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Initiatives for Social Change
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Oct 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Initiatives for Social Change is a European Voluntary Service project for 4 volunteers from Netherlands, Austria, France and Spain that are willing to self-improve in a multicultural environment and want to contribute to the wellness and development of others. The main issue we address in this project is: young people have a low level of involvement in initiatives addressing the needs of the local community. Therefore, the aim of the project is to increase young people’s level of involvement in initiatives addressing the needs of the local community.Our objectives are:O1: At the end of the project, the 4 volunteers will be able to formulate a list of at least 10 real needs of the community of Cluj-Napoca.O2: At the end of the project, the 4 volunteers will demonstrate a high self-efficacy attitude in taking part in social initiatives.O3: At the end of the project, the 4 volunteers will use competences of project management for social initiatives by organizing together a learning activity which will take place for at least 3 days and involve at least 20 participants.The project will last 15 months. This period include the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project. The volunteers’ mobility will last 10 months and it will take place between 1 October and 31 July in Cluj-Napoca.The project’s main activities follows the established objectives. They can be categorized by: 1) Activities to raise the awareness and knowledge about real needs of the community: meetings and workshops with vulnerable groups, interviews with people asking them relevant questions about their life and needs, using creative methods and events to create dialogue regarding topics relevant for the local community;2) Activities to increase self-efficacy: representing our NGO at social events and debates organized by our partners, being part in networking meetings with other stakeholders, organizing public events in the Studio where they can build new networks, creating products through which they share their experience as an EVS volunteer, taking part in meetings of sharing good practices; 3) Activities to develop competences of project management for social initiatives: assisting trainers in designing and facilitating learning experiences, taking part in workshops on project management, having project writing sessions in Erasmus+context, taking part in Personal Management Sessions,1-1 meetings with members of the Studio for a self-development plan and feedback sessions, facilitating activities to develop the Education Studio team, making presentation on topics of education and youthwork, working with Education Studio team in social projects, meetings and workshops with the teenagers from a local Teen Resource Center, developing methods and tools to evaluate the impact of our social projects, developing personal projects, creating interactive products in the area of social change.During this project we will use the non-formal methods like: workshops, global awareness sessions, socio-educational events, facilitation/networking sessions, personal management meetings, preparation and working sessions, personal project session, debrief/evaluation sessions, feedback sessions, Romanian lesson, weekly report. At the beginning of the project the volunteers will go through several trainings, instruction meetings and teambuildings. They will be assisted during activities and gives constant feedback and support. In the second part of the project we want to empower the volunteers to make their own projects and create and manage their own working team. The project team will give support to the volunteers by request. We want for the project Initiatives for Social Change to have a relevant impact on the parts involved.First of all, we will have tangible outputs to use for dissemination: videos, blog posts and articles with the methodology and the educational process’ outcome, a manual about the implementation of EVS projects, a brochure with methods used during the project. For the EVS volunteers, we want for them to be more active in their local communities, be models of good practice and inspire positive change. The partner organizations will acquire new methods of good practice that can be implemented at the European level. The local community will benefit from the involvement of foreign volunteers. There will be a higher level of awareness of opportunities to volunteer and get involved in the community and members of the community will be encouraged to be participants to the democratic life of the community by having models of good practices. The project will also help our organization: increased visibility, new tools and methods of working with youngster and young adults and international partnerships.
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