Association of Estonian Open Youth Centers (AEYC) is a nationwide umbrella organization that was founded on November 9th, 2001, and which aims to connect Estonian youth centers. Currently, the association has 224 youth centers as its members from all over the country. 

The aim of AEYC is to create a network of youth centers in Estonia, support the activities on the local level, and partnership activities between the members on the national level. AEYC cooperates with state and local governments, youth organizations in Estonia and abroad, and other institutions involved in youth work. 

The association is supporting (new) youth centers, analyzing current situation and needs of youth centers, supporting youth workers, organizing seminars and training, introducing new methods in youth work, arranging information exchange between different parties, and sharing ideas and inputs for national youth policy. 

AEYC develops local and international projects and partnerships shaping youth policy at the local and national levels. Since 2015 AEYC is EVS hosting, sending and coordinating organisation and since 2019 AEYC is an ESC supporting organisation. Currently, we are actively taking part in international collaborations within Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps, mainly strategic partnership projects, youth workers mobilities, and volunteering activities.

In the daily work of developing youth work, European values and good practices learned from other countries are strongly considered in addition to the framework documents regulating Estonian youth work. We value the opportunities to continuously learn, exchange, and share ideas and good practices as well as strengthen our partner network. We aim to provide international youth work experience, opportunities to learn from and to be inspired by different practices.

For young people interested in non-formal education and work with children and youth, we provide opportunities for long-term voluntary service in youth centres in Estonia. One might find the motivation to join our youth centers from this video. We also support Estonian young people willing to embark on a volunteering journey abroad.

Contact us to discuss any possible cooperation opportunities and/or to ask about current vacancies for volunteering:

Eesti Avatud Noortekeskuste Ühendus/ Association of Estonian Open Youth Centres
National ID: 80165169
OID: E10127210
ESC Quality Label: 2019-1-EE01-ESC52-051829

Kadi Laaneots, Head of Innovation and International Relations
Info: esk@ank.ee, +372 53014743