Improving Youth Employment in Volunteering Across Europe Project (Improve+)
The project is a Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth coordinated by the Portugiese organization ADAMASTOR with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The project involves a Consortoium of 10 partners from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Germany and Lithuania.
With rising youth unemployment rates throughout Europe, finishing formal education no longer guarantees a job. Many young people are looking for solutions, and the European Volunteering Service (EVS) is one of them for thousands of youth every year. But does this Service increase the employability of the volunteers? Can the quality of these projects be raised in order to make the EVS volunteers better equipped for the job market after they return home? How can we do that? These are the questions that the project aims to find answers to.
The project aims to raise the quality of EVS projects with a focus on increasing the employability of EVS volunteers. The project will last a total 24 months, in whose context the following specific activities will be implemented:
1- Training Course for youth operators in Portugal (Viseu), followed by 3 further Trainings in the country. The participants will reflect on how we can improve the sense of European Citizenship among the EVS volunteers, as well as how we can increase their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. Even more, we will explore together on how to use digital tools in our youth work with the EVS volunteers and reflect on the importance of interculturality and tolerance in this kind of projects.
2- Elaboration of Youth Employability Tool Kit that will become a free Open Education Resource available to all EVS organization throughout Europe. The project will use non-formal and informal education methods and will raise the capacity of the participating organizations, participants and of the local community of each organization.
3- Dissemination actions aimed at extracting the maximum impact potential through addressing a wider target audience, with a view to involving thousands of organizations, young people and youth workers throughout Europe.