Involved Youth 2.0 — Poland


ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Venue: Wojnicz (1h from Krakow), Poland

Dates: 31 July—10 August 2023

National team: 5 participants (aged 16—30) + 1 group leader (aged 18+)

Please read the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: Fundacja Ornament

Project description:

Participants will learn about the dangers of youth indifference to public affairs. EU policies to promote youth civic engagement and the opportunities for young people to participate in public life. They learn about concrete activities and supporting initiatives and civic engagement that they can implement in their community among their peers.

Their interest in politics, content and political events will be strengthened and they’ll be able to transfer this effect to their peers. The implementation of the acquired theoretical knowledge starts with an open discussion with the young people on site, where the participants have the opportunity to personally motivate young people to actively participate. The participants’ experiences during this meeting are crucial for building and strengthening their capacity to spread the acquired attitudes after returning to their region. The young people will be better able to deal with the different cultures they’ll encounter in their lives. After participating in a youth exchange, participants will stay in touch. Especially online communication via social media is done by the young people themselves. This gives them the opportunity to constantly exchange new experiences and develop themselves further.

In Poland, participants will organise an open discussion for local youth and relevant stakeholders to strengthen and support the civic engagement of young people from Ryglice. By listening to young people’s opinions and seeking their input on the issues presented, the gap between participants’ theoretical knowledge and local reality will be bridged.

Through a social network campaign explaining the youth exchange and its dissemination, friends, acquaintances of acquaintances will share the experiences of participants and residents at regional, European and international level. After the end of the Youth Exchange, participants will discuss issues related to youth civic engagement with stakeholders from their communities by organising workshops and sharing with themtheir views on active participation. Upon return to their home country, participants will have the opportunity to engage in existing discussions related to youth empowerment and active citizenship. Young people will be empowered to raise their voices against the indifference of young people in their local society. They will interact with the people they meet, including other young people: explaining to them the need for their involvement in society, their participation in decision-making processes and especially their participation in elections.

The participants:

  • Will be able to understand, identify and describe problems related to young people’s indifference to participation.
  • Will be able to describe, discuss and explain statistics, research and strategies for youth participation at European level and analyse current EU policies and initiatives in support of youth participation.
  • Can describe activities they or their peers can develop to participate in civil society and make a difference in their community,
  • Can identify and name activities that aim to increase young people’s interest in policy content and engage young people in policy initiatives,
  • Can describe and give examples of methods of non-formal education and experimental learning
  • Can generally understand and describe how the decision-making process works,
  • Can describe and understand the objectives and opportunities for young people and youth workers in the Erasmus+ Programme,
  • Can develop a Youthpass, self-assess the learning process and distinguish key competences,
  • Will be able to create their own simple project,
  • Will be able to express ideas and opinions effectively / strengthen interpersonal relationships and work in a group with different people / analyse information and communicate effectively,
  • Will be able to demonstrate cooperation and collaboration / show respect / compromise / persuade and advocate,
  • Will be able to create content on social media and draw public attention to a specific issue.

Profile of Participants:

  • Youths aged 16-30
  • 5 youth + youth leader (no age limits)
  • With basic experience in youth participation
  • Communicative in English
  • Gender balance (50/50)

Moreover Participants:

  • should have a positive attitude towards intercultural learning
  • be open-minded, flexible, and willing to engage in group activities
  • interested in  raising  their  knowledge  on  Erasmus  +  Programme,
  • interested in youth project management
  • interested in intercultural experience\
  • motivated share their experiences during the follow up period

We also welcom participants with fewer opportunities and obstacles, such as: barriers linked to discrimination, cultural differences, economic barriers, social barriers, geographical barriers, barriered linked to education and training system.

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