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"Be Active = Be Perspective" - youth volunteering as a tool for better employability skills.
Start date: Jun 4, 2015, End date: Dec 3, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We undertook this Mobility project with the aim to address the issue of tackling youth unemployment with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. By the combined interaction of the participating partners from Bulgaria, Portugal, Turkey, Russia and Belarus the young participants, were able to increase the capacity of young people to contribute to the well-being of their community and, in turn, their own lives. Our partnership addressed this issue via conducting a project where young people came together in a multicultural inclusive environment and were working to find out the ways to increase their employability by developing self confidence, social entrepreneurship skills, skills for self management, volunteering and other innovative approaches to tackle challenges they were facing. Every partner team consisted of 8 young participants and 2 group leaders who were selected by the participating organisations and were representatives of different youth groups facing disadvantages by being unemployed and/or socially excluded. The objectives of the exchange were to: - motivate and enable participants to share their acquired knowledge, information and experience as widely as possible; - discover social entrepreneurship and volunteering as a starting point for employability; - create the possibility for young people to become visible members of their community; - inform young people about their existing rights; - initiate innovative projects on participation and citizenship and share good practice. For achieving the objectives the following non formal education methods were used: experiential learning workshops, role plays, theoretical inputs, simulation exercises and workshops on various aspects of communication and intercultural learning, workshops on project management; Open Space method; Forum Theatre; volunteer work with local community; presentation of the Erasmus+ Programme and opportunities it gives to young people. This project gave young people an opportunity to organize informal peer led activities for their peers and local communities, while accepting feedback on the chosen methodology and to be active citizens through developing social entrepreneurship initiatives and community volunteering. This approach has also facilitated a more inclusive and informed attitude towards the notion of active citizenship in the EU and Neighboring Partner countries. The participants and partner organizations were able to share the skills and methods learned during the exchange with their networks and communities back home. Through dissemination of the project's results we were able to valorize and sustain experiences to increase youth employability as well as a sense of civic responsibility.
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