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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - HEROS' JOURNEY

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Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Start: 08/12/2017
End: 16/12/2017
Deadline: 25/09/2017 23:59 (CET)
Description of event: Dear friends!

We would like to invite to take part in the project "The Hero's Journey" hich will focus on the topic of developing and promoting a new positive narrative of inclusion, giving the chance to young europeans and young migrants to meet and share their stories (their journeys) in order to match them with the needs of the communities they live in.

Title: Hero's Journey
Project Dates: December 8th to December 16th 2017
Project: Brussels Belgium)
People involved: 26 young people

Organizers:

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth Organisation established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making youth organisation independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure.

Visit our website for more details about YEU:
http://www.yeu-international.org/

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The Project "The Hero's Journey" is a KA1 Training Course targeting 30 youth leaders, youth workers, educators, active volunteers and staff members of our partner organizations. The training will take place in Brussels (Belgium) in December 2017 and will involve a total of 15 different partners from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Egypt, Portugal, Kosovo*, FYROM/Macedonia, UK and Ukraine.

The main objective of the project is to develop and promote a new positive narrative of inclusion, giving the chance to young europeans and young migrants to meet and share their stories (their journeys) in order to match them with the needs of the communities they live in. To do so, we plan to train youth workers (and educators, staff members, volunteers, etc.) on two complementary methodologies and approaches: on one side, participants will learn how to use storytelling as a tool that can foster unique encounters and create inclusion (sharing a story is like sharing a bit of ourselves with the people around us: this is the perfect cure to any form of intolerance and radicalization!) ... while on the other side, they will explore and further develop the concept of "community matching". This consists in observing local communities and realities in order to find inclusion opportunities that would match with the dreams, hopes and competences of the asylum seekers/migrants/refugees previously met. Participants will therefore transform themselves in storytellers and sociologists, and they will be mentored, in their search for new inclusive methodologies and tools, by interns and volunteers (all migrants and refugees with granted asylum) from the Brussels-based refugees project/network "Tandem". Through the TC, we will build the personal and professional capacities of youth workers and educators to deal with the needs and claims for inclusion in the local communities we live in.

The project also foresees the following expected results:

- A final publication, developed as an online interactive platform, in which thoughts, reflections stories of migrations developed as “modern fairy-tales” will be presented;
- each "fairytale" (story) will have different open finales among which users will be able to choose: in this way, the platform will show them different opportunities (already existing in their communities) and actions (something that they can also initiate, from daily behaviors to voluntarism) that would allow to reach the “inclusion happy ending;
- Promotion of the concept of “community match”, defined as the opportunity to match the stories, skills and knowledge of the migrants with the needs and opportunities of the community they live in. This will be partially addressed in the final publication and web platform. However we believe the approach should be further developed and tested: for this reason, partners already committed to develop some topic-related local activity, that will allow to test different tools and to better observe the local community (and the possibility to have ... a match!);
- A social campaign aiming at changing the perception and view of local communities towards migrants and refugees: the campaign will play on empathy and strong-impact data that could move citizens and young people to take action in some way. We will develop the campaign thanks to the practical labs that are included in the training course (as tests of Storytelling methodologies).

The starting point of any sustainable integration policy should be the respect for migrants and refugees as individuals, with their own stories, dreams and competences. We feel that youth organizations and European youth can have a great role in addressing this gap and in finally promoting inclusive and tolerant societies, both at the local and at the international level.

Objectives:

The specific objectives of the project will be:

- To contribute to migrants and refugees integration by promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding;
- To promote a change of perception towards migration and refugees, within young people and communities;
- To avoid generalization and promote “real life encounters” / to meet refugees and collect their stories;
- To raise awareness on the feelings, hopes, needs, fears, dreams, expectations, competences and skills of migrants/refugees;
- To explore and develop the concept of "Community matching";
- To foster the role of youth organizations in creating sustainable integration and bridges among young refugees and young Europeans;
- To increase the quality of youth work by providing youth workers and youth organisations with additional tools to address inclusion and integration needs in local communities and in Europe.

Methodology:

Non-formal education methods will be used throughout the youth exchange as we strongly believe in its power to develop the competences of young people. In this process of learning, there are no teachers and students. The activities are organised according to the needs of the participants while the sharing of experiences in healthy environments of trust and mutual respect is encouraged. Specifically, we will use, explore and develop storytelling methodologies and tools.

ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:

In order to take part at the activity you need to cover the participation fee which is €30. YEU will cover food and accommodation for the events you will be attending. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 70% of costs up to the travel limit maximum set by YEU. Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call as well as with YEU standard reimbursement procedure.
Selection criteria: PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
- Between the age range of 18 to 30;
- Are able to work in English;
- Youth workers, active volunteers, educators, junior trainers, youth leaders, representatives of youth organisations, staff members, etc.;
- Active involvement in the partner organisation;
- Readiness of applicants to be involved in self-directed learning process;
- motivation to take part in the project;
- Level of responsibility and motivation to put in practice the gained knowledge and skills and help the organization evolve;
- Commitment to put in practice the action plans that will be developed;
- Commitment to share their competences/experience and implement the dissemination plan;
- Gender balance needs to be ensured.

The inclusion of participants with fewer opportunities will be encouraged, in particular for participants with migrant and/or refugee backgrounds.

Participants will be selected by YEU on the basis of their applications, priority will be given to Members of YEU Member Organizations.
Number of participants: 26
Additional infos: The training will take place in Brussels (Belgium) and will involve 15 different partners and 2 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Egypt, Portugal, Kosovo*, FYROM/Macedonia, UK and Ukraine.

Dates: December 8th to December 16th (participants are expected to arrive on the 8th of December and depart on the 16th of December, no more than 2-3 days of flexibility before or after the project dates are allowed).

PARTICIPATION FEE:
30€ PER PERSON

Travel limits (100%) are the following:
- Belgium: 0€
- Germany: 180€
- Italy: 275€
- Poland: 275€
- Portugal: 275€
- Spain: 275€
- U.K.: 275€
- FYROM/Macedonia: 275€
- Turkey: 360€
- Armenia: 530€
- Azerbaijan: 530€
- Bulgaria: 275€
- Egypt: 530€
- Ukraine: 275€
- Kosovo*: 275€

Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 70% of costs up to the travel limit maximum set by YEU. Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call as well as with YEU standard reimbursement procedure.
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