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European citizenship depends on You(th)
Start date: 30 Mar 2015, End date: 29 Sep 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A stronger, effective, vibrant, more inclusive and more democratic Europe depends on the commitment of its citizens to those goals. Young people throughout Europe need to feel that they can be a part of this forward progression. In order to do that, we must ensure that everyone feels a part of the whole and that they are able and willing to participate in bringing that dream to fruition. As part of our commitment to a more productive and healthy Europe, we are dedicated to helping young people in Europe achieve their personal and national/international goals by addressing the issues of social inclusion and active citizenship. We believe we can do this more effectively by creating strong, international partnerships. This includes well established partnerships whom we can count on for effective, experienced and efficient delivery as well as new partners who we expect to bring fresh ideas, innovation and their own experiences in the areas of inclusion and citizenship. By reaching out and broadening our partnership base, we feel we can be more effective with our dissemination activities, reach a wider range of people and sustain this activity through joint cooperation between many partners from different countries. This Contact making Event will bring together 54 youth activists and youth workers from 6 different countries (UK, Estonia, Romania, Italy, Turkey and Portugal) to create an environment of diverse cultures, understanding of democracy and universal values such as freedom of expression, tolerance to cultural and racial differences, European awareness, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion. The objectives will include: building new partnerships between Erasmus Plus Programme Countries; facilitation of the inter-sectorial (NGOs, private businesses) networking process among participants and partner organisations; introduction of working methods of organisations with different backgrounds; exchanging principles and possible ways of youth participation and youth empowerment in a non formal way to support active citizenship and social inclusion; providing knowledge about possibilities of cooperation within the various aspects of Erasmus+ programme by presenting examples of efficient and successful cooperation, motivating youth workers/ youth activists to become project multipliers, and producing future high quality far reaching projects through international cooperation. This activity will focus on aspects of non-formal education development in order to encourage potential partners to set up projects and future cooperation in forms of youth exchanges, EVS, training courses etc. Through organisations’ fair, project market, networking, cultural activities and traditional presentations and discussions, young activists and youth leaders will interact in a six-day project in which they will also be exposed to national diversities, and will work together to formulate ideas about how to promote youth empowerment, social inclusion and active citizenship. The project will aim to enhance the cooperation between organisations from represented regions and wants to stimulate the creation of project ideas within actions open for cooperation within the Erasmus Plus Programme countries. An additional aim of this activity will be to find potential programme multipliers, who are ready to promote European youth opportunities in regions of their countries as well as to spread the learning from this activity. We anticipate that this Contact making event will also further support our network of partner organisations. All participants will work towards accreditation with a Youthpass certificate and we hope that we will be able to further spread our findings and knowledge obtained to other youth organisations in the partners’ local communities active with the issues of promoting youth empowerment, inclusion and active citizenship. We hope, that as a result of this program, there will be more diverse, innovative, substantial and far reaching programs with major impact through Europe on the issues of social inclusion and active citizenship under the Erasmus Plus programme.
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