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Citizenship for All: no one is left behind
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The theme for the exchange is European Citizenship and Social Inclusion, and the changes that affect young people within each country. This is based on established European members and the change that having new member states brings, as well as what effects it has had on all countries involved in the exchange, specifically young people..This exchange arose as a result of successfully conducted trilateral youth exchange by the tree partners in summer 2015 in Finland and contacts formed during attendance at International training early in 2014 by all partners in the exchange. During and after the trilateral exchange in Finland, communication has been maintained and resulted in this proposal. An advanced planning visit will be arranged in August 2016 in Borlänge, Sweden, where all parties will discuss and take the plans forward. It is intended that the format of the exchange will be finalised then. Open dialogue about the programme has been an ongoing process. All partners in the exchange are members of African European Youth Network and have had other means of co-operations in the past specially, in the field of Culture and Media. All partners involved, both youngsters and leaders will be actively participating in all aspects of the exchange program.The objective of the project is to promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular. And give priority for and an inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in the project.The objective is exploring the impact and raising awareness of an expanding European Union relating to young people’s issues about Minorities and Mainstream Europeans. We will focus primarily on how citizenship affects young people on a daily basis and how it affects their participation in the long term and explore local, national and European differences for all countries.The countries involved are Sweden, Finland, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany and RomaniaVenue: Borlänge and Stockholm Sweden.Duration of the project: 10 days, including the travel days.There will be 40 participants in the exchange including youth leaders.During the exchange, participants will be introduced to the concept of informal group workshops and to support the development of their communication and presentation skills. They will be introduced gradually to games and exercises designed to stimulate discussion about national identity, European citizenship and integration and they will be given increased responsibility for peer leading within workshop sessions. Youth workers will support the group to draw out and analyse points that they raise naturally through their group discussions.During the planned discussion workshops in the Youth Exchange, participants will discuss their knowledge and perception about their counterpart and also compare and contrast their ideas about Europe as a multicultural continent. These sessions will develop their understanding of National and European identity and challenge their ideas about society and culture. They will learn tolerance and respect for other cultures and identify ways of overcoming barriers to living together. This Youth Exchange will prepare participants to take part in a project of this nature. The exchange will be recorded visually and be made in DVDs for exploitation and sharing experience with other European partners and stackholders after the conclusion of the exchange. The result will be shown in every posible EU youth in action future events that the two organisations participate in. The DVD will also be distributed to local youth centres, liberaries and other relevent groups. Intended Outcomes• The minority young people will develop an awareness of different cultures and that they are European citizens.• The participants will share a common understanding of youth issues through collaborative working.• The participants will learn new skills including: employability skills, social media skills, different langaugesThe project will help to raise the self-esteem of participants by illustrating that their ccontributions are valued not only at home but also in a European Arena.The project will support young people’s personal development, enabling them to understand: national identity; the geography of Europe and the rest of the world; cultures, values and traditions typical of European countries; cultures, values and traditions typical of cultures outside of Europe; barriers to working together and ways to overcome barriers; racism, xenophobia and discrimination of minority groups; and issues related to successful immigration. The project will enable the participants to share their views with others, further their knowledge of common European cultural heritage, and develop their feeling of being European citizens.
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