Start & End Date: 01-01-2020 – 31-12-2021
Participating Countries: Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, Greece, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Germany
Project Partners: STIFTELSEN FRYSHUSET (Slovakia), STIFTELSEN FRYSHUSET (Sweden), UNITED SOCIETIES OF BALKANS (Greece), CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE ASSOCIATION (North Macedonia), ORGANIZING BUREAU OF EUROPEAN SCHOOL STUDENT UNIONS (Belgium), MLADINSKI CENTER BIT ZAVOD ZA DRUGO IZOBRAZEVANJE, IZPOPOLNJEVANJE IN USPOSABLJANJE, SOCIALNO PODJETJE (Slovenia), SAUGA AVATUD NOORTEKESKUS(Estonia), ACTIONAID INTERNATIONAL ITALIA ONLUS (Italy), MOJU – ASSOCIACAO MOVIMENTO JUVENILEM OLHAO (Portugal), CULTURE GOES EUROPE (CGE)- SOZIOKULTURELLE INITIATIVE ERFURT EV (Germany)

Grant Giver: Erasmus+
Key Action: Support for policy reform
Action Type: European Youth Together
Grant Amount: 480.940,00 EUR
CGE Budget: 43.672,00 EUR

With “Brave New YOU – reloaded” project, YEU is aiming to contributing to the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 and European Youth Goals by developing capacities of disadvantaged young people as leaders on local and the EU level towards more open-minded and tolerant Europe in which young people, no matter of their background and position in society, freely and proudly exercise their rights to actively and equally participate in their communities. Building on the experiences of New Narrative for Europe, we will engage, connect and empower young people of different origins from local communities across Europe to understand the current hateful narratives, challenge them and build new, positive and inclusive ones.

What do we want to do:
Brave New YOU – reloaded will aim to upscale the practices of a project implemented during 2018 – Brave New YOU: www.bravenewyou.org and further embed the practices of inclusive approaches to local communities as examples of good practice.

    In the project “Brave New YOU- reloaded” YEU wants to focus on:
  • Creating new approaches and tools by getting to know the Others (less visible and communities of other origins, cultures, practices that the majority one): people are less interested in facts, they react emotionally to what they identify with. By getting to know those whose presence, existence and difference they are afraid of, new narratives will come more naturally as they will be an everyday reality.
  • Developing capacities of disadvantaged young people and practitioners: YEU wants to be able to reach out to those who are usually under the radar of youth organizations due to various reasons. By developing new or empowering existing leaders and giving them educational and practical tools to challenge the hateful and create new narratives, they will be more empowered to reach out to young people of different backgrounds in their own communities.
  • Showcasing the power of quality youth work: Youth work and non-formal education are complementary to formal education but we want to showcase its power to change lives of young people and, subsequently, communities and societies they get actively engaged in.
  • Promoting intercultural and gender perspective in youth work as a cross- cutting/transversal issue: YEU believes youth work should be inclusive and open to all, no matter of background or walks of life. Intercultural dialogue and understanding of gender diversity should be “standards” of youth work at any local and at the European level.
  • Supporting disadvantaged young people to engage, connect and empower each other to actively participate in socio-political life in their societies on local and European level: by encouraging young people in situations of disadvantage to speak up and have their voices heard, share their perspectives and points of view with other young people, interact and discuss with their peers across Europe, we will contribute to motivating hundreds of young people acting as community leaders in the future and making a change happen.
  • Developing stories and narratives of Europe with young people from disadvantaged areas: through working on challenging narratives on local level, one of the main topics would be how do we imagine an inclusive Europe, and how can we challenge/tackle hateful narratives towards marginalized communities and create new, more positive and inclusive ones
  • Sharing positive and inclusive stories on European level, through organising a campaign on how do we imagine an inclusive Europe, by sharing the voices, narratives and stories of the disadvantaged young people

Aim:
To develop capacities of disadvantaged young people as leaders on local and the EU level towards more open-minded and tolerant Europe in which young people, no matter of their background and position in society, freely and proudly exercise their rights to actively and equally participate in their communities.

    Objectives:
  • (SO1) To build capacities of youth workers to reach out and empower disadvantaged young people of different backgrounds (ethnic, religious, cultural, gender) to be more engaged in societies and voice up their realities.
  • (SO2) To enhance social cohesion in communities by bringing realities of disadvantaged young people of different backgrounds (ethnic, religious, cultural, gender) closer to majority population by understanding and challenging current narratives related to position of disadvantaged groups in societies (newcomers, women, LGBT+ youth).
  • (SO3) To provide large-scale ultimate educational experiences and networking opportunities aiming at connecting and empowering young people of different backgrounds to become leaders in their societies and at the same time engage with decision makers on local and European level.
  • (SO4) To bring the EU related information and policies related to enhancing participation of disadvantaged groups at the local level with young people acting as multipliers and agenda-setters in their communities.
  • (SO5) To reach out to disadvantaged young people to make their voices heard on their vision of an inclusive Europe.
  • (SO6) To raise awareness of the views for an inclusive Europe of the disadvantaged young people through a campaign “my inclusive Europe”
    Outputs:
  • Educational tools and approaches towards more inclusive participation of disadvantaged young people in local communities (youth organisations and schools) and at the EU level, developed by young people, tested and implemented in XX number of countries.
  • Strategy with recommendations on youth engagement in deprived areas across Europe.
  • policy recommendations towards EU and local institutions on how to create more inclusive approaches to integration of young people in situations of disadvantage.
  • 1 training course for youth workers on how to reach out to disadvantaged young people.
  • 1 study visit for youth workers and experts to understand different approaches to working with disadvantaged young people.
  • 1 youth exchange for young people on tackling narratives and finding solutions in the EU and local context.
  • 1 Youth exchange for young people to test and give feedback on new educational tools and approaches.
  • Closing conference of 50 young people of different backgrounds to present the achieved results to decision makers in the EU institutions.
  • 1 campaign on European level “My Inclusive Europe” incorporating XX local activities and an online outreach campaign.
    Target groups:
  • Disadvantaged and underrepresented groups of young people in local communities across Europe.
  • Young people aged 15-30.
  • High school students.
  • Youth organisations.

 


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