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Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: May 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main objective of the project is to encourage social inclusion and adaptation to independant life as well as to improve the opportunities for carree orientation and employability of 31 disadvantaged young people, coming from Belgium and Bulgaria. These aims will be achieved through the means of educational mobility and by the methods of formal and non-formal education and intercultural exchange. The participant in the project are young people (16-18 years old), facing similar problems and living under analogues conditions in both of the countries. All of them have been raised outside their families and have been supported and counseling by specialists in the social institutions where they live currently. These youngsters would participate in a variety of training activities, aiming to develop their self confidence, to provoke motivation for further education and/or for starting own carrier and most of all to overcome the fear of their lives after the institutional care. The young people, selected for the project live in the MPI Levenslust in Brussels (Belgium) and in the Complex for Social Sercices "Olga Skobeleva” in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The youth exchange will take place in Bulgaria, in a mountain area near by the city of Plovdiv from 3rd to 12th April, 2015. It will focus on youth entrepreneurship and employability, aiming to develop basic business skills among the participants. Young people involved will take part in training sessions targeting different topics like: effective communication, team building, basics of marketing, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, etc. The information will be presented in a simple and relevant manner by the methods of non-formal education: games, small groups work, discussions, individual tasks, reflections. All participants will be supported and guided by the group leaders and the trainers. At the time of the practical workshops the youngsters will have the chance to “create „and “sell” innovative business product, based on markets needs assessment and advertised by themselves. They will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their newly achieved skills in team work, leadership and entrepreneurship and most of all to believe in their own abilities. At the time of the exchange the participants will also enjoy sightseeing tours, sports games, hiking and other outside activities together. The main targeted results over the participants are: - Increased efficiency of learning; - Increased employability and enhanced career prospects; - Increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; - Increased confidence in their own abilities and self-esteem; - Improved language skills; -Increased motivation to participate in education and training / formal and informal / Impact of the project on local, regional, national and European level is complementary and is expressed mainly in changing young people's attitudes to some fundamental aspects of citizenship, namely: empowerment, equal opportunities, mutuality, freedom of expression, civic engagement, equal conditions in the labor market.
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