2.8 Raising awareness about youth volunteering opportunities
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The National Agency for Youth plays an important role in disseminating information through the implementation of the Erasmus+ youth program and the European solidarity corps, which foresee the promotion of volunteering opportunities for young people.
There are other third sector organizations involved in volunteering carry out awareness activities for young people. In particular:
- The Volunteering Service Centres (see paragraph 2.2) supports Third sector organizations in promoting volunteering at local level. They carry out promotion activities in schools also through the “volunteer passport” (passaporto del volontario), a tool that certifies the skills acquired by students during volunteering. It is a personal document that can accompany the student throughout the school career.
- The Youth Information Centres (Centri InformaGiovani) that provide information and guidance on training, volunteering, leisure, sport and job opportunities.
- Eurodesk Italia is the official network of the Erasmus+ programme that provides information on programmes and initiatives financed by European institutions in particular: international mobility, culture, formal and non-formal training, volunteering and job opportunities. It is supported by the European Commission DG EAC and the National Agency for Youth.
The website of the Department of Youth Policy and the Universal Civic Service publishes all news related to the Universal Civic Service (see paragraph 2.4). Moreover, the Government is developing a platform that will gather all the existing information and opportunities relevant for young people, including volunteering.