The seminar ‘Youth Leadership for Advocacy’ took place in Spain, Vilanova i la Geltru from 10.01.2022 to 17.01.2022.
The 4 general objectives of the seminar were:
-To understand advocacy as part of our role as youth NGOs.
-To learn how to encourage and support young people to take leadership as advocates.
-To focus on the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are necessary to advocate successfully and collect
valid tools and activities to develop and recognize advocating as a competence.
-To promote exchange and networking among youth workers and NGOs active in the field of non-formal and
intercultural learning, volunteering, active social inclusion and youth empowerment.
The 4 key competences were:
1) Leadership; 2) effective communication; 3) networking; 4) campaigning.
The first day we focused on "ice breaker" exercises.
We received a Todo list, which had different tasks to complete by the end of the seminar.
*Take a smiley picture with 2 local people
*Learn a song from one of your colleague's country
*Learn a cooking recipe from a different country
The hotel was great. The food was tasty, the weather was amazing, the group was awesome. I loved how experienced everybody was in this group and how wide range of knowledge they had. The city was beautiful and the local people were lovely.
All the days were packed with activities, we started at 9.30 and ended our day at 19.00. I was never bored and there was always something to do. The project was structured very well. First we learned some theory and some tools and then we tried making a campaign and gathered thoughts for the next project.
I loved the backstories on our assignments and it was a lot more interesting to do the assignments. It wasn't like OK go try to make a campaign and use the tools we learned. They said something like uh oh.. a person from the EU parliament called and they need our help, because they know we got so many bright heads here together so we need to make some campaigns and make sure you'll get them done by 18.00 because they are waiting.
We had a whole travel day in Barcelona. We had a guided tour from 10.00 to 12.00 and then we went to eat lunch at a FresCo restaurant. We were able to eat everything and as much as we want. We ate for 2 hours and then we had free time to do whatever we want in Barcelona until 22.00. I went to see the Sagrada Familia building and hiked to Park Güelle to see the sunset.
I had an awesome time. I learned a lot about Europe and developed many new skills. Many people in the group were saying that this is the best project they've been to, and they've been to a lot of projects. So I'm really glad this was the first project I participated in.
The aim of this project was to broaden the awareness of today's youth about ecology, problems connected to this area, such as excessive waste generation, excessive resource consumption, inadequate environmental protection, the need for recycling, environmental pollution and that like. We realized the complexity of the problems which were connected with nowadays production and distribution of different kinds of products and we became part of their solution. It was important to extend the competences of the participants in this area, so that they could bring change for their surroundings.
The main activity of the project was youth exchange. Youth exchange took place in the Gåsbustua, Norway on 21-30 September 2021. The number of participants was 60. There were 8 Youth and 2 group leaders from each country. Countries; France, Norway, Turkey, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovakia
The group are: group leaders - a youth worker or person with experiences with youth work in the age 18+. Furthermore, the group consists of 8 participants in the age of 15-30.
The participants didn’t have experiences in Erasmus+ or another similar program. The organizing group consisted of volunteers working on the project, facilitators, coordinators of the project, staff ensuring logistics and project continuity. Organisers of the project and facilitators worked 10 days before the beginning of the project to create activities. Every activity (workshop) was done in non-formal education – discussion, role-play, interactive presentation, self-reflection, educational games, video, workshops, etc. Participants presented their personally created wares and possibilities of Erasmus+ program to local people. Every participant learned new things from different areas by these activities. Participants worked also with non-national minorities. Participants learned how to work alone or with people from different countries. Participants were in situations where they discussed in foreign language (by using it they will be better in it). In group works, they learned how to learn new things. Every participant gained 8 key abilities. Right choice of participants and leaders made the best possibility to gain the best result in accomplishing the objectives.