Democracy Builders – Training course

21 young people gathered in Constanta (Romania) between 20-28 of May for a training course aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in the democratic voting process.

Youth Express Network was there, represented by a delegation of 3 volunteers from our French Member Organisation Parcours le Monde Grand Est.

This training course, coordinated by one of our Romanian member organisations Youth Vision, gathered partners from France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal and Spain. It was supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

This project was set in the context of the European Election and aimed at promoting voting amongst young people. Over the week of work, the participants were able to find out about the Romanian political structure and atmosphere.

They shared information on the political situations of the various represented countries, and worked on creating tools, visual materials and messages aiming at encouraging the active participation and involvement of young people in democracy.

The participants also improved their knowledge on the European Union, the role of the European institutions and the European legislative process. As a result of the Democracy Builders project, the participants developed a toolkit with innovative methods to encourage young people’s active participation in democratic life.

This training course was the first part of a two-activity project. For its second phase, 40 young people will gather in Strasbourg in September for a youth exchange aiming this time at consolidating their ideas and perceptions about European policies.

 

Arnaud’s testimony, French participant:

“We feel very proud to be a part of this project and we also feel more involved about political life and about Europe in general 🇪🇺 We had a lot of great talks and debates about the socials and economics issues in the E.U but also about how to encourage youth to be involved and have more trust in the European Union. We want that the youngsters can figure out solutions to those problems trough non-formal and informal education, so we will keep promote it! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ We will come back in France full of knowledge and ready to share our experience with everyone!”

 

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

You & Me – Training course on Sex Education

Youth Express Network was in Lithuania from the 14th to the 22th of May, to take part in our partner’s project “You & Me”, a training course on Sexual Education.

Coordinated by Active Youth, this training dedicated to Youth Workers aimed at enhancing youth’s ability to make conscious decisions about their sexuality and relationships, as well as their well-being and health.

The event gathered youth workers coming from 6 different countries: Estonia, France, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey.

Together, they learned about Sexual Transmitted Diseases and Infections, contraception, comprehensive sexual education, diversity and sex language… On Day 2, the group got the visit of a member of the local Family planning, who explained to them how Sexual Education is implemented in Lithuania.

Thanks to numerous non-formal education activities, they also got to map the sexual education implemented in the other represented countries and reflect on how to teach young people about safe sex and break stereotypes surrounding the topics of sex.

On Day 4, the participants went outside to meet with the local people of Kaunas. With their help, they conducted surveys about sexual education. Later the same day, the group distributed free condoms, raising awareness on protected sex.

The week ended with a video workshop which resulted in 5 video clips on the promotion of sexual education, safe sex and breaking stereotypes. These video will soon be published on Active Youth’s website 🙂 Stay tuned.

The project is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Digitalise it – Video Results!!

Take a look at the results of our long-term project “Digitalise it”, a selection of videos that were made by the young people and youth workers during our two training courses on Digital Storytelling, which took place respectively in Italy and France, in April and July 2018!

This strategic partnership aims at allowing young people and youth workers to experiment, share and confront practices on innovative, digital and creative methods and tools to foster youth empowerment and social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities / in vulnerable situations.

Alessia Ashes from the Middle-East Brian
Haunted Hazem Juan
Kostas Mirela Pablo
Tsveti

These videos were made by the participants from start to finish, thanks to the guidance and workshops of our partner and expert Leo Zbanke, film director and coach. Find here below a video of the second training course we organised this year.

The partners of “DIGITALISE IT!” will meet again in December of 2018 for a mid-term meeting during which they will evaluate the past activities and plan the next phase of the project: 3 peer learning study visits to observe and learn from the implementation of some of the practices learnt during the project!

Partners: Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria), Youth Express Network (France), United Societies of Balkans (Greece), Affabulazione Associazione Culturale (Italy), The Exchangeables (The Netherlands), Youropia (Spain)

This project is financially supported by  and 

Digitalise it – Training course on digital storytelling

Our Digital adventure “DIGITALISE IT” (KA2 Strategic Partnership – Exchange of Practices) continued in the beginning of July when 11 young people from 6 different countries gathered in Strasbourg. During 10 days, they learned together how to use digital storytelling and ended this powerful journey by telling their own story.

The training course for young people “Digitalise it” was the second activity of the long-term project of the same name. A first training, created for youth workers, had taken place in April. It aimed at getting familiar with tools and methods of digital storytelling in order to implement them in youth projects developed at local level.

This time addressed to Young People, the training course aimed at:

– Creating a safe space for young people with fewer opportunities to reflect on their own life story, training them to storytelling techniques and media literacy and empowering them to show their potential;
– Informing young people with fewer opportunities on their rights, empowering them to stand for these and helping them to find motivation to change;”

Our expert – also film director and coach – Leo Zbanke gave the participants the tools and technics to compose, write, record and film a story of their choosing, inspired by their own life experiences. Through the training, the participants got to learn about: the definition and theories of classical storytelling, photo, audio and video storytelling, script writing, storyboard, filming and editing. They also got the opportunity to experience VR storytelling (virtual reality) thanks to the intervention of Brigitte Wild. During the whole day, they got to try: theory, filming, editing and watching their own VR stories!

Virtual Reality expert

“DIGITALISE IT!” will continue until 2019 with a mid-term evaluation meeting of the partner organisations and 3 peer learning study visits to observe and learn from the implementation of some of the practices learnt during the project!

 

Partners: Active Bulgarian Society (Bulgaria), Youth Express Network (France), United Societies of Balkans (Greece), Affabulazione Associazione Culturale (Italy), The Exchangeables (The Netherlands), Youropia (Spain)

This project is financially supported by  and 

Digitalise it!: Training Course for youth workers

From April 4th to 13th, 12 youth workers/leaders from our 6 partner organisations of Y-E-N long-term project “DIGITALISE IT” (KA2 Strategic Partnership – Exchange of Practices) gathered in Ostia-Rome (Italy) for the first Training Course on digital storytelling hosted by Affabulazione!

For 10 days, the participants had the chance to experience different methods of storytelling using digital tools with the expert, director and coach Leo Zbanke and had to write, record and film a personal story as part of the digital storytelling process.

During the Training Course, the participants also had the opportunity to reflect on how to adapt these tools and implement them at local level within their work with young people. They could also immerse themselves in the local reality of the neighbourhood of Ostia thanks to a visit to our partner organisation’s cultural centre Affabulazione, meeting with local youth initiatives and organisations (HOP, Homo Ridens) and a visit to Teatro del Lido.

The next step of the project “DIGITALISE IT!” is a Training Course directly dedicated to young people with fewer opportunities and young peers that will take place in July 2018 in Strasbourg (France). The project itself will continue until 2019 for more experimentations on digital storytelling at local level in each partner organisation!

Our partner organisations: Active Bulgarian Society, Affabulazione, The Exchangeables, United Societies of Balkans, Youropia.

This project is financially supported by  and