Pool of Resources

Youth Express Network has a data base of resources composed by people willing to contribute to our activities in different roles (logistic, report, group training/facilitation, communication, arts…)

The data-base of resources is adopted to form the teams of Y-E-N activities and also to keep contact with qualified and experienced professionals/volunteers who are willing to join Y-E-N activities. This system will also help to better evaluate the needs to improve skills and organise trainings for trainers. Since 2011, for each Y-E-N activity, the team is recruited in the Y-E-N Pool of Resources. We only send the Calls for Teamers to the people who are already integrated in our data-base.

If you participated in a past Y-E-N activity and/or you have been always close to Y-E-N (either by being a Board member, a trainer, a facilitator, a participant…), you are a very important resource to us as you know our values and already have the experience to work with Y-E-N. We found it very valuable to have your SAY (Share About Yourself) form and to integrate you in our pool of resources.

If you are interested in being more involved in Y-E-N by contributing to the elaboration of this pool of resources, please fill the on-line SAY form.

SAYers GUIDELINES JOIN THE SAYers

THE SAYers

Olga Artsiukh

Olga Artsiukh

Belarus

Working languages: Russian, English

I hold a Master Degree in Integration trade policy and International Economy. I came to youth/NGO filed since I was 14 and met Y-E-N when I was 16. Since than I was lucky to be involved into youth and NGO filed in quite different roles – Board member of Youth NGOs, young trainer, Secretary of the youth organization and other interesting activities one can do in youth NGOs. Quite a big part of my youth work life went to SALTO EECA where I was a Multiple of YiA programme and member of pool of EVS trainers in EECA.

 

Ramón Martínez

Ramón Martínez

Morocco

Working languages: Spanish, English

Moncho, also known as Ramón Martínez, is a trainer and consultant from the North of Spain. With a background on critical and creative thinking and collaborative and experiential learning, Moncho works mainly on youth empowerment through inclusion and participation. Lover of comics and cards and board games, he is also consultant on gamification of learning and evaluation processes.

Charalambos Solonos

Charalambos Solonos

Cyprus

Working languages: English, Greek

Charalambos is a high calibre, culturally sensitive and internationally orientated diplomatic professional with a proactive interest in sustainable development, youth empowerment and political affairs. An excellent presenter, trainer of Cyprus Youth Council, expert in structure dialogue, able to develop commercially valuable relationships. His core attributes are related to business development, social engagement and partnership building. Possessing a strong understanding of current Cyprus and EU affairs his is captivated by the interaction between state policy, law, economics and international trade and diplomacy. He is bringing to the team extensive administration experience with reference to socio-economic report writing, current youth – related affairs analysis and political research.

Bojana Delibasic Bjelic

Bojana Delibasic Bjelic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Working languages: Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, English

Bojana Delibašić Bjelić is a social worker with more than fifteen years of experience in working with children and youth through various preventive, psycho-social, research and volunteer activities and projects. She is psycho-social counselor for people living with HIV/AIDS and educator of sexual and reproductive health for children and youth. She participated in research “Right to know” – Participatory action research in needs of young people in Bosnia and the “Young people who sell sex” – training and research in the focus groups, Bio-behavioral research with vulnerable populations, etc. She was the first operator on the AIDS Info Line in Bosnia. Bojana participated in the establishment of the Youth Council of Banja Luka, and was a member of the Supervisory board of the Youth Council BL.

In Association “Nova generacija” she worked as Coordinator of volunteer activities, Project coordinator “Big brother, Big sister”, Secretary of Regional Network for Children Living and Working on the Street. Also in April 2015 within the framework of the Regional Network she organized an International conference about children involved in the life and/or work on the street and children at risk. During the 2016.she worked as a Counselor, Coordinator and Educator on the Blue Phone – only one Counseling Line for Children and Youth in BiH. In November 2014 she became one of the educators in “School for Parents” and contributed to the improvement of the “School for Parents” plan and program, she periodically writes articles of parenting for different magazines and web portals. In November 2016, Bojana became a certified yoga teacher for children (Yoga & Kids program). She believes that children and youth through yoga can relax and entertain themselves after various school and other duties, while at the same time increasing their body’s awareness, focus and concentration, and self-confidence that will help them grow on the path of growing up and schooling.

Manuela Costeira

Manuela Costeira

Brazil

Working languages: English, French, Portuguese

Manuela Costeira worked for the Coordination Office of the Youth Express Network as project manager. Since 2008 she has been involved in several international youth activities on the topic of social inclusion of young people. In 2010 she participated in the research «Youth Impact: a study on the impact and added value of working with young people at international level», financed by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. Manuela works in local level (Strasbourg, France) providing workshops on intercultural learning for youth workers («animateurs») and carers («auxiliaries de vie sociale»). She is a volunteer at «Club de jeunes l’Etage». Her fields of expertise are non-formal education, experiential learning, intercultural learning and social inclusion of young people.

Nemanja Tenjović

Nemanja Tenjović

Germany

Working languages: English, Serbian, Croatian

Nemanja is finishing up his MA studies in International relations. He has been active in youth policy field for over ten years. He has large experience with establishing new institutions and organizations, coordination of long term bilateral and trilateral projects, youth work (working with young disabled, youth health, program development, (un)employment, trainings, dissemination of knowledge, creative expression of youth, youth friendly approach methodology and many other methodologies, development and implementation) Other then Youth work, Nemanja is included in development of policy papers, program development, development within governmental bodies (projects, programs, capacities, campaings etc..), project management, international relations, regional development, project cycle management, RBM. He is also a member of different pools of resources and different think tanks.

Cosmin Barzan

Cosmin Barzan

Romania

Working languages: English, French, Italian, Romanian

I am active in the field of social inclusion for youth since 2003, whether it’s in my home country or abroad. I am a certified youth trainer since 2002, and have delivered or facilitated over 100 training sessions. I run a civic-oriented organisation, called The Civic Resource Centre, which provides opportunities for regular people to speak up or become active citizens in the community

Mirela Lupu

Mirela Lupu

Romania

Working languages: Romanian, English

I discovered youth work and non-formal education in 2007 and I never looked back. Interested in gender equality, human rights, social inclusion, youth participation and youth policy. In my day to day life I work in the youth field coordinating projects for and together with young people.

Mark E. Taylor

Mark E. Taylor

France

Working languages: English, French, German

Mark is a relatively nice dinosaur who freelances and plays ukulele. He is involved in the via Experientia consortium which sets out to expand experiential learning and research. Otherwise, you can find him around the place facilitating meetings, training, running workshops and consulting organisations. One of his passions is to be found in writing what he hopes are useful educational publications. A founding member and now editor of Coyote magazine, he is also editor of the Tools for Learning magazine.

Sorina Nihta

Sorina Nihta

Romania

Working languages: Romanian, English, Spanish

Sorina has been working since 2005 at a grass roots level with youngsters with fewer opportunities such as economical and social disadvantages, cultural minorities, immigrants and young offenders. She has worked as a designer and facilitator of learning experiences and as a trainer since 2007 in local, national and international contexts and also as part of the national pool of trainers of the Romanian NA for the YiA (2012 – 2014) and Erasmus+ (2014 – ongoing) Programmes. She is interested in education for sustainable development, passionate about psychology and the outdoors, and believes in involving the wisdom of nature and our body in education.

Simone Lucchi

Simone Lucchi

Spain

Working languages: English, Spanish, Italian

OBSERVE, THINK and ACT …even in any possible combination and order…. are fundamental pillars of that ongoing learning experience we call life, and three milestones in my personal and –luckily-professional path. I’ve been involved in Non Formal Education since when I didn’t even know what NFE was and, in spite my formal education was oriented otherwise, I’ve had the opportunity to keep on this way and make it part of my professional life too. Born in Italy and currently living in Spain, I currently work as a trainer, facilitator and youth projects coordinator and that allows me to dive into a sincere non formal setting and a full time learning experience! Experienced in project management and working on Human Rights Education, I’m passionate about intercultural learning and in love with group learning processes 😉

Mehmet Öztürk

Mehmet Öztürk

Spain

Working languages: Turkish, English, Spanish

I have been actively involving in non-formal education activities for more than 5 years and I am a member of Y-E-N SAYers since 2013.
Right now I work a software engineer, a consultant trainer at Learning Designs and I am in YEN Communication Group.

Javier Milan Lopez

Javier Milan Lopez

Spain

Working languages: English, Spanish

I Graduated in Political Science and Public Administration and specialized in International Cooperation, Project Management and Development Processes. I have participated in activist movements as well as social organisations through volunteering. I have worked for NGOs as project manager assistant and consultant/facilitator in projects of social inclusion, youth work and participation at national and international level (Spain, Senegal and Egypt).

After my EVS experience in Romania (2015), I discovered the European Youth Work and started working in it as facilitator/trainer. Since then, I have been involved as participant and facilitator/trainer in many trainings, study sessions, seminars and study visits at national and European level. I am currently working as youth worker and trainer in a youth organisation in Valencia. I also belong to different pool of trainers such as SALTO-YOUTH, Spanish National Agency or European Youth Forum (2017-2018 mandate)

Castigat Ridendo Mores

Castigat Ridendo Mores

Turkey

Working languages: Turkish, English, French

I am involved in non-formal education because I believe that it is an effective way to incite critical thinking as well as empowering the excluded members of the society. I have been working with grass-root organizations. Likewise, I am mainly working with migrants and minorities. Being fluent in English and French (as well as Persian and Turkish) gave me the opportunity to run trainings in various parts of the world including Western Africa and Middle East. Apart from being a trainer I am also working as a consultant responsible for writing/coordinating Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 projects.

Jonathan De Lijster

Jonathan De Lijster

The Netherlands

Working languages: English, Dutch

My name is Jonathan Nathanaël de Lijster and i live in the Netherlands. I am a coach and specialized in personal coaching, group dynamics and emotional capacity. I had the opportunity to establish Foundation Be Innovated. The aim of Foundation Be Innovated is to make a positive contribution to the world, by giving young people the opportunity to develop themselves by non-formal & informal education. I am also supporting several international organisations with the aim to improve the social access to social rights of young people.
I am grateful that i had the opportunity to become a member of the sayers family. My favorite topics: Empowerment, Storytelling, Intercultural Dialogue, Coaching and group dynamics.

Martin Harutyunyan

Martin Harutyunyan

Armenia

Working languages: Armenian, Russian, English, French

I have been actively involving in non-formal education activities for more then 4 years and I am a member of Y-E-N SAY-ers since 2015. I’m a member also of Youth Social Rights Network and Co-Founder of European Center for Human Rights. I’m interested in human rights, social inclusion, youth participation, youth policy, youth employement. I have an 9 year of experience of working as a Designer. I have a MA degree in Design and PhD Degree in Arts. Since 2013 I’m working as a Researcher and Lecturer in different Art Institutions.
Right now I am a Head of Decorative Applied Arts and Design Department of Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch and in the same time I work for Institute of Arts of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia as a Senior Researcher.

Berat Ezel

Berat Ezel

Turkey

Working Languages: English, Turkish

I have been working as youth worker and social worker since 2000, youth trainer/facilitator since 2006 both national and international levels. Social inclusion, youth participation, NGO and Volunteer management, entrepreneurship, organising tailor made training courses, learning design for specific target groups are my field of work. Past 2 years , I started working for Humanitarian Aid Organisation, running a safe space for Syrian women and children.
I have been participating and taking part in Y-E-N events since 2007 and I hope to give more support in upcoming ones.

Atom Mkhitaryan

Atom Mkhitaryan

Armenia

Working Languages: Armenian, Russian, English

Atom is involved in youth work since 17 years as a leader of youth-student club and after – as a president of the largest youth organisation.
He participated in more than 100 youth TC’s, seminars, conferences, forums in more than 30 countries as participant, trainer and organiser.
His youth work in Armenia also took place at state level where he was a member of Youth Policy Council under the Prime-Minister, board member of National Youth Council of Armenia. He worked at the Ministry of Diaspora and working in the Ministry of Education and Science, teaching at the university, so, bringing the formal and non-formal education together. He is also a trainer on youth work, youth policy, youth democratic participation as well as in topics of inclusion and peace building.
Sirarpi Manyan

Sirarpi Manyan

Armenia

Working Languages: Armenian, Russian, English

I am Sirarpi Manyan, English teacher and youth worker from Armenia. I am involved in non-formal education for more than 8 years and help a lot of organizations to organize their national and international projects. I am involved in international movements and activities promoting social rights. Apart from being a facilitator and trainer I am president of Youth NGO and work as coordinator of Erasmus+ youth projects. I think that Youth work is another country which is a great way to experience different cultures and make new friends, whilst also helping others and learning new skills that could be helpful in later life. I am happy for the chance to have my life journey with Y-E-N.

Kiril Spasov

Kiril Spasov

Bulgaria

Working Languages: Bulgarian, English, Italian

“Always Do what you Love, and Love what you Do!”

Hello everyone, my name is Kiril, I am 27 y.o., co- founder and an active member of Acive Bulgarian Society NGO since the very beginning/2012/ and since that time I got enchanted by the non-formal education. My interests related with NFE are in mentoring and volunteering, personal development, sports, leadership, and sustainable development :))
What else, I was an EVS volunteer for 1 year in Bologna, which was a life-changing experience. In my free time I love to practice different sports, travel, ride a bike or pick up mushrooms in the mountains. I am part of YEN’s family since 2016 and I am really happy of that.

Gaia Ciccone

Gaia Ciccone

Italy

Working languages: Italian, English

Hi, i’m Gaia, a 23 y.o. girl from the seaside of Rome, Ostia.
Currently, i am at the fourth year of studies of Law at University. I hope to finish in one year, crossing fingers!
At the same time i am working in a small NGo, called Humanity Over People, that i’ve created in my neighbourhood with other young friends and i am really proud of it.. we work on social inclusion and social rights with young people.
I took part in several european projects, especially with Youth Express Network and since two years i am really next to It!
I really love travelling around the world and discovering new cultures.
I think i am really friendly and openmind too 🙂

Bardha Uka

Bardha Uka

Kosovo

Working languages: Albanian, English

Coming from a place where you are excluded for two main reasons first for being a woman and second being a youngster, you understand perfectly the meaning of raising your voice and taking action to make a change. I started working as a volunteer on national NGO “Kosovar Youth Council” when I was 16, and since then I have been a change agent for youth issues, and with great passion I have worked on youth participation. For 8 years now I have been working on non-formal education providing trainings for young people on many subjects; volunteerism, youth participation, education, public appearance, and advocacy. I feel in love with Y-E-N since the first time I meet with them on 2012, as their spirit, approach and their work has constantly motivated me not to quit and face with every challenge I had.
My passion and zeal to work for women and youth in my country, increases my eager for new experiences.
Beyond everything, underwater world is where I find my inspiration, kind of like SpongeBob 😊

Valentina Auliso

Valentina Auliso

Italy

Working languages: Italian, Polish, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

My name is Valentina Auliso and I am a true Roman (I was born in Rome).
I am half-Italian/half-polish and my curiosity has given me the opportunity to travel all over Europe and further a field: I have lived in Italy, France, Portugal and now I live in the UK doing my Master in Journalism and Documentary Practice and I can speak Italian, Polish, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, fluently. I always say that what really changed my life was traveling alone and participating in international training or events. Those experiences gave me courage and positivism, so I applied those attitudes to my life. I would never change anything I have done. Expertise in Human Rights, Education, Communication and Media, Documentary Practice and News and Feature Writing.
I love cycling and I practice yoga as well as singing in a choir. But especially Yoga, in fact, I am training as an instructor!
Also, I am writing a book of satirical poems.

Bade Saran

Bade Saran

Turkey

Working languages: Turkish, English

Hello there! This is Bade from Turkey, a 25 years-old young woman. I have graduated from the department of political science and public administration with a minor of corporate finance from Middle East Technical University. I have been a volunteer since 2012 in youth workcamps, projects and trainings, and I worked intensly for Youth Services Centre which is an acitve youth NGO in Turkey.
Being my voice heard and making my creativity functional for the world gives me this motivation to be involved in youth work. Young people needs to be intellectually developed, encouraged and socialized, and I would like to do as much as I can for that. After meeting Y-E-N and experiencing its enthusiasm, I felt like I can take action to contribute to the world that we live in through them.
To give more clues about myself; Travelling is my passion, wherever and whenever! I have been doing fencing for 3 years, and dancing salsa as a beginner 🙂 Besides these, I like so much reading & searching about Latin America and political economy.

Andrea Pantarelli

Andrea Pantarelli

Italy

Working languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French

Hi there!
My name is Andrea and I live in Rome. I’m 23 and I’ve been studying European and Comparative Law at University. I joined Y-E-N in 2016 and, since that moment, my world has been getting bigger. In Italy I’m the secretary of an association called “HOP, Humanity Over People”: we work on social inclusion and social rights. I love taking pictures and travelling.

Olya Kravchenko

Olya Kravchenko

Belarus

Working languages: English, Russian

Hello to everyone!!! My name is Olga and I’m living in Belarus. Working in belarusian NGO “League of Youth Voluntary Service” as a local project coordinator. I came in volunteer field when I was 15 y.o., but only later I realized, that I can’t live without volunteering. I’m very creative person and really like to find some non standard options of solving the situation/task and etc. Optimistic, enthusiastic, open minded and active – it’s everything about me. I will be very happy to meet each of you in Y-E-N’s projects. Peace to everyone!

Mahdi Ketata

Mahdi Ketata

Germany

Working languages: English, French, Arabic, German

21-year-old student, in the field of computer sciences engineering. Coming from Tunisia, I started to live in Germany since two years. I work in France, doing some small tasks helped me gain some money and sharpen my life skills. Changing the world to the better, was one of my main dreams and aims. I believe that everyone’s existence is valuable, each one of us deserves to be seen as a power to properly use and an opportunity to restore faith in HUMANITY.

Katarina Vučković

Katarina Vučković

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Working languages: Croatian, English

Katarina Vuckovic is a young woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whole her life she spend in Bosnia and Herzegovina and started her community participation in high school. She is project coordinator at Institute for Youth Development KULT in Sarajevo. She was executive director at PRONI Center for youth development in Brcko District where her work with young people started.
She is working in youth NGO sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2002. In Bosnia and Herzegovina Katarina is working with youth on daily basis in her home town, but also supports youth initiatives across the region. In her work, so far, Katarina was supporting different youth groups and young individuals in their studies, work and implementation of youth led projects and their efforts to promote positive youth participation in community. Her focus are youth rights trough community youth work, youth policy, youth activism and participation and promotion of volunteering.
Her work with youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina also took place at state level where she was a member of Commission for coordination of youth issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina with in Ministry of Civil Affairs. Additionally she is representing youth voice in different regional and European networks. She is also a trainer on youth work, youth policy, youth activism and volunteerism as well as in topic of youth leadership and teamwork.
Also, Katarina is very keen in work to establish youth work as profession in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as one that can help in youth development and education in future. In her free time she is amateur photographer.

Bege Ramdani

Bege Ramdani

Kosovo

Working languages: Albanian, Serbian, English

I’m from Kosovo but I lived abroad for many years. I came here for studies and now living and working here. I’m graduated on Chemistry and Teaching and still a student of master Degree in Leadership In Education. I like volunteering work and I’ve been a volunteer member in many NGO-s. I”m also part of Kosovo Youth Centers’ Network. I like dancing, travelling, meeting new people around the world, get challenged and try new things.

Dejan Rađen

Dejan Rađen

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Working languages: Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian-Montenegrin, English

Since September he is employed at the PRONI Center for youth development (Bosnia & Herzegovina) on position Youth Work Manager. In the same organization he was volunteering for the past 6 years, which was the main driver for choosing a current job and selecting the master thesis. Currently he is on master studies on the topic “Youth in modern society” in Croatia, with a Bachelor of Architecture. For the next 2 years, he is active on project “RE: Generation” supported by USAID and implemented by the International Republican Institute in B&H, as Reconciliation Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Brcko

Vanessa Deweer

Vanessa Deweer

FRANCE

Working languages: English, French, German

Hello,
I’m Vanessa. I’m 27 years old.
I hold a Masters Degree in International Relations and European Project Management. Besides that, I started youth work at 19, as facilitator for youth social centers. My studies have brought me to travel throughout Europe and I believe that those travels combined with my experience in youth work have shaped my passion for European trainings. I have discovered Y-E-N in 2016, as an intern. This experience was for me revealing and since then, I am lucky to have the opportunity to stay active with them and I hope this is only the beginning of a long journey.
I now work for a french university and I am dedicating my free time to fight against discrimination. I believe that youth work is key to empower young people, develop critical thinking and enable young people to find their place and be recognised in a society that is drastically changing. All in all, I truly believe that Y-E-N’s work is creating motivation to become active citizens and bring the changes that we want to see in the society. I am grateful to Y-E-N for the opportunity that it gives us.
My favorite topics : Intercultural learning, social inclusion, gender equality, sustainable development.