Youth Exchange – Time to say I CAN

Youth Exchange – Time to say I CAN

Youth Exchange Time to say I CAN Horezu, Romania 15-24 October 2016 Currently, the European community is facing 2 big problems among young people: the lack of job opportunities and the tendency for intolerance, discrimination and exclusion, which is widely visible across the societies. Nowadays, the discrimination and exclusion showed by young people towards minorities and immigrants come from the uncertainty about finding a workplace or from the uncertainty of the future. The religion matter is marginal, and young people are actionally manifesting discrimination and xenofoby due to the uncertainty of their own future. At the end of 2015, the unemployment rate amoung young people from the participating countries was high and statistics show us that in some countries 1 out of 2 young people below 25 years old does not have a job. This situation escalades the fears for future and leads to tendencies of radicalization, intolerance and discrimination towards other youth people with different nationalities and cultures.   Main objectives of the project: Promote tolerance, intercultural dialogue and development of entrepreneurial competences for 35 young people aged 18-30 from 5 European countries. Gain of key competencies (entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression), with the goal of multiplying this initiative at the level of the partner’s local communities. Development the capacity of the partner NGO’s for cooperation at national and international level against discrimination, intolerance and radicalization of young people, by transferring the know-how and good practices gained during the 2 mobilities. Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities belonging to minorities or immigrants, in order to establish communication bridges for intercultural dialogue and tolerance.   Youth Exchange “Time...
Training Course – Time to say I CAN

Training Course – Time to say I CAN

Ranca, Romania 15-23 September 2016 Currently, the European community is facing 2 big problems among young people: the lack of job opportunities and the tendency for intolerance, discrimination and exclusion, which is widely visible across the societies. Nowadays, the discrimination and exclusion showed by young people towards minorities and immigrants come from the uncertainty about finding a workplace or from the uncertainty of the future. The religion matter is marginal, and young people are actionally manifesting discrimination and xenofoby due to the uncertainty of their own future. AT the end of 2015, the unemployment rate in Spain was 47.7% and in Italy 39.8%, high numbers which show us that almost one out of 2 young people does not have a job. In the same time, there were 5.4 million immigrants in Spain (out of which about 500.000 thousand from conflict areas) and 4.9 million in Italy (out of which 600.000 thousand from conflict areas). This situation escalades the fears for future and leads to tendencies of radicalization, intolerance and discrimination towards other youth people with different nationalities and cultures. Training Course “Time to say I CAN” aimed to promote tolerance, intercultural dialogue and development of entrepreneurial competences, gain of key competencies (entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and expression) for active youth workers, development the capacity of the 5 partner NGO’s for cooperation at national and international level against discrimination, intolerance and radicalization of young people and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities belonging to minorities or immigrants. This Youth Exchange involved young people from Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Poland and Romania. During 10 days they were learning new methods of non-formal...
Let’s Digitalise Youth Organisations with Erasmus+!

Let’s Digitalise Youth Organisations with Erasmus+!

Nowadays we are witnessing a social media revolution – e.g. Facebook added over 200 million users in less than a year, Instgram has about 400 million monthly users, while Snapchat has 100 million daily ones! At the same time apps such as Pokemon GO storm the whole world in just an eyeblink. As Erik Qualman from a movie Social Media Revolution 2016 said – “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it?”. All this made NGOs from Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Latvia unite and create a project for youth workers to share their experiences on the best ways to use digital tools in youth organizations. As a result, a Erasmus+ youth worker mobility “Let’s Digitalise Youth Organizations” was held in Kaunas, Lithuania on August 8-15th, 2016. Project Goals In short, the project was aiming to grow digital communication professionals, who could effectively communicate with youth and help NGOs be more visible in the EU. To reach it, the main objectives of the project were: Teach youth workers how to effectively use digital communication tools in youth organisations; Develop new ideas for better digital communication in youth organisations; Share the knowledge how to reach a clear and appealing image of a youth organisation through digital tools; Set the most effective ways for cooperation between youth organisations through digital tools; Connect digital tools theoretical and practical learning methods through non-formal education. Tools and workshops 27 youth workers coming from 5 different countries (Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Romania and Latvia) had the chance to take part in numerous workshops and activities...
EVS – Youth for future, Bucharest – Romania

EVS – Youth for future, Bucharest – Romania

EVS – European Voluntary Service Youth for future Bucharest, Romania 1 October 2015– 30 April 2016   In the period 1 October 2015 – 30 April 2016 Asociatia Tineret pentru Dezvoltare Durabila organized implemented an EVS project in Bucharest under framework Erasmus+ program, which involved 6 volunteers from Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, working in kindergarden with children and youth. Project “Youth for future” was the first EVS project implemented by the organization ATDD, therefore, it was a huge challenge for us. Together with all the coordinators and partners from sending organizations from Spain, Italy and Bulgaria we made every effort to ensure the best conditions of working and living for 6 volunteers. During the recruitment process, we tried to choose the right people to work with children and youth through non-formal methods. Cooperation with children, youth and community allowed to participants get to know the local culture and also gave an opportunity to present their own traditions and customs, which helped breaking barriers and provided an opportunity for mutual learning. The mere presence of volunteers and their attitude also contributed to the promotion of the idea of mobility, increased knowledge about the Erasmus+ program and the opportunities offered by the European Voluntary Service. Through non-formal education and global citizenship, we tried to prepare young people for active citizenship in Europe and World, to raise awareness among people of importance of meeting obligations as citizens of Europe and convince others to act in accordance with the global common good rather than in national or local categories. Volunteers were involved in initiatives related to the dissemination of the project results, the...
Ghidul Micului Antreprenor  – Primul pas in dezvoltarea personala

Ghidul Micului Antreprenor – Primul pas in dezvoltarea personala

      Pentru ca dezvoltarea personala incepe de la varste fragede, voluntarii nostri EVS au conceput un mic ghid al antreprenorului. Acestia s-au inspirat pentru realizarea ghidului din experienta EVS in Romania, in perioada Octombrie 2015 – Aprilie 2016, in cadrul proiectului Youth for Future. Va invitam sa descarcati documentul si sa il folositi in activitatea dvs. cu copiii! Echipa  ATDD!  ...
Training Course – What if I get involved?

Training Course – What if I get involved?

Training Course What if I get involved? Ranca, Romania 15-23 September 2015 Nowadays, the possibilities of young people around Europe to travel and learn by using non-formal education are high. In the last years, we assisted to increase in the number of youth participating to non-formal education activities. However, we understand that in many situations, the learning process and the target group is only slightly focused on young people with fewer opportunities, where the need of non-formal education activities is high. Furthermore, the initiatives of the young people from the partners organizations are limited as size and can’t create a sustainable effect, integrated in a mainstream of youth work in the field of volunteering, that can help youth develop their key competences as civic behavior, intercultural skills and knowledge, practical implementation of non-formal education methods. The project “What if I get involved?” proposed a different approach for the work of youth in the field of volunteering using non-formal education. We created an example of large scale youth event, using the concept “Youth Exchange with local community”, where both the participants and the youngsters from local community were involved in the learning process starting with the early stages of the exchange. We aimed to create the impact for participants and the local youngsters as the activities were implemented to multiply the concept and the activities experienced in all the communities of the partners, so we could integrate the concept in a mainstream for youth work, with a lot of visibility and participation of the community. This Youth Exchange involved 35 young people from Lithuania, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. During...
What if I get involved? Youth Exchange

What if I get involved? Youth Exchange

Nowadays, the possibilities of young people around Europe to travel and learn by using non-formal education are high. In the last years, we assisted to increase in the number of youth participating to non-formal education activities. However, we understand that in many situations, the learning process and the target group is only slightly focused on young people with fewer opportunities, where the need of non-formal education activities is high. Furthermore, the initiatives of the young people from the partners organizations are limited as size and can’t create a sustainable effect, integrated in a mainstream of youth work in the field of volunteering, that can help youth develop their key competences as civic behavior, intercultural skills and knowledge, practical implementation of non-formal education methods. The project “What if I get involved?” proposed a different approach for the work of youth in the field of volunteering using non-formal education. We created an example of large scale youth event, using the concept “Youth Exchange with local community”, where both the participants and the youngsters from local community were involved in the learning process starting with the early stages of the exchange. We aimed to create the impact for participants and the local youngsters as the activities were implemented to multiply the concept and the activities experienced in all the communities of the partners, so we could integrate the concept in a mainstream for youth work, with a lot of visibility and participation of the community. This Youth Exchange involved 35 young people from Lithuania, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. During 10 days they were learning new methods of non-formal education, playing games,...
Be Active!

Be Active!

Attempt to encourage young people to social activities and to increase awareness about opportunities through the implementation of their initiatives are ambitious objectives faced by the coordinators of the 10-day youth exchange “Be active!”, realized in the framework of the Erasmus + in a village called Ranca in Romanian Carpathians. On 22-31 August 2015 more than thirty people aged 18-30 took part in workshops dedicated to creating a vibrant civil society, getting to know the living conditions of the local community, exchanging their own experiences brought from their countries, and thus, inspiring each other to new, perhaps joint actions. Meeting of young people from Poland (Stowarzyszenie Zmiana Tematu), Romania (Asociatia Tineret pentru Dezvoltare Durabila), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Youth Forum), Italy (Associazione Culturale Beyond Borders Corato) and Turkey (the International Humanist and Ethical Union) gave the opportunity to confront views on a number issues, both current and universal, such as the sense of working for the community, self-realization at various levels, to help others, understanding what different and not always seemingly simple. Working in ethnically mixed groups, we put the problems related to the language barrier, different experiences that have shaped our current views and also learned to open up to new, previously unknown perspective. For over a week we participated in activities such as community interview about the town in which we found ourselves, a public cafe, where we exchanged our opinion on current affairs in the world, shock advertisement, forcing us to be creative in coming up with their own, sensational ideas for social campaigns, simulation debate on immigration, which the structure imposed on us from above roles and...
Strategies and methods for youth involvement in decision making process – Part 2

Strategies and methods for youth involvement in decision making process – Part 2

Learning to speak in public? Getting to know new cultures? All that we had the opportunity to experience during the workshop “Strategies and methods for youth involvement in decision making process” which took place on 15-23 March 2015 in the charming town Slanic – Moldova, Romania. The project involved 25 people from five countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and Turkey. The project was created for the identified problem among young people, which is the lack of Involvement of young people in decision-making process Relating to the European values ​​- European citizenship, cultural diversity, tolerance. Through the cooperation of non-governmental organizations from 5 different countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Spain and Romania the project increased the quality of work of youth workers and their roles in achieving the intended results. During 9 days, 25 young people developed their competencies in bridging the isolation of young people in active participation in social life. Non-formal working methods used during the training course, drive the youth workers that initiate and management system in the field of youth policy at the local level, offering young people the opportunity to gain the skills needed to engage in social life. The aim of the project was to design and create a model of management for local communication system based on 3 pillars: non-governmental youth organizations, local decision makers and youth workers. During the workshop, participants discovered how many there are universal problems they encounter every day in our communities, regardless of what country they come from. An interesting exercise ushering in a system of collaboration was to create the highest tower using plastic straws. Contrary...