Youth Empowerment for Inclusion – Change Making by Capacity Development

Dates: August 2016 – March 2017 | Venue: Armenia, Georgia
Funded by: Erasmus+ programme, German National Agency
Hosting organisation: Academy for Peace and Development, Georgia, and Youth Cooperation Centre Dilijan, Armenia

Overview of the activities:
August 2016: e-learning phase
19 – 27 September 2016: international training course hosted in Dilijan, Armenia
May 2016: e-learning phase
29 November – 07 December 2016: international training course in Misaktsieli, Georgia
January – March 2017: follow-up activities in all partner countries

Against the background of a raising number of refugees and IDPs, due to migration within Europe due to the war in Syria and Ukraine and the “old” IDPs from the wars in the 1990ies in the Caucasus, the project would like to provide youth workers from Western and Eastern Europe with a platform debating reasons and effects of migration as well as approaches and concrete activities for addressing aspects of inclusion and supporting young people in the challenging process of inclusion.

Thus, the project proposal aims to strengthen the competences of youth workers and youth leaders in finding adequate approaches for fostering the inclusion and empowerment of marginalised young people of migration and minority background.

This since youth inclusion and empowerment are challenging tasks, the project is composed of two training courses, each tackling different aspects of inclusion and empowerment work that youth workers face in their work.

The first training course looks at migration in general terms including its reasons and effects as well as at the resulting integration challenges for young migrants and young people of minority background. Additionally, it will explore with the participants the role of youth work in contributing to the inclusion of young people with migration and minority background.

The second training course is dedicated to youth empowerment by educational means of non-formal education. The course has the character of a training of trainers with a specific focus on how to aid young peoples` development of self-confidence, trust in own abilities, and initiative taking, but it will also include aspects of project design for youth empowerment work.

As a result the participants shall be enabled to design, implement and evaluate their own projects and/ or educational programmes on youth inclusion and youth empowerment.

Objectives of the project:
To strengthen the understanding of inclusion challenges for young migrants and minority youth
– To explore the role of youth work in inclusion and empowerment work for young migrants and minority youth
– To increase the quality of project design of inclusion and empowerment projects for young migrants and minority youth
– To create transnational partnerships on youth inclusion and youth empowerment among youth organisations

Themes addressed by the project:
– Reasons and effects of migration
– Inclusion challenges for young migrants and minority youth
– Youth inclusion and youth empowerment
– Project design for inclusion and empowerment work
– Non-formal education as a tool in youth empowerment

The project involves all in all 24 youth workers from Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, France, Hungary and Germany.

Partner organisations involved in the project:

Armenia: Youth Cooperation Centre Dilijan
France: Pistes Solidaires Méditerranée
Georgia: Academy for Peace and Development (APD)
Hungary: En Kint Egyesulet a Bekeert es Fejlodesert
Turkey: Turkiye Avrupa Vakfi
Ukraine: Bila Tserkva regional civic organization ‘Association ‘People’
Ukraine: Vinnytsia Regional Center for Information KREATIV

Blog of the project

We will publish updates about the project on the blog: https://youthinclusion.wordpress.com/

Project Documentations

1st Training Course – Narrative Report

2nd Training Course – Narrative Report