YouCount Youth Citizen Social Science

Institute for Planetary Resilience and Community Transformation

YouCount is a 3-year Youth Citizen Social Science project. Funded by EU Horizon 2020, it was formed to co-create new knowledge and innovations to address how to increase social inclusion for young people.

Exploring opportunities and facilitators for social inclusion of youth across Europe

What is YouCount?

YouCount aims to address a pressing challenge for Europe: How to increase social inclusion for young people. It examines youth’s perspectives on three aspects of social inclusion – participation, belonging and citizenship. The project has two major strands of inquiry:

  • Generating knowledge about social inclusion and how to create social change through the involvement of young citizen scientists
  • Contributing to the scientific knowledge base for Y-CSS for scaling up.

In line with the EU Youth Strategy and official EU definitions, the project includes young people from a wide age range – 13 to 29 years old and focuses on those youths most at risk of marginalisation in terms of poverty, migration, disability, low education, unemployment, and disenfranchisement.

Related articles

  • Youth, community and belonging: YouCount UK National Workshop

    The following article was produced as part of the YouCount Youth Citizen Social Science project and is written by three authors: Maria Turda, Suzanne Wilson and Julie Ridley.

    Tuesday 14 November 2023
  • Leading change with young people in Preston

    In November a group of young people in Preston were invited to training sessions to learn what the YouCount project is all about. The aim was to equip them with the necessary skills to become youth citizen scientists in community research.

    Tuesday 1 August 2023
  • Creating a space for young people at our first Living Lab

    A team of social science academics and young students are exploring 'community belonging' along with young citizen scientists in the UK. The key goal is to identify with the young citizen scientists, new ways to ensure young people feel they belong and are included in Preston.

    Wednesday 7 June 2023