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Open Up! The vital role of youth organisations regarding the inclusion of young refugees.
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project “Open Up! The vital role of youth organisations regarding the inclusion of young refugees” will gather over 20 international youth organisations and national youth councils to pursue one common goal: encouraging youth organisations to “open up” for young refugees/migrants and to shape youth policies focusing on the inclusion of young refugees/migrants.This will be done in a two-step process:1) An international “project meeting” in October in Vienna, especially addressed to youth workers and youth leaders of international youth organisations and national youth councils. This meeting will include a training on Human Rights Education, a study visit to local organisations as well as an exchange of knowledge amongst participants. Young refugees/migrants that are active members of these partner organisations will also be involved as experts and participants in the meeting. After this meeting the participants will be able to grasp and foster a connected and inclusive Europe.2) An international implementation meeting in April in Vienna for a group of national youth councils (some of which will have been already involved in the first meeting). The aim of the second meeting is to draw on the outcomes of the autumn project meeting, refine them in accordance with national youth work frameworks and decide upon concrete next steps for implementation. Participants of the second meeting will be trained in youth policy to become multipliers of the project outcomes on their national levels.Framed by these two main activities there will be a dissemination phase, followed by a phase of further dissemination, international/national follow-up activities and evaluation that will be pursued after the “implementation meeting”.The idea of the “Open Up!” project is to shape a partnership/network between youth workers, volunteers and activists of European international youth organisations and several national youth councils, with the purpose of creating a platform for youth organisations committed to working towards a more inclusive Europe. Already the initiative to write this application has been carried out by many applying partner organisations. The Open Up! meetings will gather operational and advocacy-based youth organisations working to support young migrants. The work set by the “Open Up!” project will allow synergies and cooperation among youth organisations working in the field of integration and social inclusion.The meetings will be used to promote and exchange activities in the field of social inclusion, non-formal education and volunteering programmes – they will shape best practices for integration work and build competences in the sector regarding a sensitive and sustainable inclusion of young refugees/migrants. The strength of this network lies within the diversity of the youth organisations, as well as the approaches to non-formal education. These approaches will add significant value to the whole process whereas a multiplier effect is expected through the varying backgrounds of the participants and their involvement in the context of national youth councils.
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