YOUROPE – Youth Rites of Passage in Europe

Change the story, change the future
Preparing a community of educators,
youth workers, parents and others
to support a youth’s rite of passage
from childhood to adulthood.

The YOU-Rope project, aims to promote the development of resilient and empowered communities and to prevent adolescent distress, through the implementation of a community-based intervention that mobilizes the local formal and informal networking and adolescents themselves in the identification of specific rites of passage-centered on the own local cultural belonging environment.


The project involves EU institutions working with youth and aims to share and to test a Model of youth growth within their community. The Model aims to identify and to implement positive rites of passage involving young people and youth workers/ educators, making participants aware about the disregarded role of rites of passage, by designing and improving shared positive “rites of passage experiences” (ROPEs) (Blumenkrantz & Goldstein 2010 “Rites of passage as framework for community interventions with youth” and The project aims also to enhance the quality in youth work, promoting the cooperation of institutions working with young people and improving the participation of adolescents in designing significant growth experiences in line with their personal values, cultural heritage, and with a shared EU approach to the transition towards adulthood.

The current socio-economic challenges that Europe is facing have multiple effects on young generations. The unemployment, especially increased in the youth population, the gradual marginalization of some young people, the difficulty of social inclusion of youth from different cultures are important issues that affect, in different ways, all European countries. The socio-economic phenomena that Europe is daily facing also have led to a society that feels increasingly in emergency, precariousness and insecurity. These feelings interact with the crisis affecting the adolescent age, when its reference systems are moving from parent group (the family) to the reference group (their peers).

The YOU-ROPE project wants to prevent youth problems through a more effective, integrated and coordinated approach to education and social inclusion, to be realized by adopting a model “youth and community development through rites of passage” and by integrating interventions during critical points in children’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Thanks to the improvement of social inclusion and its contribution to the marginalization prevention, the YOU-ROPE project also intends to engage young persons as part of powerful forces in mentoring younger children. This will effectively contribute to the reduction of the social withdrawal, allowing final beneficiaries to be more confident and competitive in their future access to the labor market.

  • Cepiss Società cooperativa sociale onlus (Italy)
  • ECTE – European Center in Training for Employment (Greece)
  • Labcom Ricerca E Azione Per Il Benessere Psicosociale Societa Cooperativa Sociale Onlus (Italy)
  • Centro Machiavelli S.r.l. (Italy)
  • Asociatia Psiterra (Romania)
  • Cooperativa Etcs Sccl (Spain)

Program: Erasmus+, Strategic Partnerships,

code: 2017-2-IT03-KA205-011169

Start date: 1/11/2017  End Date: 31/10/2019

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Target Groups

The project’s target groups are adolescents, who will be directly involved during the Survey and the test-run of the ROPEs Model, and youth workers, professionals in education, training centres, associations, etc. Even these social actors will be involved during activities realization: some of them will be employed as stakeholders or experts about the treated topics and, in general, they will be also involved as recipients of the dissemination


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  • Young people aged 16-19
  • Youth workers working in youth associations and youth clubs, youth professionals and educators

Our role in the project

  • Framework Survey, to obtain information about the effective application of the rites of passages
  • ROPEs Model Guidelines, for youth workers
  • Dissemination



Within the YOU-ROPE project whave been developed two products (Intellectual Outputs). The first one, a Framework Survey, collecting important information about Rites of Passage in partners’ countries, FRAMEWORK SURVEY

and the second one, the Guidelines, useful for organizations who intend to use this information in the future. The Guidelines will supply information to the youth workers/professionals interested in applying the ROPEs Model in their working environment.

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