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Mind My Business
Start date: May 2, 2016, End date: Nov 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth Exchange "Mind My Business" is a 9-day activity taking place in Murska Sobota, Slovenia, during the August 2016 and is hosted by the local NGO of Creative Youth (Drustvo kreativne mladine) with a support of partner organisations from Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia.Realizing the needs of young people the Consortium have come up with the idea of designing the project with the following AIM:- to promote Entrepreneurship as a method of fighting the unemployment among the youth by providing the learning opportunity for the EU youth who has creative and innovative ideas and fear to realize them due to the lack of practical skills, especially entrepreneurial thinking.AND OBJECTIVES:- to provide knowledge and applicable skills in entrepreneurship, with special focus to entrepreneurial thinking in general,- to raise self-esteem of youngsters who have many great ideas but fear to realize them due to lack of skills and experience,- to exchange experiences and share good practices,- to network and find potential future partners, coworkers and friends,- to promote the multiculturality in the enterprise and society in general.Even though the Youth exchange does not focus on the refugee crisis in EU directly we understand the importance of stressing the issue. A SUB-OBJECTIVE to the project is to promote the values such as tolerance, breaking the prejudices, fear, discrimination and to promote the multiculturality. We decided to stay with our topic but to design the activities inside the topic tackling this precise topic (carefully selected ice breaking, trust building and energizing activities, practical enterprise themed examples, etc.).Youngsters involved in this project are active members of partner organisations. It is them who stressed the need of such project as they face similar difficulties, obstacles and issues even though they do not have the same economic, geographic nor cultural background. They meet meet the following basic criteria: 18 - 25 years old, able to communicate in English, face the lack of entrepreneurial skills and experience and are currently unemployed but have many good ideas with a potential to further development and realization in the future.Project will bring the following results:- Participants to be equipped with the practical skills to develop their business ideas and put them into action (we expect minimum 2 new born business or organisations and at least 6 new projects applied out of which 3 are granted in 2016),- Network among the participating organisations and their members which will grow during the 2016 and raise the number of organisations with each new project implemented,- Participants become the multipliers and promoters of the tolerance, breaking prejudices and intercultural dialogue which is going to reflect in the minimizing the fear against the refugees standing at the borders of EU today.The consortium believes that the organisations taking part in this Youth exchange exist in the regions of opportunities. Unfortunately their residents are negative, apathetic and the young "brains" are leaving them, therefore through this kind of projects societies can become more positive, goal oriented and see plenty of great business opportunities around them. Projects like this one have great impact on the development of tourism, participants act as multipliers at home as well as locals find out there are certain things and activities guests are looking for (whether this be accommodation, rent-a-bike, a wine tasting, a souvenir shop or tourist agent). This is a long term process but our project contributes to the mosaic by giving the chance to young people to meet in an intercultural setting and develop plenty of great, innovative and even revolutionary ideas which will one day change the world we live in.
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