Made in You(th) — Austria

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Erasmus+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Youth exchange dates: 27 December 2022—7 January 2023

Advance Planning Visit (= APV): 18—20 November 2022. APV will be attended by one group leader and one participant per national team.

Venue: Klaffer, Austria

National team size: 5 participants (aged 14-19) + 1 group leader (21+)

Please read the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: Österreichische Kinderfreunde

Project description:

This project idea designed to address the modern non-formal educational and social needs of disadvantaged young people. Young people who have not succeeded in their school life, have experiencing frustration, face different troubles and the need to find new ways to get out of deadlocks linked to the past, to the future, in a creative way.

ART and its methods seems to be, since ancient times, a good way to find harmony, contributing to balance and reach spiritual progress. In addition, it is an effective way to express topics, feelings, thoughts and emotions.

Furthermore, a stable and open community that does not exclude anyone because of social, economic, cultural or other difficulties, must know its values and traditions in order to live peacefully and respectfully. In a millennial Europe, in a melting pot of civilizations, we must meet our fellow citizens, educate them in their values and strengthen our ties, both in cognitive and social terms. This project therefore links European values and cultures, unites people, fosters peace and cooperation, promotes the European ideal, and discovers new ART ideas.

Values play an important role in our lives. As ideas of what is socially and personally desirable, they give us orientation for our actions and dealings with one another. Personal values are decisive in determining how we individually shape our lives. The basic values that apply in a society form the basis for peaceful coexistence and social cohesion. We cannot abandon this orientation, particularly since our society has changed profoundly in recent decades. At the societal level, it is evident that the growing diversity is now experienced as normal and seen as an enrichment by large parts of the population. However, it is also obvious that the different, sometimes competing values and lifestyles generate tensions and conflicts. This raises the question how we can live together peacefully in a diverse society in the long term and what connects us – beyond all differences – with each other?

In view of this, it is particularly important for children and young people to independently develop standards of orientation (through and with values) and competencies in dealing with complexity and diversity is essential. Only in this way, they can develop into strong, responsible individuals with a sense of community responsible and strong personalities and are able to stand up for democratic coexistence.

Therefore we want to deeply reflect on the different levels of values starting at the top, the European values, which connect us all and ending with personal level of values.

To sum up, with the participation of many people from other countries, we will find out about the values of European Citizenship, country specific values and personal values. We will transform our knowledge into creative artworks, which will be presented to the public at a final presentation. With this youth exchange, we will create a place where the basic ideas and values of the European Union, the ideas of peace and solidarity, can be lived and carried further and we empower youth with fewer opportunities.

Based on that, we define more specific learning objectives:

  • Free access to youngsters facing fewer opportunities;
  • Promoting youth activism and active citizenship among young people and informing youth about all the opportunities they have available;
  • Innovative methods in non-formal education, in particular what creativity through different means of arts is concerned;
  • Intensive exploration of values and value formation
  • Development of professional and leadership skills among people;
  • Common use of European traditional ART and cultural heritage;
  • ART as a tool for expression and reflection on values;
  • Exploitation and promotion of the project’s results.
  • Strengthening foreign language competence
  • Change of stereotypes, reduction of prejudices
  • Learn about the Erasmus+ programme and its key actions.

Methodologies:

During the Youth Exchange we will use different non-formal methods, energizers, teamwork activities, creative methods, feedback, outdoor-activities, artistic methods, aesthetic explorations will be done by means of performative arts and visual arts, theatre, poetry, photography, video, land-art, sculptures and installations…

Participants’ profile

  • 14-19 years old
  • Good English communication skills
  • Especially disadvantaged ones and teenagers with fewer opportunities are welcome (refugees, migrants, those with social obstacles etc.)
  • Motivated to participate
  • the person of the APV must be one of the participants during the youth exchange

Leaders’ profile: 

  • +21 years old
  • With very good English communication skills
  • Very responsible and motivated
  • Motivated to find out more about new cultures and the topic of the exchange
  • the person of the APV should be the leader during the YE
  • Willing to make dissemination activities and share the result of the Youth Exchange after it ends

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