The Inspiration of You
The project coordinated by our spin-off organisation MVI aims to enhance the development of volunteering in the partner countries by assisting youngsters to maximise their potential through the provision of high-quality volunteer management education, training and exchange activities. The problem addressed within the project refers to the poor development of youth volunteering at the level of partner countries. Even though all the partners’ organizations are active in the field of youth volunteering, there are still some struggles that need to be approached. Thus, taking into account the experience of our organizations working with young people, the main common causes for the poor development of volunteering in the area are:
- The local offer of volunteer actions and activities is unattractive to young people, there is an acute shortage of alternative leisure activities that are correlated with opportunities to discover and practice their skills and interests.
Effects: Passive attitudes of non-involvement, lack of interest in volunteering – there is no pro-active attitude towards this issue; low learning opportunities for young people in a non-formal context. The experience of our organizations has shown us that especially among high school students there is a low involvement in volunteer activities, and those who participate do it only because they are constrained by schools, pupils’ councils or teachers, and not by their own wish. This category of passive young people are at risk of failure on the labour market, unemployment, social exclusion and migration.
- Lack of young people’s information on the benefits of volunteering – there is a lack of vision of youth organizations and poor communication with the local youth community
Effects – young people do not know the benefits they have, they are not supported and encouraged to get involved.
- Lack of volunteer management training courses in the partner countries to ensure right recruitment in the organisations and proper volunteers training and motivation.
Effects: low involvement of young people in volunteer activities, incapacity of organizations to retain and build social responsibilities among youngsters.
– the need to achieve an international dimension in our educational activities and professional development through international learning experiences
– the need for youth staff to learn how International cooperation can strengthen local practices in youth volunteering
– the need to establish international partnerships for designing and improving volunteering activities
– the need for exchanges, networks and partnerships with other service providers, key stakeholders and research organizations to deliver quality youth services
The project answers the following priorities:
Promoting quality youth work – staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations will participate in volunteer management training course to be able to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.
Promoting empowerment – activities addressed to youngsters will develop and promote their active participation and will foster volunteering among them, through the activities carried out the young people will be empowered – will gain confidence in their own forces, will become aware of their role in local/national/international development, develop their willingness to act and take responsibility, young people develop their civic skills and active participation.
The project strengthens cross-sectorial cooperation, allowing for greater synergies across all fields of actions concerning young people as it involves organizations and institutions from different sectors.
– Research on best practices across different models of youth volunteering in different sectors ( NGO, businesses…), involving the following thematic areas: Volunteer management programs, Youth Volunteering contexts, Volunteer recognition, Networking, National Policies
– Training activities for staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations in volunteer management training course to develop knowledge and skills to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.
– Youth exchanges involving youngsters and aiming to get better understanding of the importance of volunteering and developing new knowledge and skills useful in achieving social and personal changes
– Best practices in youth volunteering website addressed to both youngsters and also stakeholder wishing to develop volunteering programs or improving existing ones.