LET ME IN is a project aiming to raise non-governmental organizations' capacities working with youth at risk of social inclusions due to different factors. It is deeply rooted in the context of contemporary European societies in which an alarming tendency of deepening inequalities can be observed.
For as a consortium of international partners the answer to this challenge lies in education - we need more tools and methodologies that empower young people, help them discover their potential and express their voice in a creative way in order to accomplish social change that is a direct answer to their particular needs. The challenge, however, is that not a lot of youth workers and NGOs are fully ready to open up to new methods and dare to organize their projects in a more participatory oriented ways. The reason for that is in many cases lack of knowledge about what empowerment really is and how to use modern techniques in activating and motivating youngsters.
- Re-defining the concept of inclusion and investigating how non-formal education can be beneficial while working with vulnerable youngsters.
- Equipping partner organizations and their representatives with accessible and easily adaptable tools aiming making youth projects more efficiently addressing specific needs of different youngsters with fewer opportunities.
- Exploring practical methods (participatory photography and digital storytelling) for empowering young people and giving them voice that can help them undertake action.
- Creating a network of like-minded organizations and individuals ready for joint efforts aiming at enhancing social inclusion of youngsters on cross-European youngsters.
The training itself is a balanced composition of theory and practice, designed to give participants a space to re-define their own approaches towards inclusive education and to explore practical, innovative tools (most notably digital storytelling and participatory photography) that can be used to empower vulnerable groups of youngsters.
We are looking for 3 participants from Cyprus || The main criteria for selecting the participant is their previous experience of working with youngsters at risk, their openness to enriching their toolboxes, and, most importantly, their potential to use the new methods and act as multipliers back in their home communities while organizing more innovative educational activities addressed to young people with fewer opportunities ||
About Organization (www.autokreacja.org):
The Autokreacja Foundation aims at fostering the active participation in a civil society through various initiatives in the field of social economy. We contribute to the civilizational, cultural and economic development of Poland. We want to put the spotlight on problems of diverse social groups that are often marginalized, that is why we focus on cooperation with long-term unemployed, youth from underprivileged regions, unemployed women, eldery people, immigrants and refugees. Many of our projects were designed to favour multiculturalism and intercultural exchange by bringing together different lifestyles, points of view and philosophies. Our conviction is that sharing, experiencing and debating are the best ways to progress as it permits us to be open to new initiatives and to welcome with enthusiasm, possibilities of cooperation with organizations dealing with different domains in many countries and cultures all over the world.
Arrival on 1st September and Departure on 10th September
Accomendation: The project will take place in Władysławowo - Chłapowo, which is a small holiday resort next to Gdańsk. Each of us will be staying in a double room with the person of the same gender but coming from a different country to provide more opportunities for intercultural dialogue :). Single rooms are NOT available.
Reimbursment: Reimbursement of travel costs will ONLY be done upon full attendance in the training and presentation of the original tickets with boarding passes and receipt/invoices (For Cyprus is 275€).
Food: Food expenses (breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks) are covered by the project and managed by Autokreacja. Vegetarian food is available, but organizers should be informed about no later than one week before arrivals.
For more information read the INFO PACK attached below.
To APPLY, complete & submit this form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD4qWvipd3Yhhv9Ccv0TtfeCZJ3NH7NVNj1Ypl50kiN2z2pw/viewform