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Volunteer: Step forward
Start date: Jan 31, 2015, End date: May 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

‘Volunteer: Step forward"" is a seminar on the improvement of mobility projects, EVS-projects and international (summer) exchanges accessible for young NEETs within the framework of Erasmus + . The strenghts of the partners is that there already is a big international mobiltiy between the different partners. Each of them organizes EVS-projects, youth exchanges, democracy projects, volunteer exchanges, ... and all of them are working with young NEETs. In this way, many young European people get the possibility to experience international voluntary work and develop skills which they can implement in tehir daily (working)life. The difference between these organizations is that we work all in a different way in the preparation of young people, the search for participants, the project management, the follow up and mentoring of volunteers, the dissemination of resullts, the impactmeasurement, ... Volunteer: Step Forward aims to improve the working strategy of the participating organizations on international project management. At the same time we want to promote the opportunities of EVS between the participating organizations. Better qualitative projects and a mainstreamed line will create more mobility possibilities for young people as well improved learning opportunities for young people and young NEETs. In this way we can create a common approach to international volunteering and which can be tailormade to young NEEDs. ‘Brace for Impact' aims to train youth workers and build the capacity of youth work organisations in integrating social impact measurement in their working culture. The seminar is using a variety of workshops focussed on different aspects of social impact: the overall framework of European youth policy, the Erasmus+ programme, a diversity of instruments to measure educational and social impact and an exchange market to start-up future E+ projects. Throughout the programme the participants will develop a format for a dissemination plan, which they will apply to disseminate the outcomes of this seminar. Next to this we disseminate this format as a good practice into the wider European Youth work sector. The direct impact of the seminar will be the increase capacity of the youth workers and project partners to develop qualitative educational projects for youth, which better meet the needs of their target groups. The long-term impact for the partnership will be an increased number of project applications under E+. Next to this the model for the dissemination plan will be multiplied amongst other youth work organisations, which supports the overall qualitative development of Erasmus+. ‘Brace for Impact' will bring together 26 youth workers from 11 EU member states, which are responsible for European project development in the partner organisations. The seminar take place in Dilbeek (Brussels), from the 12th till the 15th of March, and is organised by Jeugddienst don Bosco.

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