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Advocacy - sustainable road towards sustainable changes
Start date: May 5, 2016, End date: Dec 4, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Advocacy is a powerful tool which youth leaders, youth NGOs can use move effectively to promote changes in civil society. The main focus of the training course will be youth participation and youth involvement in different settings were public policies are discussed, priorities are set. Also, participants would look in which areas can youth participation be expanded - like public health, school councils, youth centers or new tools and arguments to fight against closing youth centers in Ireland etc. The results we are aiming to achieve: - Youth NGOs in these countries have skills and knowledge to actively engage in decision-making processes at national and local level; - Increased knowledge/understanding of youth NGOs with regards to national/European laws and policies concerning youth; - Established contacts/networks between youth NGOs at international level;- Advocacy actions implemented and run by youth NGOs locally;- Increased awareness among general public on relevant youth issues, especially with regards to youth participation; - Increased communication between public authorities and youth NGOs with regards to relevant youth policies.Planned dates of activity: July 11 - 16, 2016, Co. Wicklow, IrelandCountries involved in the project: Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, UK, Poland and SpainNumber of Participants: 5 per country (+3 experienced advocacy trainer from Lithuania and organizers from Ireland). Profile of participant: involved youth representative structures, member of active youth NGOs on the local level, who could act as multiplier and agent of change, they will be in charge to involve other members of their communities and to run advocacy actions to advocate for youth participation. Training course will be based on the non-formal learning methodology, learning from hands-on experience, practicing things they learn, reflecting on results and own learning, realizing some advocacy campaign steps during the TC and involving via social media channels their peers and members of their organizations, planning further advocacy actions to be taken in their communities. As follow-up and mainly as practicing newly gained skills, participants will have to run at least one advocacy action when they will get back home from TC and share it with other participants of the course. Project's link to Erasmus+ aims:Project will support learners in the acquisition of 8 key competencies and specific competencies on advocacy, democracy, participation, communication which will support them in the promotion of change in their region. Moreover, through personal development of participants we will improve their employability. Participants will improve their ably to communicate in foreign languages. Participants awareness and understanding of different cultures, countries, democracy practices will be raised. Finally, participants will gain opportunity for participating actively in society, through promoting changes in society through Advocacy and its tools, and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity.

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