Youth Empowerment and Social Transformation

The project Youth Empowerment and Social Transpormation will include two e-learning modules, two residential training courses, and follow-up events.

1st Training course Youth empowerment and social transformation Dates: 27.03.2017-04.04.2017 Venue: Rustavi , Georgia Aim: To strengthen the participants’ capacities in developing needs-based and outcome-oriented interventions for social change

EU countries and its Eastern partners are being challenged by cuts of individual and collective rights in the last years, and by an uprise of ultra-nationalist and anti-EU social and political movements that represent a thread for the maintenance of these rights and the amend of those that have been already set aside. The cuts on the rights and the populist ultra-nationalist uprising differ on its intensity depending on the country and regions, but are happening nowadays at an increasing speed within the EU. Youth and youth CSOs can contribute to trigger positive changes through social, economic, legal and cultural movements, and therefore reinforce the structures that guarantee the observation of basic rights for citizens in Europe. Youth organizations, though, are often lacking long-term strategies, international perspectives, are easy to manipulate and have a poor understanding of the processes of social transformation and the role they play on them. Against this background, the project proposal aims to empower youth CSOs by strengthening their understanding of processes of social transformation and increasing their competences on developing initiatives that include strategic planning and social transformative approaches. Therefore, 24 youth workers from Germany, Poland, Spain, The United Kingdom, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia will participate in the project. The objectives of the project are: - To strengthen the understanding of youth empowerment as a tool for social transformation in youth CSOs - To increase the use of systematic and long-term approaches to social transformation in youth CSOs - To exchange good practices for youth empowerment work and social transformation among the participating organizations - To establish transnational links between CSOs in the youth sector and translate them into project-based partnership for needs-based social transformation Activity details and timeline:

1st e-learning module

Exploring concepts and theories for youth empowerment - Exploring concepts and theories for social transformation - Discussing the main elements of these concepts among the participants - Identifying local examples and initiatives using these approaches in the countries represented 1st Training Course

(Rustavi, Georgia. 27 March to 04 April 2017): - Deepen into the concepts and theories of youth empowerment and social transformation - Deepen into the logics of theoretical frameworks and how this affects the work of the CSOs represented (value-based frameworks) - Provide participants with tools for community-based needs assessment - Serve as a platform to discover challenges and initiatives in different countries

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