“How to establish a youth center” is an online training course for youth workers, municipal specialists responsible for youth issues, NGO representatives funded by the Erasmus+ program. The training course was implemented from 29th of March till 9th of April, it gathered more than 45 participants from 13 countries across Europe: Norway, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, North Macedonia, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Greece, Moldova, Sweden and Bulgaria.
From 26th of February to the 6th of March, the project “Bullying from Reality to Virtual and Back” took place in Busteni, Romania. Viktor, Elena, Erton, Ivan & Nevenka together with 37 other participants explored the violence among young people in the physical & cyber space. During these days, they covered a wide range of topics, shared many opinions & experiences, as well as promoted national traditions & food at intercultural evenings.
Our participants discussed on a variety of topics, including dignity, tolerance, respect, & social problems that people face every day. They shared experiences & promoted national traditions, food & music at intercultural evenings. This youth exchange was an interesting and unique experience that helped young people to expand their knowledge & viewpoints in order to gain universal human values.
During the project, Gjorgji & Stefan acquired interpersonal skills that enabled people to function better in the dynamic 21st century. Through practical exercises, different communication channels & multiple non-formal methods, the participants improved their communication & organizational skills. Because of each country’s different competences with distinctive intensity, this seminar allowed the participants to learn how to deal with all sorts of unpredictable scenarios in their personal and professional lives.
This phase involves the creation of new tools that could be used to educate young people about digital security & cyber hygiene. Six teams of youth workers created various activities & workshops that they had the opportunity to implement on the spot, which will be added to a digital open source manual that will serve youth workers working on cyber security.
TC “Youth work lab: using digital youth work and virtual reality in daily work of a youth center” in Lithuania
Together with another 30 youth workers from Europe, our participants gained knowledge of new technological devices & digital skills, as well as methods to use them in their work with young people. One of the highlights of the training course was the activity where participants used virtual reality.
The activities of the first project phase were aimed at enhancing the skills of youth workers by exchanging good practices in the youth sector of the three countries. So far, participants have had the opportunity to gain new & deeper knowledge in the field of debate, as well as useful digital tools.
Ana, Jovana, Marija, Hristijan & Zorica, together with 30 other participants had the opportunity to elaborate on the topic of social acceptance & cultural differences through various methods of games & acting. The group discussed historical and cultural similarities between their countries, where the Macedonian team discovering more interesting similarities with the Spanish hosts.
Аlong with our volunteers, youth workers from 11 other European countries deepened their knowledge of human rights, possible mechanisms for their protection & analyzed the ways how media in different European countries reports human rights topics to their followers. The life story of a survivor of World War II, a visit to a refugee camp & a discussion with migrants living in Belgium further brought the concept of human rights to the participants.
During the period from 14th to the 22nd of September, the first activity of the multi-phase project “Security 101” took place in Rustavi, Georgia, where participants had the opportunity to experience how the Internet works, how the information travels between the users, as well as to learn how to encrypt their messages in order to improve their digital security. Next phase are the individual local activities that every country group will organize in their local community in order to raise awareness about the importance of “cyber hygiene”.
“Be safe online!” aimed to raise the awareness about the importance of online safety by offering the participants information & instruments needed in order to safely navigate the internet. During the youth exchange, participants developed their civic spirit by initiating a campaign concerning online safety awareness, but also developing a series of abilities which will be useful for their personal & professional development.
“Youth Worker in Debate” is a KA2 project in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme that will include 60 young workers and youngsters from N. Macedonia, Italy and Greece during the period from June 2019 to May 2021. The project aims to apply the debate methodology in the youth work sector as a new and innovative non-formal education tool in the framework of multiple actions.
The main idea of “Active for Europe” was to make young people realize their potential impact on the community by active participation in it through volunteering and becoming an active citizen. During the youth exchange, participants expended their knowledge about volunteering, but also improved their soft skills.
Youth Exchange “I ship entrepreneurship” gathered 36 young people from 5 different countries to meet, discuss & develop their skills in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation & leadership by learning how to develop business ideas from scratch. This project put a strong accent on the formation, development & realization of entrepreneurial ideas by giving the participants the chance to simulate a complete business building cycle & use their ideas in the creation of a business model.
During these 10 days filled with fun and knowledge, the participants explored various cultures, presented their own, learned about cultural heritage & created partnerships for future projects in the field of culture, with the final goal, which is to “make culture great again”!