Youth For Love 2 – Youth against Peer Violence

Gender stereotypes and discrimination
Women’s Rights


European Commission


Scosse, Unione Degli Studenti (UDS), Genitori Democratici, VI Municipality of Milan, Ministry of University and Research (MIUR)

Objective of the project

We want to prevent, manage, and address peer violence by promoting the adoption of positive behaviours among teens and  engaging families, school personnel, and community members in local, youth-led initiatives.

Abstract of the project

The project develops an integrated educational program for youth, school staff and families based on the whole school approach to understand and identify peer violence, acquire skills to deal with it and rethink procedures and mechanisms of prevention and management wtihin and outside the school. The activities involve the stakeholders of the educational community in co-designing actions at local level; at national level a participatory process will be promoted to request policy changes to institutions from a youth-led perspective. Finally, the project includes an online game for boys and girls to test themselves and learn how to deal with peer violence and bullying.

Context analysis

The WHO acknowledges peer violence as a major public health issue. Youth violence can take up many forms including physical, verbal, psychological and sexual. Half of the students aged 13–15 declare to have experienced bullying or physical violence. The Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2016-2021 has identified violence prevention as one of the five priority areas to guarantee the promotion of children’s rights. Peer violence is a pervasive phenomenon, exhausted by pandemic limitations, that presents many risk factors that occur at different levels: individual, family and close relationship level and community and society level. As Youth for Love 1 demonstrated, education can play a key role in the prevention of violence: it is quite urgent to strengthen relationships among schools, families and local stakeholders to protect adolescents.

Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Athens, Greece

Bucarest, Romania

Hasselt, Belgium

The project is implemented in the following cities: Milan (IT), Rome (IT), Athens (GR), Bucharest (RO), Hasselt (BE).

Implementation Period

01/05/2021 - 30/04/2023



  • 500 high school students (14-18+)
  • 190 school staff: teachers, managers, tutors, administrative staff
  • 50 parents or guardians
  • 15 institutional representatives/policy makers
  • 20 organisations/stakeholders


  • 1.5 million individuals (especially young people) involved through online campaigns and webgame
  • 200 young people on the territory

Project Strategy


  • School diagnosis and assessment
  • Training courses for students, school staff and families
  • Training courses for school staff networks
  • Territorial mapping and co-planning paths
  • Feminist summer school for students and school staff
  • National co-design and advocacy processes
  • National and European campaigns


  • 3 Training toolkits (school staff, students, families)
  • 1 Toolkit for territorial co-design intervention
  • 1 Webgame and 1 active website
  • 1 communication campaign, with national declinations
  • 35 institutional advocacy meetings
  • Educational paths implemented
  • Co-design paths implemented


  • Students, teachers, parents improve their knowledge of the topic and improve procedures to address peer violence
  • EU citizens/youth engage in online activities to address peer violence through the campaign and the web game 
  • Community-members (individuals, associations, service providers and authorities) implement local initiatives to address peer violence 
  • Advocacy activities influence changes in peer violence related policies 


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