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European good practice projects Focus on: Innovation and Creativity
More information on what the Youth in Action Programme has to oﬀer and the conditions for participation are available in the Programme Guide at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/youth
To have a creative mind is a gift that has been oﬀered to each human being. It is not necessary to be an artist, a painter or an actor to live a creative life. Each of us - and this is particularly true for young people - has the talent and the will to make something new, to innovate and to re-invent the world in order to make it a better place for humanity. Declaring the year 2009 as the European Year of Creativity and Innovation is a way of helping to meet these challenges by raising public awareness, disseminating information about good practices, stimulating creativity and innovation and promoting policy debate and change at European level. The Youth in Action Programme provides a variety of opportunities for supporting in a concrete manner the creativity and innovation of young people and youth workers, through projects that enable them to embrace the possibility of making a change, not only in their personal lives and skills, but also for their local community and their peers. Projects presented in this booklet focused speciﬁcally on Creativity and Innovation and demonstrate this thrill of creative eﬀort among young people, and their commitment to making changes for Europe and for the world. The examples are intended to encourage others to undertake innovative initiatives and to perceive the world in an original and creative way.
YOUTH IN ACTION AT A GLANCE
A Programme for ALL young people!
The Youth in Action Programme is the EU Programme for all young people aged between 15 and 28 (in some cases exceptions are foreseen to involve young people aged between 13 and 30). The Programme aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union’s future by boosting their participation in democratic life. It promotes mobility, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue among European youth, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities, by supporting a large variety of activities, including youth exchanges, transnational voluntary service as well as training and networking for youth workers.
Duration: Budget: Target group:
2007-2013 EUR 885 million for seven years 15-28 years old (in some cases 13-30), youth workers and youth organisations
Action 1 – Youth for Europe Promoting young people’s active citizenship through youth exchanges, youth initiatives and youth democracy projects Action 2 – European Voluntary Service Developing solidarity and tolerance through voluntary activities abroad to the beneﬁt of local communities Action 3 – Youth in the World Fostering mutual understanding while encouraging cooperation with Partner countries of the world Action 4 – Youth Support Systems Developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and youth organisations Action 5 – European Cooperation in the youth ﬁeld Encouraging European cooperation in the youth ﬁeld
PRIORITIES OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME
European citizenship Participation of young people Cultural diversity Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities
The following examples of good practice projects were selected from decentralised sub-Actions of the Youth in Action Programme with a speciﬁc focus on Innovation and Creativity. These projects are often small-scale projects undertaken by local organisations. Nevertheless, despite their modest means, these projects bring innovative approaches to non-formal learning process in youth work, which is just as important as the results obtained during the project. The aim of the projects presented here is to share and disseminate good practices and to inspire young people by showing them that even through small projects, change and creative adventure are possible.
For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/youth
PROJECT TITLE: Burdur Lakers
Action 1.1: Youth Exchanges
Bird protection promoting collaboration and mutual respect in an innovative and creative manner
Bird watching, bird ringing, and classes in drawing and mapping endangered species were the main activities in this group cooperation project in Poland and Turkey. The exchanges helped shape and reinforce a sense of responsibility and ecologic awareness, promoted the exchange of practical experiences and methods of work, and developed new ways of group cooperation. But it also involved outdoor games, a Turkish and a Polish day, dance workshops, an excursion to the Davaz mountains and a visit to the ancient Sagallasos castle, as well as meetings with representatives of local professions and the mosque. The cultural aspects were an important part of the project, which was also aimed at mutual social and cultural recognition, especially challenge the ideas of young Poles about Turkey and life in the provinces. The participants were able to learn about customs, social traditions and the role of religion in the life of Turks, and to form their own opinions on the subject. At the same time, the young people could develop their passions and interests in bird protection, in raising environmental awareness, and in technical skills such as preparation of maps of areas inhabited by endangered species.
Aleksandra:“For me participating was primarily a great occasion to widen my mental horizons and to question the stereotypes that people naturally have when they think about unknown ‘diﬀerences’.”
Marta :“I am really glad that I was given the chance to get to know Turkey ‘behind the scenes’. I have abandoned stereotypes about Turkish people, started many new friendships and become really motivated to learn the Turkish language.”
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: POLAND, TURKEY ORGANISATION: WARSAW LOCAL GROUP OF POLISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS ADDRESS: 24 ODROWĄŻA STREET, 05-270 MARKI/WARSAW, POLAND CONTACT: ANTEK.MARCZEWSKI@OTOP.ORG.PL
PROJECT TITLE: The Ugly Duck
Action 1.1: Youth Exchanges
A fairy tale provides a creative way for learning together how to understand and tolerate each other
“The Ugly Duck” was a multilateral exchange project about tolerance that involved young people aged 17-25 from six countries. It was initiated by youth group from Raseiniai art school’s theatre”. Recognising that a lack of tolerance often creates serious problems of discrimination, cruelty and violence, the members of the group chose the well-known Hans Kristian Andersen tale of “The Ugly Duckling” as the central theme for the project. During the exchange, they used theatre, music, art and dance to learn to understand and tolerate each other, despite cultural, economic and religious diﬀerences. During the theatre workshops they created a pageant based on the “The Ugly Duck” tale, and performed it for the local community. During national evenings they shared characteristics of their own cultures and national dishes.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: LITHUANIA, AUSTRIA, POLAND, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA, TURKEY ORGANISATION: RASEINIAI ART SCHOOL, THEATRE “SVAJOKLIS” (DREAMER) ADDRESS: VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO 15, LT-60105, RASEINIAI, LITHUANIA CONTACT: SVAJOKLIS@MAIL.LT
PROJECT TITLE: GREEN STOP!
Action 1.2: Youth Initiatives
Promoting environment-friendly behaviour through innovative actions
Cutting down on excessive consumption, on litter, and on neglect of personal responsibility are some of the objectives of “Green STOP!”, a project borne out of the enthusiasm of young volunteers in Romania. Convinced that people – and especially young people - would pay more attention to the way they live if they were more aware of the global impact of their actions, the participants took their message to where people gather most – to the summertime beaches, and to the cities. The project built partnerships to collect data about damage to the environment. It gave participants the opportunity to make people feel responsible for their actions on the beaches, with the “Hold the green card - be a referee for a day!” activity. And it encouraged people in Bucharest to leave their cars at home for a day with the “My day oﬀ!” activity. Many types of support were used to draw attention to the campaign - ﬂyers, debates, the media and the internet, street theatre, face painting, videos… The innovative methods had real impact on people and encouraged reﬂection on the danger the planet is facing. And the team involved in the project learned more about each method and gained communication skills and experience in working with people, and in working in a team with respect, tolerance and patience.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ROMANIA ORGANISATION: A.R.T. FUSION ASSOCIATION ADDRESS: GEORGE VALSAN NR. 10, BL. 108, AP. 6, SECT. 6, 060474 BUCHAREST, ROMANIA WEBSITE: WWW.ARTFUSION.RO CONTACT: ART_FUSION_ROMANIA@YAHOO.COM WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT: HTTP://VERDESTOP.COM/
PROJECT TITLE: ZERO GRAVITY TOILET
Action 1.2: Youth Initiatives
Creative musical expression to encourage social participation of young people
Some 30 young people had the opportunity to learn about the music industry - and at the same time, about creativity and communication - in the Zero Gravity Toilet project. A collective of artists, musicians and young people exchanged views about the necessary steps in creating an album: writing the music, and rehearsing as a group rather than as individuals; production, recording, and mixing, with all the related technical skills; and distribution, from printing the album and setting up promotion to contacting radio stations and journalists. Through this process, every participant also had the chance to increase personal competences and potentialities, to get acquainted with a professional environment at local and regional level, and to face the political and social challenge of creating a European group as a focus point for other young people – emphasising youth rather than proﬁts. New partnerships with foundations and organisations, universities and local administrations were developed. Seminars, live performances, the production of merchandising, the creation of a website, the publishing of a CD and the production of two documentaries were some of the outputs.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY ORGANISATION: ZERO GRAVITY TOILET INFORMAL GROUP ADDRESS: VIA DELLE ISOLE CURZOLANE 75, 00141 ROME, ITALY WEB: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ZEROGRAVITYTOILET CONTACT: ALESSANDROSANTUCCI@GMAIL.COM
PROJECT TITLE: YOUTH JOURNALISTS MEETING “PROVOCATIONS OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP”
Action 1.3: Youth Democracy Projects
Helping young people make their own choices about European citizenship
Encouraging young people to “produce” material rather than merely to unconditionally “swallow” whatever is oﬀered was at the heart of this four-month project “Provocations of European Citizenship”. It raised awareness of the concept of active European citizenship at local level, and helped young people gain new knowledge about what Europe is and what European citizenship means. It also demonstrated the importance of the media – and the importance of retaining a critical approach to the media, too. The working methods used non-formal education: exercises, games and group dynamics to reinforce independent analysis and response. A meeting brought together 60 young people with representatives of students and other non-governmental organizations, including youth journalists, from Bulgaria and Romania. The exchange of experience and expertise helped to increase knowledge about the concept of European citizenship, and the participants agreed a declaration on how to achieve active European citizenship at a local level. The project was launched at a Conference under the patronage of the Bulgarian Minister of European Aﬀairs, where participants prepared a Declaration which was presented and discussed with congressmen from the Bulgarian Parliament’s Media Committee.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: BULGARIA, ROMANIA ORGANIZATION: ASSOCIATION YOUTH MEDIA NETWORK, BULGARIA ADDRESS: 11, GEN. SKOBELEV BLVD. SOFIA, BULGARIA WEBSITE: WWW.YOUTHONLINE.EU CONTACT: LOZANOV@YOUTHONLINE.EU
PROJECT TITLE: THE FIRST TYROLEAN FUTURE CITY FOR CHILDREN IN SCHWAZ
Action 1.3: Youth Democracy Projects
An experimental and innovative city teaching children and young people about participative democracy
In the summer of 2008, the ﬁrst children’s city of the future - “Kleinbergwerkstadt Kolorino” -was created in Schwaz. In this ﬁctional city, children and young people were allowed to play the adult roles they chose, and to make their own decisions. It was their contribution that inﬂuenced the development of the project. They could study at university, or start a business or a political career. They could present themselves as candidates and vote in elections, and election pledges had to be kept, and responsibility taken for the consequences. Where problems such as high redundancy or striking garbage collectors appeared in the facsimile city, solutions had to be found. And in this way, young people were shown what it means to have rights – and responsibilities. They could also learn that businesses carry risks of failure when there is no demand for products, and that integration is needed for people with diﬀerent languages, cultures and religions. A special focus of the project was on integration of children of diﬀerent origin. For children and young people, migration is a routine component of their lives, since in the playground, the street or the classroom, children from diﬀerent cultures meet all the time. Young people were enabled to develop their own perspectives about politics, economics, and social aﬀairs. They were shown that they have the right to choose and to organise themselves, rather than merely consume what is pre-prepared for them.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: AUSTRIA, GERMANY ORGANISATION: KINDERFREUNDE TIROL ADDRESS: SALURNERSTR. 2, 6020 INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA WEB: WWW.KINDERFREUNDE-TIROL.AT CONTACT: INFO@KINDERFREUNDE-TIROL.AT; ALBERT.FUCIK@CHELLO.AT
PROJECT TITLE: RUCKENWIND SHORT TERM EVS
Action 2: European Voluntary Service Innovative methods to encourage young people with fewer opportunities to take part in voluntary service
Creation of a children’s nature area, repainting a community building, footpath clearing and beach cleaning were among the concrete tasks that provided the backbone of Ruckenwind II, a one-month EVS project for 28 young people with a wide range of disadvantages from ﬁve countries. The project worked with young people from minorities, who were unemployed or had low salaries or temporary jobs, who suﬀered from lack of self-conﬁdence, had low educational achievement, learning diﬃculties, or had dropped out of school. Some had never travelled, or came from disadvantaged areas, suﬀering from geographical isolation or rural remoteness. Some had limited language skills, or had mental health issues, or already had a criminal record. In each country, ministries of justice, probation services, psychologists and youth welfare and street-level youth workers prepared young people in advance of the project, then the participants lived and worked together in a small rural community while they learnt through their involvement new intercultural, personal and work skills, and became motivated to go further, to discover Europe and to broaden their individual possibilities. Intensive support and training was provided, including one-to-one mentoring, role play and active participation, and small group English classes with professional teachers. Local community volunteers worked alongside the group, and the very visible results were very much valued by the community.
Markus:“For me it was my ﬁrst international experience. And it was cool. I liked to be with other people. (…) It was not always easy. I learnt to communicate with people with other languages. I learnt to orientate myself in a new place. My self-conﬁdence grew. I am very proud. It helped me so much and soon after the project I found my ﬁrst real job (which I still have!).”
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: UNITED KINGDOM, ITALY, SPAIN, FINLAND, AUSTRIA, FRANCE ORGANISATION: POINT EUROPA/ CUBIC ADDRESS: THE MANSE, GARRETT STREET, PL 101 PD, UNITED KINGDOM CONTACT: TRAINING@LEOKASERER.COM
PROJECT TITLE: FAIR TRADE PROMOTION PROJECT
Action 2: European Voluntary Service
Voluntary activity focused on fair trade making a diﬀerence to the world
“Fair trade guerrillas” were among the devices used in this project to involve underprivileged youth in work with a focus simultaneously on sustainable development and on personal realisation. The project hosted volunteers from Lithuania, Germany and Italy, who researched the beneﬁts of intercultural cooperation and exchange of good practices between European fair trade organisations, explored the link between fair trade and sustainable development, and created new methods to promote fair trade. Fair trade guerrillas were invented by one of the volunteers. They were a group of eight people with painted faces who went together through the streets of Lund, in Sweden, asking shop-owners about the conditions in the production of their products. In addition, presentations were made in schools, in a range of languages, which helped underline the international nature of the project and of the common cause that brings people together in an attempt to make a positive change on the whole planet by breaking down walls and building bridges across cultures and continents. The project also organised stands outside during the summer to raise the proﬁle of the issues, to provide information, and to sell Fair Trade products.
Olga:“During this year I learned not only about Fair Trade but also about how we can work together toward achieving sustainability in the globalizing world.” Monica:“The idea of promoting and sensitizing people about such an important topic as Fair Trade was what motivated me to start this project. I have always thought that it’s important to start with small things in order to achieve bigger results! This is still my attitude towards Fair Trade and my project within EVS.”
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: SWEDEN, ITALY, GERMANY, LITHUANIA ORGANISATION: VÄRLDSBUTIKEN (WORLD SHOP) ABC ADDRESS: WINSTRUPSGATAN 3, 222 22 LUND, SWEDEN CONTACT: GUNILLAWULKAN@HOTMAIL.COM WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT: HTTP://WWW.ABCSWEDEN.ORG
PROJECT TITLE: ”L’ARTE E DIVERSA!!?” SANATTA ENGEL VAR MIDIR?
Action 3.1: Cooperation with the Neighbouring countries of the European Union
Creative artistic learning techniques to facilitate social integration of deaf youngsters
The universality of the language of art, and its inﬂuence in bringing people together, made it the central tool of this project in Ankara with deaf youngsters from diﬀerent cultural backgrounds and ﬁve diﬀerent countries. Painting, dancing and acting provided a vehicle to integrate these physically disabled young people into social life, and other non-formal learning activities helped them to communicate, share their experiences as disabled youngsters in the community, and develop skills for making partnerships. Art helped create successful group dynamics. As they arrived, the participants were hosted in the houses of Turkish participants, helping to break down prejudices and promote a group atmosphere. During the project, 24 participants gave performances demonstrating their special skills, which helped them to feel an important part of the society and strengthened their self-conﬁdence and self-esteem.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: TURKEY, LITHUANIA, ROMANIA, ALBANIA, SERBIA ORGANISATION: TURKEY YOUTH UNION ASSOCIATION ADDRESS: 19 MAYIS GENCLIK VE SPOR SITESI ANKARA GENCLIK MERKEZI ULUS, ANKARA TURKEY CONTACT: HASLET@TGBDER.ORG.TR
PROJECT TITLE: OUR RIGHTS - OUR FUTURE
Action 3.1: Cooperation with the Neighbouring countries of the European Union
Building bridges and mutual understanding among young people from Israel and the Palestinian Authority and from Northern Ireland and Ireland
In this ambitious project, there was no escaping the challenging situations that arose at some stages from cultural diﬀerences. But these episodes, and the resolution of the issues they raised, resulted in signiﬁcant learning for all participants. This multicultural and international exchange of young people, with the topic ‘Our Rights – Our Future’, took place in Dublin over seven days. It focused on non-formal methods to help young people explore human rights and global equality, and encouraged them to explore their own realities and values. Before they came together, the groups created an internet forum to exchange ideas, suggestions and photographs, and interactive workshops prior to the exchange ensured they were all aware of the theme and that the project was in line with their expectations. Talks, movies, debates, educational trips, street theatre and street demonstrations and social events all played their part in developing knowledge, social skills and awareness. The participants’ views were taken into account at all times by the use of devices such as a graﬃti wall, daily evaluations, and cluster groups with individuals from diﬀerent countries and ethnic backgrounds. A cultural evening early in the exchange allowed participants to celebrate their diversity and to break down barriers.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, ISRAEL, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY OF THE WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP ORGANISATION: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – IRISH SECTION ADDRESS: 1ST FLOOR, BALLAST HOUSE, WESTMORLAND STREET, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND CONTACT: MHOEWER@AMNESTY.IE
PROJECT TITLE: GREEN DRAMA
Action 4.3: Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations
Using the innovative ‘Green Drama’ methodology as a tool for environmental education
The purpose of the training course was to explore the Green Drama methods used in the ﬁeld of Environmental Education in international youth work and developed by two Finnish educators. The aim of this method is to use drama to foster sustainable ways of living and environmental consciousness amongst youth. The ultimate goal is to transform individual actions and lifestyles so they become more environmentally friendly. In Green Drama, everybody can be involved in the action. Instead of the creation of a theatrical performance for an audience, the focus is on group interaction, active partnership and personal experience of the participants. Together they create an evolving story combining diﬀerent viewpoints, and everyone is challenged to evaluate their own opinions. Environmental issues take precedence over aesthetic or other artistic elements. The method also develops intercultural dialogue between the participants, since the drama is based on the participants’ own experiences and knowledge. In the European context, it allows participants to recognise and compare these experiences in diﬀerent countries. The methods used included practical testing and evaluation of Green Drama methods, sharing methods on environmental education in promoter organizations, and discussions on how to implement the new methods learned and disseminate the methodological handbook which was developed during the training course in a new context by youth workers and other multipliers.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: FINLAND, SPAIN, ITALY, AUSTRIA, GREECE, ROMANIA, NETHERLANDS, POLAND, PORTUGAL, UNITED KINGDOM, ESTONIA, FRANCE, CZECH REPUBLIC, MALTA, LITHUANIA ORGANISATION: NUORISOKESKUS METSÄKARTANO ADDRESS: PL 16, METSÄKARTANONTIE 700, 73901 – RAUTAVAARA, FINLAND WEB: WWW.METSAKARTANO.COM CONTACT: INFO@METSAKARTANO.COM
PROJECT TITLE: BRAKING BARRIERS GOES ON!
Action 4.3: Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations
Outdoor education as an innovative method for giving learning opportunities to disabled people
Representatives of seven organisations from four countries - all part of a network for the inclusion of disabled young people - came together to explore ways of using outdoor and adventure education in their work. Taking into account a variety of European approaches and experiences in the ﬁeld, the participants developed some initial ideas for criteria for international pedagogical work in the ﬁeld of motionand experience-based learning in diﬀerent settings. In addition, the project helped develop and strengthen the international “Breaking Barriers” network and discuss future cooperation. The seminar combined theoretical and practical elements, attaching special value to group work oriented towards concrete results (e.g. the ﬁxing of criteria) and practical activities that might be used later with the target group. Theoretical inputs alternated with practical sessions in diﬀerent areas of outdoor education, such as climbing, rope courses, canoeing, rafting, and land-art activities, and looked at diﬀerent national uses of the methods. Outdoor education methods provide a lot of learning opportunities for personal and social competences for disabled people, and this project is the ﬁrst to explore how methods can be used speciﬁcally with young people.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: GERMANY, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SLOVENIA ORGANISATION: BSJ E.V. MARBURG / ZERUM UECKERMÜNDE ADDRESS: KAMIGSTR. 26, 17373 UECKERMÜNDE, GERMANY CONTACT: INTEGRATIONSPRIJEKT@ZERUM-UECKERMÜNDE.DE
PROJECT TITLE: OPERATION HJERNESTORM
Action 5.1: Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy
A festival organised by young people and for young people to provide a creative space for youth policy and youth involvement
A festival in the centre of Copenhagen to promote youth democracy involved some 3,000 young people in political debates with local politicians, concerts and performances and in the development of their own project ideas. The participants were closely involved in the preparations through a series of workshops with invited politicians, artists, experienced project makers and representatives of funding organisations, and this played a large part in the success of the project, because it meant they were creating a festival which met their needs, where they could contribute their own ideas and perspectives. The festival had three diﬀerent “arenas”. In one of them, experienced project makers shared their experiences and thoughts about creating local and international projects with young people who came with their projects for help and advice, against a rich background of art, live music, ﬁlms, spoken words and live painting. Another arena featured debates about democracy, environment, inclusion and exclusion, and the city, with politicians and non-governmental organisations, leading to new ideas, including the creation of a forum for youth politics. The third arena was the project café, where funding organisation gave advice about fundraising and how to generate eligible projects, and workshops were held about fundraising, marketing, idea making and writing. The emphasis throughout was on the opportunities for young people to be active and creative and to participate in the local community and in society as a whole. The project succeeded in raising awareness of youth politics in Copenhagen.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: DENMARK ORGANISATION: OPERATION HJERNESTORM ADDRESS: VALGÅRDSVEJ 2, 2500 VALBY, DENMARK CONTACT: TILSTOFFER@GMAIL.COM WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT: WWW.UNGDOMSKULTUR.NU
PROJECT TITLE: SUMMER FORUM OF THE EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT
Action 5.1: Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy
A European Parliament simulation teaches young people an innovative form of civic participation
A hundred young people from across Europe gathered in Aix-en-Provence for a Summer Forum which included a simulation of the European Parliament. Participants were divided into committees working on European subjects such as civic service, energy policy, or the ﬁght against racism. After three days of preparatory debate in the committees, resolutions were then proposed and defended in a plenary assembly of all the participants. Amendments could be proposed and debated, and a ﬁnal vote led to the adoption or rejection of the resolution sent to the plenary. Every evening, the young European deputies took part in cultural activities, and Europe was always at the centre of the project, through Euroconcerts, tasting European cooking brought by participants in the Eurovillage, and theatre improvisation. The young people involved could thus “live” Europe, both formally and informally, through common activities and encounters, and make new friendships. The project oﬀered young people a vivid idea of democracy and of the European institutions, and they were surprised by their own skills in advancing their own opinions and being actors in their own future.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM, SPAIN, NORWAY, ITALY, PORTUGAL, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND, IRELAND, AUSTRIA, ISLAND ORGANISATION: PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN DES JEUNES – REGIONAL COMMITTEE PROVENCE ALPES CÔTE D’AZUR WEB: WWW.PEJFRANCE.ORG WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT: WWW.FORUMDETE-AIX2007.EU
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR PROJECTS ENCOURAGING INNOVATION AND QUALITY IN THE YOUTH SECTOR
The project examples in the following section were supported under the speciﬁc call for proposals for projects encouraging innovation and quality in the youth sector (Action 4.4 of the Youth in Action Programme), which was launched in 2007. This call for proposals aimed to support projects that promote the adoption, implementation and encouragement of innovative, quality approaches in the ﬁelds of non-formal education for young people and youth workers. Through this call for proposals, the Youth in Action Programme intended to stimulate the engagement of young people and youth workers in creative forms of self-expression and participation.
Innovative elements in this call for proposals relate to: • the content and objectives, bearing in mind developments in the framework for European cooperation in the ﬁeld of youth and the priorities of the Youth in Action programme • the applied methodology, based on novel approaches in the ﬁeld of non-formal education and in the youth sector
Examples of eligible activities under this call for proposals: • conferences • training activities • seminars • information activities • networking activities Duration of activities: Activities started between 1 December 2007 and 31 January 2008 and projects are running between 12 and 24 months.
PROJECT TITLE: SPEAK OUT - REACH OUT
Providing media skills to promote inclusion of disadvantaged young people in cities
Young people with few opportunities are the focus of this project in Stuttgart, Palermo, Toledo and Bucharest. To assist their inclusion into society, the project trains participants in web design and audio pod-casting, giving an impetus to their personal development through the acquisition of skills, and encouraging active participation to promote a sense of citizenship. Groups are trained, and they in turn train national teams who work together to produce a four-language online radio-magazine, tackling topics such as: “What has Europe to do with me” and “How can I make a diﬀerence”. The resulting radio-magazine “Speak out! - Reach out!” is available online, providing high visibility for the project. The new competences in IT tools and other skills help the social engagement and job prospects of the young people taking part. The teaching staﬀ involved are invited to promote replications of the project in the future. Further exposure is assured by dissemination material such as brochures and handbooks, and through events such as open-door days in each partner country.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: GERMANY, SPAIN, ITALY, ROMANIA ORGANISATION: INTERNATIONALER BUND – BILDUNGSZENTRUM ADDRESS: HEUSTEIGSTRASSE, 90/92, 70180 STUTTGART, GERMANY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.INTERNATIONALER-BUND.DE CONTACT: OLIVIA.KEY@INTERNATIONALER-BUND.DE
PROJECT TITLE: THE POP PROJECT - PATHS OF PARTICIPATION
Innovative work experience and intercultural exchange to help inclusion of marginalized urban youth
A strong partnership between non-governmental organisations and the public sector is fostering innovative approaches to working with young people with few opportunities living in urban areas. The project starting-point is that similar problems (social problems) may be experienced and solved in diﬀerent ways according to the cultural context. The project develops an interesting methodology to promote the inclusion of youngsters as proactive citizens and to familiarize young people with diﬀerent cultural backgrounds through intercultural learning and conﬂict transformation. Selected youth organisations are involved in job-shadowing, and the information from these practical experiences is fed into exchanges between youth workers, followed by a seminar on intercultural conﬂict and a larger open-space conference tackling the topic of “Youth work in sub-urban and marginalized areas - challenges and chances”.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: AUSTRIA, GERMANY, FINLAND, UNITED KINGDOM ORGANISATION: ELT (ASSOCIATION FOR EXPERIENCE, LEARNING & TRAINING IN YOUTH WORK) ADRESS: PROJEKTBURO, HERKLOTZGASSE 21/3,AT-1150 VIENNA, AUSTRIA WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.DIELOOP.AT CONTACT: KOFLER@DIELOOP.AT; ELT@CHELLO.AT
PROJECT TITLE: NON-VIRTUAL YOUTH CITIZENSHIP IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
Bridging the real and virtual worlds in non-formal education with disadvantaged young people
The virtual world of “Second life” is being used in this project to provide novel nonformal learning experiences that suit urban young people excluded from many other learning opportunities. The project applies Flow methodology as proposed by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and explores new areas of youth work through the combination of both creative and participative activities, picking up aspects of everyday life and transferring them to online platforms (particularly the virtual world of Second Life). Young people are acquiring artistic skills and competences within the framework of an international project, and youth workers are gaining familiarity with a new methodology of non-formal education. Best practices in eﬃcient and transferable non-formal education methodologies beneﬁting from the FLOW methodology “label” are being spread across the partner countries and beyond.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY, BELGIUM, SPAIN, ROMANIA ORGANISATION: SPAZIO GIOVANNI ADDRESS: VIA MAGENTA 7, 20052 MONZA, ITALY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.SPAZIOGIOVANI.IT CONTACT: ANNA.BIFFI@SPAZIOGIOVANI.IT PROJECT WEBSITE: WWW.NONVIRTUALYOUTH.EU
PROJECT TITLE: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Innovative non-formal education process connecting generations through life-stories
Inter-generational dialogue and cooperation is at the heart of this project to help the integration of disadvantaged young people into the social, education and employment system. The project set up a non-formal frame for mutual learning in which young and old people are able to share their life stories, and to plan together an action of high impact and visibility within their local communities. Bridging the inter-generation gap is an important resource for identity building and personality development of young participants. Comparing their stories with those told by old people has a mirroring eﬀect which oﬀers a wider perspective for comprehension and interpretation of what happened in the past, and provide new meanings and interpretation keys for their personal stories. A preparatory international meeting brought together young people and coordinators, and training sessions explored methods of involving local education authorities. At the end of the project, local conferences were organized by each partner, addressing local and national experts, politicians and youth organisation leaders, so as to spread the outcomes and to channel the innovative contents and methodology to other youth organizations.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: HUNGARY, BULGARIA, GREECE, ITALY ORGANISATION: BELVAROSI TANODA ALAPITVANY LONYAI U. 58 1/3, HU-1093 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY WEBSITE: WWW.BTABP.HU CONTACT: EDITBTA@INTERWARE.HU PROJECT WEBSITE: HTTP://YOUTHOPPORTUNITY.EXTRA.HU/
PROJECT TITLE: RAFFAELLO - DEVELOPING CREATIVITY AND SKILLS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN EUROPE
Using communication technologies to promote creativity and self- expression
Young people who live in disadvantaged urban areas often live in a virtual reality with virtual relationships, characterised by a lack of human contact and emotion, but with frequent use of chat-lines and mobile phone messages. The Raﬀaello project aims to develop their expressive capabilities and skills by linking their use of communications technology to their areas of interest (music, poetry, short stories….). The broad objective is to promote the social integration of disadvantaged young people through non-formal education activities that help them evolve from virtual interaction to more human and emotional contact. The project relies on ‘peer education’, and fosters communication and exchange of information and experiences within the peer group. In addition, national contests allow the participants to vote for the best performance, with the chance for the winners to take part in a festival in Germany.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, TURKEY ORGANISATION: PATTO TERRITORIALE ORISTANO SOC. CONS. ARL ADDRESS: VIA CARDUCCI, 21 PIANO II, 09170 ORISTANO, ITALY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.SILORISTANO.IT CONTACT: S.CARLETTI@SILORISTANO.IT PROJECT WEBSITE: HTTP://RAFFAELLO.EMLOC.GR/
PROJECT TITLE: YOUMAP YOUNG URBAN CARTOGRAPHERS
Digital cartography oﬀering young people a sense of ownership of the town they live in
Through its interactive website, YouMap is supporting the digital mapping of eight European towns by disadvantaged young people living there. The project allows them to identify the places that matter to them. This includes social services such as youth employment or training oﬃces, youth and voluntary service information desks, associations promoting European mobility, trade unions, health and social services. But it also covers leisure and entertainment locations, such as intercultural centres or sports centres, tourism aspects – with sightseeing points or other notable locations identiﬁed in the map. The apprenticeship in cartography and web publishing, along with the opportunity for exchanges, is a way to promote European citizenship and a sense of the value of intercultural diversity among young people facing similar diﬃculties. Dissemination activities help to improve access for marginalized young people to their social and cultural urban services
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY, GERMANY, SPAIN, FRANCE, TURKEY ORGANISATION: LUNARIA ADDRESS: VIA BUONARROTI 39, 00185 ROMA, ITALY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.LUNARIA.ORG/ENG/INT_VOL.HTML CONTACT: CORTELLESI@LUNARIA.ORG
PROJECT TITLE: OPEN DOOR
Public bodies and youth organisations involve young people in policy making
Contests on how to improve the quality of life for young people living in deprived urban areas are a central feature of this project to engage disadvantaged young people with few opportunities in policy-making. Young people are invited to submit projects addressing this topic, and one selected project per participating country is going to be implemented. The young people involved have the opportunity to attend training sessions on youth work and project implementation. The project encompasses activities such as local press conferences aimed at advertising the project, a preparatory meeting, a thematic seminar to prepare the contest, and the setting up of help desks for potential applicants. The project brings together professionals from public bodies and youth non-governmental organisations in the exchange of good practices and the development of long-term participative processes in non-formal education.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY, BELGIUM, SPAIN, GREECE, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM ORGANISATION: REGIONE VENETO ADDRESS: RIO NOVO, DORSODURO 3493, 30123 VENICE, ITALY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.REGIONE.VENETO.IT CONTACT: SERV.RAPP.OMS@REGIONE.VENETO.IT
PROJECT TITLE: PEER TO PEER, YOUTH FOR YOUTH
Peer education to combat drugs and alcohol abuse in creative way
Peer-to-peer education is being explored in this project as a mechanism to raise youth awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol consumption. It focuses on non-formal education in youth centres in deprived urban areas, to put the youngsters at the heart of the decision-making process. The activities of the project are carried out by the youngsters themselves. They produce material targeting their peers through intensive use of IT tools. The associated youth workers provide support in turning ideas into concrete implementation. The project also paves the way for the development of a network of youth centres in deprived urban areas, with the involvement of local authorities.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: ITALY, IRELAND, SPAIN, FRANCE ORGANISATION: COOPERATIVA STRANAIDEA ADDRESS: VIA PAOLO VERONESE 202, IT- 10148 TORINO, ITALY WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.STRANAIDEA.IT/HOME_ENG.HTML CONTACT: ANIMAZIONE@STRANAIDEA.IT
PROJECT TITLE: JUDGE JUVENILE DELINQUENTS’ GUIDED EDUCATION
Innovative transnational collaborative methodology for juvenile delinquents
The starting-point of this project was the following diagnostic: most young people with court convictions come from disadvantaged urban areas suﬀering from segregation or social exclusion. This project examines an alternative compensatory programme for juvenile delinquents aged 16-18, seeking to engage them actively. The project’s methodology is based on the screening of the diﬀerent forms of youth service (voluntary compensatory strategies) available at international level, leading to the selection of youth custody centres suitable for performing case studies analysis identifying cultural changes. The project is also developing prevention activities and methodologies for improving the relationship between young delinquents and the law, including training courses and support service programmes for delinquents, educators, protectors and protégés. The output is paving the way for a cooperative EU-level lobbying strategy aimed at achieving accreditation for the complex training methodology at national level.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: HUNGARY, BULGARIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND ORGANISATION: EC-PEC FOUNDATION ADDRESS: RÁKÓCZI ÚT 22, HU-1072 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY CONTACT: PAPSARA@ECPEC.HU
PROJECT TITLE: COMPETITIVE EDGE
Development of innovative and transferrable modules to enhance the competitiveness of youth organisations
Active participation in youth organisations is low among young people with few opportunities and living in poor areas, and this project aims to make these organisations more attractive, so that more young people spend their free time in a more constructive way. Based on international screening of the participating countries, a programme of nine modules has been developed to help enhance the competitive edge of youth organisations. The methodology is innovative in picking up hot business issues such as competitiveness, storage and transfer of knowledge and know-how, as well as valorisation of competences. Project activities have been widely disseminated, including “hands-on” training programmes and computer applications.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: SLOVENIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, LITHUANIA ORGANISATION: ZVEZA STUDENTSKIH KLUBOV SLOVENIJE - ŠKIS ADDRESS: TRŽAŠKA 42, SI-1000 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.SKIS-SEVZA.SI CONTACT: VID.TRATNIK@SKIS-ZVEZA.SI PROJECT WEBSITE: WWW.COMPETITIVE.SI/EN
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