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"Culture Against Youth Unemployment"
Start date: Apr 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project Type: Youth Exchange; workshops and activities focusing on the unemployment increasing problems. Theme: Culture Against Youth Unemployment Participants: 4 young persons + 1 leader from Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Romania (20 participants and 5 leaders). Objectives: To develop: leadership, self confidence and self estimate, together with mental toughness presentation skills and public speech skills improvement for participants. Duration: 7 nights (including arriving and departure days) The implemented activities: discussing and shearing the experience, analyses of differences and similarities of issue points in different countries, theatre performance, forum-theater performance, drama, music on unusual instruments, flesh-mob, city game, final show. Methods: round table, discussion, open-space discussion, simulation games, role games, work- shops, informal communication. During the project young people will try to increase their self confidence with help of public performances. During the week they will share different practice about creating job places, marketing, they will put ideas how to cope with youth unemployment in to theatre, will create songs, dances. All creations will be shown on the stage during final show - this will increase self confidence. With the help of self confidence they will become more active citizens, decision makers. It is the way to create policy of young people. Culture (music, theatre, and dance) will be used as a tool to promote decision making and activity of young people. The main theme of the project is is unemployment of young people. It is actual and problematic all over the Europe. Raising of unemployment of young people is problem of European interest too. young people from different countries will carry the problem with the help of non-formal cooperation, will share good and bad practice, will bring the results to their countries. They will get feeling of European citizenship and understanding that they must cope with the main problems of Europe themselves. Specific objectives of the project: - Raise citizens' awareness of their right to live freely in the European Union; - To increase public awareness about how they can benefit from EU rights and policies, as well as promoting their active participation in shaping EU policies; - To stimulate discussion on the impact of free movement rights and opportunities, in particular in relation to cohesion and mutual understanding between the people. Our project directly contributes to these goals. After all, every young person has the right not only to know and understand the importance of the European Union and its impact on everyday life, but also to contribute to the sustainable development of Europe and help solve its problems (such as the one currently pressing problem of youth unemployment). Based on our experience the best way is to live in interaction, and the project aims to provide the opportunity for young people to understand their role in Europe and its processes. Our project develops a conscious European citizen, who is a pro-active participant of the community, country and whole Europe.
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