International partnership addressing European youth identity-related challenges

Current-day Europe presents numerous challenges to youth identity development, which may particularly hinder development of youth from vulnerable backgrounds.

  • 11/06/2017

Persistent socio-economic inequalities, socio-cultural fragmentation and general lack of tolerance in European societies contribute to experiences of stigmatization and exclusion based on core aspects of youth identities, such as ethnicity, religion, social class, gender, sexual orientation or ability. Current geopolitical situation with high levels of refugees and international migration to and within Europe is creating a context in which challenges for identity-related youth transitions become even more salient.

Lyda Lannegrand-Willems and Cyrille Perchec (members of the Laboratory of Psychology and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bordeaux) are involved in a group of researchers from five European universities and partners from NGO sector in developing new evidence and tools on the topic of youth identity in response to these challenges.

The partnership INSIDE (Innovative Curriculum for Strong Identities in Diverse Europe) will generate new research knowledge and develop innovative education tools for up-to-date university and non-formal teaching on youth identity. In particular, the project will deliver: 1) a course curriculum for an intensive program on youth identity development, 2) a collection of articles on identity-related research and applied work with youth, and 3) an open educational resource on support for youth facing identity-related challenges.

The project is implemented by Mykolas Romeris University (coordinator, Lithuania) in partnership with University of Bologna (Italy), Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania), University of Bordeaux (France), Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Poland) and Tolerant Youth Association (Lithuania). The project is coordinated by professor Saulė Raižienė and associate professor Rasa Erentaitė, both from the Institute of Psychology at Mykolas Romeris University. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership.