Project overview: The current project looks at strengthening the Youth
Empowerment Network-YEN by means of the development of thematic clusters of
excellence in EVS, sharing best practice in youth work and needs analysis
in terms of capacity to handle and manage EVS projects that brings the
European, global, national and local dimension together.
The strategic and political objectives are: a. to learn more
about the EVS opportunities, needs and risks in Latin America,
Africa and the EU; b. to develop EVS Country Guidelines for all
countries involved; c. to promote the EVS at the local/regional/national
level according to the capacity of the organization; d. to build on the
expertise of youth workers to deliver technical assistance in EVS
management; e. to give visibility to international youth work in
Latin America and Africa; f. to strengthen the trans-continental EVS network.
Donor: European Commission through the Educational, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency Executive Agency, 'Youth in Action' Programme, Action 3.2 Youth in the World: Cooperation with countries other than the neighbouring countries of the European Union, Call for Proposals EACEA/11/10
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 464 participants out of which 420 are youth workers and 44 are trainers, facilitators and staffers.
As for the tangible results we expect to achieve:
- 7 regional Conferences on EVS in 7 Latin America, Africa and EU
- 1 International Conference in Brussels, Belgium
- 24 job shadowing in Latin America, Africa and EU
- 24 youth workers trained on needs analysis and risk assessment in EVS projects
- 7 Country Reports on Opportunities in EVS
- 1 KIT on Needs Analysis and Risk Assessment in EVS
- at least 3 group EVS projects
- 7 post job shadowing assessments
As for the project impact, by the end of the project we expect to:
- have fully prepared youth workers in assisting and managing EVS projects, being able to transfer their knowledge
- have increased capacity of partner organizations to avoid risks and to build projects that respond to the community needs
- have built the capacity for long term structured approach to EVS development at the global level
- have increased the awareness of the particularities of youth work in the participating countries
- have stimulated tolerance and solidarity in youth work at the global level
- have increased the capacity of youth structures in managing European Voluntary Service programmes
- promote and boost participation in the European Voluntary Service in Latin America, Africa and the EU
- have fostered regional/national partnerships in order to increase access to the trans-national volunteering programme
- have strengthened collaboration and long term sustainability in between the participating organizations
- have exchanged of best practices in the realm of youth work.
A1. Kick off meeting - an online conference to establish the working frame of the current project and the immediate actions to take
A2. Kit on Needs Analysis and Risk Assessment on EVS - a tool developed for the country managers, as a means to ensure quality and sustainability in EVS projects
A3. Working meeting - is to gather in Romania, for 4 days, the seven country managers within the project to plan for the in country trainings, job shadowing and information campaign
A4. In country training courses - each partner is to conduct a training course back home, in his country on needs analysis and risk assessment
A5. Job shadowing - 24 youth workers, 6 from Africa, 6 from Latin America, and 12 from the European Union will do an exchange of best practices, for a month
A6. Online platform for trans-national volunteering - www.yesforevs.eu, is to continuously be updated with information, in order to ensure visibility of the project
A7. Country reports - will be elaborated by the multi-national teams of youth works who will be involved in the job shadowing
A8. Post job shadowing assessment - looks at evaluating the exchange of best practices in youth work, in terms of investments/results
A9. International Conference ACT NOW! - will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, to disseminate and to evaluate the results of the project and to attract partners in the network
A10. Monitoring - will be ensured throughout the project, by collecting regularly information from the country managers on the project progress
STAFF & PARTNERS
James Ebube, country director, Sierra Leone
Marie Tamoifo, country director, Cameroon
Jose Luis Quinones, country director, Peru
Hector Gabriel Valfre, country director, Argentina
BENGT SODERLIND, country director, Sweden
Raluca Barbuleanu, project assistant, Romania
Marian Sindrianu, county director, Gorj county, Romania
Florin Pasatoiu, project director, Romania
CHIDO (Sierra Leone): very active on volunteering programmes and on actice citizenship militant campaigning. Not so much having an interantional dimention in their work but a well trained team that is ready to commit to a long term network.
Jovenes de Buena Voluntad (Peru): a local and regional organization deeply involved in community volunteering; they have a strong local taken in all their programmes involving a numerous group of stakehoders.
Association jeunesse verte du cameroun (Cameron): one of the biggest networks of volunteers in Cameron with extensive experience, capacity to disseminate and profesional staff to follow up in the current Network on EVS.
OAJNU (Argentina): a wide network with strong interlinks with various international big organizations and with a substantial network over the country; they have big potential to disseminated, local infrastructure and human resources.
NBV (Sweden): it is the biggest and oldest network of organizations in Sweden and has a wide coverage spread all over Sweden. They also work in close relationship with the local authorities. In this case they have a big potential to disseminate information and also to manage EVS projects in the filed.
ARDR (Romania): has piloted the first group EVS project in Romania and has engineered various tools to support the quality in managing EVS group projects. It has a good experienced staff in managing EVS programmes and it has a good local network of various satkeholders that uphold the EVS projects.
Norfolk Childrens Services (UK): is a public authority that has extensive experience in developing tools for increasing participation in volunteering action and actice citizenship. The very pilot programme that they worked on at a national scale in England, is Hear by Right. Therefore, all over Norfolk they run dozens of youth and volunteering centers.
NEWS and EVENTS
Working Meeting, Act Now, 2nd-6th of February
The Regional Association for Rural Development held between 2nd -6th of February a residential Working Meeting within Act Now project, in Romania, Gorj county.
The Working Meeting gathered the representatives of the seven partner organizations from Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Argentina, Peru, Sweden, UK and Romania to define the project's agenda...read more
Online conference - "Kick off meeting", 26th of November 2010
On 26th of November, the partners within Act Now project started officially the work on the project.
Act Now is opening a new chapter for the transcontinental network built through YEP - the Youth Empowerment Programme,
looking at strengthening the network both by network expansion but also by working on the quality of EVS projects
to be implemented.