The objectives are achieved through a dual approach which includes:
- Specific youth initiatives, targeted at young people to encourage non-formal learning, participation, voluntary activities, youth work, mobility and information,
- 'Mainstreaming' cross-sector initiatives that ensure youth issues are taken into account when formulating, implementing and evaluating policies and actions in other fields with a significant impact on young people, such as education, employment or health and well-being.
The EU Youth Strategy proposes initiatives in eight areas:
- Education & training
- Employment & entrepreneurship
- Health & well-being
- Voluntary activities
- Social inclusion
- Youth & the world
- Creativity & culture.