Erasmus+ Learning Mobility of Individuals
Youth Exchange „Social Entrepreneurship for Inclusion”
Dates: [not clear yet]
Today social entrepreneurship is becoming one of the effective and innovative methods to solve the social problems. In 2015, European Commission published “A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe” report which is stating that “Recent years have seen a burgeoning interest in social entrepreneurship across Europe, strongly driven by a growing recognition of a key role social enterprises can play in tackling societal and environmental challenges and fostering inclusive growth,”. So the idea to organize this youth exchange comes from the need of coping social issues that impact young people and drive them to the social exclusion.The problems we face today are complex and inter-connected since the world itself is at once global and more local than it has ever been. Traditional business still worsens inequality, rather than improving it, while social enterprises are leading in employing the most disadvantaged while empowering the people with fewer opportunities by addressing their problems and needs.
SESI project aims to raise awareness about SE by building the capacity of youngsters so that they are able to utilize and popularize it back to their communities.The workshops about SE will help the youngsters to invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. Social entrepreneurs are individuals who seek to create significant social impact through their initiatives and enterprises. They operate within the non-profit, private and public sectors and within a variety of organisational settings. We believe that raising the awareness of young people about social problems caused by unemployment and giving them the right means, these youngsters will then be able to promote the SE model back to their communities with the aim to help their peers. To achieve this, YE will develop their skills on SE financial management, creativity, soft skills, strategic planning of the ideas. They will work with business model canvas, CEFE, creativity tools, brainstorm maps, logical framework, problem tree analysis to develop and search for potential grant to realise their social enterprise ideas into reality.
To achieve this, objectives of YE are:
-To stimulate the sense of initiative, entrepreneurship and creativity of young people by giving to participants concrete tools to develop SE initiatives.
-To enable participants to develop the essential entrepreneurial skills and competencies: creative thinking, soft skills, financial management, strategic planning of the ideas and social entrepreneurship skills.
-To integrate and apply ideas, theories and techniques learned during the workshop:how to develop the idea of a social enterprise, open and run.
-To promote youth interactions, networking and partnerships between people of different cultures.
-To explore practical ways of using SE To reach young people with fewer opportunities and under social risk
-To provide participants with the opportunity to exchange experience and expertise on social problems and how to address them.
Our project responds to objectives, priorities and important features of Erasmus+ and KA1 by focusing on youth and boosting their skills for future employability (knowledge, skills and attitudes), raises participants’ understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity and notably enhances participants’ foreign languages competences by creating multilingual environment for learning and sharing, by empowering them with 8 key competencies, by enriching with entrepreneurial skills and etc.
It is also promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship and enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship to correspond the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training.
The Youth Exchange “Social Entrepreneurship for Inclusion” will be held in 9-17 June 2020 in Bremen with 50 participants from 7 Erasmus+ Programme countries (1 group leader and 6 participants per country+ one more leader from Germany): Germany, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia , France and Spain.
Participants are youngsters, youth leaders and young volunteers between 18-30 years old. ( preferably18-25 and no age limit for group leaders)
Almost all of our partners work with young people with fewer opportunities. Some of them also have youth workers and youth leaders who consider themselves as those with fewer opportunities. We will select a least 3 young people with fewer opportunities from each of our partners. (around 21 people in at least )
Each activity has its concrete aim relevant to the main aim, objectives, learning outcomes and expected impact, as well as, promotes such values like tolerance, respect of cultural diversity, gender equality and equity, respect and solidarity. To ensure all above mentioned, each activity will be prepared and discussed by group leaders in advance by using non-formal and informal methodology. Also, all national teams will be participating in all activities, but each partner will be responsible for successful implementation of several activities.
The venue for all activities (indoor) will be training room, exception is few activities, which will take place in the city (outdoor).
All the activities will be based on non-formal learning principle and will require active participation of all participants.
The tools and methods used are based on the principles of the NFE:
– energizers and ice-breaking activities
‐ group-building games
‐ working and focus groups
– NGO Market
– field visits
– outdoor activities,
‐ debates and oral presentations
‐ Creative Thinking methods and idea-generating tools.
– Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats methodology
Participants are invited to produce the content of the YE rather than passively consume the information
Non-formal and informal methods were chosen accurately in order to create balanced fun and learning atmosphere for participants to share, express, get involved, contribute, support each- other and develop new competencies. At the end of each day we will also organize group reflection in order to facilitate participants’ learning process and to improve each upcoming day. The reflection process is an important part of the project as it will help us to evaluate the on-going process of the project as well as by considering the needs, and wishes of participants to adapt the program. During our project we will mainly rely on informal and non-formal education.