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Mission possible : peer instruments for migrant youth employability and social inclusion.
Start date: Jul 14, 2014, End date: Jan 12, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project is a result of the previous youth encounters between the peer leaders and educators on intercultural learning with Partner countries of the Eastern partnership youth window. After these encounters the youngsters raised awareness of the problems that migrant youth face in modern Europe and now are willing to share innovative visions and practice possible ways of social and community inclusion of unemployed migrant youth by facilitating Intercultural learning process in their local and regional peer led projects. The innovative feature of this project is that we aim at developing ICL process by empowering peers to address this issue in their immediate daily peer group environment of multicultural communities suffering from unemployment. The youth exchange will involve young people and youth leaders from the UK, Latvia, Azerbaijan and Moldova and will take place in Azerbaijan for 10 days from the 22nd of September till the 1st of October 2014. The target group for this youth exchange is young people from migrant families, many unemployed with a difficult social/economic background. This target group has fewer opportunities to be exchanged and get intercultural understanding. They do not possess the sufficient resources to get international experience. But empowering them to set socially valuable goals and giving them instruments to reach these goals will make our societies healthier and more humanistic. With this project we want to raise awareness and promote non-formal ways of communication between groups of unemployed migrant young people coming from different European countries by letting them share their skills and achievement with other young people in peer led workshops. It includes the youth participation aspect as it is strongly present in non-formal education, peer leadership and peer education. The objectives of the youth exchange include: sharing innovative visions and practice possible ways of social and community inclusion of unemployed migrant youth by facilitating Intercultural learning process in their local and regional peer led projects; finding out how the non formal learning impacts on the lives of unemployed young people throughout the “New Europe” and agree action centred strategies that assist young people to address the issues raised; making progress in recognition of non formal learning and peer leaders’ inputs and achievements; raising cultural awareness between our countries and to promote cooperation and understanding. One of the project’s aims is also to develop cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner countries. The Erasmus+ programme will be also explored and promoted which will lead to follow-up projects and usage of the skills gained during this exchange in them in terms of paying more attention to the topics of Dissemination and Transfer of Skills / Knowledge from the project. Methodologically, the project is built upon “learning while doing” and “mixed nationality” principles. Participants will be encouraged to generate new methods of inclusion for peer groups. On the main Activity workshop, the participants will be given chance to share their knowledge and achievements and to find out how they can act together, as a whole group, to bring advantages to their local youth groups. Youth leaders will also help to create educational environment where the participants are encouraged to work on their own projects and find out how peer leaders can participate in multi-national projects. The idea of this exchange is that advantages gained and skills acquired will be used not only by participants of the project but also spread around local youth groups and the organisations that take part in such intercultural follow up projects will relate this to both a local and European context.

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