Project Title

Wind at their back – working with young people in the NEET status

Project goal

The general goal of the programme is to increase knowledge and skills, employability and competitiveness in the labour market and encourage the social inclusion of young people, while the specific goals are to provide professional and financial support to young people who are NEET, by recognising their needs when designing measures and activities within the local youth programme, establishing a cooperation system for identification and the method of work with young people who are not in the education and training system and who are unemployed, as well as the monitoring of the mentioned population, with local self-government and social welfare centres, identification and inclusion in counselling and the learning assistance programme for young people at high risk of early termination of education, increasing the number and types of services for NEET youth who are also perpetrators of criminal acts, encouraging and supporting young people in choosing and attending retraining or education programmes, etc.


January 2023 – December 2023 (12 months)

Project Summary

In order to ensure optimal development conditions and comprehensive and effective support to the challenges that young people in NEET status face, this project is trying to initially establish cross-sectoral cooperation, between the civil society organisation, the Social Welfare Centre and local self-government. Identification of such young people is the first activity of this programme, followed by other services, specific enough to influence a positive change in the target group and flexible enough to be tailored to the individual needs of each user. The inclusion of users will be ensured through the already existing services of the UZOR association, such as work with young offenders, use of social welfare services, etc., and excellent cooperation so far of the UZOR association with other civil society organisations, local self-government, the Social Welfare Centre etc.

Depending on their particular needs, the users will be included in individual counselling, group workshops of soft and transversal skills; will be supported in choosing a retraining or training programme or encouraged to complete their education if they have dropped out. By taking part in the mentioned activities NEET youth will be empowered to deal with unemployment problems; the level of information about their rights and opportunities and about the programmes and services offered to them in the local community will be raised.

NEET young people will be financially supported in lifelong learning through the allocation of financial support provided by this project, as well as funds of the City of Rijeka, and professional support will be provided through involvement in the project ‘Learning Laboratory’ and counselling. Namely, HRK 30,000.00 will be provided from the project to support our project users in lifelong learning. They will be free, with our support, to choose a training, retraining or education programme of their choice and needs, and with regard to future employment plans and labour market needs, for which they will be granted financial assistance in a full or partial amount.

The entire course and experience of the programme will be used to create an optimum support model for young people in the NEET status and the City of Rijeka will base its future policy and strategy for youth on good practice examples, and also, on active and direct participation of young users.


Family Protection Association – Rijeka, U.Z.O.R.


  • City of Rijeka
  • Social Welfare Centre Rijeka


  • Total project value: EUR 11,281.44

Competent Authority

Central State Office for Demography and Youth – SDUDM

Financed under

Central State Office for Demography and Youth – INVITATION

To apply projects aimed at young people for financial support from the available funds deriving from part of the income earned from games of chance and the State Budget for 2022

For additional information, please contact

City of Rijeka
City administration, Department of education and schooling
Lucija Kero

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