Social Entrepreneurship Now!
Start date: Sep 1, 2014,
End date: Jun 1, 2015
“Social Entrepeneurship Now!” was a Training Course activity in the frame of the new Erasmus+ programme.The event was held in Uri during 8 days (February 9/16, 2015 including travel days) involving 25 youth leaders, youth workersand social workers from 11 EU countries.The TC aimed at exploring the concept iof social entrepeneurship as an innovative way of solving social problems usingentrepeneurial skills and youth voice.It was an attempt at give an appropriate answer to the problems that young people from disadvantaged areas in 11 ProgrammeCountries are facing in the present: the high percentage of unemployment.The project focused on the concept of social entrepreneurship in general with specific attention on entrepreneurial skills,leadership and management, need and problem analysis and funding and financing; those topics were explored in the context ofyouth organizations and volunteering.The idea was developed with the strong belief that especially the European youth sector can and will benefit from projects likethis one enormously in future years, thus is worthwhile to invest time, capacity and resources to share best practice examplesand work with other young europeans to create change in what concerns the perception of disadvantaged communities.The overall purpose was to stimulate young people to think about social entrepreneurship and its role, as well as to analyze thechanges taking place in their own countries and communities and, last but not least, to inspire them to consider self-employmentas a career choice.As declared in the project proposal, the learning objective sof the TC were:- to empower young people raising their self esteem and stimulating their creativity and sense of entrepreneurship;- to raise awareness in the participants on key competences and develop different methods for using them in practice withinsocial projects, developing and matching them with the new requirements of Erasmus + with their organisations;- to develop the cooperation among different organisations coming from 11 countries;- to incentive young people to get involved into NGOs, youth activities, into local authorities, into international opportunities thatarise. Also, for them to stay and/or return to their communities, be active citizens and contribute to the realization of changes.We believe we can contribute to this goal through non-formal ways, moving down-up.Thanks to the active participants of all the rapresentatives of the sending NGOs, the project could achieve the above mentionedmain aim.The following issues were specifically tackled in the project:• Inclusion, through discussing the realities of the discrimination that is currently affecting people from towns being consideredabove the ones that live in the disadvantaged areas (as suburbs, villages, islands ecc). As previously mentioned, we wanted topromote a spirit of tolerance, solidarity and acceptance;• Youth Unemployment, through highlighting the educational and boundless opportunities that exist and promoting active andproactive responses to them.Through its contribution to the decrease of unemployment, the project helped to revitalize disadvantaged areas;• Creativity and entrepreneurship, with the intention to practice empowerment of young people in order to make them aware oftheir own values and competences stressing their creativity and the capacity to create new job opportunities for themselves;• Awareness about the nature of youth work through exploring the advantages, providing examples of youth work, trying to makethe participants understand its purpose and meaning, as well as its impact on society.Taking into consideration the policies of EU, "Social Entrepeneurship Now" intended to develop the following basic skills andattitudes, in conformity with Erasmus+ objectives: Learning to learn, Social and civic, Sense of initiatives and entrepreneurship,Cultural awareness and expression.
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