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Youth Empowerment for Inclusion – Change Making by Capacity Development
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Against the background of a raising number of refugees and IDPs in Europe, predominantly due to the war in Syria and Ukraine and not to forget the “old” IDPs from the wars in the 1990ies in the Caucasus, the project would like to provide youth workers from Western and Eastern Europe with a platform debating reasons and effects of migration as well as approaches and concrete activities for addressing aspects of inclusion and supporting young people with migration background in the challenging process of inclusion.Thus, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth leaders in finding adequate approaches for fostering the inclusion and empowerment of marginalised young people with migration background. Accordingly the project has more specifically the following objectives:- To strengthen the understanding of inclusion challenges for young migrants and minority youth- To explore the role of youth work in inclusion and empowerment work for young migrants and minority youth- To develop competences in designing and implementing educational inclusion and empowerment projects addressed at youth with migration background- To create and implement local activities on youth inclusion and youth empowerment for youth with migration background- To strengthen ties between people and organisations engaged in the field of youth workSince youth inclusion and empowerment are challenging tasks, the project is composed of two training courses, each tackling different aspects of inclusion and empowerment work that youth workers face in their work.The first training course looks at migration in general terms including its reasons and effects as well as at the resulting integration challenges for young migrants. Additionally, it will explore with the participants the role of youth work in contributing to the inclusion of young people with background.The second training course is dedicated to youth empowerment by educational means of non-formal education. The course has the character of a training of trainers with a specific focus on how to aid young peoples` development of self-confidence, trust in own abilities, and initiative taking, but it will also include aspects of project design for youth empowerment work.As a result the participants shall be enabled to design, implement and evaluate their own educational programmes on youth inclusion and youth empowerment for young people with migration background. We expect five educational activities on empowerment of youth with migration background to result from the training programmes.The project “Youth Empowerment for Inclusion – Change Making by Capacity Development“ will be realised between May 2016 and May 2017 involving a total of 48 participants from Turkey, Hungary, France, Germany, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia.The key activities, two residential training course, will take place in Dilijan (Armenia, 01.-09.10.2016) and in Misaktsieli (Georgia, 03.-11.12.2016).

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