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    • Training Course "Team Work Makes the Dream Work"

      The training course took take place from 26.4. (arrival day) to 4.5. (leaving day) 2011 in Struga, Macedonia.

      This 8-days training course for youth leaders and non-formal education facilitators will focus on team building and cooperation as one of the techniques for preventing and resolving conflict in groups of young people with diverse ethnical and social backgrounds. Main aims of the training course are to introduce the importance of team building and cooperation in order to avoid group conflict and promote inclusive and supportive group atmosphere, to introduce ingredients for effective teamwork, to share various team-building techniques and to develop individual skills for effective team building such as written and oral communication, leadership, team membership, planning and organizing skills, decision making, personal strength and analytical reasoning skills. Project gathers 29 participants and experts from ten countries which are fully or partly located in Balkan peninsula: host country Macedonia and Kosovo, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Turkey and Slovenia.

      The following organizations were be responsible send 2 participants: Office for Youth Kladovo (Serbia), Warm Hand (Albania), Manisa Municipality Youth Center (Turkey) and following organization sent 3 participants: Lets Shine Together (Kosovo), Association for Democratic Prosperity (Montenegro), Regional Voluntary Centre (Romania), Youth and Civil Initiatives in the Rose Valley (Bulgaria), Youthnet Hellas (Greece), EpeKA (Slovenia).

      Our participants were: Raluca Bucur, Corina Ududoi, Alexandra Jianu.


      Poverty has been in the center of many problems in the recent years. Experience over the past decade has shown that "active" social policies can change this perspective and help achieve lasting reductions in poverty and exclusion. Active social policies help people overcome obstacles to getting a job, whether through training, providing childcare or helping match people to job vacancies. According to the statistics %47 of all unemployed persons globally are young women and men and 660 million young people will either be working or looking for work in 2015. Becoming owner of a micro or small enterprise could be an alternative for a young person who has an entrepreneurial mindset but also possesses some basic requirements like skills and knowledge. Awareness about this career option, and the given enabling environment for enterprise creation, play a crucial role for a successful start-up.

      We think that collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders in the field of youth entrepreneurship and the close cooperation with the governments and the nongovernmental associations are needed to stimulate the Youth Entrepreneurship. We hope to come with nongovernmental organizations which are interested in youth employment and entrepreneurship. Our final aim is to make future projects after our partnership building activity. We also hope to have the opportunity to exchange our experiences and create good networks that could work in the future. This course will be the opportunity to enhance exchange, partnership and co-operation. We are going to use formal and non-formal education methods with an intercultural dimension.

      The activities to be done will concern about the knowledge, skills and motivation of the participants. We believe that giving chance young people to show their desires and skills with other young people by sharing the same atmosphere and showing that they can create new things even in a short period of time this project will encourage our participants to be more active in their real life. The activities will be done with the help of experts and youth workers.

      The training course also aims to give partner organisations the opportunity to enhance exchange, partnership and co-operation. By discussing the experiences of the participants from different countries we hope to create chances to establish face-to-face contacts and discover new opportunities for further and long lasting relationships between different countries.

    • 2nd International Youth Meeting: European Citizen - Where are you? on 23 - 31 May 2011, Belgrade, SERBIA

      With the "2nd International Youth Meeting: European Citizen - Where are you?" we are going to establish a mire stable fundament of active citizenship, participation and non-formal learning. We will bring together project workers, youth leaders, facilitators and other interested youngsters from more than 20 different European countries, from programme countries of the EU and neighbouring partner countries from SEE, based on the experiences made in summer 2010 in Germany.

      In this spirit, the main aim of the youth meeting is, generally, to support the idea of an active European citizen. We have created a colourful programme, taking place on several floors, which includes a wide-ranging supply of thematic points. Those points are developed and selected in such a manner that they are covering different conditions and connected topics concerning an active European citizenship. However, the theoretical inputs and the discussions supported by political decision-makers and experts in youth work should not only encourage the participants to think about the corresponding topics, the supreme aim is always to derive improvements for the praxis of realising participation projects in the sense of the YOUTH IN ACTION programme of the European Commission.

      Regional voluntary Centre participated by means of its member Mrs Carmen Tufagiu.

  • Project "Promoting youth participation to financially disadvantaged young people" supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sport Republic of Serbia on 11 - 13.07.2012

    With project we planned to gather representatives of organizations which we want to establish and foster cooperation and for that purpose we are organizing an "evaluation &follow up meeting" within our project "Promoting youth participation to financially disadvantaged young people“ which is supported by Council of Europe and Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports. Within this project we organized 7-day TC from 1-7 June where we gathered 30 young people from 9 different countries. We planned to arrange a meeting at the very end of the project and it should be used for evaluation of the project, but much more it has a purpose to serve as an opportunity for development of future project and cooperation within Youth in Action and similar programs.

  • Training Course 360°- Peace in Media, organized by Fundacio Catalunia Voluntaria in Moli de Mar, Vilanova i la Geltru, Barcelona 02 - 09 September 2012

    The Training Course 360°- Peace in Media aims to provide young people a deeper understanding of the relationship between media and peace-building and equip them with skills in analysing critically the freedom of expression and information in the contexts of conflict (social, military, interests). Focusing on the role of media in conflict, the course will raise awareness about the important role played by the media and the educational role that it has, especially in developing the values of peace, justice, freedom, mutual respect and understanding, as well as human rights.

    The final result of the training will be a travelling photo exhibition to be held in partner organizations' countries after the training, and will last for 6 months. This follow-up phase of the project has been planned in consultation with all project partners, reaching approximately 21.750 and 3,800 youth and adults – as direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project!

    The main objective of this project is to give young people a deeper understanding of the relationship between media and peace building, and a critical analysis of freedom of expression and information in relation to society. Another objective is to bring together young people interested in media in Europe, South Caucasus and the Mediterranean to share their realities and experiences with the tools of mass communication.

  • Equality-building organized by Asociación Cazalla Intercultural in Lorca, Spain, Barcelona 02 - 09 September 2012

    With this project we aim to contribute in creating spaces and tools for the inclusion of the women in decision making democratic processes as the ones inside the institutions and NGOs and throughout them to promote the entrepreneurship spirit of youth in decision making and building a common future.

    The objective of this project is to develop spaces, tools and strategies in order to make more democratic and plural the decision making process inside the democratic practices, NGOs and other entities, including persons that have difficulties in giving voice to their opinions because of gender or other reasons and empower the youngsters to active participate in democracy. Moreover, we also aim to share good practices with those organizations where gender equality is already a fact.

    As we always have team-building activities during the seminars, training courses and other happenings, we also want to create equality-building in order to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality and of the fact that the decision making processes inside a democracy must be as plural and inclusive as possible.

    The phases of the project will be:

    -Kick-off meeting to decide the first steps and the content of the project

    -Collecting data phase Each organization will distribute a questionnaire developed during the kick-off meeting between the NGOs of partner countries.

    -Seminar to analyse and debate the collected data and the experience of NGOs members and youngsters with less opportunities that will participate, find the elements that keep away the women of decision making process and develop tools, spaces and ethical practices in order to make the decision making process more equitable and sustainable.

    -Dissmination and follow-up to guarantee the impact and sustainability of the project

    -The venue will be Lorca, Murcia (Spain). There we will meet for the kick-off meeting and for the seminar. We will use various spaces from the city and we will meet the local politicians to make them get involved in this matter and receive their feedback regarding the ideas that will rise during the seminar.

    The duration of the kick-off meeting will be 3 days and of the seminar 7 days (without including in any of them the days of arrival and departure). Between these two events, it will take place the data collection phase, which will be done by each partner at a national level. The data collection phase will be done in all the partner countries and will last 4 months.

    The countries involved in this project are: Spain, Bulgaria, Romania and Italia.

    The number of participants will be 32, 24 of them unemployed who haven't had opportunity to travel abroad yet.

    The activities of the seminar will be, on one hand, activities of experiential learning, in which the participants will experiment gender prejudices as well as their idea of democracy and of democratic debate and, on the other hand, inputs of experts in inclusion and democracy and debates which help the youngsters to value different points of view and nevertheless, we will also have spaces for youth where they can experiment the decision making mechanisms o f democratic processes, without forgetting about the reflection moments focused on learning and on sel f and social development. Anyway, the methodology and the activities will be discussed during the kick-off meeting, so that all partners can actively participate and elaborate a common project.

  • LEAD YP: Leadership and Empowering Approaches for Disadvantaged Young People, Applicant organization CIP - Center for Innovative Practices, Sofia, Bulgaria


    1. RVC - Romania

    2. "Turbine of Changes" – Croatia

    3. En Gnosi - Greece

    Duration (in months): 12

    Overall objective: To foster the social inclusion of young people from disadvantaged and/or marginalized groups and enhance their opportunities, value and competitiveness by empowering them to take the lead in their own lives, equipping them with the necessary skills to develop their full potential, increase their self-confidence and esteem, and encouraging them to serve as positive role-model for their peers.

    Specific Objectives 1. Identification of specific problems leading to frustrations in the youngsters in their personal, emotional and future professional development when exposed to a risk environment such as discrimination, poor economic possibilities, violence, life in social institutions, immigrant family background, etc, by conducting a research in each project country.

    2. Developed leadership, professional and self-building skills, increased competitiveness, self-esteem and self-confidence of young people participating in the project, by conducting a 6-10 day leadership camp in Bulgaria and continuous support and mentoring my the professionals selected for the development of the methodological and training content of the project and the project team members.

    3. Development and promotion of innovative sustainable internet based model for support and interaction between young people from disadvantaged groups and their peers "Lead Yp".

    Activities 1. Research of the main problems and specifics of the target group - marginalized at risk young people - to be performed by each partner (sub-contractor) in corresponding country, following identical methodology, developed and provided by the applicant organization;

    2. Recruitment of potential young leaders from disadvantaged socio-economical backgrounds - all partners;

    3. Development and translation of program-methodological materials - by the applicant (sub-contractor, in English; translation – by each partner from English to respective language)

    4. Design and development of an innovative internet-based leadership network/platform "Lead Yp" - by the applicant (sub-contractor);

    5. 6-10 days Leadership training camp in Bulgaria - organization and conduction by the applicant, all partners together with recruited young leaders take part

    6. Design and development of awareness-raising campaign - applicant, sub-contractor. Publicity and dissemination of project results.

    Expected results 1. A research on the problems leading to frustrations in the youngsters in their personal and future professional development is conducted and specific problems are identified.

    2. Innovative sustainable internet based leadership platform for support and interaction between young leaders from disadvantaged groups “Lead Yp” is designed and developed.

    3. Young people participants in the project are empowered with the necessary leadership and professional and self-building skills and report on increased self-esteem and self –confidence and improved overall behaviour and attitude and reduced risk and self-harm behaviour.

    4. Increased number of young people with fewer opportunities in target areas using the "Lead Yp" platform for development of their life skills, interaction with their peers and self-support.

    5. Raised awareness among local communities on the problems which disadvantaged young people meet in their personal and professional development.

    6. Sustainable partnership between project promoters is consolidated.

    Target groups Disadvantaged young people between the ages of 13-20 years: young people, subject of discrimination; with poor social skills; with anti-social or risk sexual behaviour; facing problematic situations – domestic violence, substance addiction, etc.; with poor economic possibilities; low family income; young people raised in social institutions, young people descending from families of immigrants and refugees.

    In Bulgaria, the project focuses its activities on young people raised up in social institutions (or benefiting from social services) as that social group is one of the most marginalized and disadvantaged group of young people in terms of emotional life, capability, victimization, education and so on. Each project partner, based on their experience and preliminary research, will define the group of most marginalized and disadvantaged youngsters in each project country, from which group the partner organizations will select participants for the project.