Streangthen Cooperation Among Young People

Context: 

Streangthen Cooperation Among Young People. The increasing influx of asylum seekers to European countries has made it more important than ever to take action in increasing the possibility of their integration within the society. This is also one of the priorities of the European Commission, particularly with regards to the inclusion of young newly-arrived immigrants.

The main objective of this project was to facilitate the integration of migrants and refugees through the participation in Erasmus+ programmes and to establish new strategies to enhance the communication between young people from different cultures and ethnic groups. Although multicultural cohabitation is one of ECEPAAs’ priorities, we certainly cannot solve the problem of cultural differences alone, but together with our partners we can have an effect on some factors in order to limit these issues.

Objectives: 

The purpose of SCYAP was to increase the communication through trust building between these two groups of young people, thanks to the introduction of the new working methodology, in order to raise the participation of young migrants and refugees in Erasmus+ exchange programmes. We have established a set of action points which enabled us to meet our goal. They are as it follows: 

  • Increase volunteers and youth workers’ skills; 
    a. Communications skills; 
    b. Training them to tackle problems; 
    c. Network with other youth associations to share best practices; 
    d. Create tailored programmes to build trust with the help of other European partners.

The working methods that were applied on this the project were of various types. They consisted of: 

  • Analysis; 
  • Interviews; 
  • Development of innovative ideas; 
  • Sharing best practices; 
  • Non-formal education.

SCAYP’s main activities are: 

1° Research “Needs analysis of youth workers and young migrants/refugees” June-July 2016. All consortium members countries. working method: interviews and research; 

2° First transnational meeting: “New Needs New Solutions” Ioannina, Greece 03/10/2016-07/10/2016. Working method: analysis and study; 

3° Second transnational meeting “New working methodology” Brussels, Belgium, 16/01/2017-20/01/2017. Working method: non-formal education; 

4°- Dissemination-multiplier events at local level. All consortium members countries 01/03/2017 Working method: sharing innovative ideas and best practices. 

Consortium: 

The project partners were selected based on two criteria. The first one was on the current national migration issues (which ties in with geographical location) they are facing and the second one on the individual NGO activity who involves youth workers.

The countries and NGOs selected are: 

1. Belgium 

   a. European Centre for Economic Policy Analysis and Affairs 

   b. Collective Garcia Lorca 

2. France – Talk-France 

3. Greece – Youth Centre of Epirus (YCE) 

4. Spain – Ecos do Sur 

Participants: 

The group of participants SCAYP is composed by two categories: 

  1. The first one is composed by qualified members of the consortium which include: 

• Researchers, 

• Psychologists, 

• Experts in immigration and integration policies 

• Trainers 

• Sociologists 

• Youth workers from the participant organizations 

• Expert in communication 

• Project managers

2. The second that is the target group of youth workers and volunteers that are working in youth centres.

It was composed of young people from different nationalities and belonging to different youth centres—that was done in order to increase the impact of the project. 

Impact and dissemination: 

The impact on participants and partner organizations is wide and complete through the active role in all the phases of SCAYP implementation in which they are directly involved. 

The dissemination will take place throughout the complete duration of the project, with continuous diffusion of the SCAYP results, such as policy brief and manual of innovative working methods. The SCAYP results are available on-line through different channels such as partner organizations web channels, SALTO youth, and social networks. Some of the promotional materials and scientific publications were also translated in the partner organizations languages. As consequence the target reached will be larger and the impact widen at a broader national level. 

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