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Grass-root participation initiatives for social inclusion of young people with migrant/refugee background
Start date: Jul 4, 2016, End date: May 3, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. Pushed by civil war and terror and pulled by the promise of a better life, hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes, risking their lives along the way. When a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker arrives in a new country, providing them with effective learning is key to supporting their proper integration. It is vital to ensuring that they can make their own social contribution to the host nations, and thus become a real member of international European community.With a strong network, in which members can acquire new skills and strengthen their capacities, we can contribute on the European level with greater knowledge of the reasons for being a migrant and with greater capacity for building social cohesion with intercultural learning as a base.We will be using a peer-to-peer approach in practicing grass-root initiatives as a way of encouraging the active participation of young people, particular those having migrant background in the life of their local, regional or national community and at international level on the issues of social inclusion and active citizenship by setting examples of good practice, sharing experiences from different countries and networking for a common result.The main objectives of this Multi-leg Mobility Project:- facilitation of the inter-sectorial networking process among participants and partner organisations;- understanding the wider picture of refugee and migrant youth inclusion and the potential of the Erasmus+ programme to motivate young activists to become project multipliers;- exchanging principles and possible ways of community participation and empowerment in a non-formal way to support grass-root initiatives and volunteering among young migrants and refugees; - creating space for exchanging local project experiences and to explore the skills and competences gained during the realisation of the projects;- introducing to the participants an array of new methods to create replicable presentations that will promote the values and concept of active citizenship through grass-root initiatives as an alternative to social exclusion and disenfranchisement.Participants involved: - For the A1 (Contact Making Event in Portugal): 30 youth peer leaders and representatives of the participating organisations from Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Portugal to present profiles and experience of participating organisations they represent and to share views on the topic of this Multi-leg Mobility Project; - For the A2 (the Youth Exchange in Russia): 70 young people with and without migrant and refugee background having voluntary youth work experience and involved in the work of represented partner organisations to create community initiatives and execute them with support of peer youth leaders; ; - For the A3 (Training Course for Peer Educators and Multipliers in Moldova): 40 youth peer educators motivated to be trained to act as multipliers of the projects' achievements. The working methods that will be used: researches, interactive presentations, peer education techniques, simulation exercises, role play games and exercises on inclusion techniques; workshops on social inclusion and active citizenship, best practice on opportunities for young people with migrant background, Erasmus+ Programme potential to motivate young activists to become project multipliers; inspiration visits and meetings with invited experts, youth workers, and researchers of different levels including European.The local communities involved with the key activities of the Multi-leg Mobility Project will experience a greater sense of understanding and cohesion through the volunteering projects and campaigns that the participants will produce. As a result of this project we will have a European group of young motivated peer leaders and trained peer educators with necessary skills and competences to promote active citizenship, grass-root initiatives, and volunteering as an alternative to youth disenfranchisement and social exclusion of peers with migrant background. We anticipate that we will be able to further spread our findings and knowledge to other youth organisations active with the issues of promoting the idea of practicing youth participation in grass-root initiatives and volunteering as an alternative to social exclusion of young migrants and refugees.All participants will work towards accreditation with a Youthpass certificate.
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