Who are we?

e.p.a. is a recognised INGYO (International Non Governmental Youth Organisation) with a network of partner organisations in more than 40 countries currently in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, in Africa and around the Mediterranean.

e.p.a. works with children, young people and women’s groups from communities in areas of poverty and social exclusion.

e.p.a. respects and values the culture and diversity of all young people and their communities and fights against oppression, disillusion, racism and xenophobia.

e.p.a. colleagues create conditions for free play and intercultural understanding and through networking combine cooperation and action. Not just lamenting, but challenging the problems facing young people, encouraging and empowering them to use their own voice. Not waiting for solutions from above, but taking initiatives themselves.

e.p.a. campaigns for intercultural learning and the rights of children and young people as declared in the UN Convention of Rights of the Child, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.

e.p.a. promotes a programme to meet the needs of children, young people and our colleagues through international Youth Exchanges, Study Visits, Training Activities and a world wide network of contacts.

Our logo is a rainbow - incorporated into all our activities in beautiful ways, a sign of and hope of differences that complete each other in their diversity.

We are happy to join with children, young people, women and men, who want to get playfully involved for a life in dignity and enjoy worldwide friendship.

In Hamburg e.p.a. runs the Europa JUGEND Büro an advice drop in for young people and youth issues and programmes.