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What we stand for

Over the years, SAME has developed various documents that describe what we stand for: our vision and aims, the Basic Common Principles and the Quality Guidelines. For more information on why, when and how these documents were created, please refer to our history page.

Vision and aims

As a growing network, SAME believes it is important to have a vision for the future, both in the long and in the medium term. As we are a group of diverse organizations, we want to be clear in the formulation our collective goals and in what should be the path towards their realisation. To aid us in our decision making, we developed the SAME vision and aims.

The 'vision of SAME' is the overarching concept of an ideal future state the network wants to achieve. It shows the way into the future and guides SAME in its decision making. In contrast, the 'strategic aims of SAME' are precise objectives SAME wants to achieve in the long and medium term, so as to realize the vision in small steps.

Vision of SAME
SAME enables youth to empower youth to act on the challenges they face.

Strategic aims of SAME
1. The SAME member organizations are strengthened through the exchange of best practices. Intercultural cooperation, the exchange of experiences and mutual learning, both on a personal and on an organizational level, are stimulated. This improves the quality of the Action Days.
2. SAME believes in the power of young people and wants to make their voices heard. It positively influences public opinion and policy makers. SAME lobbies for Action Day affairs on a European level.
3. SAME spreads the Action Day and supports new Action Day initiatives. During the Action Day, young people get a unique opportunity to show solidarity and to stand up for peers in an effective manner.
4. European young people organize common actions to raise awareness, promote solidarity and youth participation and strive for a fair and democratic world.

You can download them here.


The Quality Guidelines have various roles within the SAME network. Firstly, they explore our common ground more thoroughly than the Basic Common Principles.

On top of that, the Quality Guidelines and Quality Questionnaire help organizations stand back and evaluate their work. They give an overview of the six quality dimensions we believe are important when working towards a better Solidarity Action Day: recognition & appreciation, opportunities of learning, diversity, objectives & goals, effectiveness & results and last but not least, sustainability.

Finally, the Quality Guidelines can be used to support new Action Day initiatives by supplying them with a concrete list of things they should take into account in order to ensure a good quality Action Day from the first edition.

You can download the Quality Guidelines here.