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CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT “DIALOGUE FOR YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND YOUTH POLICY

 

CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT “DIALOGUE FOR YOUTH PARTICIPATION AND YOUTH POLICY

01.12.2017-01.07.2018 Overall Aim of our project was to strengthen the capacities of youth organizations in small cities and to promote Youth Participation and Implementation of Youth Policy on a local level via assisting Cross-Sectorial cooperation. Our project consisted of 6 activities: 2 Capacity Building Fellowship activity, Midterm Evaluation, Training course, Youth Exchange and the Conference of Evaluation of the project. The main reason why we carried out this Project, because we believed that youth is the main driving force for positive changes for the better democratic Society, and Youth Policy is one of the most important prerequisites for it. Youth Policy in National Level is developed, but it is not so much developed in the Municipality level. According to the research implemented by the members of our Consortium in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine in Eastern Partnership, and in Poland and Slovakia in EU, the Youth Policy in the Municipality level is on a very low level in EaP countries and the officials responsible for youth in small towns have small imagination about the youth policy and the implementation of the policy in local level. The situation is different in EU countries, there exists more or less developed local youth policy.
 
1. Capacity Building Activity /Chorzow, Poland/05.12.2017-12.12.2017/ First Capacity Building activity involved 2 youth workers and 1 representative of municipality /Per country/ from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine to participate in the Fellowship activity in Chorzow /Poland/ for 7 days. The aim of this activity was to raise the capacities of Municipalities and youth organizations based in small cities in the implementation of local youth policy and international youth cooperation taking into consideration the good practice of EU. The methodology of the Fellowship activity included – Interactive lectures by specialists from the Responsible Persons of Youth from the Municipalities in Poland, Exchange of experience, Discussions, Study visits to the 1 Municipality and 1 Youth organization in Poland.
2. Capacity Building Activity /Nitra, Slovakia/23.01.2018-30.01.2018/ Second Capacity Building Fellowship activity involved 2 youth workers and 1 representative of municipality /Per country/ from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine to participate in the Fellowship activity in Nitra /Slovakia/ for 7 days. The aim of this activity was to raise the capacities of Municipalities and youth organizations based in small cities in the implementation of local youth policy and international youth cooperation taking into consideration the good practice of EU. The methodology of the Fellowship activity included – Interactive lectures by specialists from the Responsible Persons of Youth from the Municipalities in Slovakia, Exchange of experience, Discussions, Study visits to the 1 Municipality and 1 Youth organization in Slovakia.
 
 
3. Midterm Evaluation /Kharkiv, Ukraine /05.02.2018-10.02.2018/ Midterm Evaluation of the project in Ukraine, which combined most of participants of the Fellowship activities and also 2 organizers from Slovakia and 2 organizers from Poland. During the Midterm Evaluation Conference participants created report concerning to 2 Fellowship activities and evaluated it via Formal and Non-formal ways.
4. Training Course Dialogue for Youth Participation and Youth Policy /Yerevan, Armenia /18.02.2018-26.02.2018/ Training Course involved 4 Participants /per country/ from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine Poland, and Slovakia. Methodology of the Training course was inline with the methods of Non-Formal Education based in the Erasmus Plus Guideline. Training course raised abilities of youth workers on implementation of Youth Policy on a local level. There have participated the same person who had participated in CPB Fellowship activity and also there were Youth workers and Municipality representatives from Slovakia and Poland, which was added value as the exchange of experience is one of important components in our project.
 
 
5. Youth Exchange Dialogue for Youth Participation and Youth Policy Yerevan, Armenia /14.04.2018-22.04.2018 Youth Exchange – was a chance for participants of the training course and the Fellowship activity to implement their knowledge in practice. There were 7 participants per country. Each country had 2 group leaderd who were participants of the CPB or Training course. Group leaders implemented the tasks during the Youth Exchange and raised knowledge of youngsters on the Implementation of Youth Policy in local level.
6. Final Evaluation Conference /Tbilisi, Georgia/ 05.06.2018-10.06.2018/ Evaluation Conference –included some participants of the Training course who also were involved in the Youth exchange. During the conference Participants and Organizers evaluated this project and designed projects for further cooperation. Methodology of the conference included – Reports, Discussions, Formal Evaluation, Non-Formal Evaluation
 
This project is financed by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency within the framework of Erasmus Plus Programme of European Union "Triangle of Participation - Young Leaders - Youth NGOs - Local Municipalities" - a capacity building project for five organisations from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Finland and Sweden. The project aims to develop innovative and collaborative practices between organizations active in the field of youth, enterprises, public authorities and civil society organizations active in different socio-economic sectors on one hand, and at the same time encourage and motivate young people to increase their active participation on decision-making process on the local and national level in their countries and develop long and short-term strategies and policies with their involvement. Through multi-sectorial cooperation - transnational, intercultural, cross-sectoral, cross-policy, cross-institutional and creating synergies between formal, non-formal and informal education and methodologies the project connects 5 countries via different mobility and capacity building activitiesTraining Course in Chisinau Moldova The training took place in Hotel Institutul Muncii in Chisinau, Moldova. The training course recruited people active in different socio-economic sectors - youngsters, public authority representatives, youth workers and representatives of the organizations active in the field of youth. Highlighted topics of the week were: Youth Work, Youth Participation and Youth policy. The training team arrived at the venue one day before, on 10 March 2018, in order to meet for fine-tuning of the agenda and coordination of facilitation. The first day of the training course was focused on the introduction part: participants getting to know each other and building a team to work together more productively. On the same day, participants got to know the objectives, activity programme and schedule for the upcoming week. In the evening, participants had an opportunity to introduce their organizations during the Gallery of Organizations. On the second day, youth work and participation was defined and discussed in the small groups. Participants brainstormed and came up with the cases from their own communities concerning the following frames: Right, Means, Space, Opportunity and Support. Besides, they got to know what are the 8 steps of youth participation according to Hart’s Ladder of Participation. The highlight of the third day was European charter on youth participation. Participants found out how Local and Regional Authorities should support young people in their communities. three sections of the Charter: Part one giving local and regional authorities guidelines on how to conduct policies affecting young people; part two, which provides some tools for furthering the participation of young people and the third part, which advises on how to provide institutional conditions for the participation of young people. Fellowship in Boras, Swede 7 fellows - youth workers and municipality representatives from the country of Georgia, Armenia and Moldova were recruited for the fellowship in Borås municipality. Participants shadowed the working cycle of KEKS and got involved in the activities conducted in the municipality of Borås. Fellows gained hand-in-hand experience with youth projects and youth policy implementation in this social welfare state. The second phase of the project #Triangle4youth created a space to discover and discuss intercultural aspects of the youth policy in order to bring European Dimension to youth work Participants were explained in details a structure of Borås municipality. There, they were specifically introduced to the Health and Leisure department, to which youth centers belong. Exchanging knowledge with the managers of Borås youth centers was very innovative in terms of different approaches they have with young people. Participants from the EaP countries explored the specifics of youth work in Sweden: if youth work their own countries is associated with is the elimination of social problems of youth, Swedish youth work is more concentrated on providing all young people with a safe, nice and inspiring environment. Fellowship in Finland 7 fellows - youth workers and municipality representatives from the country of Georgia, Armenia and Moldova were recruited for the fellowship in the city of Turku. The aim of this action was to become familiar with youth work and youth policy in Finland, to learn about the Finnish non-governmental and youth organisations and to get to know how youth workers are trained in Finland. Participants had a perfect chance to see the how youth policy works in action - in the youth centers. All of the study visits were accompanied by Mr Hasan Habib, a legal representative of Turku Youth Services. Each of 15 youth centers on the territory of Turku are under his disposal. After getting to know with the surroundings, fellows from 3 Eastern Partnership Countries visited Vimma. It is a house of art and activities for the youth, where they can go and do crafts, music and media, participate in events, or just visit to feel the vibes. Vimma can be found on Aurakatu in the Turku city centre. The building was designed in 1906 as a school for girls, and during 2004–2006 it was repaired for the use of the youth. Participants of the project #Triangle4youth met the staff of Vimma, which consists of professionals of different fields, altogether around 35 people. Vimma is part of the Turku City Recreation Division Youth Services. Most exciting part of the study visit was a meeting with outreach youth worker, who retold his story and described the specifics of outreach youth work in Finland. Youth Exchange in Georgia The Youth Exchange called #Youth On The Move took its path in the city of Gori, Georgia in 18-27 May. The group is very large - 50 participants from 5 countries (Armenia, Finland, Moldova, Sweden, Georgia). This time we have included local participants in the project to better identify the issues affecting young people in Gori in order to offer solutions to the City Hall. Providing recommendations during the meeting with the local policy-makers will be one of the outcomes of this project. On the first day leaders from country groups had a meeting. Leaders divided the roles and sessions, reviewed the programme and the strategy for the youth needs assessment in Gori. The seminar in Yerevan, Armenia will be implemented 25-30 July 2018 and will host 6 participants from each participating country. The participants will be - organisation staff members, coordinators and fellows. The objectives of this activity are the following: to share the practices from the local actions and evaluate the changes; to introduce tools and effective methods of youth participation on the local and regional levels; to identify challenges and generate solutions; to furthermore shape the plans for the conference and dissemination of the project results; to give space to plan the information and awareness campaign; to explore the funding opportunities in the field of youth aiming to increase the cross-sectorial cooperation and youth shaping policies in EaP region countries; to generate proposals for the follow-up projects in the field of youth. The Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia will be implemented from 14-16 February 2019. The conference has the following objectives: to present the project outcomes (including a handbook) to the wider audience; to multiply the notions and the principles of an effective youth policy, i.e. strategy-based governance, youth participation, evidence-based policy and sectorial cooperation;cross- to present the videos, booklets and the reports produced during the information and awareness campaign; to give space to young people and youth organisations to present their practices; to present the funding opportunities for public and NGO bodies active in the youth field, including Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation, European Union’s Erasmus+ and UN programmes; to give space for parallel workshops to draft a guide for municipalities and plan the joint strategies.