Board Meeting Postcard: with love from Thessaloniki

In march 2017, the Board (almost all of them!) and the Coordination Office (almost all of them!) met in Thessaloniki.

Brainstorming, overview on the annual activities, team reconnecting, excitement, enthusiasm, energy..! Under the mediterranean sun, we worked hard and planned a lot of beautiful projects to come.

We also had the opportunity to meet our friends organisations United Societies of Balkans and Youth Social Rights Network. USB was our host for this Board Meeting in Thessaloniki and we had the pleasure to stay at the same hotel where they were having a 10 day Youth Exchange with 56 young people from all over Europe. The place in question will also be our home during the first activity of our work plan for 2017, “Living in Europe Together: Our Challenge”, which will take place in May. It was very inspiring to work in the middle of such a dynamic and enthusiastic atmosphere and we can’t wait to be back. Our time spent with Youth Social Rights Network allowed us to share experiences and ideas on future projects to create together! We are eager to join forces with this network!

You can find the photo album of this productive meeting here on our Facebook Page.

Y-E-N General Assembly 2016

Y-E-N General Assembly 2016 took place on May 22nd in Strasbourg (France) and was animated by Ahlame Boubazine, volunteer from our member organisation L’Etage and social worker in Strasbourg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GA welcomed 4 new organisations in the Network:

  • League for Youth Voluntary Service (Belarus)
  • Alternative-V (Ukraine)
  • Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria)
  • Youth for Understanding (Turkey)

Welcome and we hope for a long collaboration!

 

 

 

 

 

And the GA also elected a new Board:

  • Mirela LUPU (still in mandate), President
  • Valentina AULISO (re-elected), Vice-President
  • Vasil TANEV (newly elected), Secretary
  • Mariam SAHAKYAN (re-elected), Treasurer
  • Ramiz ALIYEV (newly elected), Board Member
  • Katarina VUCKOVIC (still in mandate), Board Member

See you all in 2017 🙂

A special meeting with local authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina

In the beginning of our first Board Meeting of the year, Y-E-N crew was kindly invited to visit the Department of Administrative Affairs of Brcko District Government and meet its representatives.
Mr. Tomislav STJEPANOVIC, Head of the Department, welcome us. Local media were also there. We presented Youth Express Network, the work we do, and we shared values on youth/social work. Mr. Tomislav was very interested in Y-E-N, and promised to visit Y-E-N again during the seminar “Mind the Gap”, that will take place in Brcko, in April 2015.
Our president Katarina VUCKOVIC attended the meeting and was in charge to mediate the reunion. During the meeting Katarina also presented the work done by PRONI, Bosnian member organization of Y-E-N, and very committed grassroot youth organization from Brcko. We hope that, after this meeting, a stronger cooperation between PRONI and local authorities will arise as well as with Y-E-N.

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During the meeting with local authorities in Brcko, we presented Y-E-N, we spoke about our member organizations and their daily work at local level. Mr. Tomislav STJEPANOVIC was really interested to know about our story, values and future ideas.

All present  guests were interested to know more about the international dimension of the network.

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How social exclusion looks like in Bosnia today? Which are the main challenges? What local organizations and representatives are doing together to promote inclusive practices?

Exchanging ideas and approaches:  this discussion made this meeting very interesting. Mostly because, in some areas it is hard for international organizations to go there and meet representatives from the government. A big THANK YOU to our President Katarina VUCKOVIC who organized the meeting with all media present to record the discussion. This is also Y-E-N making waves!!!!

The (Mobile) Board Meeting, March 2015

Why to have the Board meeting only in one place if in few hours we can visit three countries? Last Board Meeting happened in Vukovar, Croatia on 28th 29th of March 2015 but not only…

This time the Board landed in Belgrade (Serbia), worked  in Vukovar (Croatia) and visited  PRONI, Y-E-N Member Organization in Brcko (Bosnia Herzegovina). The idea to hold the meeting in this area was also to meet the Croatian organisation  “Youth Peace Group Danube” who are interested in getting to know Y-E-N better and maybe apply for a membership. The experience was surely interesting: Even if we had a very busy agenda, we had the opportunity to visit the neighboring countries, to learn about their culture and history, to meet youth leaders from the region and, most of all, we had the chance to see the social work on spot in the field – Brcko, which will also be our hosting place for the next activity, the seminar “Mind the Gap”. Definitely, the idea of having a mobile board meeting was very useful! As usual, the Agenda was very busy, but we managed to work hard and finish all the work! We even had a working group session inside the mini van while going from Brcko to Vukovar!

Are you curious to know what was discussed in meeting? Follow this snapshot of the working  days…

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We started the meeting reviewing activity report, so many events in only year!

Last year we had :

– 10 international activities;

– 300 young people involved;

– 3 new member organizations (Azerbaijan, Russian Federation and Georgia);

– New project at local level: introducing non-formal education in universities;

– 30 volunteers involved in Y-E-N activities;

– 73 organisations

– 150 participants in our local cross-border activities (France-Germany-Switzerland);

– finally yet important: the launch of the “Inclusion Express” campaign.

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After the morning session we left PRONI, our member organization who hosted the meeting in BRCKO, to have an inspiring meeting with local authorities. The meeting was a success! (learn more about it here)

In the afternoon, we got back to work in order to plan future activities and find ways to improve internal procedures (political and administrative decisions were taken during the rest of the day).

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On the second working day we were hosted by the youth organization “Youth Peace Group Danube”, established in Vukovar, Croatia. They kindly offered to us their centre and offices to work.

It was great to share values and methods on social work (we hope for the future, a synergetic cooperation!)

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We had a great Teamwork: discussion, creativity and decision-making! It was inspiring!

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We finalized the meeting with an evaluation, to do list and a great dinner!

Who knows where will be the next Board Meeting? What we know for sure is that it will happen where it makes a fruitful connection with our member organization!

Hope to see you all in Milcoveni for the General Assembly of Youth Express Network!

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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