The Principi Attivi programme (PA) aimed at promoting meaningful lifelong learning experiences to improve young people’s job chances and personal development. Based on a survey that involved young leaders of 141 funded projects (75,40% of 187), this paper reports and discusses the effects generated on the individual life paths of the young participants. Specifically, the paper focuses on the role played by a number of personal factors (cultural capital, background experiences, innovative cognitive style) and contextual factors (social support, collective self-efficacy) on professional empowerment as well as on the development of planning and networking skills. By adopting a methodological triangulation strategy, the results of the survey have been further discussed drawing on the narrative data of in-depth interviews within 16 case studies.
Keywords: Lifelong Learning; Youth Policies; Employability; Personal Empowerment; Reflexivity; Transition to Adulthood; Life Courses.