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Grassroots Volunteering Against Racism
Start date: 01 Aug 2012,

This project is based on the idea to empower and educate young people in the field of youth- and anti-discrimination work in order to promote young people’s active citizenship in Europe, their involvement in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and hence develop the capacity of NGO’s in the youth field and the struggle against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and social exclusion of minority groups. The German volunteer in this individual EVS project will support the UNITED secretariat during a 12 months service in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. UNITED is the biggest pan-European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. The volunteer will support the annual UNITED campaigns against racism and antisemitism through stimulating and empowering NGO’s all over Europe, creating and distributing campaign- and info-material and by producing an action agenda for active youth groups and organisations in the working field of UNITED. Furthermore he/she is involved in the preparation and implementation of at least one international UNITED conference, with ±70 participants from different European countries and with diverse cultural backgrounds. The well-established information- and networking-tools of the pan-European UNITED network enable the volunteers to work in a professional environment. An educational factor is the involvement in the local working-living community in Amsterdam, where the UNITED secretariat is a part of. Through local examples in the Netherlands the volunteer experiences new methods and ways of community building and empowerment of a common social responsibility in society. By working together within an intercultural/international team the volunteer is able to identify common European values and what it means to be an active European citizen.
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