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!

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

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]