10.7 Raising awareness about youth work
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The main sources of information available to young people to know about youth work and opportunities for engagement are:
Youth Information Centers: The Youth Information Centres (YIC) operate along the standards of Youth Information Centres of Europe and the guidelines of the European Youth and Information Counselling Agency (ERYICA). The main purpose of the centres is to provide general information on a wide range of youth related issues in a comfortable, modern and friendly environment. A further YIC aim is to assist young people towards social inclusion as independent persons. YIC offer information and guidance on the Youth Board of Cyprus’ programmes and services, information about workshops and other recreational, social and sports events and about European opportunities for young people.
Eurodesk Cyprus: Eurodesk’ s main purpose is to provide information on European policies and opportunities that interest young people or youth workers, such as mobility, volunteering, exchanges, work, internships, non-formal learning and much more.
The main top-level authorities' initiative to raise public awareness about the value of youth work is the «Up to You(th)»- Annual Youth Festival. The festival is organized by the Youth Board of Cyprus on an annual basis. Young people themselves are the protagonists of the festival since they are one of the most vibrant and promising parts of the society. In particular, the Festival includes an NGO Fair with more than 70 youth non-governmental organizations (NGOs), active in the fields of volunteering, environment, social justice, culture, human rights and other. Through the NGO fair, youth organizations have the opportunity to disseminate their work and reach out to young people. The target group of the festival is the general public.