Civic education, Community development, Employment as youth will be involved on activities to obtain and develop technical and transversal skills that they could also use on their personal life and labour market (team building, assertive communication, conflict management, etc.).

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It aims to develop local communities through active young people that will be trained to implement initiatives to contribute to the intercultural, diverse and social inclusion of their areas.

Creators

Who is behind this?

María Cámara

Asociación Gantalcalá (La Rioja)

http://www.gantalcala.org/

Spain

Who is joining forces?

Polygonal

https://www.polygonal.ngo/

Italy


Pista Magica

https://www.pista-magica.pt/en/

Portugal


Youth Network MaMa

https://www.mreza-mama.si/

Slovenia


-https://neo-sapiens.com/ contributes with trainers for some workshops The other 3 partners contribute to the international seminar arrangement and the recruitment of participants and youth leaders

Idea

Idea pitch

We aim to encourage youth to participate actively in their communities by providing them the skills needed. They will be trained on abilities about living in a global, intercultural and diverse society and on technical competences to create initiatives for the development of their areas. This will be possible thanks to local workshops and international experiences that will promote their personal and professional profiles allowing among them a exchange of good practices and peer learning.

Where will your project idea take place?

Logroño, La Rioja (smallest region of Spain) for the participation of youth from all the region.

What is the local challenge?

La Rioja is a rural area with a capital of 150.000 inhabitants and plenty of small towns or villages where the rest of the people lives. It is mainly dedicated to the agriculture offering limited opportunities for youth development and their employability. There are not concrete channels or programmes for youth participation on their communities as active citizens and it exists a lack of mobility opportunities abroad to get to know other realities or bringing innovations to the region (even more limited due to the nowadays Covid-19 crisis that have damage EU citizenship spirit on the region and states solidarity). Young people need to be encourage to participate on their communities, require tools to be actively involved and need to be seen as promoters of the change as heirs the society.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

Promotes youth participation on communities to discover their needs.
Develops the capacities of youth as active citizens on a global world thanks to workshops about interculturality, assertiveness, empathy, etc. and non formal techniques.
Allows youth to participate on international activities to put in practice and reflect about all they have been trained about and bring ideas to their communities.
Involves other foreign communities coming to La Rioja in a transnational cooperation and the exchange of ideas with them (thanks to a seminar with participants from IT, PO and SI).
Offers technical workshops to empower youth and allow them to create ideas to face their local communities challenges together with other social groups (offering also economic support for the best initiatives).

Who are you doing it for?

Our target group will be youth (18-30 years old). As La Rioja is a rural area based on agriculture with a substantial migrant population, it includes descendants of migrants, people with basic studies, facing economic difficulties and geographical barriers, etc. All these people will our target as active citizens and promoters of the change by involving them on the project activities or on the potential youth initiatives of those taking part on it. This will extensible to others during the international events of the project involving people from other countries. All the participants of the project will be capacitated on cooperative and intercultural initiatives (by the project or the other partners involved) that they would need to design involving other social groups from their areas.

How do you plan to get there?

Stage 0 (08-11/20): CIVIC EUROPE support
S1(01-03/21): Preparation and design of activities
S2 (04-05/21): Promotion, visibility and recruitment
S3 (06-07/21): Implementation of the workshops (20h. for 20 people) on intercultural, global and social issues with non formal education (ex. dynamics, theatre of the oppressed, escape rooms etc.)
S4 (07/21): Preparation of the international event and recruitment
S5 (07-08/21): International event (25 people, 6 days) in La Rioja and implementation of the other projects of Gantalcalá abroad on which project participants will be enrolled
S7 (09-10/21): Workshop about youth initiatives development (8h. for 20 people)
S8 (11/21): Awarding and Implementation of the best youth initiatives
S9 (12/21): Evaluation dissemination and reporting

What are the expected results?

We expect that thanks to our project:
*A training pathway could have been created to be replicated in the future again towards our youth empowerment and active participation
*The number of young people participating on youth projects abroad has increased (on projects of Gantalcalá or volunteering services abroad of other local NGOs)
*A network of active young people has been composed. They could act as both, inspiration for other young people and as coaches or facilitators on future editions of the workshops for other young people
*The convivence, environment and interculturality of the region has been improved and, especially, of the communities on which the youth initiatives have taken place
*La Rioja has been recognized as a place to host and carry out youth international events

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

*It contains workshops related to international relations and Global Citizenship Education values that will make people aware about the importance of transnational interdependencies and promote EU belonging.
*It promotes the participation of youth on international events (ex. project seminar) and projects that Gantalcalá has approved for next summer abroad (ex. Erasmus+ youth exchanges), what will make people see how useful international cooperation is to learn/discover innovative practices and enjoy the benefits of EU programmes. CIVIC EUROPE logos will be included in all the project materials.
*It trains youth on the design of initiatives facing communities challenges and on how to incorporate to them issues related to EU citizens coexistence (interculturality, solidarity, etc.).

What is your story?

The mission and vision of Gantalcalá is to support the youth sector and promote the use of open materials to develop youth capacities towards a better world. Personally, I have enjoyed international opportunities and local intercultural actions (with and without Gantalcalá) and I consider that they were really enriching so others should also have them.
Due to the globalization, our diverse society and some extreme thought flows, we find the need to create a future society able to share ideas and life in community with values such as respect, tolerance, solidarity, etc. but involving all its members (leaving no one behind). We think that having an international experience make young people more open, emphatic, respectful, etc. This is why the idea is important for me and for Gantalcalá.

€ 29260,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 31410,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Personnel cost 11380 EUR
Equipment 500 EUR
2*Awards 600 EUR
Communication and visibility 1340 EUR
Materials for the workshops 500 EUR
Local and international travels 6520 EUR
Food support 25*40*6 = 6000 EUR
Materials for the international event 500 EUR
Indirect cost (electricity, post, phone, etc.) 1920 EUR

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would like to get feedback and advice from CIVIC EUROPE in order to improve and develop our idea, especially on: communication and dissemination of results and channels, projects sustainability, youth democratic or participation engagement.

Team

Maria

Idea created on May 26, 2020

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