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"Social Inclusion for Youth with Migrant Background”
Youth Exchange – KA1 Erasmus+

5th - 25th July 2015
Brussels, Belgium


Context of the Project
The project “Social Inclusion for Youth with Migrant Background - SI4YMB” is a youth exchange
that will involve 30 participants (23 young people and 7 group leaders) coming from four
countries: Belgium, Italy, Bulgaria, and Portugal. It will take place in Molenbeek-Saint Jean
(Brussels) from the 5th until 25th of July 2015.


The project aims to support the employability of young people with a migrant background
currently available in the labour market by focussing on three themes over the course of the
three weeks.
The first week will focus on the diverse origins of the migrant youth and sharing experiences
and defining the meaning of a migrant’s “roots.”
The second week will aim to discuss what it means to live in Europe, given each’s diverse
backgrounds (extra-EU): the challenges and rewards.
Finally, the third week will aim to improve job marketability of the participants through
workshops on resume/CV and cover letter building, creating a business plan, and presentation
skills. Through these activities, we try to address the challenges faced by youth with migrant
background and add value in the delicate phase of the work placement.
The project promotes the social mobility of migrant youth by developing essential
competencies such as cultural awareness, self-awareness and confidence, and business and
entrepreneurial skills. The entrepreneurship attitude, in a time of economic crisis, could be
quite useful not only for natives but also for our target group. The project will also discuss
current opportunities within the EU, and will consider actions to avoid segregation and social
exclusion. Participating in this youth exchange programme represents a unique opportunity for
youth with migrant backgrounds to move towards a potential path of social mobility and
personal growth.
Target group
The target group of the project are:
- Youth with migrant background (18-30 years old);
- Group leaders with migrant backgrounds (18+);
- With a high school diploma;
- Currently in the labour market (or will be following graduation);
- With a basic knowledge of English.


The project will be carried out using multiple teaching styles, both static and interactive in
order to ensure the fulfilment of the above objectives. ECEPAA, the lead organization of the
project, will be the primary presenters during the project, using Powerpoint, Prezi, and short
video clips to convey ideas and information.
External speakers from the community will also be incorporated into the agenda to provide a
practitioner’s insight. This will be accompanied by active debate and roundtable discussions
between the participants, group leaders, and project facilitators. We will also use worksheets
and self-awareness/personality tests for an interactive element, tailored for each individual
Finally, the participants will partake in group exercises and present their findings to the larger
group, thereby improving teamwork and presentation skills of the young people.
During this exchange, we will promote youth mobility and intercultural learning between
groups of young people from different non-European countries, all living in Europe. By meeting
people with various background, they can learn from each other and discover similarities and
differences between their cultures and their different perspectives and value systems.
In addition, participants will gain knowledge and information that can enrich their own
perspectives. The main tool to promote this exchange is through dialogue and open discussion
between all participants in order to combat prejudices and negative stereotypes that are often
present. In addition, the participants will have the opportunity to interact with one another,
both in the classroom and outside, fostering relationships and experience sharing through both
formal and informal learning.

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