Between 6th-16th december we implemented the first youth workers mobility of Bridges project, a project through which we want to increase the visibility level of the challenges, issues, needs and development opportunities of young people with fewer opportunities from the partners’ local communities, which would be approached strategically in future youth policies.

The project was designed for those youth workers who want to equip themselves with the skills they need to strategically address the young people with fewer opportunities needs and challenges through future structured dialogue projects (or participation projects within the @Erasmus+RO Programme), in which they can develop inclusive youth policies and strategies, together with the decision makers. At the same time, the project is relevant for those organizations who wants to learn how to get funding for their projects, through both grants, and fundraising.

Through this project we aim to:

To develop among youth workers the skills they need to strategically address the young people with fewer opportunities’ challenges through youth policies developed #TOGETHER with the decision makers.

To develop among youth workers the capacity to #BUILD, #SUPPORT and #STRENGTHEN a sustainable partnership with the decision makers from the youth field, through advocacy and lobby campaigns planned to convince the authorities about the young people with fewer opportunities’ role in the decision-making process.

To develop among youth workers the fundraising and grants writing skills they need in order to develop future structured dialogue projects in which to #CONSULT the young people with fewer opportunities and different stakeholders and build relevant #YOUTHPOLICIES

The project’s flow:

The first stage starts with the participants’ selection and preparation process.   Each partner will select 2 youth workers with the age above 18 years old to actively participate during the entire project, in all stages, including to join 2 different training courses in Romania, in April and August 2021.   During this time, the selected youth workers must analyse the local youth policies and how they affect the young people with fewer opportunities.   It ends with the first mobility, a training course to be held between 6th and 16th of December 2021 in Slanic Moldova, Romania.    During the second stage, the youth workers will focus their work on using the skills they have developed during the first training course.   Thus, the youth workers will get involved in planning and implementing a local lobby and advocacy campaign, but also to organize a consultation with 25 young people with fewer opportunities, to find out their specific needs and challenges, so during the second training to use them as a basis for the future structured dialogue projects.   The second stage ends with the second training, planned to take place also in Bacau, Romania, between 1st and 11th of April 2021.      The third and last stage of the project focuses on the youth workers back home, getting involved to finalise the structured dialogue projects and to develop a strategy how to get the funding for those projects.   Thus, through coaching, the youth workers and the partner organizations will be helped to write project proposals and/or to implement fundraising activities offline and online to get private sponsorships.   The last stage will end with the project’s dissemination activities and final evaluation.

The project BRIDGES is funded by the European Union through Erasmus+ Programme.

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