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Result of YOSE II

6 YOSE II videos According to the Youth Opportunities in Social Economy II. that we planned to use in all activities of this ...

MY EARTH

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My report on the European Solidarity Corps Peers Kick-off meeting

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6 YOSE II videos According to the Youth Opportunities in Social Economy II. that we planned to use in all activities of this project, the results of it should be playful, happy, youthful and promoting the active participation and involvement for the global change. The videos speak for themselves. They show a path of personal growth of volunteers, job shadowers, training course participants together with the local community, from the beginning of the project till its end. They were not shoot in a professional way (for some volunteers it was the first time that they made a video), they look very “home-made” but partners agree that this give them some extra closeness to the young people. We will use the videos when we further promote the EVS and Erasmus+ Program, where as well some of the volunteers will participate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZm9KXIfFTg https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/2141052799557050/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxLjQAzlFtA&t=2s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeXkOcwjnfg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1TtCBCI1364Rrnhu8Ypp2OxQIi4MTM2YEwpIa1p788JItkXeUbTs4lOTU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVDzBPkX1ys https://www.facebook.com/autonomiaedescoberta/videos/295735581059834/ Brossure of the Training Course in Bhubaneswar India The international seminar in Bhubaneswar, where 19 Youth workers improved their training skills to work on empowerment of young people (NEETs), has been developed based on the needs of the these participants (that were detected previously) but again open enough to be used by a vast number of youth workers who would like to foster active citizenship and develop employability skills with groups of young people, especially NEETS or young people with fewer opportunities in wider sense. The brossure is available on the webpage of Fekete Sereg, on bevolunteer.net, on the dissemination platform of Erasmus+, on the websites of the partners. We will as well put some extra effort after the lifetime of the project, presenting this training as a good practice in tool fairs, conferences and other meetings of professionals of Youth practice in Europe. Available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1N5M-PcRR1im38VPnyVOtIXCYlr1Mv05g 20 vlogs from volunteers In connection to other EVS projects that are coordinated by Fekete Sereg (YOSE 2, MY EARTH…) or where Fekete Sereg is partnering (LEMON), we tend to always use this page for dissemination and promotion of EVS opportunities, information about EVS project and hosting organizations out of Europe, and finally, all the written blogs or other products made by volunteers are published there. Consequently we are generating a big community of young people and organizations all over the globe that use this page for consultation, promotion, young people to read the stories of other peers that are living an amazing experience abroad and would like to do the same. Through this EVS stories we can see how young people is changing personally, how young people confront difficult situations and deal with them, how the impact of their work is slowly becoming more and more visible and conscious. We were positively surprised to see how seriously the writing of this blog was taken by YOSE II volunteers and finally, it was a great basis to make the final evaluation of their learning achievement and write their Youthpasses after that. Volunteers, job shadowers: https://www.facebook.com/autonomiaedescoberta/videos/350217589145733/ https://www.facebook.com/autonomiaedescoberta/videos/576728392755914/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/1146874642172234/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/2106362836094233/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/431121407424538/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/328233027762308/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/191222158490707/ https://www.facebook.com/fundacion.aea/videos/536481790167410/ 6 local dissemination activity methods on social solidarity economy for running the empowerment workshop and disseminate with exEVS volunteers and Job Shadowers, participants of the international Seminar in India for local volunteers was developed and piloted in 6 different countries. The methods aimed to be developed and used by participants of the Seminar in Bhubaneswar in India, the exEVS volunteers volunteering experience, Job Shadowers in their local communities with NEETS, empowering them in developing a variety of competences improving their status quo and empowering them to become active citizens, local volunteers, future EVS/ESC volunteer co-creating their local environments and having easier their access to the labour market, creat a small social solidarity enterprise. This first draft of concrete actions that the participants developed is annexed to the report of the training. After this phase the youth workers tried it out with young people, with min. 24 hours local dissemination workshop, and finally after testing it, we have the final reports of the National Local Activity reoports to be further disseminated and exploited after this project is finished. Each partner went in different direction, depending on the real needs of young people and their communities. All of the activities were based on non-formal educational principles that enable full participation and development of each participant, in a very high percentage are gamified, diverse, dynamic, combination of indoor and outdoor activities, involve a holistic approach to learning and with a clear notion of connection to their reality. One of the results of these local activity workshops is that the partners have reached different number of young people with whom we are having further collaboration, they get motivation to be EVS/ESC volunteer in the future thanks to the dissemination exEVS volunteers discussion, enabling the development of the local volunteering, more knowledge social solidarity economy and our communities mutually. Firstly, because of voluntary work that will bring positive impact on the community, but as well because of the empowerment of the community itself to fight with their problems. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the content which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Grand awarded by The European Commission for the project 589743-EPP-1-2017-1-HU-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALAwithin the Erasmus+ Program “YoSe 2 - Youth Opportunities in Social Economy Activities Summary” Capacity Building in the field of Youth
Brussels, 25 – 28 March 2019 What was the meeting about? The overall aim of this meeting was to build a community or network around the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). It was the first gathering together to explore options and discuss how this network should look like. How did I get there? In 2018, a EUSurvey was promoted through the ESC newsletter. I took part in this survey and indicated my interest in becoming involved in the process of shaping an ESC network. As a consequences, I received an invitation by the European Commission for the ESC Peers kick-off meeting in October 2018. I accepted this invitation but unfortunately I never received an answer. That’s why I tried to contact different people e.g. via the contact on the European Youth Portal, the eurodesk website, the European Commission directly and the Hungarian national agency. To my disappointment, nobody could help me so I didn’t expect any answer anymore. But in January 2019 I received an email by the European Commission, apologise for the previous confusion and inviting me to the kick-off meeting in March 2019. Later they explained that they had to cancel their first planned meeting and postpone it on March 2019. The participants Among the young people who responded to the EUSurvey, phone interviews were conducted with those most enthusiastic about participating in and contributing to the ESC community. Finally, 15 participants coming from different regions in Europe, fields of activity, age brackets, status, and backgrounds were selected. Additionally, Erasmus+ National Agencies nominated 6 members of the EuroPeers network run by a cooperation of National Agencies from the already available pool of alumni of Erasmus+ Youth activities. So in sum, we were 21 young participants from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Spain and the UK. We came from very different backgrounds plus we had a big age gap from 18-30 years old (I was the youngest with 18 years) but we shared the same values which made it easy to work together. During the third and the fourth meeting days we were joined by 19 participants from selected National Agencies responsible for youth, ESC hosting organisations and EU stakeholder organisations to take into account the input of organisations and national agencies. Our hosting team included four members of the European Commission namely of the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). In addition, the working and discussing methods were guided by a participatory-leadership-instructor. The location The first three days we worked in the building of the European Research Council Executive Agency in the north part of Brussels. For the closing seminar then, we gathered in the building of the DG EAC and had lunch in the European Commission building. Day 1 - 25th March 2019 After the security formalities and some small talk we started at 9:30h with a world café format about possible needs of a future network. The main question was “What would be important to do together in the ESC group?” and our thoughts were i.e. to promote the ESC, to form a strong alumni network, to address existing problems and to support recent volunteers when they have problems. Though, it was a bit difficult because it was still unclear what exactly the European Commission expected from us and the future network. That is why, in the end of the first day we came to the essential question towards the members of the European Commission “Who are we?” The answer “Who do you want to be?” was very surprising to all of us. In addition, the hosting team pointed out many times that this network is our network and that we should think broadly to create something new. In the evening, we had dinner in an Ethiopian restaurant with many interesting and inspirational conversations and discussions. Day 2 - 26th March 2019 The morning of the second day started with another world café format about the structure of this network. Especially in this case it was very difficult and unusual, to break out from guidelines and rules that normally dominate our daily lives. But it's also very exciting to explore the limits of the horizons. Nevertheless, in the case of a possible structure the already existing structure of the EuroPeers helped a lot as a basic idea on which we developed further improvements. A big discussion on the topic about paid work and workers showed up but we soon recognised that this just belongs to the future work and not to a kick-off meeting. In the afternoon, we were asked to take a look on the draft for the new website design of the European Youth Portal. After this, the representatives of the European Commission explained the process how the ESC was set up before we continued our discussion on the structure and collaboration until 5pm. Still, it was not that easy to bundle 21 different ideas and intentions to one overall idea and by the end of the second day we were all really tired. Day 3 - 27th March 2019 On the third day it was the day where we already should present our first outcomes especially the structure towards the representatives of the national agency (NA) and hosting organisations (HO). That means that now there were not just only 21 different ideas in the room but around 40 and our discussions were very intense. Every NA and HO had another ideas and eager to build on the base of already existing structures. As a consequence we discussed the same points that we 21 already discussed on the previous days another time which was kind of frustrating. But here, the European Commission outlined again, that this is our network and we should not be bounced back by the NA’s and HO’s conceptions. However, at the same time the NAs and HOs were very cooperative, willing to help and asked us how they can help us. After lunch we continued our work in the frame of the Open Space method. In total, we had 24 different discussion topics i.e. the network’s objectives, the name of the network, the support of current volunteers, the using of the EuroPeers network and how we can make the network attractive for others to join. Since I didn’t know of the Open Space method and was in the coordinating team for it, I learned a lot from it. In the end of the day, we wrapped up the different outcomes of the Open Space method and by 7pm we had dinner in a Brussels restaurant where we continued our discussions. One of the big question was (and is it still) who exactly should be part of the network. Is it just an alumni network or is everybody who registered at the ESC automatically part of it? And what about the Erasmus+ participants? Another big question is about the exact objectives of our network. Day 4 - 28th March 2019 With all these questions we started into the last day which was supposed to end around 2pm after lunch. Again, I was in the coordinating team and we had three main topics to discuss: the name of our network, the next elegant steps and who is going to present our results at the European Youth Week in Brussels on the 30th April 2019. Firstly, we couldn’t agree on a fixed name for the network. There were lots of voices who said that the European Solidarity Corps is already a network and doesn’t require a name. In the end, we agreed on a working title “European Solidarity Corps network”. Secondly, we founded eight different groups for each working field: Marketing & Communication (How can we promote our network and the ESC?) Manifesto (Values & Objectives) Feedback & Best practices (How can we use the already existing structure?) Mentoring (How can we support the recent volunteers?) Events & Training (How can we realise trainings and events?) NAs & HOs (How can we work together?) European Commission (How and who communicates with them?) ESC Peers (How can we 21 work together in the future and realise our ideas?) I decided to be part of the marketing & communication team and we already started to work on the same day after lunch. The third topic for the last day was about to select these people who are going to present our results on the European Youth Week in Brussels on the 30th April. Since the representatives of the European Commission said, everybody who would like to come to the Youth Week is welcomed, it was not that difficult to find an answer. Finally, after we closed the meeting we had lunch together in the cafeteria in the building of the European Commission. Summary To sum it up, the ESC Peers kick-off meeting was inspiring, intense, motivating, energetic, demanding, talk-reaching, conflictual, tiring, confusing but at the same time one-hundred percent and over all positive. The feeling that “we are the beginning of something” (quote by the representative of the European Commission) is great and it was a pleasure for me to work with completely motivated people. Against my expectations this motivation among us is still high and within my group we are working together via Mattermost, Skype and Google Drive. In addition, I see it as a big chance to learn from my team members as they are all experienced in project working. I am also looking forward to present our ideas to other young people at the European Youth Week in Brussels. More pictures on paulasblog.de Paula Gehrs