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Capacity Building Youth “Learning through Sports”

Learning through Sports

“Learning through Sports” (LTS) is an 18-months trans-continental Capacity Building in the Field of Youth project that aims to develop, test and spread innovative sports tools, that build-up soft skills in youth. The project is coordinated by Champions Factory LTD and is involving sport youth organisations from Peru (Brigada Voluntarios Bolivarianos de Peru), Colombia (Fundacion Grupo Internacional de Paz y Desarrollo), Brazil (Fundacao Gol de Letra), Bulgaria (Champions Factroy Sports Club), United Kingdom (Champions Factory LTD) and Romania (Asociatia Liber la Educatie, Cutura si Sport).

“LTS” is focused on the topic Juvenile delinquency (the participation in illegal behaviour by juvenile delinquents) and on how youth organisations are the key to tackle and prevent this phenomenon and provide better living standards to all young people. The partners also believe in the power of sports to do so, because the sport is a universal language, a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace, personal and social development.

LTS objectives:
– to foster the cooperation and exchange of good practices between youth organisations
– to improve the quality and recognition of youth work by developing, testing and spreading innovative “Learning through sports” tutorials for youth workers who will gain cultural competences about how to prevent youth crime by using the power of sport
– to improve soft skills in youngsters, who are experiencing crime, participating in crime or are at risk of experiencing crime by involving them in trans-national non-formal learning mobility
– to raise awareness of the use sports as a powerful tool to reach out youth.
These objectives will be reached by implementing the following interrelated and interconnected activities during the project: Kick-Off Meeting, Job Shadowing, Training of Trainers, Youth Exchange, Closing Meeting and Awareness Raising Campaign.

From these activities innovative tangible outcomes will be generated such as: video interview with famous sportsmen and an YouTube Channel where online video tutorials of learning through sports tools will be uploaded so that participants can acquire distance study methods. These outcomes, together with Facebook project page and website, will be useful for dissemination activities and for enhancing the sustainability of the project, reach and impact the target groups and legitimise the work the partner organisations.
LTS expects to create a positive impact on:
– youngsters who will learn from Sports values like fairness, discipline, team building, respect and friendship. Also, they raise inter-cultural dialogue and gain soft skills – essential for their good performance both at work and in daily life
– youth workers who will be equipped with essential skills, tools and non-formal education methods for the effective promotion of methods for learning through sport in their daily work with youth
– relevant stakeholders (local municipalities, NGOs, private and public bodies, educational istitutions) who will be aware of the youth criminality phenomenon in their local society and they will actively participate to prevent it by giving their active contribution.

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Capacity Building Youth “Youth, Business, Better”

Youth, Business, Better

 

“Youth, Business, Better” (YBB) is a project involving a total of 8 NGOs of which 3 based in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania) and 5 in Europe (Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, FYROM).

MVNGO is a partner organization in the project in representation of Italy.

YBB will develop an integrated approach for youth organizations in partner countries to tackle the issues of unemployment, social and economic marginalization of rural youth.

In Europe and West Balkans, high youth unemployment rates, sustained youth population drain to urban centres, overall economic marginalization are compounded by impaired access to education, socialization and participation opportunities in a complex relationship of co-determination.

The simultaneous operation of the factors outlined above is both a triggering and perpetuating factor in a self-feeding dynamic of exclusion whose unhindered development is due to hamper the socioeconomic sustainability of rural communities and the personal development of youngsters.

A comprehensive and sustainable approach to youth employability in rural areas should focus on strengthening the role of youth organization as key bridgeheads capable of connecting youth empowerment, active citizenship and local development through an NFE based educational approach targeted at providing young people with skills to be active drivers of positive change.

Developing entrepreneurial skills and competences in young people represents a major avenue towards the enhancement of self-employability, active participation and social inclusion of youngsters as well as a key determinant in eliciting a youth driven-bottom up process of development capable of making the most of the wide array of assets (natural, cultural, traditional) characterizing rural areas across Europe and Western Balkan countries.

YBB provides a comprehensive approach to tackle the issue of youth unemployment in rural areas by means of sharing and developing knowledge, best practices and NFE tools fostering the understanding and technical competences of locally-engaged youth operators in supporting empowerment and employability of young people in rural areas through conveying skills and competences of entrepreneurship.

The Consortium is composed of experienced youth organizations with a long-standing involvement in support of disadvantaged youth categories in rural areas by means of NFE.

In the frame of YBB, partners will share, assess and develop knowledge, best practices and NFE tools to be tested and further developed in a TC involving youth/social workers from each organization. The methodologies developed in project TC will be tested in a piloting phase conducted in all partner countries with the participation of local youth operators. Partners will test the educational outcomes achieved in the first phase of the project through a specific YE involving youngsters from rural areas.

2 Job Shadowings will be implemented to exchange knowledge, best practices and NFE competences among partners in entrepreneurial education of young people.

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Capacity Building Youth “Vulnerable Youth and their Transition to Adulthood”

Vulnerable Youth and their Transition to Adulthood

Youth is being described in many different ways. One of the description is understanding youth as transition period between the dependency of childhood and the responsibility of adulthood. This social phase might be longer or shorter depends on the context. UN uses the ages 15 to 24, Erasmus + set the ages between 13 to 30. More than age border is essential to understand that youth more of a social age than a development period, age that makes young people vulnerable to harmful things like participation in violence, conflict, to transmitted infections and disease but also it is age when people can be in crises of unemployment or face early parenthood.

There are many interconnected influences that affect youth vulnerabilities including inequality, social exclusion, impoverishment, economic insecurity, political conflict or technological change. If youth organizations wish to effectively address the situation of vulnerable youth they need to have good understanding of the group itself, but also be aware of the influences and the challenges connected with transition to adulthood.

The goal of this project is to raise capacities of youth organizations to effectively address the needs of vulnerable youth and enable them to face various risks factors on the way to adulthood.

Project Objectives:
-To strengthen capacities of youth organizations to reduce vulnerability by providing tailored and effective services;

-To develop competencies of youth workers to address the needs of vulnerable youth and to support their empowerment;

-To support sharing practices, tools supporting engagement of vulnerable youth in education, training and employment;

-To raise knowledge of the partners and participants on Erasmus + Programme as an instrument of engaging and empowering vulnerable youth.

Project Activities:

The project will consist from two training courses for youth workers, youth leaders working with vulnerable youth or motivated to work with this target group. The first training course will provide the participants an opportunity to gain better understanding of the challenges that vulnerable youth is facing, the risks that they might experiencing. Also, the participants will focus on exploring existing practices and tools.

The second training course will tackle the issues of engagements and empowerment of vulnerable youth by providing quality youth services and overcoming the obstacles that they might have face. Special attention will be paid to Erasmus + Programme as an instrument of engagement.

 

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Capacity Building Youth “Growing in Insight-Ability of Mobility”

“Growing in Insight-Ability of Mobility”

“Growing in Insight-ability of Mobility” (GIM) is a capacity building project involving 4 partners from Romania (Babilon Travel), Italy (Mine Vaganti NGO), Argentina (Circulo Raices Sardas) and Peru 8Brigada Voluntarios Bolivarianos de Peru).

The specific aim of GIM is to build competences of youth workers in order to empower inclusion, active participation and entrepreneurial skills of fewer opportunities youth, as well as youth who have minor disabilities, from South America and Europe, excluded on behalf of their impairment, social status, financial status or education.

Our objectives are (1) fostering empowerment – active participation and sense of entrepreneurship of fewer opportunities youth and (2) promoting social inclusion of this target group aged 18 to 25 years old in their countries through developing comprehensive NFE educational methods and techniques by deploying a complementary set of knowledge, experience and specialised competences embedded in the different partner organisations and regional approaches.

In the same time we are bridging involvement of successful entrepreneurs and youth/social workers and the target youth for inspiring entrepreneurial dialogue and action taking amongst NGOs and their beneficiaries. The applicant and Peruvian NGO will involve youth who have minor visual impairment.

Youth unemployment: considering the statistics of Eurostat the rates of unemployment among youth in RO are 20,6% and in IT 37,8%. At the other end of the World Peru rates at 16,3% and Argentina 22,1% according to World Bank.

Youth at risk of poverty and social exclusion: the situation of poverty among youth is critical around the World, and taking into account OECD report 2016 Argentina rates at 17% and Peru 20%, but the numbers can be higher due to relative statistical data from the authorities. In the European countries Eurostat measured in 2014 the risk at 44% in RO and 35,2% in IT.

Youth with any disability: according to WHO, over a billion people (15% of the World’s population) are estimated to live with some form of disability. According to Eurostat 2014 young people reporting a disability (aged 15-34) not in employment and not in any education rates, with longstanding health problem and basic activity disability  RO 75%/ IT 48%, and limitation on the basic activity RO 62%/ IT 40%.

According to the World Bank Report on Disabilities in the Latin American Continent in 2010, the percentage of people with disabilities is at 10% of the population across the continent.

Our planned results after the implementation of this project are the following:

Outputs 

–  Handbooks

–  Report on Entrepreneurship Best Practices

–  Web-platform

–  Video Tutorials

Activities

Seminar

– Format Training Course

– Youth Exchange

– Job shadowing

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Capacity Building Youth “Customized Support to Youth Development of Active Leadership”

Customized Support to Youth Development of Active Leadership (CUSPYDAL)

CUSPYDAL is a cooperation between Europe (Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria) and Latin America (Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Costa Rica) fostering empowerment and social inclusion of disadvantaged categories of young people in the two regions.

MVNGO is a partner organization in the Consortium in representazion of Italy.

Ultimate target: disadvantaged youths (NEETs, youngsters from poor rural areas) in Europe and Central America.

Direct target: youth operators from the two regions employed in partner organizations, disadvantaged youngsters from partner countries.

Exclusion of young people from education is substantial in the Latin American region, according to World Bank, which in a specific Report (2016) stressed the challenge of educational exclusion in Central America, identifying its connection with far-reaching challenges as low quality of education, economic inequality, low quality of educational opportunities and challenges pertaining to specific sub-groups in society. The Report also confirmed the correlation between educational dropouts and high youth unemployment.

Eurostat quantify in over 122 million people (24% of EU 28 population) the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in 2014. High rates of youth unemployment are also a critical challenge, with 18,7% of young people 15-24 excluded from the labour market. Exclusion from education amounted to 10,7% of the EU 18-24 population in 2016.

Activities:

– Research on NGO best practices in Europe and LatinAmerica related to the development of leadership for active engagement and social inclusion of disadvantaged youths, processed into a Format TC.
– Format TC fostering youth operators’ competences in the upskilling and development of the leadership potential of disadvantaged youngsters.
– YE involving disadvantaged youths to transmit soft and transversal skills for personal fulfilment (flexibility, cooperation, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, goal-oriented thinking) and foster leadership potential for an increased involvement in their own communities. Participants will produce an activity plan for a socially-oriented initiative focused on tackling issue rooted in their own communities.
-Stakeholder Conferences in partner countries introducing national SE stakeholders to project results as well as to the activity plans developed by YE participants. The best ideas will be supported through counselling, promotion and activation of crowd-funding mechanisms. Conferences will be replicated as a regular framework of coordination between stakeholders and potential youth leaders.
– Web Platform storing e-learning modules for youth and youth operators.

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