YEU targeting for a more inclusive and open society
As YEU aim is developing more inclusive and tolerant societies, two projects come to empower more young people, youth workers and trainers in realising that specific aim. Based on the Experts meeting that took place in November, ILAB process, is about to further continue with the training taking place next week in Tortona. Moreover, Brave New You- funded by European Youth Foundation, is set to start in April and run for the whole 2018 as a long-term process.
ILAB, has already completed the first part of its' process which was the Expert meeting. On the 14th to the 22nd of March the second step will be implemented, which is a Training Course under the name “I.LAB - Intercultural Learning and Beyond!”. This training will involve a total of 16 different partners from Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, FYROM/Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Russian Federation, Spain and Germany. To do so, 30 young people will gather in the city of Tortona, which La Fenice is located. Their main profiles are youth leaders, youth workers, educators, active volunteers and staff members of partner organizations.
This KA1 Training, has 4 overall objectives. These are:
- to start a shared and dynamic lab aimed at creating innovative methodologies and tools for intercultural dialogue and learning, with a specific attention to the inclusion and integration processes of young refugees and migrants in the local communities and in the youth organizations;
- to contribute to the professional and personal development and to improve the competences of the youth workers and educators of partner organizations, providing tools, knowledge and skills useful to face the need for intercultural dialogue among young people and their communities
- to contribute to improve quality in youth work, at the local and european level, keeping into consideration the changes and challenges of today’s society as for the inclusion and integration of young people with different cultural backgrounds;
- to contribute to fight radicalization and xenophobia among young europeans and local communities, providing with opportunities of intercultural dialogue and real and true encounters.
Moving on to the long term process, Brave New You (BNY) - "Brave New Youth - Breaking the glass ceiling" is based on the vision to have a tolerant and open-minded society that perceives its differences as enriching power and distinctive advantage. YEU Workplan will contribute to it by developing capacities of youth workers to reach out to disadvantaged young people and tackle narratives that exclude them or that have negative impact on them. Basically, in short, reaching out, getting together, challenging old and creating and disseminating new narratives for more inclusive Europe. This long term process includes 3 international activities, one small research, online campaign and publication.
As set by the project, the aim of the workplan is to empower youth workers to support social cohesion and creation of equal opportunities for young people of different backgrounds on local level by questioning current and creating new narratives for more inclusive Europe. Moreover, its' objetives are:
-To build capacities of youth workers to reach out and empower disadvantaged young people of different backgrounds (ethnic, religious, cultural, gender) to be more engaged in societies and voice up their realities;
-To enhance social cohesion in communities by bringing closer realities of disadvantaged young people of different backgrounds (ethnic, religious, cultural, gender) to majority population;
-To challenge and deconstruct current narratives related to position of disadvantaged groups in societies (newcomers, women, LGBT+ youth), create new ones and implement them in local communities by using We Can! Manual of Council of Europe and putting it in practice;
-To strengthen the impact of youth work on local level by engaging disadvantaged youth and majority population (youth) to work together for better and more inclusive societies by celebrating instead of being afraid of differences between them;
-To promote this approach to social cohesion and disseminate it through online campaign and publication of good practices and lessons learnt.
As mentioned before, the process includes 3 International Activites:
"What's the story?" taking place this April in Slovenia.
"Breaking the glass ceiling" taking place in Portugal and set as part of the 37th YEU Convention.
"Discover a new world!" as one of the Activities of the UYD-University on Youth and Development in Mollina, Spain.
In order to find out more about the upcoming events, always check our SM and don't forget to keep an eye for our calls.
YEU Policy Officer