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People, Places, Partnerships: from Youth Initiatives to Community Hubs
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Apr 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project “People, Places, Partnerships” responds to the context of youth employment crisis and a resulting period of uncertainty and insecurity for many young people in Europe. It offers a model of youth empowerment which is linked to entrepreneurship (3P Model) and can be utilised and used in many communities in Europe. The model is developed and tested by the Consortium of Partners from eight European countries and evaluated by the project’s target group – young people, youth workers, municipalities and local stakeholders. The result is a set of tools for implementation of the model, including the Guidebook of the 3P Model with lessons learned and the easy-to-use online sharing and learning platform which will sustain after termination of the project. Young people with fewer opportunities are the main target group of the project. It is expected that they learn how to think and act as entrepreneurs; plan, implement and sustain their projects and design them as community-oriented services. Through analysing the needs and resources of their community and fostering partnerships with local stakeholders, young people are enabled to turn existing youth structures, such as youth clubs or centres, into sustainable Community Hubs, places for community dialogue, learning and service provision. A supportive training programme is designed by the Consortium of Partners and enables young people to strengthen their project management, communication and leadership skills, as well as increase their employability potential. The long-term goal of the project is that more youth initiatives are offered as services to the community, and youth centres and clubs become youth-led Community Hubs where young people take ownership of their ideas, actions and results. The project methodology is based on a set of collaborative tools and outputs (Community Maps, Community Visions, Sustainability Plans). The political dimension involves policy work with municipalities on sustaining Community Hubs. International meetings are crucial elements in the development of this model and this project. They will include partners’ meetings to steer the process, the training of youth workers to deliver the training programme, and an international youth exchange, both online and face-to-face.
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