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Euro Youth Citizenship
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Jun 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

NAME OF THE PROJECT: EURO YOUTH CITIZENSHIP CONTEXT: The development of youth action does not occur in one glimpse and this process should be built with the example of other active young people in community, by learning the importance of their role and a series of competences and tools that allow them to attentively and critically assess reality, aware of potentials and weaknesses, threats and opportunities. However, this is a long process that should be looked as a continuous effort and empowerment, projected in time and space. Aveiro Viva, although young, is composed by skilled and mature elements, and we all aim to promote social development and youth empowerment. Taking into account our community, multiculturalism is only visible in university life, in specific times and without social structure and proximity. So, youth outside superior studies are isolated from this potential intercultural dialogue and tend to promote xenophobic and ethnocentric discourses. Therefore, we created this project that joins intercultural dialogue and youth action, as it promotes European youth reflection on the role of youth in social improvement. In fact, the main theme of our project focuses on European youth action: participants will have a space to present the ways youth act and participate in their communities, to discuss opportunities and threats to their participation and weaknesses and strengthens of their participation in their communities. OBJECTIVES: a) Promote intercultural dialogue between 45 European young people, aged 15-25 . b) Optimize social work in the field of youth by strengthen the eruopean dimension of partner associations; c)Develop social and personal competences that are essential to the development of an European, conscious, responsible and caring citizenship; d) Promote reflection on youth action and youth in Europe, using non formal education methods; e) Promote international friendship and partnerships that empower youth to act locally against discrimination and xenofobia; f) Promote the development of oral skills in English; h) Promote the recognition of non-formal education in the development of key competences to the individual. NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS: 45 young people(15-25 y.o.)from Portugal, Slovakia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland and Romenia; DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: A) APV; B) Local Meetings (from july to september) – each group of participants by origin meet and prepare the exchange and their own participation: they take pictures and gather videos and sound in their local community to create a multimedia presentation of their region and youth action to present at the exchange; discussion on the project – content, activities, learning potential, their active participation; reflection on culture; linguistic preparation. C) Exchange: (5 days in september in Aveiro – Portugal) – Participantes share their multimedia presentation, discuss youth action by taking into account their local communities; METHODOLOGIES: all activities will be based on non-formal learning, peer discussion and daily reflection on their learning process; DESCRIPTION OF RESULTS AND EXPECTED IMPACTS: a) Development of social and personal competences related to the cooperation in multicultural contexts and to the development of European citizenship, which are essential to fighting xenophobia attitudes; b) Development of European dimension in the activities of the partner organizations and creation of a network based on youth empowerment, to improve actions in the youth field and local communities; c) Creation of an e-book with the presentation of the project, Erasmus+ framework, its activities and results; d) Local presentations in all countries of the project's results and Erasmus+ programme. e) Participants as multipliers of social equality, intercultural dialogue and youth action. LONG TERM BENEFITS: a) Youth empowerment in our regions; Consolidation of our partnership network by stablishing common actions to promote Youth Action; Communities acceptance of Europe as part of their identity after successive youth actions stablished by new multipliers of this project.

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