Interview of a member organization: Affabulazione

In 2014, Affabulazione took part in 6 international activities organized by Youth Express Network.  Gaia Ciccone, was representing the organization in most of the Event, as a youth worker at local level. She comes from Ostia, Rome, where our Member Organization is based since 1991.

For our internal newsletter, we decided this year to interview her and know more about the work Affabulazione does on Social Inclusion.                                                                                                                                                  

 Enjoy reading!

                               

Y-E-N: Hello Gaia! You are From Affabulazione and Ostia; tell us a bit about yourself!

Gaia: Hello all the members of Y-E-N.  Ok, some information about myself… I am 20, studying law, at the first year, in the biggest university of Rome… To be honest I live in Ostia, a little quartier of the capital and sometimes I can find many different problems in my reality. Ostia is a periphery and it presents difficulties, especially with young people! We do not have many places to meet each other and to improve ourselves…

Y-E-N: Yes is understandable, in this sense, how do you see Affabulazione?

Gaia: I found a solution: I am a member of Affabulazione, a beautiful place that tries to improve the cultural level in the little Ostia. It is also a theatre that presents many plays. I discovered this place thanks to my mum who knew one of the founders, Filippo, very well and I was stuck by the beautiful activities of Affabulazione, to “help” people, young and not only!

Y-E-N: Sounds inspiring, when you first met Affabulazione? Have you ever travel for attending its international activities?

Gaia: I met Affabulazione for the first time when I was younger, 15 more or less, because I went to see shows there; yes! Thanks to Filippo Lange and this good place, I have started to travel and to attend at these beautiful international activities

Y-E-N: You participated in the seminar in Armenia “Or-YE-N’t yourself” and Final DesT-Y-E-Nation!” in Strasbourg last year, is it right? What is the memory you have most? Tell us one thing that marked your travels!

 Gaia: I can affirm with conviction that this two travels changed my life… If I have to find a special thing… well it is the different and useful information learned by the others, how other people work with the youngsters and , of course, the strong friendship that I have made

 Y-E-N: How do you see yourself today after the exchanges?

 Gaia: I can say that now I am working with other youngsters like me, trying to help them and I am more aware about my reality and more positive and active

 Y-E-N: Sounds interesting, would you like to say something to YEN Members

 Gaia: I want to thank all the yen members to give me the possibility to be a participant in the projects

 Y-E-N: Thank you very much Gaia for this brief of yourself and of Affabulazione, we are curious to follow you and your inspiring work! Hope to see you soon in Y-E-N!

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 Want to know more about Affabulazione? Check this out!

Crossborder projects (FR/DE/CH)

In 2014, Y-E-N organised a big crossborder project with 5 seminars and 3 field visits for youth workers of the Upper Rhine region. These activities took place between February and December 2014 in France, Germany and Switzerland.

  • 5 seminars
  • 3 field visits
  • 150 participants from 3 different countries
  • 73 organisations

The goal of this project is to emphasize the cooperation and exchange of good practices between French, German and Swiss youth workers and their organisations based in the Upper Rhine region.

The 5 seminars had the theme “Diversity and youth work”, “Youth policies”, “Partnerships”, “Intercultural skills” and “Evaluation”.

On top of these seminars, 3 field visits were organised:

  • “Stadtjugendring” (Freiburg, Germany) – with the presentation of youth policies in Germany
  • “Jugendzentrum” (Kehl, Germany) – presentation of the social and cultural centre and its collaboration with local youth organisations
  • “Jugendhaus Galaxy” and “Robinson Park” (Binningen, Switzerland) – presentation of the social and cultural centre and its current challenges, visit of the park and discussion on education and youth autnomy

This crossborder project was financed by the Conférence du Rhin Supérieur and the Euro District.

“Final DestY-E-Nation” Seminar in Strasbourg

The seminar “Final DestY-E-Nation” was the third and last activity of the long-term project “ITINERAR-Y-E-N: On the Roads of Social Inclusion of Young People”, which started in May 2014. The seminar Final DestY-E-Nation gathered 28 participants coming from 13 different countries: Armenia, Cyprus, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey.

The long-term project “ITINERAR-Y-E-N: On the Roads of Social Inclusion of Young People” is a so-called “Work Plan”, financed by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. The seminar Final destY-E-Nation was co-financed by the Erasmus +programme of the European Commission.

The aim of Final DestY-E-Nation was to get a final result out of the previous 2 activities of the Work Plan and to promote an Inclusive Society.

The objectives were:

  • To analyse the data collected in the precedent seminars;
  • To share, learn and collect good practices on social inclusion of young people based on experience and expertise of the young people and youth workers;
  • To raise awareness on the impact of youth work as a tool to actively promote social inclusion;
  • To Equip participants with knowledge, tool and info on Social Rights;
  • To launch the campaign “Inclusion Express” as a possible follow up.

During 4 working days participants shared about their local activities on social inclusion of young people, got input on social rights and Human rights and participated in a public conference with local and European authorities, a member of the European Parliament and representatives of the Council of Europe. Moreover, participants had the opportunity to visited 3 organisations local organization who are working to foster social inclusion of young people in Strasbourg.

During this activity, Y-E-N launched the campaign “Inclusion Express” that will be the main mission of Youth Express Network for 2015 willing to empower young people to become social inclusion activists in the society.

Read the report here

H.O.M.E Seminar in Mollina, Spain

higher opportunities for migrants in europe

The seminar “H.O.M.E: Higher Opportunities for Migrants in Europe” was a joint activity from the Youth Express Network (Y-E-N) and Voice of Young Refugees in Europe (VYRE). It gathered 23 participants from 9 different countries in Mollina, Spain from 21st to 28th September 2014.

This activity occured within the University on Youth and Developpement from the North-South Center of the Council of Europe. The goal of this seminar was to improve the situation and the opportunities of young migrants and refugees in Europe.

 

By Empowering young migrants and refugees and raising awareness on their life-stories and daily realities, we created a safe space for participants to express, to develop their competencies and to learn different topics on migration issues. Once more Y-E-N made waves in Mollina! Great activity with meaningful outcomes!

Board Meeting 2014 in Fossanova, Italy

After the election of the new Board for the period 2014-2016, the first meeting was held in Fossanova, where one our oldest Member Organization is based: Kamaleonte, an Italian Ngo which works for social inclusion by using the methods of Experiental Learning.

They organized for the new Board, a teambuilding activity. The aim was get to know each other’s better and learn how to work together in a new team.

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THE MEETING

On 21 of August the Board and the Coordination office met in the small village of Fossanova to start our work. We had an amazing experience!

We decided to dedicate the whole first day to Team building as it was the very first time the whole group gathered together for a Board meeting since the last election. Some of us we didn’t know each other really and taking some quality time to have some activities was a reveal!

Thanks to our member organization Kamaleonte we were using experiential learning to try to understand WHO we are in the team, WHAT we would like to give as our personal resources, HOW we would like to implement it within the team and above all: respect each other as a team! It was a success!

We would like to thank again Giuseppe ROSSI, Domenico di NUZZO, Mario D’AGOSTINO and all Kamaleonte team for this useful and very well organized experience.

 

The next day we started quite energetic discussing first legal responsibilities of the Board members and responsibility of the Board as an employer (very good to understand before in what our role consists in the legal framework). Following this role and responsibilities line we also played a small quizz on NGO’s Governance. We also used the “quiz method” to review the financial issues of our network: because it is never too much to remember incomes and expenses.

The next step was to review how do we take decisions as a Board and for this we will prepare a single document with rules and procedures accessible to everyone.

We took time to discuss and review the previous Y-E-N projects: first and second activities of the Work Plan in Armenia and in Poland (we managed to collect material on the situation of social Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in different countries; two different approaches were used in the two seminars and it gave the chance to see the topic of social Inclusion from different perspectives); we discussed about the European Youth Event (EYE 2014) held in Strasbourg in May 2014 in which Y-E-N brought 38 young people who took part actively in the event with some frustration, but also good moments: it was the very first experience for some of them. We reviewed also the Partnership Building Activity (PBA) in Bulgaria this past June and the Study session “Social Rights are Human Rights II” in the European Youth Center of Budapest which was a success for many participants as well: the mood was very good and the expectations about a follow-up are quite high! Good Job guys! You can see pictures of all of these events on our Facebook page or on this website.
Later in the afternoon we discussed about future events such as the last activity of the Work Plan in November, the event in UYD Mollina “H.O.M.E” about migration, the strategic partnership KA2, the new Work Plan and the T4T 2015. We will be working until the next Board meeting to set up strategies and finalize what is needed!

Next step was to work on the yearly Board strategy; also because there were new members in the Board. We reviewed our Vision 2020 and the results of the General Assembly 2014 and came up with 5 objectives for our work as a Board. We also established the Activity Plan for 2015.
“SAY procedures” was a very important topic in our discussion, we had a roundtable of exchanging ideas for improvements and changes, it took a lot of time and final decisions will be taken after working separately. We will come up with new defined proposal by the next Board meeting, to be clear with rules.

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“Zoom In” Seminar, Poland

The seminar “Zoom In” was the second activity of our Work Plan “ItinerarY-E-N: On the Roads of Social Inclusion of Young People”. It gathered 22 participants from 15 different countries.

The goal of this seminar was to continue collecting definitions by young people on social inclusion/exclusion.

The objectives were: to develop a common definition of social inclusion; to share about good practices and experience; to draw attention on the impact of youth work as a tool of promotion for social inclusion.

During these 4 days, young people, social/youth workers shared their experience, worked on the feeling of exclusion through a simulation game, learned a new creative technique “Living Library”. Finally, the participants wrote letters addressed to social inclusion, very inspired “Dear Social Inclusion…”

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SOCIAL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS II (TOO)!

social rights are human rights too

The Study Session « Social Rights are Human Rights II (too)! », organized by Y-E-N and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe gathered 35 participants from 17 different countries at the European Youth Center in Budapest Hungary. The aim of this activity was to raise awareness about social infusion of young people and reaffirm the political dimension of Youth Express Network: Social Rights for all young people!!!

The French Illustrator Loren ZODANZO was invited to run a workshop on the topic, and participants made street art in Budapest!

In November 2014 an evaluation meeting of the Study Session was organized in Strasbourg, France, as a follow up. The results of « Social Rights are Human Rights II (too)! » will be the kick off of Y-E-N’s next campaign on social inclusion of young people: Inclusion Express!

 

“OrY-E-Nt Yourself” Seminar

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.

3 NEW ORGANISATIONS JOINED Y-E-N IN 2014

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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:

« Common Sense » youth organisation, Azerbaijan

Institute for Democratic Changes, Georgia

NGO « Scientific Advisory Center « Consciousness », Russian Federation

Welcome to Y-E-N!!!!!!

What happened in 2013!

Group picture of Young people standing in front of the European Youth Center of Strasbourg

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.

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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.