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Social Enterprise by Synergy and the Added value of youth Mentoring in Europe
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

It's a world-wide movement that businesses and individuals aim at changing the world for the better. There is growing attention for innovative enterprises that have primarily a social mission: social enterprises. They aim not so much at financial gain, but having a meaningful activity. Just like young people, who increasingly express the wish to offer an added value to their local society and region. On the other hand, the situation of young people in Europe asks for further innovation and the development of a supporting network. As proven, intervention policies at individual level provide a support mechanism that is tailored to their needs and works best. One such an invention is mentoring, focusing on the personal development of young people. It binds generations in the activity of sharing experience and knowledge. Seven organizations in Europe (VET’s, business incubators, a social institution and a local authority for education) declared the ambition to create synergy of expertise and innovate through a powerful tool: combining social enterprises and mentoring support. By combining education and businesses, bringing together young people and mentors, you enlarge the reach of a mindset, skills, experience and network. Leading organization Friesland College (NL) and its partners Salpaus (FI) Kaunas (LT) Bridging to the Future (UK), Inqubator (NL) Servei Solidari (ES) and Bursa MEM (TR) want to empower and equip young people through an innovative cross-sectoral cooperation: project SESAME, creating Social Enterprise by Synergy and the Added value of youth Mentoring in Europe. One of the most effective ways to improve young people’s lives is to empower them – by activities and by the support of entrepreneurial role models - to realize their own ability to make a positive social change. The project inspires and invests in entrepreneurs and young people to start and lead their own social venture. SESAME creates a network of incalculable power, where businesses / schools / individuals can learn from one another, share valuable knowledge and insights. Project SESAME wants to fasten social inclusion of young people, and lead them to their potential on their way to the labour market, by making a match between developing personal talents and ambitions. It binds possible alienation from the socio-economic mainstream of society and succesful methods in (re-)engagement. SESAME aims at tackling dropouts, youth unemployment and the need of young entrepreneurs for support. Activities set in motion young people, education, businesses and local communities, and equip them with an entrepreneurial skillset and a connection to purpose through promoting social entrepreneurial innovation as an agent of change. The strategic partnership activates multisectoral partners across Europe who support young entrepreneurial talent and new ideas in order to solve social problems. Project partners develop several intellectual outputs, such as a manual, a minor / training social enterprise, online toolkit, a European platform, local one-stop shops, and a mentor methodology. The development is supported by a needs analysis, and several pilot testing actions in the form of teaching and matching activities. Multiplier events in different conditions will enable the strategic partnership to truly evaluate and share the developed material and network. These events - engaging representatives of the quadruple helix - are a source of input and support for the project development. Project activities make a unique combination between the ambitions and potentials of young people, and the method of social enterprise, by means of improving curricula. By developing trainings material and minor, the torch will stay burning. The combination of social entrepreneurship and mentoring will be a structure supported by society. It is based on wisdom and strength in people, causing empowerment. It is less influenced by power, control of money or government. All outputs, events and activities lead to the integration of social enterprise supported by mentoring, in the strategy of VET's, businesses and authorities on a regional, national and EU level.
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