EvolYou - European senior Volunteering through mentoring for the social inclusion of Young people in difficulties

Education and training

Employability and entrepreneurship


EvolYou Project (2019-2022) is aimed at reducing the inequalities in learning among young people aged between 15 and 30 at risk of marginalization (migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, young people with special educational needs or with persistent economic problems, early school leavers), by supporting them with the help of senior volunteer mentors who provide skills and experiences acquired during their career.

Volontariato Torino (Vol.To)

Volontariato Torino (Vol.To) is the Volunteer Support Centre of Turin, an umbrella non-profit organisation with 158 member organisations and a network of more than 1,300 associations, to which our Centre provides services according to the National Third Sector Law (article 101, comma 6, D.lgs. 117/17 approved on July 3rd 2017). Vol.To works to provide free services (such as training, consultancy, planning, communication etc…) to assist associations based in the metropolitan city of Turin.


Via Giolitti 21, 10123, Torino

Partner 1

Immaginazione e Lavoro Società Cooperativa (IL)

Immaginazione e Lavoro is a training institution that for over 20 years has been offering high-profile training and guidance services modulated on the basis of the different needs of companies, people and the territory. IL proposes itself as a partner of companies to activate funding opportunities for training and to facilitate the placement of personnel. IL promotes courses for employed and unemployed people, as well as apprentices. IL is accredited by the Piedmont Region and the Lombardy Region for the provision of training and guidance activities financed through public funds.


Corso Galileo Ferraris 57, 10128, Torino

Partner 2

Seniors Españoles para la Cooperación Técnica (SECOT)

SECOT is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1989. The main objectives of the Association are to advise and train people, small businesses and nonprofit entities in all areas of business management. It has more than 20 delegations and offices spread over the Spanish territory. It has more than 1,300 members, of which more than 1,100 are senior volunteers, all of them are retired or early retired business executives and professionals of a variety of disciplines offering their business management knowledge and experience mainly to self employers, microenterprises and nonprofit organizations, through counselling and mentoring, face-to-face and online, by seminaries and lectures, with the aim to maintain and create employment.


C/ General Oráa 39, 28006, Madrid

Partner 3

Echanges et Consultations Techniques Internationales (ECTI)

ECTI is a nonprofit organisation created in 1974. It is the eldest French association of senior volunteers, with a vision of assisting and helping individuals and organisations in France and abroad. The association has around 2,000 active members, retired people who have a desire to utilise their skills and experience, transmit their knowledge and competences. They are spread over 14 regional and 54 local delegations covering the entire French territory. At the headquarter there are 5 salaried
employees. The 1,200 or so missions/year in France are distributed as follows: 40% into the very small and small business, 20% toward social activities, professional insertion and solidarity, 25% aimed at education (schools and universities) and 15% in the assistance of small public collectivities. The international sector counts for around 300 missions on top of that, mainly in the emerging countries. A very large part of the 20% social activities and most of the 25% education activities are aimed at
young people, therefore around 35% of ECTI’s missions in France (more than 400 missions representing around 5,000 man-days) are touching the young generation, either through tutoring and coaching of students and trainees or NEETs and helping for successful professional insertion, or through conferences and interventions in every types of educational institutions.


Rue Championnet 78, 75018, Paris

Partner 4

Association Générale des Intervenants Retraités (AGIRabcd)

AGIRabcd is a nonprofit NGO created in 1983. It has about 60 delegations in France and about 3,000 active members. They are retired volunteers belonging to every professional sector.
In France AGIRabcd achieves assignments focusing on young people, social and professional insertion, support to entrepreneurship, individual needs and solidarity. They represent around 25,000 man-days on a yearly basis. AGIRabcd also achieves around 380 assignments per year in developing countries aimed at cooperation, development and solidarity. The organisation has to support itself and find funding for its actions.


Rue Letort 40, 75018, Paris

Partner 5

Office Technique d'Etudes et de Cooperation Internationales (OTECI)

OTECI, one of the three main associations of seniors in France, is a nonprofit organisation. About 400 senior volunteers are executing assignments and missions in France and international countries.
OTECI’s experts are motivated and experienced seniors, mainly managers, from various companies in many sectors, their professional career being conducted in France and internationally. Since volunteers come from different industries, they are able to offer services in very different areas and domains (e.g. industrial affairs management, financing and accounting, environment, compliance with regulations, quality assurance, legal and property rights). The headquarter is in Paris, the regional offices in Lyon, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence and Caen. In the world of business, volunteer consultants of OTECI bring their experience and expertise in all strategic fields. May it be on cash management, human resources, negotiation, communication or many other fields, they have the capacity to guide and assist beneficiaries in achieving their plans. The volunteers are retired and use their professional experience in order to resolve issues in the companies asking for support. In the world of university and schools, OTECI’s aim is to contribute to the immersion of students into professional life by guiding them to understanding of the world of business, by making them aware of their future work environment, by reporting on ongoing changes and by helping them to find their place in this new world, first with traineeships, then with a job. OTECI works also for the French Ministry of National Education.


Rue du Havre 10, 75009, Paris

Partner 6

The Confederation of European Senior Expert Service (CESES)

The Confederation of European Senior Expert Services a.i.s.b.l., known as CESES, is a unique
international not-for-profit association of 19 senior expert organisations from the Member States of
the European Union.
Created almost 20 years ago (2000 is the year of its foundation) as the first legal entity of its kind, it is still the most important European-wide grouping of experienced senior volunteers.
It encompasses the skills of over 25,000 senior volunteers contributing to intergenerational solidarity in the EU. Most experts are experienced trainers. Combining the vast resources of the member organisations, CESES offers professional, voluntary assistance and advice to NGOs, enterprises, institutions and individuals, in particular young people. Most of this activity is related to mentoring, non-formal training and coaching contributing to the development and employability of young Europeans and elsewhere in the world, through mobilising CESES’ extensive network of local volunteers. It also trains and motivates new volunteers harnessing the potential and expertise of an ever increasing number of older professionals, both retired and employed.
CESES is managed and run by volunteers. For each association, and for CESES itself, efficiency is natural as the organisations are managed mostly by volunteers providing highly qualified work for free.


Avenue Bischoffsheim 36, 1000, Bruxelles

Partner 7

Senior Experten Service (SES)

Senior Experten Service (SES), the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation, is Germany’s leading volunteering placement organisation for experts and executives who are either retired or taking some time off work. It is a nonprofit organisation providing help for self-help: it has been helping people to help themselves since 1983 – all around the world, in every industry and sector. SES’ headquarter is based in Bonn; it is manned with ca. 130 employees and 90 volunteers. At present, SES has access to the knowledge and experience of over 12,000 experts from almost all professional spheres. Since 1983, it has completed more than 45,000 voluntary assignments in over 160 countries, with approximately a third of them in Germany. In 2018 more than 5,800 missions have been carried out in Germany and over 2,000 abroad (Asia, Africa and Latin America).SES is supported by the main associations representing German business: the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), the Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH). The activities of SES abroad are funded partly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Projects in Germany are supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Buschstraße 2, 53113, Bonn

Partner 8

Nestor Partners ry

Nestor Partners ry is a nonprofit organisation established in Helsinki, Finland, in 1978. It is a community of experienced business executives, with members in business and society, board
members, business experts and management mentors. Nestor Partners ry has decades long and successful careers in nonprofit organisations, corporations in various businesses and industries,
government and public sectors and entrepreneurs and specialists both in Finland and abroad. The association counts about 60 members, retired managerial level people who have large experience about business life, with long and successful careers and solid experience in various positions in companies, management tasks and functions. They offer their services alone or as a team, according to needs. The advisors of Nestor Partners ry work together with Chambers of Commerce, banks, insurance companies, associations of entrepreneurs, “Startup Refugees” (a lifechanging social initiative supporting refugees and newcomers with employment and entrepreneurship in Finland) and cities like Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. Their main task is to help, support, tutoring and mentoring Finnish SMEs and startups pro bono. The goal is to provide broad and mature experience to different domestic and foreign organisations in Finland and internationally.


Särkiniementie 5 A, 00210, Helsinki (Finland)

The main objective is creating a mentoring methodological model of social inclusion valid in Europe that can favour the insertion of disadvantaged young people into the world of work, through a training path of participated involvement of senior expert volunteers in an intergenerational mentoring environment. To activate this new path, the project foresees the following outputs:
1) A Methodological Manual for the pilot implementation [O1];
2) A Didactic Experimentation implementing the new methodology [O2];
3) A Recommendations Paper for policy makers [O3].

EvolYou project intends to raise the awareness of disadvantaged young people about the need of
finishing an education and training path and about work introduction systems. Furthermore, it is aimed at improving their soft and employability skills and, consequently, their chances to access the labour market and to actively participate in society, so reducing their marginalisation risk. An other expected impact is developing the active contribution to society of the senior population, offering seniors an opportunity to make a service to themselves and to the community, by enhancing, in the same time, intergenerational (and sometimes intercultural) understanding between mentors and mentees. People involved in the project (trainers, mentors, volunteers and staff) are also supposed to enrich their expertise in mentoring, by taking advantage from their mutual exchange and new perspectives and by recognising the concrete value of European cooperation.

Roles of the volunteers


Planned the project

Managed the project

Have been involved in the implementation

Eu program

Mentor: "Helping young people in finding their life path has given me a great happiness and has made me feel younger again".
Mentee: "There is a very strong relationship with my mentor, because at a certain point I felt her more like a mom than a mentor. She is in fact attentive to my needs, she listens to me and, whatever I ask, she is always available for me".

mentoring, tutoring, volunteering, inclusion, empowerment, migration, mentor, mentee, education, training, work, job, apprentice, citizenship

Quality Standards of project with volunteers

I declare that my project meets all the quality requirements here listed

  • There are clear, planned outcomes for the local community based on identified needs.
  • Volunteers bring added value to the project and don’t replace paid staff.
  • Volunteers are recruited, trained and managed according to the quality volunteer management cycle.
  • The conditions of the opportunity are inline with the relevant legal framework in the country/ region concerned. Eg regarding insurance, expenses payments, agreements/contracts etc.
  • The volunteers are celebrated and thanked for their time and commitment.


  • The organization providing the volunteer opportunity demonstrates an inclusive approach. Volunteers from all backgrounds and situations are welcome.


  • There is the opportunity for the learning acquired through volunteering to be validated, if the volunteer desires it.