It’s your turn for social changes is project developed by four partner organizations – MHD UMKA Skopje (Macedonia), European Information Centre Veliko Trnovo (Bulgaria), Konya Metropolitan Municipality Kilicarslan Youth Center (Turkey), and Europe House Slavonski Brod (Croatia). Total of 32 (8 participants per country) will take part in the two main activities. Each organization shall secure gender balance within the group of participants, as well as that the age of the participants will be in accordance with the rules of the Erasmus + programme.
European institutions are aware of certain democratic deficit across Europe, especially among young people and are aware of the importacne in overcoming it.Therefore, the aim of this project is to deepen the youth’s understanding of Active European Citizenship, to raise awareness about the importance of positve social change, to increase the level of youth’s competence and level of their active participation.
Previous experiences showed that young people in all four countries participating in the project lack competencies needed to identify the problems in their local communities, as well as competencies needed to enter into a dialogue with policy-makers on all levels and resolve the issues they encounter, thus becoming active citizens. Experience also shows that young people often do not understand the mechanisms existing in the policy-making process, which is a big obstacle in their active participation. Furthermore, the project includes young people from areas of Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey that are economically, geographically and/or socially excluded. These young people often face greater challenges and obstacles when it comes to active participation because of the political situation on local and regional level in all four countries.
Overall, project aims on the one hand to conduct a comparative analysis of Youth Policies in different European countries and of the relationship of the young people in Europe with the democratic processes, especially in view of European Elections held, and on the other hand to promote the recognition of Youth Work, emphasizing its importance for supporting young people, and especially young people with fewer opportunities, and its contribution to the personal as well as professional development of the young people.
Second Transnational Meeting will be held in Zadar from 2nd till 8th September 2015 at Youth hostel (Omladinski hostel Zadar, Obala Kneza Trpimira 76, 23 000 Zadar, phone: + 385 23 331 145, fax: + 385 23 331 190.
It’s Your Turn for Social Changes!
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