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Social Entrepreneurship Lab
Start date: 30 Jun 2016, End date: 30 Oct 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Social Entrepreneurship Lab” is a two-stage international youth exchange project which aims to gather 32 young people from 4 countries (Italy, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey) and empower them with social entrepreneurial attitudes and mindset.Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur. This is more important now than ever given the current context concerning young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. The frustration and disempowerment of the disadvantaged youth in general and these young migrants and asylum seekers in particular can breed low self-esteem, low motivation, cynicism and radicalization.Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions.Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else. Overall aims & Objectives:The main aim of this two-stage Youth Exchange is to create a platform and a process where young people experience empowerment themselves and are equipped to empower others in their communities through exchange of ideas, stories, attitudes, techniques and tools that promote social entrepreneurial spirit and skills of young people in general and marginalized youth among refugees/asylum seekers and migrants in particular.One journey: 2 stages!The first stage will take place in Armenia (10-19 February 2017) where participants will explore the subject, its challenges and opportunities. In between the first and the second stage participants will do research and observation in their local communities to find useful insights and opportunities for value creation and social entrepreneurship. The second stage of the exchange, which will take place in Italy (5-12 August 2017) will gather insights, learning, inspirations and experience of participants from their local communities and translate them into concrete social innovation ideas and quality youth projects to be carried out under Erasmus + Programme.Objectives of the first exchange in Armenia (10-19 February 2017):-Explore the concept of social entrepreneurship as a tool for tackling local social problems of marginalized young people, refugees/asylum seekers and migrants.-Empower youngsters to start their social enterprises.-Learn about applying practical, innovative and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, with an emphasis on those who are marginalized and poor.-Learn how to achieve large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.-Learn to use Youthpass and the Key Competences for creative process of skill harnessing, self-reflection and documentation of the personal learning process.- Form teams from participants to do research and observation in their local communities after they return in order to find useful insights and opportunities for value creation and social entrepreneurship.Objectives of the second exchange in Italy (5-12 August 2017):- Gather insights, learning, inspirations and experience of participants from their local communities and translate them into concrete project ideas.- Equip participants with knowledge and skills in the field of project management in order to enable them to develop quality youth projects.- Identify existing resources for the young social entrepreneurs and share know how on social enterprises.- Promote Erasmus + Programme and explain how young people can be involved in it.- Develop concrete social entrepreneurial initiatives.- Develop concrete projects to be applied under Erasmus + Programme- Develop and publish online the "Social Entrepreneurship Booklet for Youth”The Youth Exchange will be based on non formal learning methods and principles, intercultural dialogue and communication in including group discussions, interactive presentations, participant’s lead workshops, team work,etc. Youthpass tool will be used throughout the project to help young people reflect regularly on their personal learning journeys and become more aware of their own learning. The methodology of the project will stimulate active participation and sense of initiative and involvement of the learners.
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