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Creative youth = Active youth
Start date: Apr 1, 2014,

Youth exchange is aimed at increasing the prospects for employment of young people facing economic obstacles, either unemployed or looking to enter the labor market. These youngsters need to become more creative and active actors of the labor market and learn to present themselves in the best way to prospective employers. Unemployed young people are often passive and faced with loss of self-confidence and we consider that proposed exchange, based on non-formal methods such as workshops, discussion, simulations, individual and small groups’ work, will secure that participants get involved in activities building their creativity and helping them regain potentially degraded job-seeking self-esteem. Also, such young people have no easy access to YiA Programme, as besides facing economic challenges they also often face the language barrier. The 9-day exchange will be held in Leskovac and will gather 42 young men and women from 6 countries: Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Moreover, the objectives of the exchange are providing an opportunity to unemployed young people to share among themselves the skills, knowledge and working experience in order to become more employable; learn methods of building personal brand using internet, social media, networking and each available social and educational opportunity; increasing awareness about their labor rights and what they can expect during first work experience. Further on, simulated job interviews will be organized in working groups in a manner that will accentuate participants’ skills, while participants are able to develop self-evaluation methods and personal development plans which they will work on after the exchange takes place, and in order to increase their employability. Besides, these, participants will perform a public action on a relevant topic in center of Leskovac and hear presentations by HR expert and an expert from the National Employment Services will be held.

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