CLARO! Challenge Labels & Appearance… Reach Out! — Greece

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Program: Erasmus+ Youth, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Venue (for both the APV and the YE): Thessaloniki, Greece

APV dates: 15—17 October 2021. APV will be attended by one group leader and one participant from each national team. The APV team will also take part in the YE in December.

Youth exchange (YE) dates: 17—23 December 2021 

National team size: 10 participants + 2 group leaders

Age limit for participants:: 15-20

Participating countries: Greece, Portugal, Czech Republic, Turkey

Hosting organisations: Youth Empowerment Center (Greece) & CAAB – Centro Cultural e Recreativo de Aguada de Baixo (Portugal)

Popis projektu:

One of the biggest challenges that Europe faces nowadays is related to the peaceful dialogue between different cultures, mainly those coexisting in the same country, city or community. In fact this dialogue is often problematic, mostly in relation to ethnic minorities, refugees and migrants  who, in any territory, as a minority, are given a lower and weakened space in the dialogue, being expected of them that they make the whole effort of «including» themselves.

Thus, it is essential to act within the dominant culture so that inclusion and dialogue between peers are assumed on an equal footing, eye to eye. It is not enough for official discourse to be inclusive when in reality, in everyday life, in spontaneous interactions, veiled discrimination remains, the clear notion of superiority in those who are part of the dominant culture.

It is important to train youth workers and institutions – with knowledge, tools and strategies – to act in their community among young people and to assume themselves as actors of change; it is essential to enable young people to understand their behaviour in relation to diversity and how they often contradict their discourse and promote micro-aggressions. Only through this double intervention do we believe that we are capable of promoting social change in our society: through the conscious, intervening and denouncing role of both social institutions and youth.

Objectives:

  1. Show concrete examples of social intervention aiming to promote inclusion,
  2. Develop competences related to the implementation of activities in a multicultural environment,
  3. Experience different forms of expression to address social issues within society;
  4. Promote cooperation among young people and a safe space for sharing experiences related to the topic,
  5. Promote the participation of young people in social issues,
  6. Develop European citizenship, active participation skills and social awareness among young people.

Participants’ profile:

Someone that… …is

  • between 15-20 y.o.;
  • willing to become an actor of change;
  • is part of the involved communities/organizations;
  • is available to be part of the whole project;
  • ..is interested in the topic of discrimination and racism;

We particularly invite applications from:

Young people who come from rural areas, away from large population centres or/and have the following characteristics:
a) Little or no opportunity to discuss matters of European interest with other young people in Europe;
b) Interest in developing their competence in a foreign language (English);
c) Weak European identity;
d) Interest in the project’s theme;
e) Willing to promote awareness regarding discrimination and inclusion in their local community;
f) Motivation and willingness to participate in all phases of the project (including local sessions).

Activity in the community to disseminate project results:

Each group of participants is responsible for selecting one of the activities developed during the project (created in the exchange) to do it with a group from their community. The target audience for this activity can be other young people, children, family members of the participants, teachers, among others. The objective of this activity is to expand the impact of the project and promote the discussion about veiled discrimination and the role of the community in enabling inclusion, as well as the visibility of the Erasmus + program.

This activity should happen during January or February, 2022, according to each group’s availability. Please, take photos and videos of activities, so that they can also be used in project’s visibility and final report.

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