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Pay it Forward Be A Social Entrepreneur
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

PiFbase Youth Exchange was organised in Örebro, Sweden during the period of 2.08.15 - 09.08.15 (6 working days, 2 travel days) following the guidelines for 2014 of Key Action 1 - Learning Mobility of Individuals, Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. Supported by the host organization, this project included 22 young participants and youth leaders from 3 countries including Sweden, Croatia and Romania. For most of the participants it was their first Youth Exchange and more than half of the participants had fewer opportunities mostly related to geographical difficulities, living in more rural and remote areas. To ensure a high quality project before, during and after the youth exchange the project started with an advance preparatory meeting where one representative from each organization met up to set up the project. The non-profit-organisation Awesome People (former Wouda Non Profit) had tried out a new method to teach young people social entrepreneurship called Pay it Forward Be A Social Entrepreneur (PiFbase). With this method they work proactively to increase young people's active citizenship and employability in the labour market by letting young people fulfil someone else's dream and learn social entrepreneurship during that process. The main aim of the project was to improve the quality of this innovative method to promote social entrepreneurship among young people by providing space for young people to exchange experiences, develop their competences and skills and build international contacts. This was achieved by using non-formal learning activities and support was given to young people to have an active role throughout the project. The participants got to learn about the method hands on working with fulfilling dreams, digital storytelling and improve the method from an individual perspective, national perspective and an international perspective. During the youth exchange participants were provided with assistance and help to develop their competences by reflection quizz, reflection sessions, Youthpass and information about non-formal education. They also had the opportunity to become more active European citizens locally and internationally by creating project proposals on how to work with the PiFbase method internationally, learning about transnational youth initiatives and build international contacts. Based on the evaluations and the participant reports, the project was successful! The activities were appreciated by the participants and the project made a great impact on the participants with desirable results such as highly developed key competences and other skills and attitudes plus professional and personal development. The project aim and objectives were all met and all of the participants wanted to continue to learn more and work with the PiFbase method in a strategic partnership. "In my opinion, a positive aspect of the youth exchange was the fact that it increased participants' self-confidence. Also, participants were constantly encouraged to develop their sense of initiative, to think creatively, to find solutions for real life problems, through the proposed activities. A long-term effect of the youth exchange was participants' willingness to apply the things they learnt by getting involved in projects within their community." (Leader, Romania) The Youth exchange initiated young people to improve youth work and in the long-term they have the power to make a real change in society.
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