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Jugendbegegnung für benachteiligte Jugendliche
Start date: 16 Mar 2015, End date: 13 Nov 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The source of this proposal is two youth exchanges, carried out by the agency, during which the impact of future international youth exchanges between Spanish, Danish and German youth have been discussed. The main focus for the teenagers is on two topics: to experience and invigorate international cooperation and to deal with youth unemployment in the three partner countries. Cause and effects will be discussed and perspectives will be shared and reflected upon. Dealing with different people in foreign working environments and living situations might lead to them reviewing their own perspectives and typical patterns. To reveal this potential of young people and implement this for their own living situations and working lives is the primary aim of future international youth exchanges. With the PANAMA project we recommend three youth exchanges in this context; one in Denmark and two additional ones in Spain, which will last 14 days each. Each of these exchanges will be made available to 20 young adults who are looking for an employment and educational perspective. Participants from all the origin countries have very different educational qualifications, as well as social and cultural backgrounds. These range from lacking a school-leaving qualification up to a university degree, from a refugee family up to “well-off homes”. One part of the German group will be supported to find their career plan by the project agency; the majority of the Spanish participants will be engaged in different self-help projects to boost employment. These projects will be accompanied by the Spanish partner organisation. For the Danish counterparts, there is a production school that acts as a partner for career preparations. The aim of the project is clear through the outlined framework: the exchanges should support the cooperative decision-making responsibility of all participants. Their self-confidence, their creativity and their mutual responsibility will be enhanced through joint action in exceptional circumstances. The project puts emphasis on practical activities and appreciation of the effects. Related work experience will be encountered, explorations will be carried out, and ideas for the project or employment will be moulded through heterogeneous groups. The results of this exchange are bounded by a separated view (one internal and one external perspective) on the life situation of young people locally and a joint development of the career perspectives on both sides. The final result of the exchange is a public presentation of mutual experiences and conclusions. The emphasis of this exchange is the active involvement of all participants, as well as the integrations of the results of the exchange in the personal and vocational stabilisation of the young adults in the long term.
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