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Stories We Tell
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Stories We Tell has Picardie as its backdrop, a remote rural area full of natural wonders, where local youth lack opportunities of any kind, disconnected from their life and civic duty, while feeling more and more prisoners of their own society, eventually they end up developing a bitter distaste for the region.The project aims to involve youth workers and artists from various corners of Europe, in order to exchange and develop educational tools that use legends, myths and creative writing as a source of inspiration and encouragement to young people, calling them to the attention of the potential of its natural habitat, transforming leading to become active agents in its development as members of a community.For fourteen days, twenty youth workers and artists, from seven different countries, will participate in a Training Course in Saint Valery sur Somme in Picardie. Together they will share personal and professional experiences and analyze the influence of the storytelling and creative writing in the perception of remote local communities have of the outside world. Through workshops, which will merge non-formal and informal learning methods, the participants will develop work tools that enable them to capture attention of local young people, regardless of their geographical location and socio-economic and political conditions. The set of activities to be undertaken will be defined, planned and animated by the participants, according to their taste, expertise and personal knowledge. In turn, the set of methods, tools and exercises developed over the course of the numerous activities will be implemented by the participants, resulting in webpages showcasing local legends, myths and historical facts (result of the local research) and original stories, poems, letters, essays inspired by the region. The final object developed by participants and local youth will be presented to the local community and later released on a European scale.The creation of cross-sector educational tools will enable the participants to improve their personal and professional skills. Working closely with other European professionals will allow them the opportunity to build an international network as well as to contribute to the development of a European identity and a civic sense. The production of an educational booklet illustrating the tools developed during the Training Course; the public presentation of drafts of the final result highlighting the potential of the locality; the launch of the webpages developed throughout will serve as awareness material in rural communities, focusing in particular on young people and the importance of taking an active role in the development of the region, European citizenship and civic spirit.Any outcome from this Training Course will be used by all partners involved in order to multiply the impact of the activities carried out through the media and dissemination to local, regional, national, European and international. In the long term, the partnership aims to extend the influence of the project before new target audiences.

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