On May 24, 2023, the conference of the Rural NEET Youth Network COST Action took place with the theme “A guide for including socially disconnected NEETs: Insights from researchers, policymakers, and organizations“. This initiative aims to establish a European-led interdisciplinary network comprising countries with high rates of NEET youth in rural areas. The goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the social exclusion risks and protective factors for rural NEETs based on the bioecological model.

Luca Koltai, colleague of HÉTFA, presented on the situation in Hungary and discussed HÉTFA’s Lost Millennials project, which specifically focuses on NEETs. The Lost Millennials project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, focuses on a commonly neglected target group of the generation of Millennials: young people aged between 25 and 29 years, who are out of employment or education and training (NEETs), live in small towns in rural areas and face multiple barriers to their inclusion in labour market.

The full version of the conference program, including detailed information about the presentations and other events, can be accessed here.

To learn more about HÉTFA’s Lost Millennials project, please visit the project website.

The Lost Millennials project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.