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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.1 Target population of youth policy

Last update: 28 November 2023

In Portugal, the age of  youth policy’s target population varies between 12 and 30 years, although there are some specific programmes that go beyond the 30 year demographic.

There is no uniform legal definition as different laws, programmes and initiatives define lower and upper age limits differently, which vary according to the area of activity, the type of programme and the support rendered. However, the most commonly adopted age range is from 18 to 30 years. Some examples are:

The Law on Youth Associations (Law no. 57/2019, of 7 August) stipulates that youth associations are those with more than 80% of members aged 30 or under, in which the executive body is made up of 80% of young people aged 30 or under and led by a young person aged 30 or under on the date of their election. In this Law, informal groups of young people are also defined as groups made up exclusively of young people aged between 12 and 30, where at least one of the elements is 18 years of age or older, for the purpose of legal representation of the group, in a number of not less than three elements.

The Youth Guarantee Initiative, for employment promotion, is intended for young people from 18 to 29 years old.

In the field of Support to Entrepreneurship and Job Creation, there are programmes whose target audience is young people from 18 to 35 and others that target a population from 16 to 30 (e.g.: RPGN| Rede de Percepção e Gestão de Negócios).

The "Porta 65" Programme, for rental support, is intended for young people from 18 to 30 years old.

The "Choices Programme" ( Programa Escolhas) programme is a reference programme in the social inclusion of children and young people from vulnerable socio-economic contexts and its age limits are 6 and 30 years old.

The Youth Card (Cartão Jovem), which provides access to discounts on a wide variety of products and services, is intended for youths from 12 to 29 years old.

Policies actions targeting Young Farmers cover an age range from 18 to 40 years.