EU4YOU – Final Seminar

The participants of our KA2 “EU4YOU – Entrepreneurship for cultYOUre” met one last time in July, in Strasbourg, France, for the final seminar of this Capacity Building project. One last meeting to reflect on the past two years, harvest the fruits of our work and evaluate the project.

The aim of this long-term project was to develop innovative complementary pathways for boosting employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in particular. Youth Express Network developped this project together with partners from 3 different continents.

DAY 1

On the first day of this final seminar, the group focused on reconnecting with each other and sharing about each other’s experiences on the previous phases of the project: the 16 job shadowing and multiple workshops implemented at local level.

DAY 2

On day 2, the participants got to start the day with a visit of the European Parliament! During the afternoon, the group worked on reviewing and finalising the Toolkit, a task they continued through the week!

DAY 3

The third day of or final seminar was dedicated to Field Visits and discovering local successful initiatives! The group was welcomed by Libre Objet, an … 

DAY 4

On Day 4, the participants worked hard on finalising their toolkit! This toolkit will shortly be published on our pages, so stay tuned 😉

DAY 5 & 6

The last two days were dedicated to evaluating this two-year long project, its impact on the 8 different NGOs that took part in it, and the impact it had on the participants, youth workers and young people who got to join the initiative at any point of EU4YOU!

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This seminar closed a successful 2-year long partnership, spread over 8 countries and 3 continents! It allowed dozens of youth workers to discover the good practices of their peers, opened them to different realities, different methods and solutions… It allowed the creation of future inter-continental partnerships and resulted on the creations of a detailed toolkit, soon available to help young people develop their own projects of social and/or cultural entrepreneurship.

Thanks to all of our partners for their dedication: Active Bulgarian Society​ (Bulgaria), Active Youth (Lithuania), Bic Serrès (Greece), CSDS (Vietnam), Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru​ (Peru), International Initiatives for Cooperation (Mexico), Fundación Ses​ (Argentina).

« EntreprenEUrship for CultYOUre » is supported by
the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Participation out of the Box – Day 5

Our seminar “Participation out of the Box” has come to an end. The fifth and last day of the activity was dedicated to evaluating the whole programme and planning the next steps towards implementing local actions with young people.

My action plan

The participants got to plan the action they would like to implement at home: What issues can I identify in my local community? Which issues are my “personal fight”? How will I approach the issue / problem? How can I encourage the participation of young people?

Evaluation and closing ceremony

The afternoon was dedicated to evaluating the 5-day activity. The participants shared on their highlights of the week, and expressed if they felt the objectives of the seminar were met. After the evaluation session, the group closed the seminar, exchanging their certificates.

Our work plan « Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is now on track to continue its course towards bringing together different layers of society and implementing an action of youth participation. Let’s claim and show, all together, that vulnerable youth’s participation is real, effective and promising!

This activity was hosted in Oviedo, Spain, by our member organisation Asociación Youropia.

« Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is supported by
the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Participation out of the Box! – Day 4

After learning about youth participation and meeting young people determined to change their society, the participants spent the 4th day of our seminar learning how to support vulnerable youth into developing their own local action.

Debriefing the visits

The day started with a session dedicated to debriefing the past day. The group got to share what they loved most about the field visits they experienced on Day 3, and express what they’ll take back home from the initiatives and people they met.

Identifying the challenges faced by Young People

Later on that day, the participants were invited to discuss and identify the barriers and challenges faced by Youth in their country. They focused their reflection on 4 different areas : Social barriers (gender, economic situation…), Physical barriers (transportation, costs…), Cultural barriers (languages, religion…), Behavioural barriers (self-esteem, disempowerment..).

How to advocate? Steps towards Advocacy

During the last session of the day, the team of facilitators introduced to the group the Steps to Advocacy: where to start when advocating, who to contact, how to do it… The participants got a better idea on how to develop and implement an action plan, how to find allies, how to communicate about your action to make it impactful, and recognised.

« Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is supported by
the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Participation out of the Box! – Day 3

Our seminar “Participation out of the Box” is currently taking place in Oviedo, Spain! Today, our host Youropia took our group on 3 different field visit to meet with young people actively involved to change their society.

Youth Consultation of the EU Youth Dialogue

Before going on our field visits, the group got to try another system of participation : they expressed their opinion for the consultation on youth of the EU Youth Dialogue. Following a silent version of the ‘Open Space Technology’, everyone was invited to reflect and write their opinion to 4 questions:

  • What can we do at European level to make sure all young people from various backgrounds, including marginalised youth, are equally treated, protected, safe and secure in the workplace and the labour market of the future?
  • How quality youth work development can be supported with European level actions and measures? And what these measures should be?
  • What are the most important competencies that youth workers need for doing European / international youth work in order to support and work with youth and why?
  • What measures and actions can we take at European level to provide access to quality youth work for all?

Their answers will be transmitted to decision makers through the participation of Youth Express Network in the EU Youth Dialogue process.

Meeting with young volunteers

Later this morning, the participants got introduced to Silivia and Néstor, two young people currently volunteering towards the inclusion of Migrants. They got to hear about their involvement and learn how they support refugees in finding a job.

When young people unite

In the afternoon, the group met with AMA (Asamblea Moza d’Asturies), a group of young volunteers and activists, who work towards solving the issues Youth face in their region, mainly through organising manifestations and youth friendly events. The meeting was kindly hosted by Paraiso Local Creativo, an artistic collaborative space.

Supporting a Youth Initiative

To finish the day, the group joined an event fully organised at the initiative of a little group of young people: the Pride March of Avilés, a city near Oviedo. This very young Pride (2 years old), was entirely driven and organised by Kaleide, an organisation created by young people to promote diversity.

« Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is supported by
the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Participation out of the Box! – Day 2

Day 2 of our seminar “Participation out of the Box” focused on defining two of the main concepts at the center of our annual programme: Youth Participation and Vulnerable Youth.

What is Youth Participation?

The first session of the day allowed the participants to think about youth participation and understand it with more depth. They started this reflection by brainstorming together on their definition of civic participation. After gaining more knowledge about youth participation, the participants watched a set of videos showing impactful youth initiatives and young activists currently involved in changing their society.

Who is Vulnerable Youth?

Divided in two groups, the participants explored the meaning of “Vulnerable Youth”, by reflecting together on 4 questions: What does Vulnerable mean?; What does it mean to be Vulnerable?; What are Vulnerable groups and why are they Vulnerable? How to identify Vulnerable young people? After the reflections, each group shared their conclusions.

My story of Youth Participation

Sometimes even the simplest act already is a form of participation. During this session, the participants were asked to recall one of their own participation story and draw a scene representing their action. From helping solving a local deforestation issue to taking part in a European exchange, they got to share their experiences and realise how diverse and efficient alternative youth participation can be.

Why do we need Youth Participation?

For the last session of the day, the participants were divided in 4 smaller groups. They were invited to imagine and film a video promoting Youth Participation. You can see one of the four videos that were produced here bellow.

« Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is supported by
the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Participation out of the Box! – Day 1

Our seminar “Participation out of the Box” has officially begun! For the next 5 days, 25 youth/social workers will be gathered in Oviedo, Spain.

This seminar is the first activity of the work plan “Shake the Box! – Alternative ways of Participation“.

Our work plan this year will be aiming at bringing together different layers of society together to claim that vulnerable youth’s participation is real, effective and promising, implementing local actions using alternative ways of youth participation.

This seminar will help setting the foundations of the whole project. It will allow each partner organisation to fully understand the project and built their capacity to implement alternative ways of youth participation and to involve stakeholders in local actions.

Getting to know each other

The first session of the day aimed at welcoming the participants and allowing them to get to know each other through different name games and icebreakers. They discussed and discovered some of each other’s passions and aspirations.

Introduction to the project

For the second session, the team of facilitators presented the Work Plan “Shake the Box! – Alternative ways of participation“, and the aim and objectives of the Seminar “Participation out of the Box!”. They also presented the programme of the 5 days to come, and invited the participants to reflect on their expectations, fear and contributions.

Team Building

During the afternoon, the group was invited to take part in 4 team building activities: games of “Mission Impossible”, “Group body statues”, “Untie the knot” and “Minesweeper”. These games allowed the group to build a cohesive and respectful group dynamic.

Intercultural Evening

The day ended with the traditional intercultural evening. The participants brought culinary specialities from their countries and cultures and got to present them to the rest of the group.

« Shake the Box! Alternative ways of participation » is supported by
the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe
and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Democracy Builders – Training course

21 young people gathered in Constanta (Romania) between 20-28 of May for a training course aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in the democratic voting process.

Youth Express Network was there, represented by a delegation of 3 volunteers from our French Member Organisation Parcours le Monde Grand Est.

This training course, coordinated by one of our Romanian member organisations Youth Vision, gathered partners from France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal and Spain. It was supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

This project was set in the context of the European Election and aimed at promoting voting amongst young people. Over the week of work, the participants were able to find out about the Romanian political structure and atmosphere.

They shared information on the political situations of the various represented countries, and worked on creating tools, visual materials and messages aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in democracy.

The participants also improved their knowledge on the European Union, the role of the European institutions and the European legislative process. As a result of the Democracy Builders project, the participants developed a toolkit with innovative methods to encourage young people’s active participation in democratic life.

This training course was the first part of a two-activity project. For its second phase, 40 young people will gather in Strasbourg in September for a youth exchange aiming this time at consolidating their ideas and perceptions about European policies.

 

Arnaud’s testimony, French participant:

“We feel very proud to be a part of this project and we also feel more involved about political life and about Europe in general 🇪🇺 We had a lot of great talks and debates about the socials and economics issues in the E.U but also about how to encourage youth to be involved and have more trust in the European Union. We want that the youngsters can figure out solutions to those problems trough non-formal and informal education, so we will keep promote it! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ We will come back in France full of knowledge and ready to share our experience with everyone!”

 

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

You & Me – Training course on Sex Education

Youth Express Network was in Lithuania from the 14th to the 22th of May, to take part in our partner’s project “You & Me”, a training course on Sexual Education.

Coordinated by Active Youth, this training dedicated to Youth Workers aimed at enhancing youth’s ability to make conscious decisions about their sexuality and relationships, as well as their well-being and health.

The event gathered youth workers coming from 6 different countries: Estonia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.

Together, they learned about Sexual Transmitted Diseases and Infections, contraception, comprehensive sexual education, diversity and sex language… On Day 2, the group got the visit of a member of the local Family planning, who explained to them how Sexual Education is implemented in Lithuania.

Thanks to numerous non-formal education activities, they also got to map the sexual education implemented in the other represented countries and reflect on how to teach young people about safe sex and break stereotypes surrounding the topics of sex.

On Day 4, the participants went outside to meet with the local people of Kaunas. With their help, they conducted surveys about sexual education. Later the same day, the group distributed free condoms, raising awareness on protected sex.

The week ended with a video workshop which resulted in 5 video clips on the promotion of sexual education, safe sex and breaking stereotypes. These video will soon be published on Active Youth’s website 🙂 Stay tuned.

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Digitalise it! Study Visit in Spain

From 14th to 17th of May 2019, the second study visit of our KA2 Strategic Partnership project “Digitalise it!” was organised in Oviedo, Spain, by Asociación Youropia and Affabulazione.

The aim of this study visit to allow both organisations to share about their best practices in the field of storytelling, digital tools and other innovative and creative approaches while working with young people with fewer opportunities.

The event gathered 14 youth workers and young people in the region Asturias for 4 days of meetings, visits and workshops, among them:

  • Reconnecting with each other
  • Best practices examples from Youropia in analog storytelling
  • Update on local implementation by Youropia and Affabulazione
  • Visit of El Patio in Aviles
  • Best practices examples in digital campaigns with Kaleide – youth organisation campaigning against stereotypes of the LGTB+ community
  • Workshop on the use of social media to encourage youth participation
  • Best practice examples in digital campaigns with Hierba Buena – Non-profit organisation promoting the rights of people experiencing mental suffering
  • Workshop on Podcasting with Hierba Buena
  • Workshop on digital campaigns against stereotypes with Affabulazione
  • Follow-up strategy

Earlier this year, the first study visit of the project occurred in The Netherlands, have a look at what was done back then HERE!

The next steps of the project include:
– local implementation of digital storytelling tools
– a third study visit for Active Bulgarian Society and United Societies of Balkans to present their work – August 2019
– evaluation meeting – October 2019

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and the Région Grand Est (France).

TOOLKIT – Youth Work with Vulnerable Youth

During our last training of trainers “The Art of Togetherness II”, the youth workers brainstormed and developed together a toolkit to help youth workers and youth organisations in working with young people coming from vulnerable youth.

Gathered in little groups they shared and laid on paper their good practices, advices and tools on 4 specific questions: When working with vulnerable youth… How to think ? How to feel ? What to say ? What to do ?


You can now find all of these key informations in the Toolkit : Inclusive Toolkit, drawn by Coline Robin, the talented graphic facilitator who worked with us in our 2 past Work Plans, Togaether Europe and The Art of Social Inclusion.

The training “The Art of Togetherness II” was supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Erasmus + programme of the European Union.