). The station harboured young Italian artists (more information here)  

massif of the Alps: Italian side


Young People and transport in rural areas

It is often difficult for rural youth to have access to transport. This study, carried out by Pamela Storey and Julia Brannen at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, examines young people's experience of transport in rural areas. Three representative cross-sections of young people aged between 15 and 24 and living in rural locations in South West England were studied. Some results of their studies show that Young people need transport to get education and work, and to some extent, to maintain a social life.

limited accessibily in mountains areas?


What services for young couples in mountain areas?

“Having interesting job opportunities for both partners is a pre-condition for settling of working age people in mountain areas, but it is not sufficient. Young couple need  education and training services for their children.” 


High quality education in mountains? It’s possible!

Mountain is a place to relax and recharge your batteries but don’t forget that there you can also find high quality education to prepare yourself to enter the job market!
 Several mountain regions have already invested in offering a large variety of training courses, aimed to high school students. 
For example, the university annex of Saragossa in the province of Teruel (Spain) has developed classes in car maintenance, electricity, management and computing, attended by many young people and giving them the chance to work locally.

The province of Teruel offers university courses too, such as the training class on palaeontology, aimed to young curators and restorers under 25.   
Photo: Provincia de Teruel


Norwegian project for upper secondary school students aiming at starting youth enterprises

This project is led by the county organisation for young entrepreneurs “Ungt Entreprenørskap” in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. This organisation is member of the “Enterprise without borders” program that promotes youth entrepreneurship training courses all over Europe. This initiative wants to underline the importance of international youth exchanges to increase practical competences and skills necessary to start an international business.  

Norway summer farm


Innovative rural learning to counter youth depopulation in Slovenia's countryside

This innovative LEADER project from the area around Laško, Slovenia, set up a network of new learning facilities in rural areas to develop young people’s deeper understanding of, and hopefully interest in, rural lifestyles. Encouraging young people to appreciate the pecularities of rural life was at the same time a way to counter European actual trend toward rural depopulation. And you, have you a similar project in your village/ county? Don't hesitate to share your experience with us! 

Photo: wikipédia


Youth in mountains

Animated movie made to highlight situations encountered by young people that live or want to move in mountain areas. This topic will be discussed during the VIIIth European Mountain Convention, that will take place in Chambéry France, on 2, 3 and 4th October. Don't hesitate: comment and react!