ECYC represents a European network of youth work and youth club organisations that practice and promote open youth work and non-formal education. With 23 nationally represented organisations in 20 Council of Europe member states, reaching 1.8 million young people, the organisation has at its heart the supporting of youth clubs and other forms of neighbourhood youth work.
The vision of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs (ECYC) is to empower young people through open youth work and non-formal learning in order to promote democratic and civil society and to encourage young people to be actively involved in their communities.
Involving young people and helping them participate actively in their community is the leading principle of Open Youth Work as delivered by ECYC members. ECYC uses open youth work and non-formal education methods in providing young people with the skills and knowledge to make their own informed decisions.