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Capacity Building Youth “Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement”

Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement (HEPOSI)

The project is a Capacity Building in the Youth field coordinated by Bulgarian Sports Development Association (Bulgaria), with a partnership composed of NGOs from Italy (Mine Vaganti NGO), Paraguay (Asociacion Puente Sur) and Peru (Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarians de Peru).

The WHO has placed health and physical activities among the crucial determinants of global health, underlining the role of insufficient levels of movement as one of the main factors enhancing death risk worldwide (see WHO Website).

Physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases as cancer and diabetes, enjoying therefore a crucial importance not only for the wellbeing of the individuals but also from the perspective of societal health.

According to WHO data, more than 80% of the World’s population in insufficiently physically active.

The same data let emerge a connection between unhealthy food consumption habits and harmful effects on the individual and, by extension, on the social wellbeing. As highlighted by the WHO, increased production of processed food, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars or salt/sodium, and many do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and dietary fibre such as whole grains.

The combined effect of insufficient physical activities and improper food consumption patterns has been qualified as a challenge to global health by the WHO.

Eurostat data (2014) outline an alarming picture regarding the diffusion of obesity (a critical risk for health and significantly connected with incorrect habits of physical activity and nutrition) among the European  youth, with 22,8% of youngsters aged 18-24 overweight in EU 28.

The FAO pointed out, in its 2016 Report “The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean”, the correlation between the general decrease in malnutrition and hunger and the increase in overweight and obesity among the population of Latin America. The available data show that around 5 percent of the inhabitants of the region is either obese or overweight. At the same time, the Report highlights the disproportionate impact obesity/overweight is determining on women as compared with men. Female obesity is 10% higher than male obesity in 20 among Latin America and Caribbean countries.

“HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement” (HEPOSI) envisages a cooperation among NGOs from Europe and the Latin American region targeted at addressing the compelling challenge of promoting healthy physical activity and food consumption practices among young people through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods.

Project educational activities will be:

– Training Course on education in healthy lifestyles, involving youth operators from partner countries and implemented based on a Format TC jointly developed by the Consortium partners.

– Local awareness-raising campaign on the topic of healthy lifestyle at the national level in all partner countries.

– Youth exchange on healthy lifestyle for the youth, involving young people aged 28-25 from each partner country.

Outputs of the project will be:

Manual “Healthy Sensitive Youth”, outlining the methods employed throughout project learning activities (TC and YE) as well as detailing a comprehensive outline of the project and of its achievements.

Web Platform in multiple languages. The Web Platform will store the contents developed in the project, the details of activities (including the Social Campaign) and digital versions of the Outputs. In addition, the  Web Platform will serve as an informational hub for local follow-up by the partners as well as further joint initiatives on project topic at the international level among project partners.

Training Course in Sassari ( 15-23 June 2019 )

Healthy lifestyle education HEPOSI brought together participants from two continents(Europe and South America). Between 15 and 23 June 2019 in Sardinia, Italy, a training course on healthy lifestyle involving youth operators from partner countries was carried out and implemented on the basis of the Training Course (TC) format, jointly developed by the “Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement” (HEPOSI) project partners. The initiative gathered teams from Italy, Paraguay and Peru who, within seven working days, worked on creating a “Healthy Sensitive Youth” manual,  outlining the methods used in project activities and focusing on the healthy lifestyle of young people from participating countries and planning of a local awareness raising campaign on a healthy lifestyle at national level in all partner countries.

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Capacity Building Youth “Sust-Food”

Sust-Food

 

The high number of young people around the World who are facing challenges of employability and exclusion from the circuit of education and training is a foremost concern of public policies and third sector priorities across the globe.
According to ILO data, around 25% of young people across the World are excluded from education and training.
At this respect, environmental sustainability emerges as a closely related challenge to what reported above, for 2 core reasons:
1- Educational deprivation and socioeconomic exclusion deprive young people, who are key stakeholders in the social and environmental future of their own communities, of the necessary clout for bringing forward positive change from the local up to the global levels, turning them into passive recipients, rather than owners, of external solutions.
2- Analysis of global state-of-the-art concerning environmental sustainability shows that a significant economic impact, business creation and added value at the community level can be extracted out of the market exploitation of environmentally friendly ideas/solutions.

No sustainable change in human impact on the environment can be attained without the grassroots diffusion of smarter practices of food consumption.

The European Science and Technology Observatory highlighted, in its 2015 Report “Environmental Impact of Products” (2015), the significant impact of ordinary food consumption on the environment determined by factors as gas emissions, use of land and water resources, pollution depletion of phosphorous, use of environment-damaging products as herbicides and pesticides.

Further elaborating on this analysis, the EU expert group- Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR)- underlined in its latest Report how “Globally, and in many regions including Europe, food production is exceeding environmental limits or close to doing so”.

This transnational project aims enhances cooperation among Europe and other regions of the World, with a particular reference to Asia, in the entrepreneurial exploitation of the opportunities displayed by food sustainability as well as in the concrete pursuit of environmental priorities.

The aforementioned main aim will be pursued through exchange of good practices and transnational cooperation functional to the production of a Training Format supporting youth operators in the regions involved in the transfer of entrepreneurial competences sustainable food business to young people.

The ultimate products of the project will be the following:

– A Format TC Handbook, detailing the methodologies forming part of the Format TC for youth operators, as well as providing an outline of the piloting experience.

– A Web Platform integrating a Webinar in multiple languages targeted at the audience of potential youth entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable food.

 

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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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KA2 Adults “Strate.Gees”

Strategies for refuGees (Strate.Gees)

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Strategies for Refugees Website

Strategies for refuGees (Srate,Gees) is an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education coordinated by the British organization “KBM Consultants Ltd”, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The Consortium of the project is composed of 8 organizations from the UK, Italy, Poland, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Romania.

The main objective of the project s to find, understand and  share good practices to be applied in local territories characterized by tensions and integration problems brought about by refugee flows. The expected achievement is to help determining an improvement in the overall local context affected by the recalled issues, offering best services and guiding the population to accept and respond positively to all the humanitarian needs.

With the help of different trainings, workshops, seminars and project meetings, as well as by sharing good practices that have already been tested by partner organizations, partners will see to improve their skills and abilities in the field, as well as to enhance their knowledge and capacity to act at the local/regional level with a view to improving the quality of refugees’/migrants’ lives and minimizing their problems, integrating them in their hosting communities.

Comic strip to promote the EU activity to save refugees!

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THE GUIDE OF BEST PRACTICES FOR REFUGEES’ INTEGRATION

Pictures of the meetings!

 

Please see the link for the latest newsletter(PDF):

  STRATE.GEES Newsletter 1

 

  STRATE.GEES_Newsletter 2

 

STRATE.GEES Newsletter 3

 

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KA2 Adults “BELLE”

Better and easier access to lifelong learning in Europe (BELLE)

 

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“Better and easier access to lifelong learning in Europe” (BELLE) is an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education coordinated by the Spanish organization “Associacion Mundus”, with MVNGO as a partner organization. The Consortium of the project is composed of 6 partner organizations from Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Latvia.

The project was developed as an articulate response to the issue of inadequate levels of reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills within the European adult population, placing significant portions of which at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

The project proposes to deal with the above identified issue through enhancing the access to Lifelong Learning opportunities for adult learners by means of the elaboration of educational materials and tools that will stimulate participation of individuals in training activities and quality learning processes.

The project will also strive to strengthen the profiles of professionals operating in this sector, by increasing the quality of the educational offer which they propose, bringing high qualty learning opportunities tailored to the needs of individuals.

The project will:

  • Assess the needs of individuals in each country with regards to the provision of high quality tailored training courses and modules.
  • Develop a joint definition of tailor-made adult centered quality criteria for education and training.
  • Foster the cooperation among entities operating in the field, establishing cross-sectorial partnerships amed at further sustainable development of the adult educational sector in Europe.
  • Raise awareness of LLL among various target groups on local and international levels.
  • Create an online Learning Platform contaning a high quality training offer for adults in terms of standardized course modules programs, translated in 7 EU languages with the aim to ease access to Lifelong Learning and stimulating better the involvement of learners from more countries in such processes.
  • Create a community of practice among AE professionals with the aim to exchange best practices, tools and information and in this way enhance the cooperation among the education, training and youth fields.

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KA2 Youth “We’ll Let Youth In”

We’ll Let Youth In

Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates the Erasmus Plus KA2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth “We’ll Let Youth In”, in cooperation with a Consortium composed of 2 international partners from Romania (CECIS) and Sweden (IFALL). All partner organizations are directly engaged in supporting disadvantaged categories of NEET youths through the management of Youth Centers as specialized facilities wherein disadvantaged young people are involved in recreational and educational activities delivered through NFE targeted at empowering them with soft skills, employability skills, civic and social competences.

The project will last a total 24 months (March 2017-February 2019).

Many youngsters in European countries face the harsh realities of marginalization and social exclusion in their daily lives.

In this respect, the problems faced by disadvantaged NEET youngsters– which represent the main target category in the daily operations of Youth Centers managed by partner organizations- are particularly severe and wide-ranging, as is their overall socioeconomic vulnerability.

Indeed, these youngsters face substantial disparities with their peers in realms as disparate as education, employability, personal development, civic and social participation. Among the most visible symptoms of the foregoing disparities is a substantial percentage of early school leavers as well as engagement in socially and personally disruptive conduits (drug/alcohol abuse, vandalism, violence, petty crime etc.) among disadvantaged NEET youngsters.

A SWOT analysis coordinately enacted by partner organizations further identified the aloofness of disadvantaged NEET youngsters from institutional circuits of education and support (Schools, Associations, Political Parties etc.) as one of the main factors underneath the partial failure of formal setups in providing a comprehensive approach to ensure social integration, employability and personal development of these fragile categories.

The context outlined above calls for the development of an integrated educational approach building on existing structures where disadvantaged youths are involved and supported as well as instruments of education capable of engaging youngsters for socially meaningful purposes by “speaking their language”.

The present cooperation provides such an approach by promoting the role of Youth Centers as crucial links between youngsters and formal structures of education, employability and participation as well as by enhancing the role of NFE as an educational vehicle by which sensible youth target groups can be provided with the attitudes, soft skills, basic employability skills, civic as well as social skills necessary to fully and proficiently participate in education, labour market and global community life.

“We’ll Let You In” (WLYI) foresees to attain the aforementioned goals through a strategic cooperation wherein disadvantaged youth NEETs from each partner organization will be involved in three mobility experiences in which they will enter into contact with peers from other partner countries, attend common educational activities delivered through Non Formal Education related to each partner’s area of expertise as well as work on the development of shared outputs.

At the same time, partner organizations will engage in a sharing of knowledge, best practices and NFE tools whose results will be disseminated in the internal structure of each organization, increasing staff professionalism and by consequence the quality of NFE activities delivered in Youth Centers. Promotion and dissemination of outputs and materials by partners through a variety of online and offline tools will make sure that the results arrived at in the context of the present project will sensibly enhance and support Youth Centers and NGOs throughout Europe.

Project aims:

– Fostering empowerment and inclusion of disadvantaged NEET youngsters through international mobility, peer-interaction and Non Formal Education.

– Raise awareness among policy-makers, NGOs, stakeholders and the general public about the role of Youth Centers as hybrid structures (recreational/educational) supporting youth integration and development (in particular of the most disadvantaged youth categories) through NFE and as such narrowing disparities and gaps left by the formal education system).

– Exchange knowledge, best practices and NFE tools among NGOs from different European countries as a means to collect national/cultural backpacks and toolkits of NFE in order to improve professionalism of youth workers, variety and quality of educational activities delivered in Youth Centers with a view to enhancing quality and effectiveness of youth work in Europe.

The main element of innovation of the present project is represented by the nature and the scope of the partnership in relation to the target group we aim at impacting: disadvantaged youth NEETs.

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