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Youth Empowerment Programme- YEP

The ideas on cooperation in the youth sector in between the EU , Africa and Latin America is is in line with the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership- A Joint Africa-EU Strategy and Latin America Regional programming document 2007-2013 but also with the specific papers that touch on youth volunteering, White Paper on Youth, European Youth Pact and the newly launched strategy "Youth – Investing and Empowering".

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Summary


Our goal is to empower youth structures to be able to run European Voluntary Service projects as a tool for
facilitating and promoting a broad-based and wide-ranging people-centred partnership and for
and to promote holistic approaches to development processes through hosting and sending international volunteers as carriers of innovation, interculturality and diversity.
The project is a networking one that aims at setting up a thematic trans-continental network on European Voluntary Service.
The YEP project stands as a logical intervention that has to be made in oreder to ensure quality and sustainability for the projects that ARDR is planning to develop jointly with other partner organizations from the EU and Latin America and Africa.
The central theme, the YEP project looks at strengthening of civil society (including youth structures), active citizenship and democracy.
The priorities of the project are the participation of young people and the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.
The objectives are the following:
- to increase the capacity of youth structures in managing European Voluntary Service programes 
- to foster long term collaboration in between EU , Latin America and Africa organizations in the frameowrk of European Voluntary Service
- to pomote the European Voluntary Service in Latin America, Africa and the EU
- to set up regional/nation partnerships in order to increase access to the trans-national volunteering programme
- to develop structures and instruments for quality and sustainability in the European Voluntary Service project
The project geography is defined at two levels: regional (at the level where participating organizations from Sierra Leone, Argentina, Peru, Camerun,Romania, Sweden, UK operate) and interantional (in Romania, UK and Sweden).

There are 337 participants out of which 308 are youth workers and 29 are trainers and staffers.

As for the tangible results we expect to achieve:
- 1 trans-national strategy and operational plan on EVS programmes in between Latin America, Africa and EU
- 7 regional campaigns on European Voluntary Service
- 14 trainers trained on delivering European Voluntary Service trainings  
- 70 youth workers trained on managing European Voluntary Service projects
- 1 online platform for trans-national volunteering
- 1 KIT on EVS Quality Management
- at least 3 group EVS projects

The dissemination is to be ensured by means of the project scope (regional and international) and project activities (online platform, regional campaigns, thematic trainings, manual (Kit))
In terms of impact, we expect to:
- boost participation in the EVS projects in between Latin America, Africa and EU organizations,
- increase the quality of EVS projects run in Latin America, Africa and EU
- strengthen collaboration and long term sustainability in between the participating organizations
- ensure the exchange of best practices in the realm of EVS
- raise the awareness of active citizenship role in developing democratic societies
- bring attention on the need to ensure open and equal participation in democratic life of youths with fewer opportunities  

 

 Breaking News
Social Campaign in TG JIU, 20th - 26th June 2011
The Regional Association for Rural Development will organize between 20th - 26th of June 2011 a social campaign "SMILE FOR TOMORROW", in TG Jiu...read more
Working Meeting, Act Now, 2nd-6th of February
The partner in the Youth Empowerment Network, from Peru, started in January a series of actions with the purpose of promoting YEP and EVS among organizations working in the youth field. Jovenes de Buena Voluntad had a structured and consistent work, unfolding until March in the region of Ventanilla-Lima, as following...read more
Promoting YEP and EVS in Peru
The partner in the Youth Empowerment Network, from Peru, started in January a series of actions with the purpose of promoting YEP and EVS among organizations working in the youth field. Jovenes de Buena Voluntad had a structured and consistent work, unfolding until March in the region of Ventanilla-Lima, as following...read more
 
 Meet a volunteer 


Hello, I am Elizabeth, from Valencia, Spain. I am 26 years old. I am biologist and I studied Master of Secondary school teacher. I work as volunteer in association of people with mental and physical disabilities. Also I work as volunteer with homeless people. I like photography, music, nature and swimming. I love to work with kids and with people, who need help. Now I live in Novaci and I think that Gorj is very nice rural place. The people are very friendly, and the landscapes are so nice. I this project I really want to learn a lot of new things, to know better new cultures, languages (I want to improve my English language).
 
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