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The EAGLES Project aims to tackle the youth unemployment problem by delivering important employability skills to young job seekers in combination with positive emotions, psychological resilience, optimism and self–esteem. This will be achieved through the dissemination of a very innovative and practical training package to be used by Youth Workers, who will then act as multipliers of this knowledge.

Emphasis is placed on promoting the value of positive emotions and thoughts to young job seekers using the principles of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning that seeks to discover and promote factors that allow individuals, communities and societies to thrive and flourish (Seligman et al., 2006). Extensive research shows that positive emotions can broaden thoughts and actions, and enrich physical, mental, psychological, and social resources (Fredrickson, 2013). However, it has been observed that some young people, and especially some young job seekers, lack the ability to activate their positive characteristics and they end up with limited employability skills and inadequate positive emotions to achieve their goal. This can be due in part to the disappointment they can feel if they're rejected by multiple employers during the recruitment process. The EAGLES Project aims to enhance young job seekers’ employability and entrepreneurial skills, using the principles of positive psychology and practical job seeking skills.

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