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NGO2Business: preparing NGO's for effective cooperation with Business
Start date: Aug 16, 2016, End date: Apr 15, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

NGO2Business: preparing NGO's for effective cooperation with Business is a 9 day Training course which will be implemented on the 1st to the 9th of December, 2016 in Lithuania. NGO from 8 countries: Lithuania, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Estonia and Czech Republic will take part.Aim of the training course:Supporting the professionalization of the NGO sector, through strengthening youth worker ability to foster social economy ventures and developing cooperation approach towards business.Objectives:1. Enable youth workers to look for contact and cooperation opportunities with the business sector.2. Provide youth workers with practical knowledge, concrete tools and skills necessary to start effective cooperation with business sector in their local communities.3. Learn how to incorporate and communicate organisational goals into cooperation practices with business field.4. Develop win-win approach in daily NGO practices, to strengthen the value proposition of the benefits created by the work of the NGO.5. Provide youth workers with business know-how which could be used in NGO development.The 33 participants will gain the following competencies related to entrepreneurial capabilities: - Being able to see a “wider picture” of local real realities participants are working in. Analyzing local realities and searching for values NGO can create and plan it's activities rationally and effectively, attracting potential partners instead of doing everything on our own and complaining how "poor we are".- Strategic (long term) planning of initiatives oriented to solve social problems, but also attracting business sector as a solid partner,- Development of ideas for social entrepreneurship,- Understanding on what is corporate social responsibility and how NGO can play an active role in it,- How to speak the language of benefits, how to approach business companies, so NGO look like a solid partner,- Communication skills,- Negotiation skills, - Cooperation skills, - Management skills, - Leadership and intercultural communication,- Basics in youth employability. Main principals we will follow during the learning process are (methodology):1. Learner centered approach – it will be taken into account the personal needs and interests of each participants leading to personal and professional development.2. Dealing with diversity – by creating the safe environment the diversity within a group will be seen as the source for sharing and learning.3. Relevance to reality – the learning will be as close as possible to the reality of the participants making the links to and taking the examples from the real situation of the participants.4. Learning from the experience – the personal experience of participants will be the source for learning by reflecting on it and making the conclusions for further application.5. Active participation – space and conditions for active participation will ensure active role and involvement of the participants during the learning processFollowing the principles listed above the variety of methods and learning elements will help to achieve the set objectives. Some of method types to mention: getting to know and reconnecting activities, orientation and group building activities, sharing, discussing in groups and plenary sessions, thematic inputs, field tasks in local communities, evaluation activities.Project is focusing on the overall Erasmus + priorities:Training course will support learners gaining competencies needed to manage NGO's and foster cross-sectorial cooperation with business, improving the personal development of participants, quality of their work and employability in the European labor market and beyond. Improve participants ability to communicate and work in foreign language.Share European innovations and European dimension by adopting tools to local realities. As well, raise cultural awareness of participants.Provide tools for participants for active participation in society and ability to contribute to local development, through social entrepreneurship, and sense of European citizenship and identity.
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