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Cultural bridges fOr youtH Employability and incluSION
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With the economic impact of the crisis to still affect EU, many countries were forced to cut down the cost of social services towards migrants, while on the same time latest statistics show that the number of young migrants that face the risk of social exclusion and poverty has increased. As employability and social inclusion have proved to be strongly interconnected, increasing young migrant’s employability could be a solution to this problem. Now more than ever, there is a need for skilled youth workers to support young migrants towards their way to active social inclusion. However, it is also essential for youth work such to have a shift of view from “traditional” methods to more innovative and creative approaches. In facy, European Commission’s recent researches has shown that: participation in non - formal education, knowledge and use of ICT tools, and a creativity-driven way of thinking can increase employability especially for young migrants. Following the path already tracked by Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiative “An agenda for new skills and jobs” and “Youth on the Move”, COHESION project aims to support youth workers for a better integration of young migrants through employability by providing innovative and creative tools. As a result, initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship will be enhanced both in the direct target – youth workers – and in their final target – migrants – for an Europe more inclusive, cohesive and employable. The main activity of the COHESION project will be an 8 days training course that will gather 39 people(34 pax + 3 trainers + 2 support staff) from 17 countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, UK, Romania) and will take place in Palermo, Italy from 24th - 31st of May 2015. C.O.H.E.SION will be mainly based on informal and non-formal education techniques with some necessary interactive and participant oriented theoretical sessions. More specifically the following methods will be used: Creative thinking methods: that are based on a change of direction in a person’s thinking and the generation of new original ideas (as Handmade Creative Thinking). We designed activities that will help participants to think out of the box and start to see problems as challenges or ways for new original ideas to be born Experiential learning method: by using this method participants gain knowledge by their own experience by participating in activities such as simulation games or role plays Artistic workshops and use of ICT tools: the foreseen parallel workshops will have as a theme three different methods to be employed: Performance, new media and handmade creative thinking designed to inspire youth workers for the creation of several sensitization campaigns on employability addressed to migrant communities Peer learning: In the peer-learning activities, participants will have the chance to learn from each other and exchange good practices, in a multicultural environment Theater of the oppressed: A technique developed by Augusto Boal, uses theatre as means of promoting social and political change Open Space Technology (OST): an interactive method of development of ideas for follow up projects and actions. C.O.H.E.SION main themes will have the specific learning flow: • Young migrants: Common problems they face in the new environment (stereotypes and prejudice) • Discussion of common challenges and opportunities that youth workers that work with migrants have / Exchange of good practices among the group • Use of creative thinking, artistic expression and ICT tools to boost employability/active social inclusion of young migrants • Practical workshops towards the creation of final visibility campaigns Project’s deliverable will be campaigns made by participants and presented in an event open to the local community of Palermo. The campaign’s aim will be both to raise awareness on the importance of employability skills among young migrants and their inclusion. With these actions, C.O.H.E.SION will have a strong positive impact both on the main target group, youth workers by increasing their personal and professional skills and on the migrants΄ community living in participants’ regions, through their future actions and activities. The potential longer benefits that C.O.H.E.SION project aims to have is to create a network from the participating organizations that will continue disseminating project’s ideas and results even after the end of it. With the gained knowledge, organizations will learn to use this alternative ways to create new projects and promote innovation, creativity and cohesion in the EU area.
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