The seminar “OrY-E-Nt yourself” was the first activity of the Work Plan “ItinerarY-E-N: On the Roads of Social Inclusion of Young People”. It gathered 24 participants from 10 different countries (Armenia, Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Turkey)
The goal of this seminar was to launch the Work Plan and to start collecting definitions of yong people on social inclusion/exclusion.
The objectives were: to develop a common definition of social inclusion; to share about good practices and experiences; draw attention on the impact of youth work as a tool to promote social inclusion.
During 4 days, young people and social/youth workers shared their experience, discussed the young people’s needs, learned the “Play Back Theater” technique and visited 3 local organisations: FYCA (member organisation), PYUNIC (sports and disabilities) and an organisation that helps Syrian refugees.
Participants met a young political representative and formulated their recommendations.
This activity took place in May 2014 and was financed par the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
Y-E-N’s last General Assembly took place in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, in June 2014.
The event gathered representatives of Y-E-N member organisations, Y-E-N old friends, staffs from the coordination office and the Board. The General Assembly elected 3 new organisations who applied and became members of Y-E-N:
In 2013, Youth Express Network organised 4 international activities: more than 100 young people gathered from all over Europe to exchange ideas, learn about Social Inclusion methods, and express their voices.
Grundtvig Workshop « Out of the Box : Create and re-invent your life » Strasbourg (France)
For 7 days, 22 young people from 11 different countries had the opportunity to take a step back and analyse their life and identity from a new perspective through experiential learning. A week of challenges, group work and individual moments between ropes, garbage and recycled materials. The goal of this activity was to draw parallels between materials that are reinvented for another use and people who are looking for different opportunities in their lives. Result of this learning process: a better understanding of themselves and an improvement of self-esteem.
Study Session « Coaching for Inclusion: closing the gap between rural and urban youth » Strasbourg (France)
This activity was held at the European Youth Center of Strasbourg. It brought together 40 young people from urban and rural areas of 20 different countries for a duration of 7 days. The aim was to explore the concept of coaching in youth work, as well as the mechanisms of social inclusion and exclusion, the challenges faced by young people in urban and rural areas in general and more particularly in relation to social youth inclusion. “Coaching for Inclusion” was organised by Y-E-N in cooperation with Rural Youth Europe (RYE) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe from 26 May to 2 June.
Training Course « Inclusion LAB: Training for Trainers towards a Youth Inclusive Europe » Ostia, Italie
The training course took place from 21st-27th June 2013 and gathered 40 youth workers coming from different European countries (Council of Europe member states). During 7 working days, participants had the opportunity to develop their competencies of trainers on social inclusion of young people and strengthen their capacity to prepare and carry out European and local training activities about inclusion. The TC was held in OSTIA, a disadvantaged neighborhood close to Rome in Italy, where Y-E-N member and host organisation, Affabulazione, works with young people. Their work was shown as an example of good practice in the field. This project was financially supported by the Youth in Action programme of the European Commission and the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
Seminar « Where do you(th) belong? » Mollina, Espagne
This event organised jointly by Y-E-N and TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network gathered 20 participants from 13 different countries between 23rd and 28th of September 2013 in Mollina (Spain) for the 14th edition of the University on Youth and Development. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss and discuss citizenship but from the perspective of belonging to a community. Do young people with fewer opportunities perceive Europe as a community to which they belong? This seminar was aimed at social and youth workers working at local or European level with young people with fewer opportunities. “Where do you(th) belong” was funded by the Youth in Action program of the European Commission.