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Policy Brief 01 | Holistic youth policy interventions

In this Policy Brief, we present inspiring examples of holistic policy interventions and key takeaways for policy makers at national and sub-national levels of government. These key takeaways aim to support the implementation of more holistic, process-oriented and personalized youth policy interventions. The recommendations are based on the work delivered by the Research & Innovation UPLIFT project which aims to understand the patterns and trends of inequality across Europe, focusing on young people (aged 15-29) in urban areas.

In the last couple of decades simultaneous changes in the structure of labour and housing markets as well as the demographic makeup of societies have created new patterns of inequality. A key dimension of this new constellation is age. Inequalities in educational attainment, labour market precarity and affordability issues on the housing market imply new social vulnerabilities for young people, with which traditional welfare services often struggle to cope. A promising response has been the development of new types of integrated services which aim to tackle complex social problems in holistic, process-oriented and personalized ways and which put the aspirations and agency of young people at the centre.