12th – 19th February 2022, Portimão, Portugal
This training visit will be organised by DYPALL Network in cooperation with Active Bulgarian Society, United Societies of Balkans and Youth for Exchange and Understanding.
DYPALL Network (Developing Youth Participation at Local Level) is a European platform of over 70 civil society organisations and local authorities from more than 30 countries, that aims to involve young people in decision making processes at local level, and thus enable municipal and regional authorities to address the needs and interests of youth, engage young people as active actors of problem-solving and increase the level of ownership, commitment and involvement of an important part of our communities.
YP Lab is a resource and mobility centre within DYPALL Network with the focus on research development and capacity building in the field of local youth participation.
In order to realise this ambitious and challenging initiative, DYPALL Network has the following objectives:
- Develop structures and mechanisms for youth participation in decision-making at local level;
- Identify best practices and introduce innovative approaches on public governance in cooperation with local authorities and civil society organisations active in the field of youth;
- Foster youth engagement and inclusiveness in representative and participatory democracy processes;
- Build capacity and provide technical assistance on various areas and processes like policy making, advocacy, structured dialogue, co-management, and more;
- Mainstream youth policies at local and regional level (such as youth Guarantee schemes) to develop cohesive and engaged societies.
Active Bulgarian Society (ABS) is a youth organisation created using our imagination to improve our potential and surrounding environment with fresh and positive ideas. What solidifies them is their passion to take the initiative and involve young people in social life, through European Mobility and Training programs. ABS applies an innovative approach to develop youngsters through deep involvement in the activities of the organisation.
United Societies of Balkans (USB) is an NGO created in Thessaloniki in 2008 by a group of energetic young people with rich experience around voluntary programs and with social sensitivities. Their vision is the empowerment of youth at local, national and international level, intercultural dialogue, the promotion of the principles and values of democracy and human rights, through the mobilisation and mobility of young people, their involvement in volunteering, as well as raising their awareness around social issues.
Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an international youth organisation established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels. It is an inclusive network of youth organisations, led by and for young people, promoting the importance of active citizenship initiatives by using non-formal education as a tool in order to provide knowledge, skills and intercultural experience for personal and social development.
The aim of the training is to build the youth workers’ capacity to ensure local impact and local engagement of young people taking part in international mobilities through effective follow-up strategies based on the outputs of the project: digital follow-up platform (IO1) and the guidelines and creating a successful follow-up strategy (IO2).
Together, the 12 youth workers will share their own expertise on the local impact of learning mobilities and on possible and efficient follow-up strategies and activities, and analyse and learn how to enhance these strategies using the intellectual outputs of the project. The programme of activities consists of participatory approach and non-formal education methodologies. It will be supplemented by study visits to different spaces of youth participation to learn from the experience of local organisations.
The training is a part of a project “Level Up! Life After Mobility” under Erasmus+ KA205 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The outcomes of the training will serve as a resource to review and improve the intellectual outputs of the project.
Draft programme of the activity is available here.
The training has the following objectives:
- To understand the importance of local youth participation and learn about different tools and models that foster it
- To acquire competencies and exchange practices on how to strengthen local community youth engagement through successful follow-up strategies
- To gain and exchange practical and technical knowledge and skills to use the platform to engage young people through the digital tools
- To develop knowledge of youth workers on the security of the data, digital tools and e-participation
- To ensure the transfer of the project outcomes to different communities and organizations to improve their follow-up strategies
Profile of Participants
The training is designed for youth workers, municipality officers and young leaders from Portugal, Belgium, Bulgaria and Greece.
Moreover, the participants must:
- Be able to work in English;
- Be residents of Portugal, Belgium, Bulgaria and Greece;
- Be able to attend the whole duration of the Training;
- Have relevant experience in the topic of international mobilities, national & EU youth policy, youth issues and local youth work
- Be highly motivated towards learning about methods of ensuring the engagement of local youth after the mobilities
- Be minimum 18 years old
Three participants will be selected per country. The organisers cover the costs of transportation, accommodation and boarding.
To apply for participation in this Training, please fill in the online registration form here. The deadline for applying is 8 th of January 2022 by 12 p.m. (midday) CET.
The training is a part of a project “Level Up! Life After Mobility” under Erasmus+ KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for youth – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Youth workers mobility.
For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/
In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mateusz Hoffmann at [email protected].