Ongoing Projects

Last year’s PSF call focused on youth-led or youth-focused projects.

The CBSS was looking for projects by young people or for young people that address their needs or take up their ideas in the area of one of the three CBSS long-term priorities of Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region or Safe & Secure Region. Youth organisations, organisations working or planning to work with young people or educational institutions in any of the CBSS Member States or working in partnership with any of the CBSS Member States were encouraged to apply. The target group addressed ranges from 15 to 30 years of age – from high school students to young professionals.

PSF 2020-2021

Priority; Safe and Secure Region

Project leader: MARTA center

Participating countries:Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania



The project attempts to address harmful social norms and gender stereotypes that drive gender inequality and violence towards and among children and youth. The project works with young girls and boys aged 12-18 directly via a Youth Group methodology developed by the lead partner MARTA center.

The project also aims to equip specialists in partner countries with knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent violence among and towards children and youth. Specialists will receive training and later apply the Youth Group methodology as a tool for prevention of violence among youth in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. The methodology will be piloted and adapted based on the feedback received from participants to make sure that it meets the needs of national and local contexts.

To ensure long-term impact, each youth group will organize local activities to raise awareness on healthy relationships and violence prevention. In the project's final phase an international Youth Forum will be organized where youth group delegations from each partner country will meet with local and international stakeholders, youth workers and other professionals. A stage will be given to youth group participants to address topics and challenges important to them.
Priority: Sustainable and Prosperous Region

Project leader: ITMO University

Participating countries: Russia, Latvia, Germany, Finland, Estonia



Researcher mobility in the Baltic Sea Region is considered to be of high importance by the region's science ministries. The project aims to balance brain circulation within the Baltic Sea Region, preventing "brain drain" and widening participation to all the countries in the region. The project is based on the outcomes of the implemented BSN and BSN_powerhouse projects.

Two kinds of instruments to support mobility of young scientists and researchers in the region will be tested: The School for Young Scientists - Baltic Sea Educational Academy (B-SEA) - a short-term intense course of 3 days on chosen topics - and the mid to long-term mobility Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme (BARI). The tested instruments could become a model for further wider usage, providing a support to increase mobility of young researchers in the Baltic Sea Region on a more permanent basis.
Priority: Regional Identity

Project leader: University of Gdańsk

Participating countries: Poland, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Denmark, Sweden



The involvement of young people, especially those in secondary and tertiary levels of education, becomes a more and more prominent issue for the future oriented development of Baltic Sea Region identity politics. In response to this challenge the project will prepare a structured academic platform for communication and exchange for different youth cohorts in the partner countries, particularly for university and older high school students. This will take place by organising summer universities and ideatorium workshops in the humanities and social sciences fields.

With a framework of reference established by the successful organization of CBSS Summer University courses in the past, the project intends to stabilize existing contacts and networks and raise the institutional commitment of the partners with particular focus on the secondary and tertiary level students,
Priority: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region

Project leader: Klaipeda University

Participating countries: Lithuania, Russia, Latvia



Tourism industry has played an important role in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) economies. Having great resources of nature and historical monuments, the region has a vision to establish the whole region as a model for the growing market of sustainable tourism. However, tourism industry is facing an unprecedented challenge due to COVID-19.

The Project aims to strengthen inter-country cooperation to foster sustainable tourism and empower youth studying and working in the tourism sector to contribute to the recovery of tourism sector. The project will help  strengthen Baltic Sea Region identity as a Sustainable Region by developing a sustainable tourism excellence network for Youth - STENetY. It will be a structure for joint youth initiatives and engagement mechanisms that in the long term may keep moving the region towards being a sustainable tourist destination. The project also aims to strengthen international dialogue, cooperation, and empowerment of youth in creation of a Sustainable Tourism vision in the BSR 2030. The project’s results will help to implement the sustainable tourism principles and empower the youth to become sustainable tourism innovators and entrepreneurs.
Priority: Safe and Secure Region

Project leader: Södertörn University

Participating countries: Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Finland



The project addresses the cross border crime of human trafficking and focuses on cooperation and competence building for mass media and journalists. It aims to connect and engage students of journalism and teachers in the Baltic Sea Region by raising awareness about human trafficking and fostering exchange of experiences in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.

The project has a diverse cross-sectoral partnership involving a university, state authorities, NGOs and an international organisation. The project activities are designed to intertwine theoretical and practical knowledge on both national and internation level. Core activities of the project are national panel discussions for students of journalism, comparative studies of the outcomes of panel discussions, a competition for students in film, photography, articles or radio segments on the topick of human trafficking and the internationa workshop.
Priority: Regional Identity, Safe & Secure Region

Project leader: Association of Volunteer Fire Brigades of Republic of Poland (VFB)

Participating countries: Poland, Lithuania, Belarus



In Poland, National Rescue and Firefighting System consists of the State Fire Service and the Volunteer Fire Service, which significantly supports the operation of professional units. There are state fire brigades in Lithuania and Belarus, but volunteers are not organized yet. It is proposed to create a system of volunteer fire brigades in these countries. This would significantly strengthen the security system. The participation of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus in this project is a sign of common concern about our security. Safety of each country, as well as strengthening response in case of threats of a cross-border accident is an important problem for the neighbour countries. The main task of the project is creating a model of Voluntary Fire and Rescue Units in Lithuania and Belarus. Poland will share its experience in terms of organization as well as training and education of the young people. Project contractors set themselves the task of building a fire station and delivering a fire truck. An important element of the project will also be to activate young people by creating a youth fire team.