DON'T MIND THE GAP
Start date: Aug 1, 2016,
End date: Nov 30, 2016
Young people are the present and the future drivers of social and sustainable development and are characterized by enthusiasms and dynamism. Most of them are full of energy and ideas but often don’t have the necessary skills, self-confidence, or financial resources to turn their ideas into reality. In addition, youths have been particularly affected by the economic crisis in Europe and many of them are losing hope for their future and can be easily found at the verge of social exclusion. To combat this phenomenon is necessary to take measures and carry out activities to encourage young people to believe in themselves and to develop their potential.Therefore the Youth Exchange “Don’t Mind the Gap” was created with the intention to support and motivate young people to use effectively their energy and develop their skills in order to make positive changes in our society. There is a gap between ideas, plans and actions and this gap can be closed by employing the different tools and activities included in this activity.The main objectives are: • To empower young people and give them more self-esteem and self-confidence. • To encourage the participants to be socially active.• To introduce key tools for conflict resolution and encourage the participants to see the problems as challenges and opportunities .• To present the basic project management tools and develop skills which are important in this field.• To offer the necessary knowledge for the principles of “design thinking” and to develop the required skills and abilities to visualize the ideas.• To improve the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.• To improve the knowledge about Erasmus+ Programme and contribute to the participants’ understanding of its aims, objectives, and opportunities.The activity will involve 5 partner countries including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania with 4 participants and 1 leader for each country. The participants should be between 18 and 30 years old. There are no specific requirements to take part into the Youth Exchange other than motivation and interest in entrepreneurial culture. Gender equality will be achieved by selecting at least two male and two male participants from each country.The approach will be highly interactive and will encourage participation. All the activities are driven by the aim to create a favorable space for generating and developing initiatives. The participants will take part into practical workshops, role games, discussions, brainstorming sessions, etc. Also the programme includes activities for self-evaluation and auto-reflection. The theoretical inputs will be combined with practical exercises to allow the comprehension of the concepts and tools. All activities will be run by using methods of non-formal education. At the end of the Youth Exchange the participants will have higher self-esteem and a clear vision of how to turn their ideas into reality. They will make the first step into the world of project management and will gain knowledge and skills which are very important not only for their personal development but also for their career. After the Youth Exchange the participants should be motivated to use their energy for taking initiatives and making projects with positive effects for the society.In long-term perspective the acquired knowledge, developed skills and the dissemination of the results will provide more opportunities for youths on the labor market and improve their career prospects.
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