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Social Inclusion through Virtual International Mobility
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Oct 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Learning mobility, i.e. transnational mobility for the purpose of acquiring new skills is one of the fundamental ways in which young people can strengthen their future employability as well as their personal development (European Commission. Green Paper: Promoting the learning mobility of young people). Since 1987, thousands of young people from all over Europe have had the opportunity to gain competences which would have been difficult for them to obtain without a programme like Erasmus. A recent study has demonstrated that, on average, after their stay abroad, Erasmus students have a higher employability prospect than 70% of the students (European Commission. Erasmus Impact Study). Within the framework of non-formal education, the Youth for Europe programme was born with the aim to encourage the mobility of young people, particularly those with difficulties in accessing other mobility programmes such as Erasmus. The European Commision and the Member States of the EU have worked year after year to increase the number of learning mobility opportunities, within the framework of formal education (i.e. the Erasmus programme) or within the framework of non-formal education (i.e. the Youth in Action programme). Despite their efforts, there are still a large number of young people who do not have access to such opportunities for personal, economical, social and/or health reasons. In this context, the SIVIM project aims at reducing the inequalities and risk of exclusion faced by young people who cannot access learning mobility opportunities, in particular, young people from disadvantaged social groups. To this end, public administrations and youth organisations from 3 European countries (Spain, Italy and Poland) will develop, validate and disseminate at European level a Toolkit for Virtual Mobility in non-formal education. This Toolkit will give to young people who cannot travel, the opportunity to develop similar competences to the ones developed by those taking part in transnational mobility activities. The project will have a duration of 24 months and will be structured in the following phases: Phase 1: Initial development (February 2015 - February 2016) Each partner will select 12 young people aged between 18 and 25 years old from disadvantaged social groups who have never had the opportunity to take part in a learning mobility activity. They will then make a study to identify the special needs of those young people. This information will be of vital importance to ensure that the special needs of the end beneficiaries of the Toolkit for Virtual Mobility will be taken into consideration during its development. The next step will be, for each partner, to elaborate a content proposal for the chapter of the toolkit that they will be in charge of developing. Their proposal of content will then be debated and approved jointly by all the partners during the first transnational meeting (May 2015). During the following months, partners will work for the development of the toolkit. In February 2016, once the initial development has ended, a 6-day training event will be organised in order to train two youth workers from each organisation on how to use the toolkit. Phase 2: Validation (March 2016 - May 2016) Each partner will organise a validation of the toolkit with real end beneficiaries, the young people from disadvantaged social groups selected during the previous phase. The validation activities will take place simultaneously in three pilots (Alcalá de Guadaíra, Frattamaggiore and Krakow). These activities will be under the supervision of the two youth workers from each partner trained during the previous phase and will see the participation of 12 young people from each country. Phase 3: Final development (June 2016 - October 2016) Based on the results obtained during the validation activities with the real end beneficiaries (pilots), each partner will apply the necessary improvements to the chapter of the toolkit it has developed. The toolkit will finally be edited in digital format in an easy to use and attractive way, and will be ready for its dissemination and exploitation at European level. Phase 4: Dissemination (November 2016 - January 2017) Each partner will organise in its country a multiplier event in order to present the results of the project and train potential users (at least 60 youth workers) to the use of the toolkit. In addition, the partners will launch a dissemination campaign at European level in order to reach the Toolkit to, at least, 180 organisations working with young people from disadvantaged social groups.
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