EU Youth (Roma) Entrepreneurs
Start date: Mar 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2015
The project "EU Youth (Roma) Entrepreneurs (EU(R)-ENT)" is a youth mobility exchange project that will allow to 30 young European people from disadvantaged socio-economical background (half of them will be Roma) to travel in a foreign county, to meet each other, to exchange and to get skills about self-employment opportunities in EU and on how they can translate their initial ideas into realistic self-employment initiatives. Through this process, they will also get fully aware of EU politics addressed to young people and promoting their inclusion especially through support to self-employment. The key goal of the project is to contribute to economical and social inclusion of disadvantaged young European people with focus on Roma young people from Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. Special focus will be made on social entrepreneurship during all project due to the fact it is particularly accurate for young people coming from disadvantaged socio-economical background.
Through a 8 day youth exchange organized in Croatia in June 2015, young people from Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia will get aware of opportunities that may represent self-employment and will be supported to elaborate their ideas into concrete self-employment initiatives (writing of business plan, discover different forms of companies, visiting different successful companies, elaborating a communication plan, etc.). This will be achieved through a learning process based on non-formal education principles (interactive workshops, field visits, work in sub-groups, etc.). Youth exchange will result in development of 10 fictive self-employment initiatives developed by 10 international teams of 3 young people. These ideas will be presented in public at the end of the project to key local stakeholders (local authorities, chamber of commerce, local media, etc.) and will also be presented through an online brochure and Facebook page that will be shared with key partners at national and EU levels.
Specific objectives of the project are the following: 1) to get aware young people from disadvantaged socio-economical background about possibilities offered by self-employment as a way which may ensure their socio-economical inclusion as well as about EU, national and local policies for youth (self-)employment and the direct support they may receive from them; 2) to enhance concrete entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of young people from disadvantaged socio-economical background - especially on social entrepreneurship; 3) to support development phase-by phase of 10 fictive self-employment initiatives (10 international team of 3 young people) during all youth exchange period; 4) to show to local community positive examples of initiatives led by young people from disadvantaged socio-economical background who are often discriminated (especially Roma community); 5) to encourage friendship between young participants (especially between Roma and non-Roma) and to support exchanges of point of views and ideas between them as well as more generally tolerance between them and their participation in local community life.
This project was developed due to the following reasons:
- Alarming raise on intolerance among young European during the last years and especially a raise of violence towards women, disadvantaged groups and and minorities such as Roma - especially based on harder and harder inclusion of young people on labor market.
- Alarming lack of confidence in European construction among young people and the fact that the EU is a motor of positive changes, promoting equality and inclusion of all citizens despite their origins.
- Alarming social and economic situation of Roma minority in Europe. Despite numerous initiative (Roma Decade, national strategies, etc.), Roma minority is still the most segregated minority in the EU and It is especially true for young Roma who are victims of a extremely high unemployment rate.
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