“EntreprenHour” (EH) is a Strategic Partnership in the youth field aimed at promoting the role of Social Entrepreneurship (SE), in combination with Non-Formal Education (NFE) and practical learning, as a tool for enhancing social inclusion and employability of disadvantaged sectors of the youth population.
The direct target group of the project are young NEETs (not employed in education, training or in the labour market) aged 18-25 in all partner countries (Sweden, Italy, Croatia and Germany) and Europe. The indirect target group is composed of youth operators, NGOs, and institutions involved in the youth dimension of non-formal learning (youth centers, sports clubs/associations, and informal groups of young people) at the different levels (from the local to the European), in partner countries and beyond.
The European Union’s “Strategic Framework for European cooperation in education and training” (ET 2020 strategy) prioritizes the development of human capital and the update of existing education/training policies and programmes to the needs of an ever-evolving global reality as a strategic focus for European societies to be concretely withstand the challenges brought about by the XXI century, not least globalization and the transition to a knowledge-based society, offering opportunities of employability and prosperity to all European citizens. The specific objectives underpinning the implementation and monitoring of the Strategy include the reduction of early leavers from education and training to less than 10% by 2020 as well as promoting the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills/attitudes of basic and transversal skills at all levels of European societies.
The European Youth Strategy reflects this approach in the field of Youth by setting specific priorities related to the promotion of youth entrepreneurship, developing young people’s access to high quality education and training as well as reducing early school leaving.
An antinomy between set expectations and factual developments emerges from a context analysis of existing challenges, particularly in sensitive portions of the youth population. The inclusion deficit left open by formal educational setups combines with the structural bias of the labour market against low-qualified profiles, determining a concerning proportion of long-term unemployed among the youth.
According to European statistics, 12,5% of the EU population between 15 and 24 belong to the NEET category. All partner countries are faced by the challenge of NEETs in the youth population (11,9% in Italy, 14,3% in Bulgaria, 4,1% in Germany and 3,7% in Sweden).
The partial inability of formal education and participation circuits to fill gaps in employability, personal development and participation opportunities is a crucial factor hampering the development of skills and competences which would allow youth NEETs to achieve personal and educational fulfillment as well as be actively engaged in their local communities. Thus, fueling a self- perpetuating cycle of disadvantage and exclusion.
EH aims at addressing this challenge through cooperation among countries affected by the massive youth unemployment phenomena. With a concrete focus on extracting the educational potential of Urban Needs’ Analysis, Storytelling, Marketing and Intercultural Communication, NFE shapes the way to foster entrepreneurial empowerment and secure transition from ideas to action in the field of Social Entrepreneurship among the youth.
Project methodology will integrate 4 identified approaches into functionally distinguished components of a comprehensive process of entrepreneurial development:
1) Urban Needs’ Analysis, as an approach for the identification of the grassroots local community needs to be catered by means of Social Entrepreneurship action.
2) Storytelling, as an instrument of structuring business ideas, establishing a clear/cut identity of social enterprises and related initiatives/products as well as fostering internal cohesion through the establishment of a defined corporate identity.
3) ICT, as a crucial area of expertise of a social entrepreneur profile and sector of direct entrepreneurial engagement.
4) Intercultural Communication, as a pathway to foster business development by means of effective communication campaigns bridging cultural divides.
Steps of project cycle will be:
– Sharing and coordinated research on the existing good practices, which will be reported in state-of-the-art Reports and filtered into educational Toolkits for testing with the ultimate target group.
– Testing and reporting: A Blended Youth Mobility involving representatives of the ultimate target group (NEETs aged 18-25) will test each Toolkit (1 BMYP per toolkit) and develop the related learning outcomes in participants.
– Processing: Assessment of testing results to produce an integrated Format combining the areas of learning addressed in the Toolkits.
“ETS for Youth Equality” (EYE) aims at creating new educational opportunities and innovative approaches for the personal fulfillment of young people with intellectual disabilities in Europe.
EYE will leverage the importance of Education Through Sport (ETS) as a driver for developing innovative educational formats and the creation of new methods connecting education and sport. Project final target group is young people aged 16-25 affected by intellectual disabilities or impairments and young people who deal with disability issues in their families/communities.
According to the EHSIS Eurostat survey (2012), people aged 15 years old and over in the EU-27 were affected by disabilities accounting for 70 million. That is 17.6% of the total population. 25.6% of people involved in the survey reported a disability relating to education and training, 38.6% to employment, and 60.9% to leisure activities.
Eurostat pointed out that the prevalence of disability is higher for people with a lower educational attainment. A 2014 Eurobarometer report shows that having a disability or illness is the main reason for not practicing sport at all (declared by 20% of those who never exercise or play sport, compared with 11% of those who do so seldom). Also, the report demonstrates that having a disability or illness is the main reason for 13% of the EU population not practicing sports more regularly (Special Eurobarometer 412, Sport and Physical Activity, Report, March 2014, p.56 and p.5 respectively).
Meanwhile, research shows a strong connection between participation in organized sports and a wide range of positive outcomes. By participating in sport, individuals with disabilities experience improved social skills, self-confidence, self-determination, and increased independence [Weiss, J., Diamond, T., Demark, J., & Lovald, B. (2003).
Involvement in Special Olympics and its relations to self-concept and actual competency in participants with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 281-305]
- The experience of the applicant Special Olympics, member of the international Special Olympics network, bears out this assessment and furthers it into the inspiring reason of this project. Special Olympics has developed a program of inclusive sports (Unified Sports) in which people with and without intellectual disabilities train and compete on the same sports teams. Research findings over the foregoing programme have highlighted the critical role played by coaches and volunteers as leaders and role models in promoting its wider goals, namely to encourage the development of friendships and social acceptance of young athletes with intellectual disabilities (Kersh and Siperstein 2007, Norins et al 2007, Dowling et al. 2010).
EYE builds on the mentioned experience by proposing an articulate cooperation among partners experienced in the educational use of Sport, with a specific focus on exploring Sports dimension as a tool of customized personal and social development for youngsters affected by intellectual disability, but it also aims to challenge the stereotyping and marginalization of young athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world.
Utilizing sport as a medium, young athletes with intellectual disabilities become equals to their peers and as a result, attitudinal changes are witnessed.
ETS will be the centerpiece of the project, as a liaison and tool to foster the inclusion of intellectually disabled youth, their participation in society, and in education/training.
ETS combines sport practice and non-formal education (NFE) with a view to developing soft skills, basic skills, and attitudes enhancing the social inclusion and the transversal dimension of employability. ETS is a very effective tool to raise awareness about the importance of equality and of equal opportunities among young people in and through sport.
The project will focus on developing sports activities that encourage people with intellectual disabilities to participate as citizens in their communities, public life, society, and through the development and implementation of European cooperation whilst promoting awareness to the public of the value of the Special Olympics’ social inclusion.
A key priority is to promote equal opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) to participate in sports training and sporting competition.
EYE will comply with 4 of the 8 priority areas called for by the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020:
-education and training,
The ET2020 Strategy has among its objectives the promotion of equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship as well as the improvement of the quality and efficiency of education and training. This is particularly relevant for young people affected by intellectual disabilities, who can find an effective inclusive tool in sport education.
“RevenYouth LAB” (RYLAB) is a 24-month Strategic Partnership Youth involving two NGOs from Spain and Italy and one higher education institution from Croatia (tertiary level) with the aim of fostering transition to autonomy and employability/entrepreneurial engagement in the field of Social Entrepreneurship of disadvantaged NEETs aged 18-25.
The project sets itself to achieve the aforementioned core objective by means of capitalizing on the dimension of self-employability education of young people through a set of methodologies the role and potential of Design Thinking, Personal Branding and Coaching in Business Management, in combination with Non-Formal Education, as mutually reinforcing components of a comprehensive and progressive approach to entrepreneurial empowerment.
RY LAB is grounded on the long-lasting cooperation among European promoter entities and on their joint assessment regarding the challenges faced by young people with fewer opportunities like NEETs in the wider purpose of promoting employability alongside learning, training and labour mobility with a view to facilitating transition to the realm of employability as well as between different kinds of jobs, levels and types of education and training.
Unemployment, social exclusion and deprivation of education as well as personal development opportunities affecting the sensitive NEET band of the European youth have grown to be a major area of concern for public authorities, NGOs, and stakeholder entities at the different levels. Within the youth population, young NEETs are one of the most vulnerable targets due to the additional multifaceted sets of constraints and development challenges posed by educational gaps as well as psychological and background-related barriers.
The partial inability of formal education and participation circuits to fill gaps in employability, personal development, and participation opportunities is a crucial factor in hampering the development of skills and knowledge, which would allow NEETs to achieve personal fulfilment, empowerment, and added value and skills.
In this context, the development of innovative comprehensive approaches targeted at developing social entrepreneurship capacities in NEETs offers promising prospects of addressing the issue of skills mismatch, exclusion from participation, and employability opportunities, while at the same time enhancing the social clout of youngsters as providers of added social value to host communities.
Furthermore, the European Commission, in its “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” highlighted the added value of actions which aim to ensure development and improvement of the socio-economic situation of NEETs, providing them with opportunities of entrepreneurial learning and engagement.
RY LAB will deliver on the priority of fostering social inclusion, employability, and community-oriented personal development of young NEETs through a coordinated partnered effort. They will identify, collect, and improve existing good practices, share successfully tested methods internally to their organizations, and develop high quality educational support schemes to socially oriented entrepreneurship to be tested in real situations, and ultimately, spread as a successful model in the wider community of youth operators, trainers, organizations, and stakeholders.
The above-mentioned aim will be achieved through a self-contained and purposeful flow of research activities, meetings, and learning activities. RY LAB approach to entrepreneurial empowerment is grounded on a pondered combination of the following tools: – Design Thinking. Design methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems related to the personal and professional development, by understanding human needs and ideal typical thinking/association processes.
Design Thinking is extremely useful for discovering dormant potential, such as entrepreneurial attitudes and creative inspiration. – Self- Branding. Set of instruments and activities designed to foster self-introspection, positive shaping of personal identity, planning and development of own personal communication strategy (particularly on Social Media instruments) and acquisition of related digital competences. – Coaching in Business Management. The methodologies of business coaching are facilitative one-to-one coaching with business managers and owners. This method is focused on business success and includes a mixture of short and long-term objectives.
PRIORITY: PRomotIng Open Resilient Inclusive socieTIes for Youth is an innovative 36 months project that involves 4 countries and 5 organizations such as youth organizations and networks, cultural and sports organizations, training centres, as well as private and public entities and has as aim to increase the capacities of the organizations that work with youth to invest in prevention by removing breeding grounds for radicalisation and act as forces of inclusion, to empower young people from disadvantaged groups to engage, participate democratically and drive positive change in communities, through the use innovative methods and practices coming from the combination of youth work, training, cultural mediation and sports fields.
PRIORITY has two main target groups:
- Youth Workers, youth leaders, educators and trainers, sports educators, cross cultural mediators and municipal youth workers that work with young people and especially with young people with migrant or refugee background
- Young people in general and especially young people that face the risk of social exclusion (young people of migrant or refugee background, newly arrived young migrants or refugees)
The specific PRIORITY objectives are:
- to involve and train first-line practitioners on the ground: they will be the first point of contact for young individuals at risk of marginalization and radicalization.
- to design innovative methods and solutions of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary cooperation from the combination of existing practices in the fields of youth work, education training as well as sports and culture mediation fields in order to foster the social inclusion of disadvantaged youth at risk of marginalization.
- to develop, test and upscale safe inclusion youth environments named “PRIORITY Hubs” with a bottom – up approach and youth initiative that will be based on cross sectoral cooperation of local stakeholders that support youth inclusion with tailor-made activities/ interventions adapted to local circumstances.
Activities of PRIORITY will be:
- Capacity building activities for youth workers, trainers, educators, youth leaders, NGO members, volunteers, policy makers, teachers, cultural mediators, sports educators on the major issues on the causes of marginalization and violent extremism of young people and their prevention.
- PRIORITY Toolkit: Identification and selection of best practices in the field of sports and cross-cultural mediation field for the prevention of marginalization and violent extremism of young people, and development of blended best practices manual with the combination of the above methodologies.
- Creation of pilot physical/onsite and online/virtual PRIORITY Hubs at local level where all sectors (e.g. schools, municipal services, sports / cultural clubs, communities, NGO’s) surrounding young people including their families can come together and discuss issues that concern them, seek guidance and establish contacts.
- Events with young people connected with the European Year of Culture: synergies with cultural heritage organisations, representing the living arts (music, dance, theatre, storytelling).
- Joint E-COURSE course designed for:
-educators, trainers, youth workers, teachers, sport educators and cultural mediators, on the themes of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism of young people with the use of PRIORITY Methodology on Sports and Culture Mediation, Youth Work and non-formal education.
– young people willing to become young mediators (among them there will be also young people from disadvantaged groups such as young people of migrant and refugee background.
Curricular Pathways for Migrants’ Empowerment through Sport
Partners: Sport Science Faculty at University of Extremadura (SP), BulSport (BG), Champions Factory (BG), RSS (HR) Social Policy and Action Organization (CY), UCYMRU (UK), IFALL (SWE)
“Curricular Pathways for Migrants’ Empowerment through Sport” (CPMES) focuses on employing the methodology of Education Through Sport (ETS) as a vehicle of upskilling and curricular enhancement of Sport operators working on the field with disadvantaged targets with migrant background in the perspective of fostering entrepreneurship in Sport by migrants.
The project pursues the specific Erasmus Plus Collaborative Partnership priorities related to encouraging social inclusion and equal opportunities in Sport.
CPMES aims at answering the challenge of social exclusion of migrants in Europe, with a particular focus on addressing the compelling issue of systematic underrepresentation of migrants in non-playing roles within Sport clubs and organizations in general terms.
EUROSTAT (2017) accounts in a total 20,7 million the number of non-EU nationals living in the EU 28 as of January 2016, accounting for a total 4,1% of the total EU population. The profile of third country nationals living in the EU is characterized by a relatively younger age as compared with the local population, with the most consistent category being represented by working-age adults.
The available statistical findings also indicate a recrudescence in migrants’ flows in coincidence with the still ongoing migration crisis as well as highlight the significant barriers to be overcome for what pertains to ensuring a meaningful integration of the newcomers within the labour market and at the societal level in wider terms.
EUROSTAT accounts depict a frame of consistent disparity between migrants and locals in access to employability opportunities, with the overall EU-28 unemployment rate being 8,6 percentage points higher for migrants than for nationals in 2016. Also, 30,3% of migrants in the EU-28 were assessed as being at risk of poverty and social exclusion against 16% of nationals.
OECD 2015 Report on Migrant Integration (2015) illustrates the structural nature of migrants’ labour market exclusion, indicating that the youth unemployment rate of native born-offspring of migrants is almost 50% higher than among youths with native-born parents, with migrant youngsters being also more likely to be NEETs than youths with no migrant background.
As displayed in the specific study “Racism and Discrimination in the Context of Migration in Europe” (2016) by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the dynamics of social exclusion against migrants are for a large share ushered in by practices of racist discrimination/stereotyping (also escalating in violent attacks), ineffectual integration policies and practices of discrimination in recruitment within the labour market.
In the specific field of Sport, the under-representation of migrants is particularly evident and challenging in their exclusion from positions of authority and from overall representation in non-playing positions (see Inclusion of Migrants in and through Sports. A Guide to Good Practice, 2012).
EU policy documents underline the relevance of Sport as an agent of social inclusion for migrant targets, while at the same time stressing the relevance of Sport as an agent of entrepreneurial engagement (Entrepreneurship in Sport).
The EU “White Paper on Sport” (2007) underscore that “Sport makes an important contribution to economic and social cohesion and more integrated societies” while also providing an important contribution to facilitating “the integration into society of migrants and persons of foreign origin”.
The EC’s ”Communication on Developing the European Dimension in Sport” (2011) highlights the substantial contribution of Sport “to growth and jobs, with value added and employment effects exceeding average growth rates”.
The Report “Inclusion of Migrants in and through Sports. A Guide to Good Practices” also underscores the attractiveness of migrant-led Sport initiatives (Migrant Sport Clubs) as realities wherein migrants find more facilitated to engage due to the absence of cultural and linguistic barriers.
A key intermediate step in effecting a greater engagement of migrants in the field of Sport entrepreneurship is the development of the necessary methodological capacities for the vast audience of operators (Sport Coaches and Trainers) working with the ultimate migrant targets through Sport methods in order for them to be able to convey the varied set of entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and instruments composing the profile of a Sport Entrepreneur.
ETS is a meaningful combination between Sport and Non Forma Education (NFE) methods extrapolating and adapting both physical and specific Sport exercises in order to provide a strong lifelong learning outcome, tailored to the needs of society and to the specific educational objectives pursued.
The activities implemented within CPMES are the following:
1- Cross-country research aimed at the identification of existing entrepreneurial upskilling needs of migrants in the field of Sport. The results of the research will be integrated in a Report on Migrants’ Sport Upskilling Needs.
2- Cross-country research for the identification of the existing landscape of professional profiles of ETS educators working in the field of developing entrepreneurial competences in Sport. The results of the research will be integrated in a Report on ETS Profiles, including a pondered assessment over the potential integration, improvements and modification to the skills, knowledge and methods in light of the peculiarities and needs of the migrant target (as identified in 1).
3- The elaboration of a discrete Training Format for Sport Entrepreneurial Educators targeted at operators interested in entrepreneurial education in Sport of migrants through ETS. The Format will be tested in the frame of a Pilot TC involving 5 Sport operators working with migrants per partner organization. The methodologies and results of the Training will form part of an “Handbook for the Development of ETS Educational Profiles” serving as a methodological resources for NGOs, operators and stakeholder entities interested in the development of said profiles.
4- The implementation of a phase of Local Activities at the level of each own partner country wherein the operators trained in the TC will implement entrepreneurial empowerment programmes based on ETS with an audience of 20 locally-hosted migrants. Partner organizations will synthesize the methods, activities and results of the process into a digital self-learning path for migrants interested in acquiring Sport entrepreneurship skills, which will be produced in multiple languages (English plus all partners’ languages) and integrated on project Web Platform as an OER.
5- The establishment of an open-access project Web Platform integrating shortcuts to the educational contents produced (Handbook for the Development of ETS Educational Profiles). The Web Platform will also integrate a multilingual self-learning path for migrants interested in the development of entrepreneurial skills in Sport.
VOICITYS Justice Project
VOICITYS aims to improve social integration through reinforcing social dialogue and communication in European urban neighbourhoods characterised by ethnical and cultural diversity.
The Consortium is coordinated by Comparative Research Network (Germany), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), PVM (UK) and CERSHAS (Hungary).
More particularly, we intend to improve and make sustainable the communication and interaction between different social groups, and to deepen dialogue between policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in order to promote more efficient management of diversity.
Comparing the positive and negative experiences of local citizens with those of local stakeholders, leaders and decision-makers will improve common understandings of diversity at the neighbourhood level. It will also encourage new approaches to existing policies, incentives and tools regarding social integration and sustainable diversity.
The project focuses on studying four diverse European neighbourhoods: Wedding (Berlin, Germany), Jozsefvaros (Budapest, Hungary)., Salford (Greater area of Manchester, United Kingdom) and Sassari’s Old Town (Sassari, Italy).
Community Reporting is a storytelling movement that supports people to tell their own stories, in their own ways.
As part of this movement, people’s authentic stories are connected with decision makers who can use the insights in them to make positive change for communities.
At the Voicitys Kick-Off meeting 10 trainers from across the participating countries and organisations were trained as Insight Advocate Trainers and equipped with the skills to deliver Community Reporting for Insight programmes that seek to gather lived experience stories of what life is like in diverse neighbourhoods across Europe.
With these skills, the Insight Advocate Trainers have been delivering 2-Day training programmes in Sassari, Salford, Budapest and Berlin in which participants will use Community Reporting storytelling practices and smartphones and/or tablets to record their own and other people’s stories in relation to diversity and life in the neighbourhoods in which they live.
The Trainers are also holding local meet-up sessions to help their Community Reporters to continue to develop their skills and gather more stories from different people who live in their neighbourhoods. They have begun to share them online. So far over 40 stories have been gathered and over 50 participants trained in Community Reporting storytelling methods. All of the participants are now Silver members of the Institute of Community Reporters.
Project research encompasses the following 4 main activities:
- Collecting and curating stories of citizens through Community Reporting. In this frame a total 80 Citizen stories were collected across all partner countries by the Community Reporters trainedby each partner organization.
- Collecting and analysing stakeholders’ interviews through the implementation of semi-structured interviews. A total 45 interviews with stakeholders at the local, regional, national and European levels were performed by all partner organizations.
- Comparing the results of the two methods and elaborating a series of policy recommendations through participative workshops and consensus meetings in all partner countries.
The expected result is to collect and compare information on local diversity from citizens and stakeholders with a view to outlining multilevel recommendations, In doing so, the Consortium set itself the objective of developing a new model of Citizen participation in local and European policies related to diversity.
Justice programme contributes to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. It promotes: judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc. judicial cooperation in criminal matters judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects).
MVNGO implemented a Training for Community Reporters in Sassari. Community Reporters gathered in MVNGO’s office for the purposes of attending 4 Meetups wherein to prepare community interviews.
Partners’ Meetings in Voicitys.
Flyer of the VOICITYS project
First Bulletin on the developments in the VOICITYS project
The interviews performed by the Community Reporters, in each partner country, are visible and displayed in the below Web Platform
“VET4MIGRE” is a Strategic Partnership in the VET field coordinated by the Danish organization “Crossing Borders”, with MVNGO as a partner organization. Project Consortium comprises 6 NGOs from Denmark, Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.
The project aims at promoting social inclusion of migrants in the hosting communities and migrant employability in the labour market through fostering the adoption of high quality methods to promote professional engagement in entrepreneurship by migrants.
The aforementioned aim will be accomplished though achieving a set of key sub-results, as follows:
– A Target Group Report based on a context survey done in all partner countries in relation to migrant inclusion in EU local economies.
.- A Guide for Migrant Entrepreneurs.
– A Tool KIt for VET Migrants’ Providers.
– An online Migrants Entrepreneurship Course.
A set of transnational activities will be implemented with a view to pursuing project objectives, and specifically:
1) A Job Shadowing Training Event in which partner organizations’ staff will learn the methodology of fast teaching in Language courses (Bulgaria, April 2019).
2) Transnational Partners’ Meetings:
- M1: Meeting in Humlebaek (Denmark).
- M2: Meeting in Sassari (Italy)
- Meeting in Cenes de la Vega (Spain)
- Meeting in Volos (Greece)
- Meeting in Potenza (Italy)
Life after Sports
“Life after Sports” is a 2-year Collaborative Partnership in the field of Sport project that aims to develop an innovative 3-Stage Dual Careers Programme that facilitates an optimal combination of high-quality training and education to young athletes using face-to-face workshops.
“Life after sports” is coordinated by an international Consortium of parners chaired by Champions Factory (Bulgaria) with the other members of the Consortium being UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY (Greece), ISTANBUL KULTUR VE SPOR DERNEGI (Turkey) Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), PRVA RIJEČKA HRVATSKA GIMNAZIJA (Croatia) and ASOCIACION DE JUGADORES DE FUTBOL SALA (Spain).
The Programme will target athletes between 15-18 years old, special critical age in which sport and professional transitions take place. In total, 120 athletes coming from the 6 countries will be directly involved in the testing of the pilot programme. Young athletes will be supported by the “Ambassadors of dual career” by the sporting non-governmental organisations as a key figure to facilitate the integration in the labor market. The main aim is to facilitate a successful preparation for combining sporting career of young athletes by bringing them the right supporting training and hence contributing that at a later stage of life they keep a balance between sports training and employment. The project links a series of key activities designed to develop and implement a sustainable training program as the focal point of the project.
In order to reach the project objectives we have planned to deliver the foliage meetings:
1- Kick-off meeting in Croatia
2- Training of “Ambassadors of Dual Career for Young Athletes” in Turkey
3- Transnational mid-term evaluation meeting in Spain
4- Final Evaluation meeting in Bulgaria
The collaborative partners’ work will result in the production of the following Intellectual outputs:
IO1 Research Report on Student Athletes Needs’ Assessment
IO2 “3-Stage Dual Career Program for Young Athletes“
IO3 Guidelines for “3-stage Dual Career Program for Young Athletes” implementation
Mine Vaganti NGO led a COSME project from April 2016 to September 2017, “Forever Young”, aimed at increasing, through transnational cooperation, the sustainability and competitiveness of the low and medium season within the framework of “grey-tourism” (Senior tourism customers aged 55+).
“Forever Young!”, approved in the frame of the specific COSME Call “Supporting Competitive and Sustainable Growth in the Tourism Sector” (COS-TOUR-2015-3-03) was one of the 11 COSME project proposals approved in Europe. The project represented a pioneering initiative, having been approved and launched in the context of a pilot programme as COSME in 2015.
The COSME programme aims at supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises in Europe by means of facilitating access to funding at the level of the enterprises in all the phases of the latter’s life and development (creation, expansion, transfer), in addition to acting for the purposes of strengthening their access to European and etra-European markets, while at the same time fostering business growth through a particular attention to the increase- in volume and quality- of entrepreneurial learning offer, with a particular focus on mentoring, guidance and support services.
COSME’s total budget amounts to Euro 2,3 billion distributed over the entire period 2014-2020.
The project involved the establishment of a specific online Platform dedicated to spreading and promoting project tourism offer www.foreveryoungtourism.eu.
“Forever Young!” purported itself to enhance transnational mobility by designing routes and products, based upon local cultural UNESCO heritage (immaterial and material such as oral traditions, monuments, Mediterranean dietary ecc.) in association with the promotion of local typical food and beverages in order to provide an unique learning experience: “living the culture”.
As a concrete product, tourism packages for stimulating transnational senior tourism flows were developed and tested.
Moreover, a total 54 deliverables (products of internal as well as external relevance functional to project progress) were developed over the 18 months of the cooperation.
The Consortium involved European experts, enterprises, tour operators, NGOs and municipalities active in the tourism field specially targeted at Seniors.
This positive result confirms the important role played by project team with a peculiar view on social enterprise.
A total of 4 Fam Trips was organized in order to test the Senior-targeted tourism packages developed in the project. The Fam Trips took place in Italy, France, Spain and Slovenia with the participation of international groups of Seniors and tourism agents/wholesalers.
Mine Vaganti NGO implemented the Fam Trip in Italy in the venue of Uri (Sardinia) betweeen June 27th and 29th 2017. In the context of the Italian Fam Trip, wherein a total 12 participants (4 tour operators and 8 Seniors) from France, Spain and Slovakia took part, the tourism package “Sardinia: A Culture to Live”, centered on the cultural, folkoric and historical heritage of Uri was presented and assessed.
Multilingual Pamphlet containing the entire project tourism offer developed in the frame of “Forever Young!”
Final Digital Booklet of the project
Web page storing the digital versions of the tourism itineraries developed in the frame of “Forever Young!”