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Strat the Change
Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 31 Jan 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The international training course “START THE CHANGE!” aimed at empowering and building up the competences of young people and multipliers/activists in youth work to initiate and run social initiatives and projects based on community needs. The event took place from September 20th – 28th of 2015 in Montijo, Portugal. It involved 32 youth workers and young people from Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal Romania Sweden and Austria. OBJECTIVES (*) to get to know each other and to learn from each other on all levels (*) to explore how to meet community needs (*) to build up competences and practice tools in the area of social entrepreneurship, managing people and commitment, and project management (*) to identify follow‐up activities APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY The training course was based on the specific needs of the participants and was highly participatory. There were few frontal lectures, the main part of the training course was delivered in the form of practical sessions implemented by the participants in a learning-by-doing fashion. The trainers took care of creating a supportive and safe learning environment, where participants are encouraged and coached while mastering challenges that contribute to their personal, professional and organisational development. Special attention was paid to making the learning points of the training course relevant, sustainable and transferable, eg by giving ample room for reflection and assessment, by producing exhaustive documentation and by providing templates and guidance for tailor-made development and action plans. All issues were dealt with examples from, reference to and relevance for ERASMUS+ projects. TIMETABLE OF COMPLETED ACTIVITIES: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5P-IBR1yf4iOFBudmJsWDJlSms&usp=sharing ACHIEVEMENT, IMPACT, LONG-TERM BENEFITS The various stages of evaluation show that the learning objectives set for this training course have been met, as well as the strategic objectives. The envisaged competences have been built up, and follow-up activities have been planned. The participants even developed business plans for social enterprises based on real needs of their communities, which we are very proud of. We are confident that the participants will implement and transfer their learning points as well as execute their follow-up plans and thus contribute to bring positive change to their communities with means of social entrepreneurship and project management.
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