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YOUTHink Together
Start date: Dec 20, 2016, End date: Apr 19, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"YOUTHink Together" is an EVS project focused on putting at the centre the role of volunteers in creating a real shift at local level. The project will be placed in an ex-industrial place in Sant'Antonio Abate (near Naples) converted to cultural and youth activities where a flourishing youth group is growing and the Association Futuro Digitale is located. Such a Center is attended by about 1.000 youngsters per week.The project will involve 2 volunteers from Spain and Sweden, for a mobility of 9 months and a total duration of the project of 16 months, including preparation and follow-up activities.The project has the aim to empower youth at local level through volunteering activities and the engagement of EVS volunteers, in order to better language skills, develop democratic dialogue and foster a tolerant and inclusive society.The specific objectives are:- To provide learning outcomes like tools, inspiration and expertise for the revitalisation of abandoned areas, through creativity and voluntary youth activism.- Promoting the sense of solidarity and the European citizenship, developing an intercultural exchange process between young people not accustomed to the comparison with other European countries.- Strengthen the skills of young EVS and local volunteers in terms of language skills, democratic dialogue and a sense of social inclusion, but also of cross-sectorial skills (key competences).The overall calendar will reflect a number of activities referred to the association Futuro Digitale:- Practical work in revamping the ex-industrial structure (some areas are being converted in sports pitches, in theatre places etc.). Volunteers will be working together with the local youth to support them in the local planning & restoration and in the requalification of the building;- Volunteers will be in charge of creating educational activities on transversal skills (the eight foreseen by EU) both for children and for youth, in order to prepare them on Erasmus plus programme, as well as supporting them in their social empowerment referred to employability and entrepreneurship. Volunteers will have to steer educational activities together with local youth workers such as workshops, info days, school meetings, theatre activities etc.- Volunteers will organise linguistic activities through language cafes in order to support local youth to acquire better language skills both in English and in the volunteers’ native language.- Volunteers will have to back also Futuro Digitale’s activities, such as networking (offline and online), conference organisation, project writing and revamping of digital documents- Volunteers will participate to the local democratic meetings which are regularly held by the local associations. Futuro Digitale is part of the NGO local forum. Volunteers will learn and understand how to cooperate with other associations and how to act in a democratic society.- Volunteers will be learning Italian through regular sessions organised by Futuro Digitale.- Volunteers will be formed also in storytelling as they will be working to tell the stories of their EVS as well as to engage other youth to be volunteers through Erasmus plus. They will be formed by Futuro Digitale in how to tell stories and how to use digital tools to better express themselves.The dissemination activity will be focused on a strategy of digital storytelling and organisation of offline events for the community. An important part of the project will be referred to the preparation and follow-up.
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