My 2 weeks of Intership at YOUTH EXPRESS NETWORK

My name is Arbenita, I am 16 years old, I come from Kosovo, I live in Strasbourg, I am in hight school Jean Geiler, I have to do a training period. I had already worked two weeks from January 16th to January 27th. And my last two weeks I started, from 12 June to 23 June today is my last day (23/06/2017).

I learned a lot of different things through the Y-E-N (Youth Express Network) and thanks to my colleagues. These  two weeks, I learned new things, for exemple : I did some accounting, searched for information on Timisoara (Romania), I sent emails in English, I made the Infosheet « Working » + sent it to the participants, I did Photocopies for the Accounts + Accountant, I did the list of participants for the upcoming PBA & GA, and I did the subtitles in youtube of Voice it in French and English (3 video), I sent many emails, I worked with EXCEL etc.

Thank you so much to Youth Express Network for having accepted me for my internship and for understanding at work.

Our participants talk about us: poem

Youth Express Network sticks in our participants’ mind, and they really are the best ones to talk about their experiences! Here is a text written by one of our participants for the writing contest Plaisir d’écrire organised by the Crapt-Carrli, for which our member organisation l’Etage Club de jeunes was also a contestant. The theme of this year’s contest was the word “Network“:

While the whole world seems to organise itself around social medias, all digital and impersonal, each text submitted to our contest brings us to one simple truth: we are part of one single big network of men and women, which constitutes humanity.
Source

Here is a theme that surely inspired our participant, so she wrote this poem:

The child of the network

I am the lost child
With a network of friends
They saw me crying
And when I stay connected
It is with the whole world

I am the child of today and tomorrow
And when on my way, my head is full of ideas
To help humanity
It is with a network that I put my projects
in action

Child in search for traces
It is by communicating
That I continue to evolve
To be honest, I never stole 
Even if my father was in misery
I always had the right education
There is still a network to hang on to

And here you are, the child I met
At the other end of the globe, without the internet, without toy
I learned a lot from you
You, the child all by yourself
You taught me the word network.

L. G.

 

News from Member Organisation: LYVS

At LYVS, one of our Member Organisation from Belarus, spring is THE SEASON: new members, active preparation for the summer projects and programmes, stress of the April deadline and, in spite of everything, the time for fresh ideas!

In the end of February and the beginning of March, LYVS usually promotes and starts their two major summer programmes for young people: international volunteer workcamps and educational programme for camp-leaders “RESpublika”. Both programmes offer the crucial experience of intercultural communication and help the participants to become more mature, responsible, active and aware. Participating in the programmes, their members take part in a number of various activities: specially designed trainings, team-building activities, group activities etc.

During their annual charity action “April is the month of good deeds”, the organisation and their volunteers help various institutions to get “in shape” after winter. This year LYVS is working with the center for people with physical disabilities, a social center in Minsk, the Museum of Architecture and Household (Belarusian skansen), and the Children’s Hospice. It’s always great to work together!

There are at the moment about 300 people taking or about to take part in these programmes, and LYVS works really hard to make their experiences meaningful and useful, trying to come up with more interesting activities for them!At the same time LYVS is working with their partner organisation “Belarusian Association of UNESO Clubs” on preparation of the summer archaeological workcamps at Mir Castle – one of the top tourist attractions in Belarus. They are hoping to host many motivated and active volunteers, interested in history and archaeology from all over the world through their partners from the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations.

To follow LYVS and their activities go to their website or Facebook page!

My 4 days of Internship at Y-E-N by Arbenita

My name is Arbenita, I am 16 years old, I come from Kosovo, I live in Strasbourg, I am in high school Jean Geiler, I have to do a training period. I had already worked two weeks from January 16th to January 27th. Since April 10, I have returned to the Youth Express Network for my third week of internship.

In fact, I learned a lot of different things through the Y-E-N (Youth Express Network) and thanks to my colleagues.

These four days, I learned new things, for example: I did some accounting, searched for information on Thessaloniki (Greece) to prepare the next European project of the Y-E-N, I learned to use Photoshop , I sent emails in English, I sent the call for participation to the General Assembly of the Youth Express Network in June, modified an English questionnaire on Google Form and also sought out restaurants and bakeries Around the Maison des Associations to prepare for the reception of a group in May.

Arbenita

Interview of Daniel Grebeldinger (Nevo Parudimos)

Last Saturday was International Roma Day. We thought it was the perfect timing to interview our friend Daniel, long time participant in Y-E-N’s activities and  founder member of Nevo Parudimos, one of our Member Organisation from Romania which dedicates its work to Roma Youth Inclusion.

Thanks Daniel for answering our questions!

Could you tell us a brief history of your organisation Nevo Parudimos?

Nevo Parudimos was founded in 2008 by a group of Roma Activists and teachers working with Roma kids with the idea to work and try to increase the social inclusion of the Roma communities and to develop civil society in our area.

What is your role in the organisation?

Actually, I was the person initiating the group of people which founded the NGO. Initially I was the president, then I was working as a project manager, now I am mainly dealing with the fundraising and everything in relation with developing our project which targets Roma.

When did you join Y-E-N?

Nevo Parudimos joined Y-E-N immediately after we were funded because I was personally involved with Y-E-N since 2005 as an individual member.

And what did Y-E-N bring to your organisation?

Initially, we joined Y-E-N to be part of the experience and to seize the opportunity to train some of our people. Then, we started to work more on the inclusion side, specially targeting Roma young people. We learned from Y-E-N, we became partners with Y-E-N… Actually, Y-E-N was the first international network we became a member of, but at this moment we are member of 5 different networks, all connected with Roma or inclusion.

As you may know, International Roma Day is coming soon. Could you tell us about your project Roma Youth – European Youth?

Y-E-N is partner with the project Roma Youth – European Youth since the beginning: Roma Youth 1, Roma Youth 2 and Roma Youth 3. During these 3 events, we created the guide « 9 steps in working with Roma youngsters ». We are currently implementing the 4th session of this training with the same great core team of trainers, together with some COE experts. It is a great project, one of our best trainings until now. It is a long term training course dedicated to Youth Worker which aims to teach them how to work with Roma Youth specifically. After the first training session, the participants work at home, at their local level, and facilitate a Roma Youth group to develop activities. So, it is actually Happening and it gives great results.

To finish, we would like to know, on a more personal level, why did you chose to work with Youth?

The first time I attended an international activity was a Y-E-N General Assembly in Turkey in Cappadocia. It was the moment when I realised: Okay, that’s what I want to do. I decided to quit my job, I was a teacher at that time, and I started to attend trainings to learn more about non-formal education and how to become a trainer. And since that moment, I’m only working in civil society, doing project for civil society, fundraising and developing civil society… Y-E-N changed my life.

Interviewed by Margaux Dos Santos

Y-E-N has a new Communication Officer!

A little History of Y-E-N’s Communication

For 24 years now, Youth Express Network has worked for Youth inclusion in Europe thanks to a large team of invested and passionate people: Board Members, Coordination Office, SAYers, Member Organisations, Young People… For the majority of this time, the internal and external communication of the Network was managed little by little and task after task, by the Coordination Office and the Board Members mostly.

In 2014, the Network created the Communication Group, a little working group consisting of former participants, SAYers, coordination officers and board members. The Group, still active today, perfectly symbolises the very definition of the Network: Young People, brainstorming and working together to speak and communicate about Youth initiatives.

Though the Group worked and still works well, the need for a dedicated position remained and it was decided that 2017 would be the year. And so, after dozens of applications and a few interviews, Margaux was chosen.

Me, Margaux, 26 y/o, one of many voices of Y-E-N

I am Margaux and I am very happy to join Y-E-N’s vast and European family. I have been working at Y-E-N’s offices in Strasbourg since the beginning of February and many people were enthusiastic and curious to know why I applied for this position?

When I saw the position offer and discovered Y-E-N, I recognized that it looked in many ways similar to some of the organisations that gave me fantastic opportunities during the past couple of years, when I was trying to find a job and felt a bit left down by society. I wanted to change side and participate to the one that announces good news.

At Y-E-N, I see good things happening and young people meeting to change what they can change, and being able to talk about the positive initiatives happening in an Europe that have given me so much is a great feeling 🙂 I am looking forward to working together with the Communication Group and to develop this one-of-a-kind initiator of ideas: who better than Youth could talk about Youth the best? 🙂

I am very glad to have joined this beautiful project! Let’s make Europe more inclusive, with words and actions 😉

News from Member Organisation: Nevo Parudimos

Nevo Parudimos in partnership with 6 other international associations: Egyutthato Kozossegepito Egyesülete, Asociacion Munticultural Nakelamos (Spain), Roma (Macedonia), Integro Association (Bulgaria), Youth Express Network (France), Stranaidea (Italy) held a training between 16-24 January 2017 entitled “Roma Youth, European Youth 4”.

The training, which happens to be the first activity of the project “Roma youth, European Youth 4”, brought together 21 young volunteers/youth workers from Nevo Parudimos’ partner organisations from Hungary, Spain, Macedonia, Bulgaria, France and Italy, in order to teach them how to become youth workers specialised in work with young Roma and to apply and use the 9 steps in working with young Roma, mainly methods of working with non-formal education through various activities.

Besides the training that took place in Herculane, European Roma Youth Project Youth-4 included two more activities:

A practical activity where participants from each country put into practice rules to plan activities conducted during our training until the second meeting by using the 9 steps in working with young Roma. The goal was to form a group of young people at a local level to organise an activity with their support for other young people in the local community where they came from. Their results will be shared with other colleagues during the seminar to be conducted in June 2017.

An evaluation and exchange seminar which will also take place in Romania at Marabu Camp between the 1st and the 9th of June 2017 in Milcoveni village, Berliste town, Caras-Severin county.

The overall objectives of the project are as follow:

  • To enable the 7 partner NGO’s to work with young Roma
  • To increase the use of the guide “9 steps in working with Roma youngsters”
  • To increase the participation of young Roma
  • To promote non-formal education and practical life learning for Roma young people

The project is funded by the European Commission, Erasmus +, Key Action 1 Mobility of youth workers, reference no. 2016-2- RO01-KA105- 024898.

For more information please contact Mr. Firulescu Alexandru, project manager at 0766376287, and [email protected] or [email protected]

Internship in Y-E-N by Arbenita Tetaj

Hello everybody,

My name is Arbenita, I am 15 years old. I come from Kosovo and I live in Strasbourg with my family since 3 years. I am a student in Highschool Jean Geiler. I am intern in Youth Express Network Office just for two weeks. I am learning “Gestion Administration” and in Y-E-N I am doing: search infos on activities in Kosovo Youth Centres’ Network, interview in Albanian, writing and sending emails etc.

I am very happy to be here and working with Youth Express Network because I am learning very different things. For me it is very different because I have never been working in my life and it is my first chance to learn and to continue my life.

“Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.”

Arbenita

News from Member Organisation: Intercultural Institute of Timisoara

  • Act!

Project “Act!” was implemented in Timisoara, Romania, by the Intercultural Institute Timisoara, in partnership with Timis County Teachers Training Office and with Association Casa Plai, with financial support from the Municipality of Timisoara, between May and November 2016.

The purpose of the project was to build the capacity of highschool pupils and teachers to constructively articulate their needs related to the problems they are facing, through forum theatre.

In the first phase of the project, a previously constructed forum theatre play was performed in 10 highschools in Timisoara, by a group of highschool pupils. After the forum, in each highschool a workshop was organised, to familiarise pupils and teachers with forum theatre. In the second phase of the project, a new group was formed and a new forum theatre play was developed. The new play, called “Hat!” (meaning something like “Gotcha!”) spoke about the use of drugs in schools by the pupils and the teachers’ need to intervene positively.

The project brought forum theatre to over 700 pupils in Timisoara, in 10 highschools and created an online community of over 200 people interested in forum theatre as a method of promoting solidarity through art and integrated communities.

  • NICeR

Project NICeR (Nouvelle approche pour renforcer l’Intégration Culturelle des jeunes Réfugiés) is a European Commission co-funded project coordinated by CIOFS-FP Italy and developed in partnership with organisations from seven countries (including Intercultural institute Timisoara) with the aim to elaborate a new approach to the integration of refugees at the local level.

In the framework of the project, local artistic performances will be organised in the first half of 2017, involving groups of young refugees and non-refugees who will work toghether to create various artistic shows.

In Timisoara, AIDRom is coordinating the production of Timisoara Refugee Art Festival (TRAF), which will unite 30 young people (15 refugees and 15 non-refugees) who will work together in smaller groups to create a forum theatre play, a music concert, an exhibition of photography/paintings, a movie projection, a live installation re-creating the route of a refugee (in a smaller scale, of course) and maybe other forms of art, all under the frame of solidarity with refugees in Europe and worldwide. In the preparation of the festival, the group will participate at the beginning of February in a 7-day winter camp where they will be introduced to several artistic methods of expression.

The festival is growing fast, as many local artists and activists have put forward their voluntary support to the cause and their willingness to contribute to such an initiative.

Interview of Krenare Gashi (KYCN)

Arbenita TETAJ joined Y-E-N Office for a job shadowing and took the chance to interview Krenare GASHI, from our member organisation Kosovo Youth Centres’ Network.

Thanks Krenare for answering our questions!

Can you give us a brief history of your organisation?

Kosovo Youth Centres’ Network (KYCN) is a network of youth centres around Kosovo, which was established non-formally in December 2014. In 2015, KYCN changed its format from non-formal to a formally registered organization. Currently, as integral part of Youth Centers’ Network are 21 youth centres from different cities of the country, that develop activities on the focu of youth.

How many members does KYCN have now?

In 2014, KYCN started to work with 16 members and now we count 21 members. We are in the process of enlarging the umbrealla for new members.

When and why did you join Y-E-N?

In July 2015 we joined Youth Express Network. By becoming member of Y-E-N, we fulfilled one of our main objectives for 2015, which was to be positioned as the linking bridge between youth centres in Kosovo and youth NGOs in Europe.

Does this membership have a positive effect on your organisation?

Being a member of a European youth network such as Y-E-N made KYCN the first youth umbrella organization in Kosovo. In addition, KYCN became the Kosovo youth voice at European level.

And you, what is your role in KYCN?

I am currently the Executive Director of KYCN.

Can you mention some of the most important project that you have carried out?

The most creative project implemented by our organizations is the Electronic Plate-Form. This provides opportunities to its members, to promote their activities for free and use it as their website as well.

What do you like about KYCN?

The most unique thing about KYCN is the simple way of its function. With no complicated hierarchy on management, it makes it easier to work.

Have you participated in a Y-E-N activity yourself?

Yes, I have participated in 5 activities:
– 2 seminars organised by Y-E-N itself: in October 2015 and in May 2016;
– 3 seminars suggested by Y-E-N: in April 2016 with the Council of Europe, the “EYE 2016” in May 2016 and “Youth Peace Camp” in July 2016.

What is the future plans for KYCN?

Our future plans are:
– Promotion of youth employment
– Regional cooperation
– Enlargement of activities at European level

By Arbenita Tetaj (job shadowing in Y-E-N Office)