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Seminar. Youth centres of the future. Luxembourg

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Seminar: Youth centres of the future

Dates: 18-19 June 2020

Venue: Luxembourg

Eligible are 20 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 10th April 2020

ATTENTION: DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 THIS ACTIVITY HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF NEW DATES ONCE CONFIRMED!

The aim is to foster exchange and to brainstorm together if the orientation of youth policy and youth work in the setting of youth centres is still tailored to the needs and interests of young people.

General Description

The everyday lives of young people are fast changing. At the same time the youth centres in Luxembourg have existed for over two decades, and there is a possibility, that the needs of young people are developing faster than, and not necessary in accordance with the concept, architecture and equipment of the youth centres.

Therefore, it is essential to analyse on a regular basis if this is the case, and if so, further develop and adapt the concept of the youth centres.

Through a participative approach we would like to gather policy makers, youth workers, and researchers to discuss what the youth centres of the future could look like, what could be the role of the youth workers, how we can reach out to young people, what the impact of digitalisation could be, and if the findings and needs are different for small, medium and large municipalities.

The objectives of this 2-day seminar are:

  • Present the challenges to adapt the youth centres to the fast changing needs and interest of young people in the view of youth workers, researchers and policy makers
  • Make an inventory of different models of youth centres
  • Elaborate possible alternative concepts and approaches for locally embedded youth centres

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This training is subject to the approval of the European Commission

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Anefore asbl – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse – Youth Ministry

Phone: (+352) 247-75237

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Lynn Hendriks

E-mail: nadine.linden@anefore.lu

E-Mail: lynn.hendriks@men.lu

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Training Course. Power of Positivity. Finland

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Training Course Power of Positivity: Youth Exchanges

Dates: 22-26 June 2020

Venue: Nurmes, Finland

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 30th April 2020

The training helps you to clarify your understanding of mental health and discover how you can support young people’s mental health in your work. Moreover, you will learn how youth exchanges fit into the discussion.

General Description

Supporting Mental Health Is Easy

When talking about mental health, you may instantly think about negative issues like depression and mental illnesses. You should not. We all have a state of mental health, one day our mental health can be worse, one day better. But there are concrete ways how to promote our mental well being.

In this training you will understand better what affects our mental health and how we can take care of it. You will learn methods to discuss the topic with young people and have time to think how to help their well being. This is important for you, if you are working with young people. And you should be, because youth exchanges need young people.

Can youth exchanges promote mental health?

Well, yes. You might know that you feel better when you feel heard, you feel you belong to a group, you have your place in there and others accept and support you. You also may recognise it feels good to accomplish interesting tasks, explore unknown things and overcome a nice challenge. Youth exchanges can offer all of this to your young people, if you take care that they are able to be involved, respected and supported in planning, preparation and carrying out of exchanges.

  • In this training you will learn, how you can help young people to have ownership in their youth exchange.
  • You will have a small pre-task before your arrival, so be prepared to return it.

Who is this training for?

You should be interested in the topic of mental wellbeing as well as in international youth work.

You may be interested in

  • challenging your understanding of mental wellbeing
  • learning ways to talk about mental health with young people
  • learning working ways to promote mental health
  • organising youth exchanges where young people are actively involved in the projects
  • learning ways to support young people’s involvement in youth exchange projects
  • understanding how mental health can be discussed in youth exchanges
  • finding possible partners to future youth exchanges who share the same understanding of working ways

It is much better if you will already have a group of young people that you are working with. It is even better, if you have talked with them about the possibility of an international youth exchange and they are interested in one. We will prioritise applicants who work regularly with a group of young people and regularly organise daily or weekly local activities for them. Starting to plan a youth exchange is much easier, if you can start working with your group when you return home.

If you only organise international activities and always recruit the participants in the projects after they have been granted, you are not the kind of participant we are looking for.

Peaceful (and sleepy) countryside

The training takes you to a remote area in Eastern Finland, over 500 km to the north of Helsinki. Youth Centre Hyvärilä is one of the state founded youth centres in Finland. It is located by a lake surrounded by nature. It is not close to services, but they offer good facilities for training, accommodation and meals.

You will also have time to chat and change opinions, practices and ideas with youth workers from other countries and look at the midnight sun by a Finnish lake.

You should know, though, that there will be youth groups around, which means you cannot use alcohol in the youth centre area. Finnish youth work is substance free and you should also respect that in our country.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI – National Agency

Co-organiser:

  • Hyvärilä Youth Centre – Youth NGO

Phone: +358 400 247 774

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Draft Programme Finland.pdf

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen

E-Mail: paavo.pyykkonen@oph.fi

Training Course. Creating Compassionate Cultures. Slovak Republic

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Training Course Creating Compassionate Cultures: Group work based on empathy, well-being and cooperation

Dates: 14-22 April 2020

Venue: Modra, Slovak Republic

Eligible are 22 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 3rd March 2020

Creating Compassionate Cultures is a training course, which aims to increase professional competences of youth workers, equip them with new approaches, improve their leadership skills and abilities to make better connections and create inclusive space.

General Description

  • Are you involved in community actions and would you like to get new skills to support compassionate environment within the group you work with?
  • Do you want to learn new empathy-based and embodied methodologies of working with youth/community groups?
  • Do you want to gain tools to improve and maintain personal well-being thus contributing to developing resilience in yourself and young people you work with?

Join our training course: Creating Compassionate Cultures – Group work based on empathy, well-being and cooperation

For who?
Youth workers, social workers, educators, trainers, community leaders – working or volunteering with youth or community groups.

If you are rooted in your community and see your possibility to make a difference and you are willing to bring more empathy and compassion into the community practices, welcome aboard!

How?
Through dialogue, group and self-reflection, bodywork, mindfulness, stillness, movement, dance and play we will journey into our personal stories and experiences, learn from each other and create a shared understanding of what is necessary to bring more compassion, support and empathy in youth work.

Venues:
** Cottage under stars – cosy cottage in a small town Modra (30 km from Bratislava), located in the forest of Little Carpathians. We will stay there for six days
** Bystro – community living room – is a space in Bratislava, created by people who care about authentic relationships and feel responsible toward the natural environment. Together we are looking for ways to live less materialistic and more connected. Our activities are related to ecology, culture and community. Accommodation for the last 2 days in Bratislava is in Freddie hostel nearby Bystro living room.

The participants and the partner organisations are expected to:
* transfer the competences developed at this training course further to youth workers, teachers, trainers, facilitators and community leaders
*ensure the wider impact of this project by implementing concrete follow-up activities and providing opportunities with and for young people in their regions and countries.

In case of any questions feel free to contact
Katarina at: compassionate.cultures@gmail.com

This course will be led by:

Ilze Jece – Ilze has over two decades of experience in social and environmental activism, thus also providing training courses on environmental education, activism and campaigning for various organisations. She has experience working with women’s groups in prison and crisis center, international camps and training courses, mentoring them to develop leadership skills, as well as work on their personal development. Ilze is also a movement educator, bodyworker and certified embodied facilitator.

Kasia Stepien – Kasia weaves together her passion for embodied practices, nature and communities, inspiring mindful re-connection with self, others and the Earth. She is certified dance meditation facilitator, mindfulness practitioner, explorer and activist, active in facilitating learning processes social change and personal transformation since 2012. In her work she creates heart-based spaces supporting young people and adults on their journeys to wholeness, based on compassion, authentic expression, self-awareness and play.

Katarina Karcolova – Katarina is a social soul, who loves to be outdoors. She enjoys being in a group, community, sharing food, things and moments. Last ten years she has been involved in non-formal education as a project manager mostly working in the area of global education and instructor in experiential outdoor education. Lately she has been involved in activities with youngsters from marginalized groups. Bystro with its community played a big role in her last 2 years, as an oasis of togetherness it was for her a place to be, try and co-create.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Travel costs, food and accommodation will be cover by the organisers.

Travel reimbursement

Following the rules of Erasmus+, the costs of your travel are covered up to the following total amounts:

  • Slovakia EUR 20
  • Czechia EUR 180
  • UK, Latvia, Poland, Greece, Romania, Italy, North Macedonia EUR 275
  • Spain EUR 360

Participation fee

We are inviting you to contribute by making a donation from €30 to €60 based on personal financial possibilities. We don’t want the money to be an obstacle in participating in this course, so in case any financial difficulties please get in touch with us.

Application

 

Organiser:

Bystro

Phone: 00421 905 439 737

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Creating Compassionate Cultures.pdf

Contact for questions:

Katarina Karcolova

E-Mail: compassionate.cultures@gmail.com

Training Course. EuroPeers. Belgium

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Training Course: EuroPeers Training Course

Dates: 21-26 April 2020

Venue: Brussels, Belgium – FL

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovak Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 23rd February 2020

A training course for young people who took part in European Solidarity Corps/Erasmus+ Youth Programme projects and want to share their European experiences with their peers.

General Description

You did a volunteering activity or took part in another European solidarity Corps activity, participated in a youth exchange or organised a youth initiative? Probably you gained lots of experiences and got to know Europe from an exciting perspective. Are you interested in staying involved and sharing your experiences with others?

If you can imagine telling other young people about your European experiences and encouraging them to try suchlike, we invite you warmly to become a EuroPeer! EuroPeers are young people who have already taken part in an European Solidarity Corps/Erasmus+ Youth Programme project. They share their experiences and inform other young people (their peers) about these opportunities and other ways to go abroad. This can be done in different ways and in the framework of various events.

During this international training course you will learn how to organise different types of EuroPeer events and how to share your European experience effectively with your peers.

You will attend workshops on:

  • opportunities for young people to participate in Europe
  • Mobility programmes in Europe
  • Project management and PR activities
  • Communicating the European idea.

You will also have time to develop your first own EuroPeer activity. At the end of the training you’ll get the chance to implement your activity (together with other participants) on the ENCORE event, a networking event for Belgian organizations working with international volunteers. You’ll have the opportunity to talk about a variety of topics related to European volunteering experiences and you’ll help the next generation of volunteers to have a better experience, thanks to your feedback!

During the training there will also be a Social Media team consisting of 4 people, they will be responsible for the whole social dimension of the training to the online world. If you’d like to gain media experiences, you can apply for this team.

It will give you a slightly different experience of the whole training. This team will be guided by a very enthusiastic youth leader.

Information about both the EuroPeer project and previous events organised by EuroPeers over the last years can be found here. Or check the Europeers International Facebook page online.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the European Solidarity Corps Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project. After being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or the SALTO South East Europe RC involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country. Please contact your European Solidarity Corps NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses. If you come from Western Balkan contries, please contact see@salto-youth.net for further information about the financial details. In cases of short-term cancellation (less than 14 days prior to the training) or absence we charge a cancellation fee of 30,00 €.

Application

 

Organiser:

JINT vzw – National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action & European Solidarity Corps Programme in Belgium Flanders

Phone: +32 (0)22 090 720

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Thomas Gits

E-mail:Geoffrey.Carpentier@jint.be

E-Mail: thomas.gits@jint.be

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Youth Exchange. YOUth Health Matters. Germany

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Youth Exchange: YOUth Health Matters

Dates: 5 – 14 March 2020

Venue: Burhave, Nordsee, Germany

Eligible are 2 participants (17 – 29 years old) + 1 group leader 18+ coming from: Greece

and Involves 49 participants coming from: Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Croatia, Germany

Application deadline: 10th February 2020

Research shows that creativity in young people results in mental well being and achievement in life. We are looking for 6 young people 17 to 30 years old, plus one group leader. Shortlisted participants will be young people who will be better described, as coming from disadvantaged background (social, economic or geographic obstacles).

ATTENTION: Last call for applicants!

General Description

Highlighting an important priority

Young people’s health and well-being is a permanent priority in Erasmus+ Youth programme and it is also highlighted in the European Youth Strategy. Many promoters have chosen it as a theme in their projects, but it is also a theme that comes up universally in all our work with young people.

As educators we have the duty to support the mental, physical and social well-being of the young people we work with. The YOUth Health Matters seminar highlights research results and general understanding about the well-being of European young people.

It offers tools and good practices for supporting young people’s well-being in Erasmus+ projects and youth work in general. Practicioners outside the Erasmus+ projects will share their expertise, whereas project promoters present their working ways too.

Overall objectives are following:

1. Increase levels of motivation, confidence and aspirations of young people up to 30 years old from disadvantaged backgrounds
2. Increase the chances of obtaining employment and maintaining it by offering essential knowledge in personal development, self care, self improvement and communication through creating vision boards using arts and crafts
3. Raise awareness on the importance of volunteering and lifelong learning and aimed at improving long term career prospects of the participants
4. Promote healthy and sustainable behaviours among the participants through specific workshops on the subjects of environment, food and personal self care.

Health and well-being is a wide topic

Health and well-being are a wide topic to look at. The seminar will concentrate on four strands of well-being:

  • Mental health
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Empowerment
  • Belonging

Young people’s mental health is the overriding topic that comes up on many levels: statistics and research, general understanding of mental health, practical tools for supporting mental health and project examples of good practices. The programme starts with a more general look and dives deeper into understanding during the days.

Healthy lifestyle can include many aspects relevant for your project and youth work. Topics that can be tackled include e.g. outdoor activities, sports, healthy body images, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and healthy food.

Empowerment links to the support that some young people need in order to take part in activities or in life as general. Good ways of empowering young people with fewer opportunities exist in projects and organisations.

Belonging is a basic human need. We have the need to have social contacts and friendships. We suffer, when we are excluded. How can we fight back loneliness?

Empowering young people means that:

  • More young people have the support, opportunities, skills and resilience they need for the future.
  • Young people have better relationships with their support networks and communities
  • Young people have improved health and wellbeing

We would ensure that young people are heavily involved in the design and delivery of the project as taking ownership means that they will value the project and be keener to make a success of it.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation, food and materials – 100% funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. This includes everything, except for travel costs. It’s highly recommended to start buying travelling tickets early. It’s recommended to have a disposal for drinks, small shopping, etc. We are counting less travelling expenses as your contribution to the project.

Travel reimbursement

Transport: 100% covered by the Erasmus+ program, within following limits:

Greece: 360 Euro/participant. If your travel costs exceed the official limits, the reimbursement will be limited to the maximum amount of travel costs allocated for each country. If you fail to provide all the necessary travel documents, we will be unable to reimburse you.

For plane travel, the original documents that we need are:

1. E-ticket; 2. Invoice; 3. Proof of payment or receipt; 4. Boarding passes.

Participation fee

There’s a participation fee of 40 euros per participant. The fee will be deposited after successful selection of the candidates (non-refundable in case of cancellation).

Application

 

Organizer:

AWO SANO Nordsee gGmbH, Germany – Social Entreprise

Co-organizer:

YiA 18 – NGO

www.YiA18.org

Youth in Advance 18

Phone:+30 693

For additional information please: Download the Application form

email: yia18plus@gmail.com

Contact for questions:

YiA 18

Working language: English

Profile of participants: Motivated young people holders of EU passport, residing in Greece.

Age bracket: 18 – 30 years old

Training Course. 8 Senses Training Course. Bulgaria

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Training Course: 8 Senses Training Course

Dates: 15-21 June 2020

Venue: TBC, Bulgaria

Eligible are 35 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 24th April 2020

8 Senses is 5 days (+ 2 days for travelling) TC for youth workers to learn, practice and apply methods for inclusion, participation, creativity and sustainability in their work with youth, including NEETs and young people with fewer opportunities.

General Description

What is 8 Senses?

Everything and everyone are always in certain environment. And everything all together, as we know it on the Earth is The Environment from which we are all part of. This is our starting point for training attitudes of inclusion, participation, creativity and environmentalism.

We will work with some of the following questions:

  • What is inclusion?
  • What is participation?
  • What is creativity?
  • What is sustainable thinking?

  • What is the role of the youth and youth workers as parts of the environment?
  • What is solicitude and how is it shaped by the environment?
  • What attitudes do we hold regarding ourselves, the environment and the mutual interaction between us?
  • Can we participate in creating Less pollution and waste?
  • What makes environment a skill and competence?
  • How to implement ‘cradle to cradle’ thinking in our local society?
  • How to create, design and utilize the environmental thinking and elements in our youth work to create interest, increase participation and work sustain-ably?

This training will build dialogue between youth workers from EU countries, who will have the opportunity to work on variety of real case studies. In the process will be used different methods from learning by doing, non-formal education and other interactive practices. We will create together ideas for solutions on some of the most common environmental issues in Europe (sustainability and urban lifestyle, air pollution in big cities, waste management, electronic recycling, city gardening and food management, non-violent use of the environment etc.)

Objectives:

  • To bring to the knowledge of young people the possibility to see through different point of view the aspects of the importance of the personal attitude.
  • To build general understanding for the concept of sustainability.
  • To explore the idea of holistic approach in everyday life and its transformation and application in environmental attitude.
  • To have an action plan and participation attitude at the end of the training in the process of re-defining and solving simple environment issues.
  • To show and experience in a group the possibility of develop personal skills by changing and transforming the surrounding environment.

In this training participants will practice competences with strong emphasis on empowering attitudes, participation and inclusion.

At the end of the 5 days we will seeks for changes and transformation in the attitude and in the deeper understanding of what can be done further in order to protect our planet and how we can be more sustainable part of the nature. All that through the perspective of European youth work.

We will include many outdoor tasks, challenges and quests related to the observation and collaboration with the others and with the surrounding environment. The training includes also an “action plan” with real case experience and exchange of different levels of expertise, a possibility to see the topic from different viewpoints on the European civic dimension of Public engagement.

Profile of Participants

  • Youth workers with proven track record of involvement in an NGO as well as:
  • Interested in inclusion and sustainability;
  • Working with NEETs and youth with fewer opportunities;
  • Working on youth participation;
  • Willing to expand their professional competences of inclusion, participation, cooperation, creativity, entrepreneurship and initiative, involvement and participation of youth, including those with fewer opportunities; leadership, communication, teamwork, design thinking, problem solving;

  • Are recognised as a significant and active young people among their peers and in the local society;
  • Have will and are keen to take follow up actions to disseminate the topic of environmentalism on local level;
  • 18 years old and older;
  • Able to use English as a working language.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Human Resource Development Centre – National Agency

Phone: +35929155026

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsInfoPack 8 senses 2020.pdf

Contact for questions:

Milen Petkov

E-Mail: tcabulgaria@hrdc.bg

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Conference. Social Innovation for Social Inclusion. Cyprus

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Conference: Towards Collaborative Practice (TCP) 2020 Forum on “Social Innovation for Social Inclusion”

Dates: 5-9 May 2020

Venue: Cyprus

Eligible are 60 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

Application deadline: 16th February 2020

“Towards Collaborative Practice” Forum: A cross-sectoral event exploring the potential of youth work and Erasmus+ to foster social entrepreneurship and social innovation among young people.

General Description

Why social innovation for social inclusion?

This edition of the TCP Forum will be an opportunity to discuss future pathways for social innovation and how it can foster social inclusion, delving, at the same time, into topics such as digital technology and entrepreneurship for inclusion and participation, female entrepreneurship, migrants’ integration and multiculturalism.

Building on the success of the 5 previous Towards Collaborative Practice (TCP) Forums that took place in Sweden, Italy, UK, Hungary and Spain, the National Agency of Cyprus is pleased to host the 6th edition of the TCP Forum.

The National Agency of Cyprus shares the belief promoted by the European Union that social innovation can act as a “source of remedies for increased social challenges (rising inequalities, poverty, social exclusion, social conflicts and social injustice)” (Social Innovation Task Force of the EU ISG, 2015). In this context, the upcoming Forum will look into the inter-correlation between social innovation and social inclusion.

Since the concepts of social innovation, and thus social entrepreneurship, are rather “new”, and not extensively explored concepts in Cyprus, the Forum envisions to bring together a wide range of professionals, representing various fields of the market and the society, where they will exchange their experiences, practices and visions. Moreover, the Forum will serve as a platform for the development of a network of professionals working on social innovation and will act as a reference point for further developments in the fields and facilitate their collaboration at national, regional and European level.

The Forum will be a melting pot of ideas, tools and good practices which participants, representing different sectors, will have the opportunity to further explore through relevant presentations, workshops and field visits. The Forum will also support the mainstreaming of future cooperation among participants for the implementation of innovative projects and initiatives under Erasmus+.

Moreover, in the framework of the 6th edition of the TCP Forum, the National Agency of Cyprus has already hosted a national activity targeting local stakeholders. The aim of this activity was to build common foundations on social innovation initiatives, for the Cypriot actors in the fields, to facilitate their collaboration, and offer them the space for an exchange of ideas, good practice and challenges faced in an area, such as social innovation, currently under progress, in the Cyprus context. This national activity also served as a preparation phase for the transnational TCP Forum, representing a novelty brought by this edition of the forum.

Objectives of the TCP 2020 Forum Cyprus

  • Encourage collaboration and partnership building between youth work and other sectors of the social innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
  • Raise awareness of and promote the social inclusion dimension of social innovation policies and practices.
  • Offer an opportunity for networking and sharing ideas, tools, methods, challenges and good practices.
  • Use social enterprise, social innovation and non-formal learning as a way to encourage and enable young people to sustain their entrepreneurial life skills.
  • Encourage creativity, innovation, participation, solidarity, diversity and social inclusion of young people.
  • Provide information on Erasmus+ and other opportunities to foster social innovation

Previous TCP Forums: More information about the project and previous editions can be found at @TCPCommunity (on Facebook).

To get the feel of the event, please watch the highlight videos of two previous editions:

Liverpool UK (March 2018):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1EMxY2uiv

Budapest Hungary (November 2018):

An eco-friendly event: Inspired by the previous editions of the TCP Forum, the organisers endeavor to deliver an environmentally sustainable event, including site selection, menu compilation, coffee breaks and the materials we use. We believe it is important to show that there is always a way for events to be more eco-friendly, this being one of the principles of this project.

Youth@Work Strategic Partnership on youth employability and entrepreneurship of Erasmus+ National Agencies

The TCP Forum is part of the Youth@Work Partnership, alongside other projects tackling youth employability and entrepreneurship, organised by the 16 member Erasmus+ National Agencies and SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres. You can learn more about Youth@Work at www.youthatworkpartnership.org and @YouthatWorkPartnership (Facebook).

Profile of participants:

We are looking for 60 participants from Erasmus+ Programme countries, Eastern Partnership countries, Southern Mediteranean countries and Western Balkan countries, with the following professional backgrounds:

Employment, entrepreneurship and social innovation support services (chambers of commerce, incubators, accelerators, banks, social venture funders, etc.); formal education representatives (higher education, VET); cooperatives; foundations; local, regional and national government representatives; researchers; (social) entrepreneurs; youth workers; community workers; educators; trainers and young change-makers.

Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO Resource Centre involved in this project.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency or Regional SALTO Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA/SALTO RC to learn more about how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participation fee

The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Application

 

Organiser:

Youth Board of Cyprus – National Agency

Co-organisers:

  • Tempus Public Foundation TPF,
  • Agenzia nazionale per i giovani (ANG),
  • European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA),
  • Agência Nacional para a gestão do programa Juventude em Acção,
  • YIA-ES – AGENCIA NACIONAL ESPAÑOLA DE LA JUVENTUD (INJUVE),
  • British Council, ECORYS – National Agency
  • Center for Social Innovation

Phone: +35722402691

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloadsTimeschedule TCP Cyprus.pdf

Contact for questions:

TCP 2020 Support Team

E-mail: srousou@onek.org.cy

E-Mail: tcp2020@onek.org.cy

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.