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Gran Canaria eSocial
Start date: Mar 2, 2015, End date: Mar 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Gran Canaria eSocial” is a European Project developed by the Education and Youth Department of the Gran Canaria Council, with European Union funding, in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. Youth in Action, and in particular within its Action Key 3 (Acción Clave 3): Support the remodelling of policies (Structured dialogue: Meetings among the youth, and those responsible of the decision making in the area of youth). The General Objective of this Project is to promote the entrepreneur culture among the youth of Gran Canaria, through innovation and participation. For this, “Gran Canaria eSocial” treated social entrepreneur as a possible initiative in order to offer solutions to the difficulties stated by the youth: finding a job, starting up their own company, accessing training actions, the use of the correct information channels, and the lack of youth participation. Therefore, four 5-day meetings were organised throughout the months of April and May 2015, addressed to a total of 40 youth aged between 18 and 30 who lived in one of the 21 municipalities of the island of Gran Canaria. There was one meeting at each of the following regions of the island:North/Northeast, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Telde,Centre/Inside, South/Southeast. This event is based in a non-formal workshop with debates, divided in two main parts: The debates will be done by experts and the contents will be around youth policies and local being of youth. The workshops and synthesis dialogues will be managed by youngsters, sending the conclusions to experts and politicians. There were experts and youth with expertise in certain aspects that were dealt with, for the development of speeches, workshops and round tables. These learning activities were complements with communication games and social dynamics, as well as Work Groups to elaborate this informative leaflet that includes basic information on social entrepreneurship. At the same time, the result of the work carried out at each meeting by the participants, in terms of the alternatives put forward and additions to the change procedures, regarding youth unemployment, information and youth participation in order to create a reference, not only for politicians in their decision making, but also for the social agents involved in these aspects by the influence of their actions. Taking into account the decentralised characteristic of this Project, the Council of Gran Canaria had support and collaboration from the Youth and Employment Services and the Agencies of Local Development of the different town councils of the island. In addition, it also received support from the Canary Island Employment Service, the General Directorate of Institutional Relations, Citizen and Youth Participation from the Canary Island Government, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the University Foundation of Las Palmas and the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Gran Canaria.
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