Our Projects

1- NOMÁDA (KA105-010068)
Summary

Nómada is a youth exchange placed in Terrassa from 9th to 21st of September, in which 26 participants from 5 different European countries will cooperate. The project is focused on the relation between migration and intercultural issues that is happening now in the UE.

Art is the vehicle to denounce the violation of human rights, to awaken consciences, to generate a critical spirit and to defend the anti-racist values of equality and tolerance, to make known what is happening and how is working from politics, society Civil and all social fields.

Through the art we will try the criteria of: Creativity and Culture, Social Dialogue and Issues of Migrants.Through the art practise we will work on Culture and Creativity issues, Social Dialoge and Migration issues. The working plan is based on dynamical and interdisciplinary activities to enhance cooperation and communcation between participants. By the creation of common artistic projects and the diffusion of those within the city, we will try to get the maximun social change in our location. That will be possible thanks to the cultural net of our town and the different spaces which we have, such as: El Corralito CCA, Casa Baumann, Taller Tacat, Magneti Studio, Esplai Tabal, Esplai La Fábrica, etc. And other natural and cultural places like the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç and other interesting points of Barcelona.

Before the project starts, the Youth Leaders are going to participate in a starting up meeting, in which they are going to collaborate in the planification of the activities of each art field. They will take responsabilities during the project and the duty to motivate their respective teams in order to preserve the excellent function of the project.

We will try to put awakeness for each participant of different ways to express themselves through the art, social and corporal skills. Achieving the aim of reflexion about creativity and culture, social dialogue and migrant issues.

Topics: Social dialogue, Migrants’ issues, Creativity and culture

2- HUMANITY VS EGOISM (KA105-039225)

Summary

Our goal is to build ecological awareness, increase knowledge about ecology and environment protection, exchange of experiences. Our project is perfect for that. It was created by participants powered by our interests and needs. In project will be participating 39 participants and leaders from Poland, Czech Republic and Turkey. Actions of the exchange is planned from 21-28.10.2017 in Murzasichle. Methods of work which will be used during the project are based on rules on non-formal education, such as: energizers, discussions, workshops, meetings, presentations, conversations, social campaigns, intercultural education in the form of plays and games, working with local community, meetings with experts, evaluation sessions Our project fits in wide social campaign which build ecological awareness among society. Long term benefits is a better condition of natural environment, which has a direct and positive influence on our health.

Topics: Ethics, religion and philosophy (incl. Inter-religious dialogue), Migrants’ issues

3- RECYCLE UPCYCLE (KA105-000780)

Summary

Our project will cover two main concerns, namely unemployment and environmental conservation. We have found with so many problems most people lose interest in issues of environmental conservation and often focus only on the problem of unemployment. This project will combine environmental conservation by creating opportunities for employment in these industries and fields. It is known that unemployment is a major concern for all EU countries, and we are also aware of the environmental problems we face. The idea is to combine the two and try to achieve solutions for both problems. We will look at how we can use waste, items which are generally turned into pollution as a form of income. This will allow people who are in desperate need of finding employment to be able to start working from home or to start small businesses in their communities with very little costs. This project will give value to waste and also reduce unemployment. This project is especially of importance to young people in smaller communities. We will look at recycling and also upcycling and find ways for young people to become active in their communities to turn their communities into more sustainable ones and at the same times find ways to overcome unemployment in these areas.Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for cultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the participants to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.

We identified a great lack in education regarding environmental education and the need to educate people from a young age about recycling and the different environmental issues and the actions we need to take to be more environmentally conscious.

We also identified many job opportunities in the environmental field and even explored different business opportunities for young people that could create employment opportunities and have a positive impact on the environment as well.

Overall this project was a great success giving us the tools and the understanding to be better citizens of the EU and also giving us the knowledge to build communities that take environmental concerns into consideration.

Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the participants to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways showing problems.Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating. Using all the above tools and methodologies the participants learn through informal and non-formal methodologies which are real and based on past experiences. As a result we hope to give our participants and our youth the tools to increase their chances of employment and also protect them from the dangers of social media. We will help them to take advantage of various EU tools to be able to maximise their learning outcomes and ultimately help youth workers to help youth find employment. In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exchange cultures and traditions and learn about the different cultures from the different countries allowing for better understanding of each other and therefore creating a more unified EU, fighting xenophobia and also discrimination.

Topics: Environment and climate change, Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment

4- DISCOVERING THE RURAL HANDICRAFTS AS CHALLENGES FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION! (KA105-047144)

Summary

The project “Discovering the rural handicrafts as challenges for social inclusion!” proposes to contribute in acquiring of civic competencies, an active behavior for the life of the community between NEETs youngsters, through the active implication of these, in learning traditional crafts and practicing it. This fact will lead to the social inclusion of the NEET youngsters and their exit from the NEET group.

The objectives of the project are:
– acquiring active citizenship competencies and entrepreneurship spirit for 60 NEET youngsters.
– promoting transnational mobilities through direct involving in a multilateral exchange activity between 14-25 August, 2018 of 60 youngsters from NEET category (with reduced opportunities and marginalized) and 10 youth leaders in activities of learning traditional crafts from 6 European countries.
– promoting cultural diversity and inter-religious dialog between 60 youngsters from 10 different countries: Romania, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lituania, Slovakia and Hungary.
– critical thinking and initiative spirit development between those 60 youngsters who will participate at the mobility of the project.
– growing the youth associations up to at least 10, associations that will promote the practicing of traditional crafts in contemporary villages like an active participation of the NEET youngsters.

The development location of the project is Vladesti locality, nationally known as a traditional pottery center. The project activity will last 12 days. To this activity will participate 60 youngsters from 10 countries of the program.

The main developed activities will be:
– Traditional crafts workshops.
– Presentations of cultural traditions using storytelling and digital storytelling methods.
– Exhibition of the traditional products made by the participants and the photo-voice exhibition.

The methods used during the implementing of the project’s activities will be:
– workshops.
– sportive and intercultural games.
– photo-voice.
– flash-mob.

The results of the project will be:
– A movie of the project, where the participants of the project will describe the learning experience, the presented cultural traditions, the traditional crafts that were practiced, the modality to obtain the traditional products and the benefits of the project for their professional and personal development.
– Good didactic practice exchanges between the partners regarding organizing traditional crafts workshops and using non-formal educational methods.
– Long-term partnership between the organizations from Europe that are interested in promoting traditional crafts and cultural traditions among youngsters as a way to promote the active citizenship.
– The Facebook page of the project
– A popular calendar which will reflect traditions from all partner countries.
– Photo exhibition.

The expected impact of the project is to grow the number of youngsters interested in practicing traditional crafts, professional and personal forming through European mobilities. On the long term, we wish to develop an efficient European network formed by organizations interested in promoting traditional crafts among youngsters, a network that will ensure good practice exchanges in terms of organizing workshops that are specific to traditional crafts.

Topics: Inclusion – equity, Creativity and culture, Social dialogue

5- YOUTH ARTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (KA105-001834)

Summary

Youth from across Europe are encouraged to be active citizens, however often youth are referred and seen as “citizens in the making”, “future leaders” and are never fully integrated and actively engaged in understanding, raising awareness or solving socially relevant issues of their own local communities. The “Youth Arts for Social Change” project aims at involving and encouraging youth to be socially active and contribute in identifying and raising awareness of youth-related issues within their own communities.

The project is developed and created by youth from Latvia, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, and Romania. The participating youth are from rural educational institutions and/or youth clubs/NGOs which are using art as an innovative medium. The represented partner organizations are working with youth with fewer opportunities aged 13-16 from refugee/migrant backgrounds, ethnic minorities and/or socially excluded youth based in rural areas.

Throughout the project activities, youth will work to identify local and socially relevant youth-related issues, conduct research and create informative info packs explaining the identified issues, produce and create artworks using innovative art methods to raise awareness within local communities and engage in brainstorming discussions encouraging public authorities and the local community to interact with youth in finding solutions to the youth-related issues.

Throughout the planned activities the project aims at:
-encouraging, motivating and guiding youth to become actively involved community players;
-identifying youth-related pressing issues of the represented communities;
-creating informative materials (info packs) explaining the identified issue based on the view of the youth;
-producing innovative artworks to use as tools to raise awareness within local communities;
-creating a dialogue between local communities (public authorities, educational institutions and peers) to address the identified issues and find solutions.

Youth from across the partner countries will work to identify a socially relevant youth issue – discrimination, unemployment, lack of leisure activities, dirty neighborhood, bullying at school etc. After identifying a socially relevant, youth-related issue of their own community, they will create Info Packs presenting the identified issues: gathering views of peers, teachers, people from the community and document real-life cases. After understanding and being aware of the identified issue, youth will create artworks representing the identified issue. The artworks are created with a condition that they are half done before the international mobility activity – youth exchange. Then, during the mobility activity in Latvia, youth groups present the identified issue with each other and exchange the artworks and in mixed groups work to finish the art-works. The cross-group work will ensure youth from across the participating countries are aware of the other issues faced by peers abroad.

Overall, the project aims at encouraging and creating an actively engaged youth promoting diversity, intercultural dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance, and respect for human rights within their own local communities and fostering to establish a dialogue between youth and the community in addressing the youth-related issues.

The project is expected to produce informative Info Packs with youth identified issues and youth-created artworks raising awareness of the issues. The project is planned to be the stepping stone to address and stimulate youth to interact with public authorities in finding solutions to the identified issues.

Topics: Creativity and culture, Inclusion – equity, Romas and/or other minorities

6- EUROPEAN VALUES (KA105-037225)

Summary

In the context of disinterest and distrust by the European people vis à vis the European Union, the increased recurring abstentions during successive elections, the tide of nationalism, we think it is imperative to work on the values of this Europe, and share them with the youth who can disseminate them to the population of the European Union and its neighbours.

Based on the experience that began in 2017, Humanhymne, a hymn for Europe, links the Ode to Joy and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights together in a celebration of human identity. We want to gather together, in Luxembourg, young people coming from the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, neighbouring countries and from the Greater Region, which is a sort of European laboratory, to examine these values and offer a methodology to promote them.

It is the responsibility of the young participants, and their organisations, to develop this promotion after the meeting in their respective countries and at the European Level through various activities and concrete steps.

Topics: Reaching the policy level/dialogue with decision makers Creativity and culture EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy

7- EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE (KA105-013240)

Summary

The year of 2018 has been announced as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Throughout 2018, there are various celebrations of European diverse cultural heritage taking place across Europe. The year of Cultural Heritage has been dedicated to encouraging more people across the European nations at a local, regional, national and international level to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The official slogan of the year is “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”, the project perfectly aligns with the official slogan of the year, as it clearly outlines the essence of the project – Young people exploring and promoting long-lasting local Cultural Heritage.

European nations can be proud of their unique architecture, monumental buildings; long-lasting traditions, cultural customs and natural landscape and the flora and fauna. Although, European communities have a rich cultural heritage today’s youth are often not aware of their own locality’s special heritage and lack belonging to their own community.

The official European Cultural Heritage campaign has encouraged youth, communities, and organizations across the European Union to experience, appreciate and enjoy their local cultural heritage this year. The participating youth of the project have committed and have a keen interest in contributing to the overall campaign and identify, explore, research and promote their locality’s cultural heritage.

There are plenty of places across rural European areas that have been left behind and have not been identified and promoted at a local, national and European level, but have a very rich and interesting cultural heritage worth to be explored. The participating organizations of the project are groups of young people aged between 13 and 18 based in 6 rural areas across the European region.

The project focuses on mobilizing the youth of European rural areas, identify their locality’s special cultural heritage that comes in many different forms
(e.g. 1.tangible – buildings, monuments, artifacts, clothing, artwork, books, machines, historic towns, archaeological sites;
2.intangible – practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills, language and oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, and traditional craftsmanship;
3.natural – landscapes, flora and fauna)
and explores as well as conducts research to learn more and generate innovative ways to promote their own locality’s cultural heritage. The project gathers youth of the participating organizations in order to create a “Digital Guide on European Cultural Heritage” – a creative material presenting youth’s identified cultural heritage of their local area.

The project perfectly aligns with the programme of the Erasmus+ as it is mainly focusing on developing competencies of youth; ensure the local youth are aware of their cultural heritage, that is one of the priorities of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Also, the project provides an opportunity to youth with fewer opportunities from rural/remote areas and from low-income families to discover new cultures and habits of other European countries. The project aims at encouraging the local youth to cherish their own cultural heritage, discover the diversity of the rich European heritage and participate in an intercultural dialogue with like-minded youth from other regions of Europe.

Topics: EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy Civic engagement / responsible citizenship Cultural heritage/European Year of Cultural Heritage

 

8. EXCLUSION OF DISCRIMINATION (KA105-016657)

Summary

Considering how global migration in its various forms (to seek asylum, to work, to study, to start a family) affects European societies and how the everyday life in European societies are shaped by migration, living together in a more and more diverse society, -not only socially, ethnically diverse but also linguistically, religiously and culturally diverse- become an increasing problem in Europe and more than ever before, migration and mobility became superior for the future of Europe. The mobility of young people in Europe is increasing due to the youth unemployment and young people are forced to move out to find a job in another country. Increasingly often migrants, refugees, and newcomers are confronted with discrimination, harassment; even verbal and physical violence is witnessed very often in European societies. Additionally, disadvantaged minority groups’ participation in the society and discrimination against them still remains an increasing problem. Discrimination of immigrants in different fields of everyday life is still dominant in the societies. Studies show that they are especially discriminated in the housing market. Unjust discrimination is one factor which spoils the lives and reduces the employment opportunities of minorities, immigrants, their descendants, and disadvantaged minority groups and discriminated groups such as LGBTQI, disabled people, ethnic groups, religious groups, newly graduates, less educated people, etc.
We think that If we would like that currently existing problems will not be experienced in future, this is only possible via eliminating the reasons causing these problems. Since the social domains, employment and education are the key elements of social inclusion and social welfare for the sake of elimination of discrimination, they are the social system areas in which the effect of discriminative attitude is felt heavily in the EU countries. In order to stop this discriminative attitudes and discrimination acts and avoid unequal situations, we need to foster new educational approaches and tools which are sufficient to reach whole aspects of the discrimination and raise public awareness about it. It is known that less than a third of EU citizens are fully aware that they are protected against discrimination and even people deal with discrimination often, they do not make effort to make it visible and just move on. Therefore, one of this project aims is to draw attention to the perceived discrimination and its negative effects on individuals. Participants will both study the terminological background for the topic of discrimination in general and explore current theoretical debates. They will learn about the types of discrimination based on, for instance, sex, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, socioeconomic status, educational level etc. They will also learn the ways of the discrimination such as direct and indirect discrimination, victimization and harassment in both theoretical and practical ways through participatory methods.

Activity will take place in Bremen, Germany from 1st to 9th of October 2018. LiA (Germany) will be applicant/coordinate organization and host country and Spain, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Turkey will be sending countries.

The main objectives of the TC are:
To foster reflection on different types of discrimination, understanding the theoretical framework of it and its social effects
•To develop the understanding of different aspects of discrimination, the factors linked to discrimination
•To prepare youth workers and youth leaders to fight discrimination of disadvantaged young people/ groups and increase the capacity of the NGOs
•To exchange experience and good practice in youth work, related to migration and its influence on society in Europe
•To promote values and practices supporting the fight against discrimination
•To build new partnerships between participating organizations

Training course offers different non-formal training methods used to result in the effective learning atmosphere. In each method, we will have space for the debriefing and evaluation. To be able to involve all the participants as much as possible we will have various working methods, from energizers, name games, team-building games, to world cafe, role-playing games, brainstormings, group works, roundtables, debates, visit local youth centre, meeting with local youth, quizzes, city tour, interviews, presentations, videos, self- and group reflections. The participants will be given time to set up a project with project partners for future collaboration at the training course.

Topics: Inclusion – equity Home and justice affairs (human rights & rule of law) Gender equality / equal opportunities

 

EVS Projects:

1- INFORMEUROPE

Summary

The project proposal starts from the wish to involve more and more young people in mobility experiences abroad, especially in projects which could have a positive impact whithin the local host community.

The project aims to promote, disseminating and communicate to young people the values of being European citizen, promote volunteerism, solidarity and cultural differences among children and youngsters in schools and during some events during the year in order to increase the awareness about those issues.
The aim is also to inform young people about different mobility opportunities offered by European Union through the new program Erasmus+ in order to deliver information useful for their future and through the support of the media and newspaper, extend those information also at a local and regional level.

Main objectives are:
1) To inform people about international mobility programs and to develop understanding about importance of the added value offered by a mobility experience abroad;
2) to disseminating and sharing importance of solidarity, multiculturalism and volunteerism among children and young people and to develop understanding about active citizenship, and to promote non-formal education, furthermore, to provide a first approach to children within primary schools about Europe.
3) to give support to the activities of the association (spread information through social media, blog, interviews, newsletter etc.).
Main Activities
According to the main objectives, will be provided the following activities:
Obj. 1
1.A) Support organization in spreading information about Europe, voluntary service and other youth mobility opportunities through lectures and meeting with youngster within schools or during informative events and by helping during the preparation of videos, presentations, or illustrative materials of various kinds about experiences of youth mobility;
1.B) Stimulate local youngster to take part to the same experience (EVS) through peer to peer meetings and spreading information about their experience;
Obj. 2
2.A) Contacts with local and European partners;
2.B) Disseminating and sharing importance of solidarity, multiculturalism and the value of volunteerism among children and young people;
2.C) Create places and events for young people to inform and develop an approach on different topics such active citizenship, human right and European awareness;
2.D)Raise awareness about Europe (countries, cultures, rights, languages etc.) through web materials, presentation, plays and videos.
Obj. 3
3.A) Creation and distribution of new promotional material (such as postcards, photo and video, essays of volunteers, blogs etc.) on youth mobility programs, voluntary projects, projects on active citizenship and social inclusion.
3.B) Plan videos with interviews and materials about youth mobility experiences;
3.C) Management of web site of the association (keeping maintenance and updates ), Facebook and other social network; collect images, testimonies, news, and articles relating to our activities, create a newsletter and inform about our current projects so to give visibility;
3.D) Write a weekly newsletter and be in constant touch with the local magazines and newspapers.

Topics: EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy) Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong)learning

2- EXPLORING DIFFERENCES THROUGH EVS

Summary

This project is short term (2 months) EVS project. The project aims to promote volunteers’ awareness and consciousness about European Identity. The project will mainly focus on voluntarism activities. Through this project, volunteers with different background will come together and share their personal experiences. Activities in this project will contribute Turkish young people’s personal development. The project includes 6 partners from 5 different countries. Each volunteer will stay two months in partner countires. The volunteers will serve under the supervision of hosting organizations throughout the project time. The project will be implemented between 17 June 2014 and 17 June 2016.

Topics: EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy Environment and climate change Teaching and learning of foreign languages