Start date: May 1, 2015,
End date: Dec 31, 2016
JKPeV invites new and already existing partners in the contact making event YouthNetWorking from 31 May to 7 June 2015 in Dresden to reflect on the future of the young and young adult generations in countries affected by the European economic crisis by taking into consideration the current unemployment rates, the emigration flows, the increasing social inequality as well as the raise of xenophobia, racism, social exclusion and social inequality.
Together with 31 youth workers, trainers, NGO managers, facilitators and project managers from Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom JKPeV seeks to discuss the possibilities of collaborating in a strategic partnership which focuses on the role of youth work in young people's personal development and fulfilment and in consolidating their identity among their peers and within society by encouraging them to be active citizens.
During the YouthNetWorking contact making event all participants will discuss and find ways to promote effectively voluntary programmes, special traineeships and internships and to recognize and validate European instruments and certificates at local and national level aiming at increasing the youth mobility rates and giving opportunities to young people to gain work experience . Furthermore, participants will reflect on and discuss the European, national and local strategies which target youth and will envisage measures for nourishing an entrepreneurial spirit in young people and concrete mechanisms for supporting their start-up ideas. Additionally, they will cooperate to find out possible solutions to achieve the recognition and validation of learning outcomes and European instruments/certificates which could reintegrate the young people back into education or employment and contribute to the recognition of their professional and personal competences.
JKPeV aspires to share experiences, knowledge and best practices with all the partners and plan and design a strategic partnership through a contact making event which will help all partners to get to know each other, identify the needs of young people nowadays and discuss the ways they can contribute to the recogniton, promotion and accessibility of youth work and non-formal learning tools.
The activities of the meeting are going to be:
- presentation of each partner: activities, projects, objectives of the association through power point/prezi presentations, video projections etc.;
- presentation of the Key Action 2: Strategic Partnerships of Erasmus+ programme
- exchange of good practices and methodology tools with regard to cooperation projects for the promotion, validation and recognition of youth work and the learning outcomes and European instruments/Certificates at local and national level by working in groups, through round-tables, discussions, presentations and brainstorming;
- discussions and group work on i) setting the aims, content, priorities, target groups, the expected results, a common policy line and a common strategy, ii) planning and designing the activities and methodology of the project, iii) setting tasks for each partner according to their experience, know-how and expertise, iv) choosing the most effective communication methods which will be used before, during and after the implementation of the project, v) finding effective ways to disseminate the results of the project, vi) proposing ways to make the project visible at local, regional, national and international level, vii) budget planning, viii) defining potential risks and risk-management ix) setting deadlines and tasks for each partner according to its experience;
- evaluation of the project through round-table discussion and by filling out evaluation forms;
- sharing good practices and skills through discussions, presentations, brainstorming and by working in groups.
The results and impact envisaged are: i) building a strong international network, ii) sharing good practises and efficient systems for strategic and long-term partnerships, iii) the promotion and enhancement of youth work and non-formal learning tools and methods, iv) the enhancement of the quality and impact of youth projects, v) establishing an innovative form of communication among the partners which will be then used to implement together projects, vi) the creation of a follow-up project. The potential longer term benefits will be the development of an international network with partner organisations which share the same values and visions, the involvement of more young people in future international projects and the dissemination of good practises with regard to creative communication to local, national and international partners.
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