KA2 Youth EXCH. “ENTEM”
entrepreneurship to empower

KA2 Youth EXCH. “ENTEM”

 KA205–Strategic Partnerships for Youth 

TITLE:  Entrepreneurship to Empower (“ENTEM”) 

DURATION: 24 months (01-02-2020/ 31-01-2022) 

PARTNERS: 

Coordinator:  SYSTEM & G FINLAND RY (Finland) 

Partner: MV INTERNATIONAL (Italy) 

Partner: NGO NEST BERLIN EV (Germany) 

Partner: Alliance for Global Development (Luxembourg) 

Entrepreneurship to Empower (“ENTEM”) is an Exchange of good practices that proposes an integrated and holistic approach that emphasizes international cooperation for the development of NEETs young people’s life skills and entrepreneurial skills so that they become ready to enter the labor market or create their own opportunities and be agents of change in their communities through international learning teaching training activities. 

ENTEM proposes international cooperation for the development of NEETs young people’s life skills and entrepreneurial skills

The Europe 2020 Strategy points Entrepreneurship among young people as an essential objective, it also includes the “Youth on the Move” flagship initiatives. The 2020 Entrepreneurship Action Plan highlights important actions to promote entrepreneurship, such as education and training, which enable entrepreneurs to thrive, develop role models and reach specific groups that cannot exploit their entrepreneurial potential (Youth Entrepreneurship in Europe: Values, Attitudes, Policies, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg). The EU Youth Strategy recognizes youth employment and entrepreneurship as one of the eight areas of action. 

The partners conducted a needs analysis which seeked to identify the challenges faced by NEETs young people, the constraints and existent opportunities in the partner organizations policies and activities as well as it provided us with important highlights at European level.  

Main findings: 

– High rate of youth unemployment in 2 of the partner countries (32,20% Italy, 20, 40% FI). 

– Poverty and social exclusion -Italy being one the EU country with the highest at-risk-of-poverty rates with 35%, 24,7 in Germany, 24,2 Finland (Eurostat, 2017). 

– High rates of NEETs (aged 20-34) – 29,5% in IT, 11,9% in DE, 14,5 in FI 

– Educational constraints at partner countries level: insufficient education provided by the state education system – teaching entrepreneurship in schools is isolated, entrepreneurial education has gaps in content and wrong methods of learning, which does not provide long-term impact for young people who attend entrepreneurship programs. This impacts the way youngsters relate to entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in particular 

The project proposes an integrated and holistic approach that emphasizes international cooperation for the development of NEETs young people’s life skills and entrepreneurial skills so that they become ready to enter the labor market or create their own opportunities and be agents of change in their communities through international learning teaching training activities. 

Objectives of the project:  

ENTEM pursues the following specific objectives: 

– Contrasting massive youth unemployment through developing Social Entrepreneurship potential and related soft/transversal skills in disadvantaged young people (NEETs) through Urban Needs’ Analysis, Storytelling, ICT and Intercultural Communication. 

– Researching and comparing existing European good practices of Social Entrepreneurship education of young people through Urban Needs’ Analysis, Storytelling, Marketing, and Intercultural Communication. 

– Producing state-of-the-art Reports outlining the existing landscape of European good practices. 

– Elaboration of a set of Toolkits and of a comprehensive “Bolstering Youth Entrepreneurship” Format representing a useful practical reference for 

NGO and stakeholders’ operators. 

– Developing a network among organizations experienced in the field of entrepreneurial empowerment. 

Main activities: Within 24 months there will be transnational Meetings, production of Reports, development, and testing of entrepreneurial methodologies in 4 different yet interconnected Blended Mobilities of Young People (BMYP).