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"Changeover: Generations in the Field of Youth Work"
Start date: Jun 17, 2014, End date: Jan 17, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

To Esplais Catalans, - an non-profit organization of people and 107 youth organizations (esplais) working for social transformation through the volunterring and education in childrens rights-, it is very important that teenagers form 13 years old continue participating actively in their organizations. That would assure a mid/long term changeover, a key element for the continuity of our organizations. In other contexts, we might see how youth associations need this young and human capital for their development. International activities may contribute at this point, since international youth exchanges enable the organizations to renew the link between teenagers and the group and, thus, be ready and motivated to take over the leaders of the group in the proper moment. The work and objectives of the project emphazise this point in the cicle of life of a youth organization, the change of leaders, by searching new experiences, giving a recognition to the pedagogical role of the leader and, above all ofering tools to ensure the continuity of this educational organizations. Besides from this, we belive that this topic might have a positive impact in youngster's life, beyond their collaboration within the group, since the process of becoming a leader encompasses several learning aspects that may be translated into their own lifes, for instance: the assumption of responsabilities, the acquisition of organizational habilities and communication skills, team work habilities, and so on. Thus, the final purpose of this project is, if we consider this project as a part of the general work of our organization, to promote the active citizenship among the participants and contribuite to make our society more democratic. During 10 days, 25 youth workers from diffrenet countries and different cultural and social environments will work together to share their experiences about the topic of the project, hoping that the work might revert into their organizations and other members.
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