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Equal opportunities for NEw geneRation throuGh creative empowerment of Youth
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ENERGY+ project is a proposal for a European Voluntary Service at CESIE, Palermo for the period of 9 months for 2 rounds of 6 volunteers coming from 5 different Programme countries: France, Greece, Latvia, Spain and Slovenia and 1 Partner Country: Serbia. The project foresees the involvement of participants facing difficulties in entering the labor market, while 50% of them will be youth with fewer opportunities, as social, economic and geographical constraints. It envisages the volunteers’ acquisition of skills (personal, soft & professional) for increasing their employability and receiving a new life perspectives and for offering valuable input and assistance to CESIE’s activities at the office and at local level, bringing new cultural tendencies, way of thinking and acting. The main objectives of the project are to: • Equip participants with employability and soft skills for their future careers. • To introduce participants to the meaning and significance of a balanced life combining office work and outdoor activities. • To strengthen the principle of social inclusion through voluntary work combining international and local approaches. • To utilize the talent and fresh energy of the youth participants ready to offer and bring the change (in a multicultural environment with high percentage of people at risk of social exclusion). • To promote interaction, reciprocal understanding and intercultural integration among local beneficiaries. The structure of ENERGY+ and the activities planned will create a multilevel impact and will be beneficial to a number of social groups and communities, both locally and internationally. The two main target groups addressed by the project are young people who have difficulties entering the labour market and young migrants, children and migrant families. Focusing on the importance of leading a well-balanced personal and professional life, recognized as needs of the target groups ENERGY+ project will focus mainly on the organization of creative activities and workshops for increasing migrants’ social and labour inclusion. Given the high percentage of migrants arriving at the SPRAR Bureaus, who are mainly minors and young men, and their relative physical inactivity, the project will seek for a change through support to CESIE’s current activities with the target groups and the introduction of interaction between the locals, the internationals and the new arrivals and other young migrants on many levels. ENERGY+ foresees the volunteers’ active involvement in the organization of outdoor activities for underprivileged communities in Palermo downtown. The participants in the project will be given the opportunity to take initiative, and with the support of experienced professionals of CESIE to implement their own ideas with regards to the main themes of the project. New arrivals, children and migrant families will be the active counterparts in this initiative, thus, being given the means to feel involved, stimulated and eventually empowered for a healthy, social and labour life. With the use of non-formal activities as a method, the ENERGY+ project will build on previous experience with volunteers, and with the local target groups, as used in INSART, “Sport Plus”, MOI – Mo(ve)ments for Inclusion, and other related projects. Based on CESIE’s experience the project will match the positive influence of a learning mobility on personal level with the impact and enrichment that the interaction between volunteering youngsters would have on a working environment at an organization with a European and international orientation (as is CESIE) and by extension on the creative development of the community. The project foresees the acquisition and improvement of 4 key competencies: communication in foreign languages, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression, and social and civic competences which will be the 4 main pillars of volunteers’ learning process. Finally, the project foresees the production of 2 deliverables: a “Follow-Up” diary and a series of short videos reflecting their creative activities during the project that would be disseminated widely and will be free for use by other youth organizations, receiving, sending or coordinating EVS, as well as youth workers in the non-formal education.
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