Be Positive

A positive psychological approach to enhancing resilience and utilising strengths in European unemployed youth

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Project “Be positive” is derived from the accumulated experience of psychology reserachers and practitioners who work for organizations providing vocational training and researches how positive psychology can influence in a positive manner the search for employment or the initiating of entrepreneurial activities by unemployed youth or NEETS- Young people not in employment, education or training.

NEETS constitute a particularly heterogenous population and the individuals at the greater risk to be included in this group, are:

  • Those with low levels of education.
  • Those coming from families with an immigrant background (around 70%).
  • Youth suffering from some kind of disability or health issues.
  • Youth coming from families with a disadvantaged economic background and unemployment issues and those who have gone through the traumatic divorce of their parents.
  • Those residing in remote areas without easy access to goods and services.

Being a NEET has severe adverse consequences for the individual, society and the economy. Society suffers a significant loss as far as the youth potential is concerned, as youth always constitutes the core of its smooth progress and evolution. The consequences for the youth themselves are long term and affect not only their future employment prospects, but also their psychological well-being, leading them very often to the margins of society.

  • Full title: Be Positive: A positive psychological approach to enhancing resilience and utilising strengths in European unemployed youth
  • Start: 01/09/2014
  • Finish: 31/08/2016
  • Programme: ERASMUS+
  • Sub-Programme: Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships
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“Be Positive” training modules

Based on the Positive Psychology theory, “Be Positive” training modules are a new innovative method of training that empowers young unemployed individuals and/or NEETs. Read More…


Folkuniversitetet, Sweden

University of the West of England, England

BEST Institut GmbH, Αustria

Business Foundation for Education, Bulgaria


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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