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The Future is in Our Hands
Start date: Oct 10, 2016, End date: Apr 9, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS is consisted of a 7 days training course which will take place in Cyprus, in October 2016. The training course will target unemployed young people from all over Europe and neighbouring countries and will enhance their skills regarding social entrepreneurship as a means to transit to labour market and solve social problems. Observing the region of Europe, two major problems are encountered among youth’s society; on one hand there is a high rate of educated but unemployed youth and on the other hand social exclusion, discrimination and lack of access to human rights threatens society and especially vulnerable groups. The proposed training course intends to combine these two problems and transform them into the solution; social entrepreneurship. A social entrepreneur is a person who identifies or recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a social venture to achieve a desired social change. According to Dees social entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs with a social mission, which for them is very explicit and central. By generating social entrepreneurs, youth will accomplish simultaneously; their own transition from education to labour market and at the same time, a social change which will improve their own, but also others’ youth access to human rights, social inclusion and respect. For this reasons, the aim of the activity is to develop participants’ social entrepreneurship skills, targeting thus a long term and sustainable impact on local societies of Europe. After the training course, participants are expected to act as social entrepreneurs, supporting their own autonomy and the society in general. The training course will cover the thematic of youth unemployment, social exclusion and social entrepreneurship. Particularly, it will engage participants to reflect on the current situation regarding youth unemployment in Europe and invite them to conceptualize social exclusion, discrimination and xenophobia, especially when combined with unemployment. Most importantly, the training course will challenge participants’ creativity, empower them and develop their social entrepreneurship skills.The aim of the project is to develop participants’ social entrepreneurship skills which will be used as a means to support their autonomy and transition to the labour market. At the same time, because of the social character of this particular entrepreneurship they will target social change for a more inclusive world, sustainability and access to human rights. For this reason, the objectives of the training course are:To explore current situation regarding unemployment and social exclusion and the link between themTo work with the social entrepreneurship principlesTo learn how the Erasmus+ Programme can support youth activities;To increase entrepreneurial skills especially social entrepreneurial skills for youth and pertinent contribution to enhancing entrepreneurial skills, development of economic equity, equality of chances, removing barriers to the labour market and discrimination. To promote participatory process for youth in the labour market and amend their economic and social condition to better.To raise awareness about the need for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to the wider public;By the end of the training, participants are expected to have their own strategic plan as social entrepreneurs. By the end of the training course they will it in order to implement their initiatives. Also, participants will gather and organize all information they find useful in the guide “Steps towards social entrepreneurship”. The guide will be disseminated to other NGOs.During the 7-days training course, the project team will use non formal education methods to achieve the 3 concrete objectives and the aim stated in the previous section. Trainers will engage participants to link the problems of youth unemployment and social exclusion through interactive activities. They will encourage participants to transform these problems into a solution, going through the social entrepreneurship principals with experiential methods. Trainers will also support participants to create their own strategic plan. The implementation of the strategic plan will work as the “fil rouge” or “red thread” in this activity, ensuring the coherence and progression.After the training course, participants and trainers will stay in touch through a social media channel. This will work as a way to keep interaction and progress exchange. Three months after the training, trainers will still support and coach the participants’ social entrepreneurship initiatives. Later, six months after the training course, the project team will contact each participant separately and assess the progress of their initiatives, ensuring thus the local impact.
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