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Able Like You III
Start date: Dec 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Able Like You III aims at carrying on an ongoing successful learning process for the promotion of learning- mobility opportunities for European youth & social inclusion of marginalized people with physical and mental disabilities started with the previous editions “Able Like You” and “Able Like You II”. Direct beneficiaries are European youth who will experience a formative path based on learning by doing and peer education methods. The project is based on a bidirectional and reciprocal approach aimed at facilitating new knowledge acquisition, developing educational and learning activities, supporting and improving competences acquisition while enhancing social inclusion. Throughout the involvement of both volunteers and target groups in participatory processes the project will represent an important opportunity to go beyond the barriers of disability and prejudice in an enriching human experience. Able Like You III will take place in Palermo involving 12 international volunteers split in two rounds (6+6) of 9 months each. Participants will come from 5 program countries: Hungary, France, Spain, Sweden, and Germany. Some volunteers will be involved in local activities carried out by two local organisations - EVSaccreditated- in a constant and direct contact with disabled people. The creativity of the volunteers will be incorporated in entertainment and pedagogical activities such as theatre and music which are the best means for captivation and socialization. Other volunteers will be engaged in the designing and realization of awareness campaigns, researches on methodologies of social inclusion and empowerment of those target groups. There will be several formal and non-formal moments for sharing experiences, carrying activities together, and contributing with personal ideas and suggestions, organized both at CESIE and local receiving organizations: Cooperativa la Fraternità and Edificando. CESIE aims at reducing any form of exclusion, thus, volunteers will be asked to give their personal contribution to this important human and social context often neglected. Their involvement will be incorporated in entertainment and pedagogical activities. With the help of local staff they will lead outdoor and indoor activities through formal and non-formal methods such as “learning by doing”, and collaborative and cooperative learning in a group. They will lead research activities in the field of social inclusion with a special focus on disability. The volunteers selected will be young people motivated to be engaged in this action field, possibly with some personal or previous contact with disabled people in their Countries. Among 12, half of them will be recruited among young people with fewer opportunities in terms of social, economic, geographic obstacles or belonging to cultural minorities. The choice to mix youngster with and without fewer opportunities fosters solidarity & reciprocal help as a main key of social inclusion process to be carried. Tailor made approach will be used for defining volunteers' learning path. The main objectives of the project are: - To develop social capital among the volunteers providing opportunities for learning outside formal structures; - To strengthen volunteers future employability helping them to acquire new professional competences through non-formal learning activities, which aim at enhancing the skills and competences as well as their development as active citizens; - To facilitate the access to new knowledge and develop new linguistic and intercultural competences; -To discover innovative and creative tools for facilitating integration through the volunteer's contribution to local activities. -To raise awareness on the issues faced by subjects with mental and physical disorders in their daily life. -To promote community development, active participation, and active citizenship through the presence of EVS volunteers at both EU and local levels. Able like you III is an opportunity for all the involved actors including the local communityto be part of a social learning process aimed at enhancing an inclusive society as well as the importance of active citizenship. Finally the project foresees 2 dissemination products: a “Follow-Up” diary and an exhibition made up of pictures and texts realized by the participants, reporting creative activities and human experiences during their EVS. They will be widely advertised and free for use by other youth organizations (receiving, sending or coordinating EVS) as well as youth workers in the non-formal education, especially dealing with disabilities.

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