“Youth Entrepreneurial Learning in the Area of Fashion – ELA” – Youth Workers TC
Based on the fact that Entrepreneurial Learning is a key pillar for the economy of a country, we tried to deepen the needs of new and current trends by conducting research on the job objects and fields of interest of young people. The data analysis showed that a large part of young people are active in the field of fashion and even manages to provide income for a living from this activity. Their activity relates to fashion blogging, writing articles, YouTube channels, etc. while they earn money from clothing companies which pay them for publishing articles or promote their products through their activity. The clothing companies to reduce their advertising costs are increasingly turning to indirect advertising through various sites and blogs. The field of activity of young people in the fashion industry is not an object to which special emphasis has been given in combination with entrepreneurial learning, although many youth are oriented to a more commercial activity. The lack of specialized support is due to the fact that youth workers do not have methods and ways of connecting Fashion with Entrepreneurial learning to enable them to cultivate attitudes and entrepreneurial skills. As a result, ELA project has as a main objective the training of Youth Workers on entrepreneurial learning in the field of Fashion. Fashion is a new trend that interests youth not only as a hobby and passion but also as a profession and as an income resource. Therefore, the project’s target group is Youth Workers who wish to be trained on entrepreneurial learning in the field of Fashion and they will consequently work with youth and train them to become fashion professionals.
“ProAgriCulture: Engaging Youth towards professional Agriculture” – Youth Workers TC
The basic idea of the project is the observation that there is a tendency for young people living in urban areas to take the important life decision to move to rural areas and to engage professionally in agriculture. This decision of young people is based on the fact that they themselves are in the most productive phase of their lives, have an appetite to work and create, but the unemployment rates among young people are particularly high. As a result, young people are frustrated by city life and looking for alternative solutions, professionally and to improve their quality of life. Therefore, many young people seek to build their future in the countryside, changing their professional orientation and dedicating their creativity and energy to engaging in agriculture. Many have managed to create healthy agricultural businesses with enviable export activity. A common feature of these young professional farmers is their constant search for vocational training. In other words, they believe in the power of continuing training and education as they get informed, learn and apply the new knowledge they acquire in their businesses. The Project focuses on the need to provide primary vocational education to young people wishing to professionally turn to agriculture through Youth Workers training. We believe that the higher the level of professional education, the greater the professional success which is also true in the field of agriculture.
“Become Busy – BB”
The “Become Busy – B.B.” project aims at empowering young people by introducing entrepreneurship to them. The type of empowerment the “Become Busy – B.B.” project suggests is based on the extensive use of ICT, wanting to combine two very innovative fields for the benefit of young people: youth entrepreneurship and ICT. The economic crisis that began in the second half of the previous decade has created a particularly fragile situation for young people. As a result we see high unemployment rates among young people, rising levels of poverty and social exclusion, causing many of them to be forced to leave their country, and sometimes even Europe, and seek better opportunities.
This whole situation leads to a brain drain in some Member States, which seems difficult to reverse. This project will create an innovative interactive tool for developing skills and encouraging young people to put their business idea into practice (in a virtual online environment via a digital simulation platform of a business where they will have to face problems and develop business) and at the same time evaluate their progress. The Become Busy – B.B. Digital e-platform aims to become a European tool for business learning for young people and will therefore be available in English as the main language and in the languages of the partners. Additionally, it will be accessible to every young person who wants to use it (open source software).
“Refugees have no option, you do!” – Youth Exchange
Our contemporary world is experiencing a period of great change, where next to the ongoing social transformations are needed parallel personal paths of evolution. Alongside the social policies to find the balance, we need to carry on a process of personal growth and awareness that starts from each individual. Photography, as a medium, can contribute to this process of identification and personal evolution, becoming an instrument through which to look and see the world, helping to create the basis for a more conscious and active attitude. Photography can become a bridge-contact between us and others as well as being an authentic communication tool; tool that can give voice to our thoughts, putting us in connection – human – in an authentic way. Photography is a universal language, without linguistic and geographical boundaries, suitable for intercultural experiences between people from different countries. Refugees have no option, you do!" is a project that uses the photographic instrument as a tool, like a “bridge between participants and what is the thematic reference: migration policies that are literally transforming our world and bringing to the surface fears and limitations to which all of us we are living to.
“Training of Trainers in the Role of New Technologies and its use in the assessment of Educational Programs”
This project addresses the need to introduce new technologies into adult education and the training of our trainers on their use is the main purpose of our project. The aims of the project are:
- to obtain knowledge on how to use new ICT in adult training,
- to understand how these new ICT work and can be used in order to create fruitful learning environments for adult learners,
- to develop skills and knowledge to improve the quality of the educational
- to disseminate knowledge and systemic exploitation of proper educational material and methodologies in adult learning
“Tell me your story” – Youth Exchange
The project was about storytelling, as a tool in professional and private life and enhance the communication skills. Lack of soft skills, and especially presentation, storytelling listening avoiding manipulation skills are not well taught in formal educational settings and many young people have not developed them enough or at all. This can be a problem for them in making professional career, becoming entrepreneurs or engaging in civic activities. Project included using partners’ experience in one aspect of soft skills, which is public speaking, public presentations, active listening, analyzing and persuasion and avoiding manipulation. By doing this the project added a piece to the entrepreneurial education in the young generation.
“On the way to…” – Youth Workers TC
The "On the way to… project is a response to the needs of non-governmental organizations / informal groups dealing with supporting young people in becoming independent. It focuses on promoting and working on proper solution and tools to support youngsters correctly running the society. There is a need to improve the competences of employees and volunteers of partner organizations in order to provide greater, interdisciplinary support to young people. The aim of the project is to improve the offer proposed to youngsters, exchange knowledge and experience to prevent the crime, early education finishing, unemployment, social degeneration. Equally important in the project is the improvement of staff competences, implementation of new practices as well as a greater understanding of social, linguistic and cultural diversity and greater sensitivity in the above areas. The project will contribute to the improvement of the quality of work of specialists who measure their actions with solving important and complex social problems, which in turn will translate into more effective work and greater efficiency.
“Inclusion of refugees in non-formal education context in youth work” – Youth Workers TC
We would like to carry out this project to address the problem of inclusion of refugees in non-formal education context in youth work while create synergies among the participating organizations to future cooperation for the inclusive education methods. The refugee population is, mainly, made by young people aged between 13-30; in Turkey the percentage is more than 80%. Most of those young people have to be educated to prevent marginalization; in parallel to this issue there are no opportunities for those young refugees to participate to education processes in the Youth Sector. In additional, youth workers are not competent enough to provide educational opportunities in EU and neighboring countries, especially in places like Turkey and FYROM.
“Cross – Cultural Solidarity” – Youth Exchange
The issues of the world are no longer isolated to the place of action. It is present in our homes through the internet, television and so on. It is present in our national politics and it is present in our countries international relations. The past years especially the question of refugees and migration has taken a large place locally, nationally and internationally. So what position do we as youth take in this big, fast moving and unequal world? Youth has through time been change makers. A position we should remember and practice through creating and using platforms for the youth to meet, for the youth to ask questions and for the youth to make a change. The project will do this by asking the question: What is solidarity today and how can we practice it in our lives? The aims are:
- Learn more about the refugee situation.
- Learn about how EU has handled the current refugee situation and why.
- Enhance critical thinking and discussions techniques to understand how to create better and equal opportunities for all citizens regardless of ationality, economic situation, gender, religion, culture, sexuality, etc.
- Strengthen the role of young people as active actors in the civil society, also when it comes to global issues.
- Strengthen the sense of initiative, confidence, and responsibility, when it comes to social issues.
- Reflect upon activism as a potential democratic practice and tool for being a change maker as a young person.
- Reflect upon how a democratic and solidary Europe should look like and in particular how to be a part of that process.
- Create an online platform for active citizenship activities which will give both skills in planning, reflection, critical thinking and technology.