With the support of the European Union programme 'Youth in Action' and in the context of the European Voluntary Service, 11 young people had the mission to apply non-formal education methods that can overcome the language barrier
Three young people from France and Spain have been working since January 2012 as European volunteers with a non-governmental organisation in Krško, Slovenia to introduce local children and young people – particularly young Roma – to the world of media and so to stimulate involvement in public life through media.
At the start of this youth initiative project there was no provision for young people in the local area of Tullaghan, County Leitrim in Ireland.The young people formed a club and decided to take part in a project that enabled them to work with other segments of the community towards a common goal of producing a large mobile piece of art entitled ‘The Community Clock’ that represented all elements and groups within the local community.
In a time of fear of terrorism and Islamophobia this multicultural exchange funded under the Youth in Action Programme promoted a feeling of understanding and emphasised our similarities as human beings which affected not only the young people but continued to have ripples into the wider community, thereby proving the ideal of unity in diversity.
Full House is a youth filmmaking and international exchange project funded by the Youth in Action Programme, which has involved 45 young people from Bristol (Great Britain), Hannover(Germany) and Posnan (Poland). The UK premiere will take place on Saturday 21st November 2009 at Cinema De Lux, Cabot Circus.
The ZOEY Foundation for Arts and Culture just finished their first Youth Democracy Project granted under the Action 1.3 of the Youth in Action Programme. The project aimed at making youngsters growing up in the outskirts of Lisbon and Utrecht more aware of democratic processes. Katerina and Kostana led this project, called ‘Under Construction’. What was their project about? What were the main differences between the Netherlands and Portugal? And did they succeed in reaching the project goals?
"Heart, keep beating" is a moving documentary film developed as a Youth Initiative project within the Youth in Action Programme. The official premiere of the documentary film took place on October 2nd, at the Danish Cinematheque in Copenhagen.
24 young Europeans from 6 different countries, who are visually impaired or sighted, are participating in the project funded by the Youth in Action Programme which allows them to share the same passion for music.
This long-term European Voluntary Service project involves 24 volunteers from 13 different countries, among them three new member states (Romania, Hungary and Latvia) and two EEAC countries (Ukraine and Armenia).
A Polish youngster was involved in an organisation in Mexico, working with girls who have been living in the streets for years, helping them recover their self esteem and avoid violence, prostitution and delinquency by supporting them in achieving a healthy life and developing their skills.
Fashion is something every teenage girl is concerned with. But who are the ones creating fashion? How are differences, social, ethnical or even religious ones taken into consideration?
Eight young Europeans are doing a volunteering service in associations and schools of the city of Redon in France.
The volunteers involved in this project in Ireland worked in one of a number of shelters for homeless people in Dublin city and had the opportunity to experience each of the centres during their placements.
The project Meet the Street supported under the Youth in Action Programme and implemented by European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) developed a European consultation where youngsters, aged between 15 and 25 are interviewing, using mobile phones, non organized youngsters about different subjects they feel are important for them.
The week of Be a part of it – local Youth Parliaments Networking in Europe took place in Venice in Italy when almost 100 young people from 10 European countries debated about “their Europe” and its social issues together with experts, politicians, volunteers, etc.
The aim of the Youth Initiative called "Naphouse" is to promote the health aspects of a peaceful lifestyle. The main idea is to fight the urban stress by using the benefits of siesta.
The seminar, ‘Chances and challenges for youngsters in Europe’ was supported within the Youth in Action Programme under the Action 5.1 - Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy. One of the main aims of this seminar was to mobilise young citizens to become active in shaping a society which is more prosperous, loyal and intercultural with a desirable future for everybody.
Young volunteer from Slovakia spent 7 months in Island within the European Voluntary Service.
People from all over the world came together to join one vision and worked together on the empowerment of volunteers working for the public-welfare.
The long-term training project Youth Work in Prisons is a training project for prison staff members on voluntary basis carried out in Estonia.
This year marked the Third edition of this successful initiative, which since 2006 has been promoting intercultural dialogue and youth cooperation among young students from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.
This project submitted by the Italian non-governmental organisation Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo involves 10 partners from 10 countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Malta, Pakistan, Indonesia, Liberia, India, Nepal and Colombia.
The aim of the Youth Initiative supported under the Youth in Action Programme called "Youth Parliament of Oslo – Young Influence" was to make a 15-minute documentary about the Youth Parliament of Oslo.
The Glacensis Association from the town Kudowa-Zdrój in Poland invited 17 performers of classical music, namely classical singing, coming from different European countries to their town. During several days in September within the project of Activity 4.3 young people together with their professors participated in the European Music Week. They met there to gain knowledge, develop talents, exchange experiences, but also to compare their skills with the ones of their foreign counterparts.
The Youth Exchange took place in Lisbon (Portugal) and brought together 46 people from 12 countries. During the 8 days of exchange the red line throughout the program was this question: "What role does religion play in our life?".
Seafearers Then and Now 5 is a multilateral itinerant youth exchange project with 35 young people from 8 different countries (Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom). It is the successful continuation of previous youth exchange adventures that began in 2004.
A youth exchange that took place in France in July 2007 involved young people aged 16-19 from 4 different countries: France, Germany, Palestinian Authority and Morocco. The main theme of the exchange was the meeting between traditional and modern cultures.
Roma communities are often isolated, with little communication or understanding between them and mainstream society. The ‘Roma-Gadje Dialogue through Service’ initiative seeks to break down their marginalisation by involving non-Roma youths in projects in Roma communities and vice versa.
A European Voluntary Service (EVS, Action 2) project coordinated by the Austrian organisation Akzente Salzburg has taken place in Austria from May to July 2008, in the framework of the Euro2008 football championships. The project (www.eurovol.at) involved 81 volunteers from 14 countries, and also made joint activities with another project, a Youth Exchange (Action 1.1) taking place in Youth centers in Vienna. Representative the European Commission have visited the project and met the young participants to discuss the experience together.
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival has just announced the list of award winners for 2008. One of the prizes went to the short film “Les Ombres qui me traversent” which was supported by the Youth Initiative networking projects.