Inclusion LAB II: Training for Trainers (T4T)!

Beginning of July 2015: 28 young people and youth workers coming from 19 different countries gathered in the South-Est of Romania, in a village called Milcoveni. Why for?  To reflect on the importance of Human Dignity, to share experience on youth work and to develop competencies on the organisation of activities related to social inclusion of young people and access to social rights in their communities.

7 working days above 40°C in a community of 300 inhabitants – welcome to the T4T! The activity was dedicated to explore the concept of dignity and its application in everyday life. Participants had the opportunity to express their feeling of “indignation” related to situations of unfaireness, to reflect on the danger of “putting people inside boxes” (stereotyping/prejudice/discrimination), to learned skills on group facilitation and put in practice what they’ve learnt: each one run a 45-minute workshop on the topic of social inclusion of young people.

As a result, according to the evaluation, participants improved their knowledge on Social Rights, developed skills on group dynamics, improved their self-esteem, got inspired by the life story of other participants and the way of living of Milcoveni.

It was an intense week of learning processes. Bravo to all participants who crossed the finishing line of this challenging week!

“Mind the Gap!” Seminar, by Mirela Lupu

“Mind the Gap seminar brought together between 19th and 25th of April 2015 26 young people coming from 13 countries. The seminar was the first activity of Y-E-N’s work plan for 2015 and it took place in Brcko, Bosnia & Herzegovina with help from our member organization – PRONI Center for Youth Development.

Mind the Gap was designed in order to prepare and relaunch “Inclusion Express” campaign and build the foundation for the rest of our work in 2015.

During the week spent in Brcko participants had the chance to share about access to social rights of young people, social inclusion and social exclusion. A well as to experience policies on social rights, to discuss mechanisms of defending the access to rights, to visit NGO’s in Brcko that work on social inclusion and to use their skills in creating campaign tools for Inclusion Express.

Participants also had the chance to meet and discuss about the campaign and the situation of access to social rights of young people with local politicians and decision-makers during Mind the Gap.

The results of the seminar include: a recorded song for the campaign, an online newspaper, an activity plan for the rest of the year, a logo of Inclusion Express, a motto “Social inclusion is not an illusion”, a flashmob in Brcko and a “pijama” challenge for social rights.”

Written by Mierla Lupu, Reporter of Mind the Gap! Seminar

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Thank you Audrey Coeckelberghs for this trailer!

“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

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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!

“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)!

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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.

Drops from 2013! Reading about past experiences

In 2013, four international activities where organized by Youth Express Network: more than 100 young people from all around Europe were involved.

To exchange ideas, to learn methods about Social Inclusion, to fight Social Exclusion and to bring  local expertises towards a European dimension. Y-E-N crossed the borders of Europe once more and created a safe space for participants to express themselves and giving their input in the topic of Social Inclusion.

The year started with the Grundtvig Workshop: “Out of the Box: Create and re-invent your life” in Strasbourg (France).

During 7 days, 22 learners coming from 11 different countries had the opportunity to take a step back and analyse their life and themselves from a fresh perspective via experiential learning. One week of challenges, group work and individual moments in between ropes, carabins, garbage and recycled materials. The aim of the activity was to draw parallels between the materials that are reinvented for another use and the people who are looking for different opportunities in their lives. As one participant stated, “I was very impressed how my mind worked after the tasks”, a better understanding of themselves and the increase of self-esteem, were the main the outcomes of the learning process. Moreover, yes, they got out of the box!

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From France …to France! In fact, the second activity of the year was held also in Strasbourg, in the European Youth Center! This time, during 7 days, 40 young people coming from urban and rural areas of 20 different countries gathered in Strasbourg (France) to participate in the Study Session : « Coaching for Inclusion: closing the gap between rural and urban youth ».

The activity explored 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 specifically in relation to social 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 May 26th to June 2nd.

All participants were actively involved in youth work in urban or rural areas. The partnership with Rural Youth Europe was very enriching and we hope to cooperate more in the future!

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Right after May, it was the time to back and go where the sun is up and food well known as very, very good! Rome was waiting for Y-E-N!

The so longed for « Inclusion LAB: Training for Trainers towards a Youth Inclusive Europe » happened. The training course took place in Ostia (Italy) 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.

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And last but not least, to keep the track of the sun, Y-E-N came to Spain.

The seminar “Where do you(th) belong?” is a jointly activity organised by Youth Express Network and TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network. It gathered 20 participants from 13 different countries from 23rd to 28th September 2013, in Mollina, Spain, during the 14th Edition of the University on Youth and Development. The aim of this seminar was to discuss and exchange about citizenship but seeing it from the sense of belonging to a community. Do young people with fewer opportunities perceive Europe as a community to which they belong? This seminar was designed for youth and social workers working at local level or European level with young people with fewer opportunities: young people who, due to their families’ social, economical situation or due to their background and origin are not able to enjoy a full citizenship or even to feel their European citizenship.”Where do you(th) belong?” was financed by the Youth in Action programme of the European Commission.

Since their creation, Y-E-N and TernYpe have empowered people and organisations who most need of creating ties and citizenship feeling, those who are pushed out of society for as many reasons we can think of. All the organisations composing Y-E-N and TernYpe as well as their regular partners are there for only one reason: to create a more inclusive Europe!

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