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Reaching for diversity : the search for volunteers
Start date: Dec 1, 2010,

The long-term youth exchanges organised by national Youth For Understanding (YFU) organisations are made possible by networks of young volunteers who prepare and support the exchanges. It is part of both the mission and values of the organisation of YFU organisations to promote active citizenship by reaching out to young people and involving them in volunteer work. However, reaching out proves to be a continual and common challenge within the European network. In addition, finding ways to promote youth participation and involve young people from diverse backgrounds in volunteering is too often seen as a peripheral issue no one seems to have time to solve.The training Reaching for diversity - the search for volunteers will gather together 20 youth workers for five days in Antalya, Turkey and will aim to increase the knowledge and attitudes necessary for them to reach out and include a large diversity of young people in volunteer work. Using non-formal learning methods to develop specific skills, the training will enable participants to use more inclusive methods to both involve new volunteers and integrate them into volunteer work. The training will also provide space to exchange best practices and methods for involving and integrating young people into volunteer work as well as introduce participants to new and more inclusive approaches of promoting active citizenship. In the long term, this training will aim to help YFU organisations increase quality support structures to new volunteers as well as promote a larger diversity within the network.

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