L.I.K.E. – Life Investment is the Key to Employment 2019

The project L.I.K.E. (The “Life Investment is the Key to Employment”) is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. It looks at the growing incidence of young people in the age group 15 -29 years old with mental health problems in Europe and the inability of the conventional labor problems to address the specific needs of this target group.

L.I.K.E. project and project partners look at the rising percentage of young people aged 15-29 who are not in employment, education or training, and might live with mental health problems in Europe, and the inability of conventional employment methods to meet the specific needs of this target. The wide partnership between six countries in the consortium is working internationally, seeking common European solutions for social inclusion and quality and sustainable employment for these NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) young people. Experts in some of the best functioning state social systems such as Norway and Iceland are also project partners and seek to reduce Europe’s social and economic disparities and build bilateral cooperation in this area.

In the framework of the L.I.K.E. project, project partners initiated local and international research. The conducted local and international studies presented the necessary data for the creation of an innovative multilateral approach to include the target group – NEET youths (with mental health problems) in the 15-29 age group, with a special focus on the Roma population.

Project goals:

The project aims to improve the social inclusion and employment of the target group by studying the status of these young people, developing, experimenting and applying an innovative methodology that meets their needs and engages the whole community – relatives, employers and institutions – in the process. In addition, the broad partnership in the consortium works internationally to find common European solutions for social inclusion and quality and sustainable employment for young people with mental health problems.

Through the creation of “Hidden Likes” Houses – centers for support, communication and training, the project will achieve synergy in building activation, a healthier lifestyle and sustainable employment across Europe among the target group. By overcoming isolation and increase their motivation, they will get a mentor to help them in their training for local jobs.

Target groups:

  • Long-term unemployed young people aged 15-29 with mental health problems
  • Roma and other minority groups
  • Relatives and families of young people with mental health problems
  • Local employers
  • Mental health specialists

Project partners:

  • Association “Sustainability of progressive and open communication (SPOC), Bulgaria
  • Association PINS, Latvia
  • Codici Social Cooperative, Italy
  • Salva Vita, Hungary
  • Inspiring NGO (Hvetjandi NGO) HRIS, Iceland
  • Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Concurrent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, Norway

Project duration: 10/06/2018 – 09/12/2022

Where can you find us?


The “Life Investment is the Key to Employment” project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.




UPLOAD YOUR DREAMS project is an Erasmus+ KA2 project.

Key Action: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices

Field: Strategic Partnership for youth

Project duration: 01 March 2017 – 31 August 2019.

Partner organizations:

  1. Salva Vita Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
  2. ICEI Istituto Cooperazione Economica Internazionale, Milan, Italy
  3. De Groene Kans vzw, Diksmuide, Belgium
  4. Hisa! drustvo za ljudi in prostore so.p., Maribor, Slovenia

Objective of the project:

The project aims to increase employability of NEET’s (young people not in employment, education or training) by sharing good practices and test new methods in four European countries (Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium) and to help youngsters’ inclusion into the society in general and particularly into the labor market.

Outcomes & outputs:

More information: https://uploadyourdreams.eu/



  1. Budapest Institute, HIngary
  2. Salva Vita, Hungary
  3. Employers’ Forum, Hungary
  4. Bagázs Public Benefit Asssociation, Hungary
  5. EPIC, Slovakia


The project aims to strengthen services that support diversity practices in the business sector and promote the labour market integration of Roma youth.

The project:

  • develops a method of employment services for Roma youth and training materials for professionals,
  • develops training materials for sensitising employers regarding hiring of Roma,
  • trains NGOs and local youth organisations in using these methods,
  • pilots the use of methods in Hungary and Slovakia and share experiences of pilots,
  • assess the impact of the sensitisation of employers and support to Roma youth,
  • disseminates method and evaluation results among HR professionals, training providers, NGOs, public and private employment services.