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Search Strategies for Youth Partecipation and Active Citizenship
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jan 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project “Search strategies for youth participatin and Active Citizenship” - SOS YOUTH, consists of two parts, a study visit with youth workers, youngsters, youth leaders and trainers who work with young people a Youth Exchange under KA1, Programme Countries. In the study visit will be involved 34 participants, 3 representatives from each countries from governmental and non-governmental entities, actively working with young people by offering them the opportunity to participate in activities and workshops in which they can improve their skills and awareness of themes such as European citizenship, Equal Opportunities and cultural diversity at international level. At the youth exchange will take part 52 youngsters between 18-25 years old and 10 Group leader, the same organizations with the involvement of 5 young people and 1 Group Leader for each one. The activities will take place in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (ME) - Italy, Study Visit from 26 to 31October 2014 (6 days) and the Youth Exchange from 5 to 12 January 2015 (8 days). The main issues are the meaning relevance and implications of European Citizenship in youth work in all its dimension and explore the potential of European Citizenship for active democratic change in society, analyzing the importance of the concept of Citizenship and its relevant connected issues and promotion and protection of Human Rights. The project aims at addressing the following objectives: promoting a sense of European citizenship fulfilled through dialogue and work with people at risk of social exclusion; encouraging social cohesion; empowering young people through their active involvement in society. The objective is to encourage the participants to reflect upon European topics and to involve them in the discussion on the construction and the future of the European Union. The Study Visit and the Youth Exchange intend to develop competences for youth workers, youth leaders, trainers and young people that contribute to a spirit of mutual understanding and respect on a local, national and European level. The working methods envisaged are based on the principles of non formal education which promotes the active learning, among youth workers and young people and the peer exchange of knowledge: both are based on the learning by doing and on the horizontal cooperation between participants, in order to ensure the individual personal and professional development. The activities of the project are: Creativity Games, Ice Breaking and Socializing Games, Visit of cultural interest, Intercultural night in order to know and interact the intercultural diversity of participants. Presentation, Group Building Activities, Workshops, Brainstorming, Experience Laboratory, Circle Time, Photography and Video Laboratory, Working Group - Project Work, Networking, Comparison, Interactive Workshop, daily reflection and rielaboration to discuss, compare and exchange of good practices and ideas and to elaborate new project proposals. Furthermore this articulated project also offers the space for establishment of new network and cooperation for future international youth projects. During the activities will be realized some products of explotation and dissemination of the results of the project: DVD and eBooklet.
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