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Youth Activator: Make it happen
Start date: Nov 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project Youth activator: Make it happen will bring for one week 30 participants from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, United Kingdom, to Brno, CZ. We decided to create a training course which will bring together youth workers and youth leaders who want to be the spark which will light the change and activate the youth in their societies. Aim of the project is to increase the active citizenship of youth with focus on social participation in the community and volunteering; exercise project management skills in order to support the boost of community projects and activities in the participants’ realities and provide the participants with participatory methods which they can use in order to motivate the youth and engage them with the local community and environment. We want our project to be very practical and based on real problems and needs. When we set the objectives we had this in our minds so our project would equip the participants with competences which will help them to exercise these features of active citizenship in their community. Our objectives are:Explore the term of active citizenship and socail participation and find out together about methods, actions, events which can boost the participation and active citizenship of the youth and accompany them with practical examples when and where they can be used.Emphasize volunteering as way of active participation in the comunity life as well as worthy tool for self-development by meeting with volunteers and getting to know their experience as well by setting own way in which the participants can via volunteering develop themselves and community. Provide the participants with project management skills. We want them to practice the project logic and project management both theoretically and practically on real examples and issues from their environment.Meet the representatives of running community projects in Brno, find out about the context, aims and also processes of their projects and learn from them practical approaches how to communicate with the locals and how to motivate them and engage them to the project.Analyse problems which the participants and their communities face, explore the resources and create action plan on which the participants will apply the know-how they achieved from the local activists and also they will practice their project management skills.Test the new skills in practice already in Czech Republic. Create together one day action plan which will be implemented in Zlin with interaction and cooperation with local youth.The methodology of the training course will be based in the non-formal education approach. Some of the methods used include brainstorming, simulation, expert input, presentations, open group discussions, debates, case studies, excursion and others. The end of each activity will feature a short debriefing moment, during which the trainers will sum up the results of the activity and emphasize key points that the participants can take away from it.Participants will have a chance to improve many of their key competences, including but not limited to communication, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, civic competence and learning to learn. Thanks to an emphasis on the participants’ learning process, they should be more capable of organizing their own learning in an effective way. The project should serve as a motivation for participants to become more active in their organization and community, using the newly acquired civic and managerial competences. We assume that our project will bring to these communities youth leaders with enthusiasm and skills needed for raising initiatives in the environment in order to tackle local issues. Also as the youth workers participating on our project will get the knowledge and skills related to motivation, we expect they will use these in order to show the local youth how they can benefit from active participation and also how they can contribute to the community. So we expect our project to have a positive impact on youth from the environment of our partner organization in sense of their higher engagement with the society and higher activity.

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