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The training course “Social entrepreneurship for smart growth” CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

30/12/2014

Dear Friends!

YEU in partnership with FNG, invites you to take part in the training course “Social entrepreneurship for smart growth”. Before your decision, let us introduce you to the event.

Title: “Social entrepreneurship for smart growth”
Dates: 06-14th April 2015 (travel dates are included)
Place: Altamura, Italy
Who is involved: 20 participants from different countries
Countries: Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Cyprus

Organizer
Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth Organization established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and co-operation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making, interdenominational youth organization independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure. Visit our website for more details about YEU: http://www.yeu-international.org/

FNG (Forum Nazionale di Giovanni- Italian Youth Council) has been recognized by the legislative decree number 311 of the Italian Parliament on the 30th of December 2004, it is the only national platform of Italian youth organizations which assures the representativeness of more than 4 millions of young people along the country. It is composed by 69 different national youth organizations and 4 observers, coming from different fields of youth participation: student organizations, associations working with non-formal education and mobility, youth departments of political parties, trade unions, religious associations, regional youth forums, sportive youth organizations, and many more. For more details visit: http://www.forumnazionalegiovani.it/

Context
As a result of the financial crisis encountered in Europe the rate of unemployment increases rapidly. Social complications, exclusion, discrimination and human rights violations, threaten vulnerable groups and youth. In an attempt to face the problem, several measures are undertaken but usually focus on the effects and not the roots of the problem. YEU, traditionally close to youth and their needs, believes that now more than ever is the right moment to act, JOIN HANDS and support youth. The aim of the project is to create a strong partnership which support and reinforce the concept of youth social entrepreneurship as a means of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as described in the Europe 2020 Strategy. Youth social entrepreneurship is the method of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. It fosters wealth for society as a whole, contributes to community development, supports environmental sustainability and produces social capital.

The long term project idea
The aim of this project is to create a sustainable network of partners who will collaborate in order to spread, support, reinforce and advocate for the concept of youth social entrepreneurship as a means of sustainable development on local and European level. The network of partners will include different stake holders, youth NGOs, local authorities and social enterprises which will work as the initiators and multipliers of social entrepreneurship among the youth they work with.

The specific objectives of the project are:
•To explore current situation regarding financial crisis, youth unemployment and social complications and track relevant problems/deficiencies/shortages
•To search the legal framework of youth social entrepreneurship in partner countries
•To explore the concept of sustainable development and its dimensions (economic, environmental, social - which are in line with the Europe 2020 priorities for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth)
•To create a strong and sustainable network of partners and associated partners
•To train youth on social entrepreneurship concept and principles
•To raise awareness about the need for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to the wider public
•To promote and advocate about youth social entrepreneurship on local and European level
•To increase the knowledge, skills and capacities of the partners to continue supporting youth entrepreneurs even after the project is over.

The idea of the training course “Social entrepreneurship for smart growth”
This training course will explore the principles of social entrepreneurship focusing on the smart aspect of growth. This means that participants will explore techniques about how to incorporate innovation and creativity in their social entrepreneurship projects but also tools on how to receive funding and manage the expenses. This training will use the outcomes of the legal framework about youth social entrepreneurship (identified in the first local initiative) in different countries. Based on the legal framework of every country, young people will be guided to create their own action plan. The project envisions that this and the 2 following training course will serve as a series of training courses, the one following the other with a rational sequence, keeping though their independency from each other. That means that youth may join the training course they want, according to their needs in order to become social entrepreneurs. Again the participants of these training courses are preferably unemployed and coming from the partners or associated partners of this project. Participants of this TC will develop the relevant chapter of the manual “Steps towards youth social sustainability” that addresses the topic of this particular TC. Participants from associated partners are encouraged to participate in the activity too, always giving priority to unemployed youth and youth with fewer opportunities.

Methodology
The event will be based on non-formal education methods, encouraging active participation of young people involved. Some of the methods used will be the following:
• Ice-breakers, energisers.
• Inputs from experts
• Intercultural and experiential learning
• Variety of visuals for thematic input
• Brainstorming and discussions both in working groups and in plenary

Profile of the Participants:
(Priority will be given to those that most closely meet this criteria):
Between 18 and 30 years old;
Are youth workers, youth leaders, trainers, PET members, organizers, coaches.
Are actively involved in their nominating organizations
Have an interest in the topic;
Willing to learn
Able to work in English;
Committed to attend for the full duration of the event
(Gender balance, group diversity in terms of different social and cultural backgrounds will be taken into consideration)

Working language
The working language of the training course will be English.

Finances
The food and lodging cost will be covered by YEU. YEU will also cover 50% of travel costs (maximum travel costs are indicated below) from the resident country. 100% of the visa costs will be reimbursed. A participation fee will be deducted from the final reimbursement.
The participation fee is 50 euros.
The participants are obliged to have receipts of all tickets they will use, boarding passes and invoices of the credit card that was used for buying the tickets for online payments. All participants will be reimbursed after the event by bank transfer.

Number of participants and maximum travel cost per country (the following amount represents the 50% of the amount from your residence to the event). All participants are requested to use the cheapest and the most environmental friendly way to reach the venue.
Number of participants and maximum travel cost per country (the following amount represents the 100% of the amount from your residence to the event)

Greece: 4 participants, - Maximum travel cost per person is 300 euro
Cyprus: 4 participants - Maximum travel cost per person is 400 euro
Belgium: 4 participants (2 from AEGEE and 2 from YEU) - Maximum travel cost per person is 300 euro
Cyprus: 4 participants - Maximum travel cost per person is 400 euro
Italy: 4 participants - Maximum travel cost per person is 80 euro
Portugal: 4 participants (2 from AMC and 2 from MOJU) - Maximum travel cost per person is 300 euro

How to apply?
In order to apply, you just need to fill out the application form until February 28th 2015.

For any questions or clarification, please contact the Project Coordinator, Eleni Michail at eleni.michail@yeu-international.org

All the best,
Youth for Exchange and Understanding
In partnership with FNG.


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