Between September and October 2023, EUROPEYOU conducted an in-depth analysis to identify the gaps in needs among youth workers and migrant youths aged 20-29 across various regions through focus groups. This research was executed in two critical phases: the first involved initial focus groups with youth workers and educators, followed by discussions with migrant youth, predominantly of Ukrainian background. This approach enabled a thorough understanding of the educational needs and existing gaps.

The study engaged 35 youth workers and 45 migrant youths, with the demographic breakdown being 75% with an African background, 15% Ukrainian, and 10% Asian background. It illuminated key areas requiring attention, most notably the lack of specialized financial and entrepreneurial literacy training programs tailored for migrant youth in Spain, neither provided by the government nor the non-governmental sector. Additionally, a significant need for enhanced support structures to aid their integration and employability was identified.

The analysis revealed a high demand among migrant youths for financial literacy programs (95%) and entrepreneurial training (85%). Simultaneously, 80% of youth workers noted a scarcity of resources to effectively support these youths. Moreover, an overwhelming 90% of all participants underscored the critical necessity for tailored educational programs and supportive mechanisms to bridge these gaps. They emphasized the urgent need for structured educational strategies, the development of effective methodologies, and innovative youth work practices to support the integration and economic advancement of migrant NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).

This study by EUROPEYOU underscores the pressing need for targeted interventions and collaborative efforts from both governmental and non-governmental sectors to address the educational and support needs of migrant youth in Spain. It highlights the importance of creating specialized programs that not only cater to their financial and entrepreneurial aspirations but also facilitate their successful integration into society and the workforce.

This publication titled “Laboratory of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation” (PR1) is the result of the work of an international consortium that aimed to contain useful information about starting one’s own capital-intensive business and the best practices from four partner countries. It brings closer the topic of social entrepreneurship and shows good practices connected with the promotion of employment of young people 18-30 and promoting social entrepreneurship in this target group. It focuses on social entrepreneurship and includes innovative aspects of the analysis of social entrepreneurship in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic in partner countries: Poland, Spain, Cyprus and Romania.

We would like it to be used by youth workers without additional explanation or costs.

In addition, this document was  created in the framework of KA2 Social Entrepreneurship – Satisfactory Business, a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (project code: 2021-1-PL01-KA220-YOU-000030155).

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On May 23, 2023, EuropeYou had the privilege of hosting the third meeting of the Social Entrepreneurship – Satisfactory Business project in the city of Málaga, Spain.

Partners gathered for this key project meeting to discuss several significant aspects. One highlight was the comprehensive discussion surrounding the recently unveiled PR1: E-book “Laboratory of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.” This engaging exchange allowed partners to collectively explore the rich contents of the e-book and its potential impact.

Additionally, the meeting spotlighted the presentation of the “Be a Changemaker” campaign, offering an in-depth glimpse into its essence and objectives. The session also witnessed the meticulous planning of forthcoming steps and crucial deadlines that will guide its implementation and subsequent follow-up.

A key agenda item revolved around the Local Conference, a collaborative effort that all partners are poised to bring to fruition at the project’s culmination. The conference’s strategic significance and its role in the project’s holistic narrative were thoughtfully discussed.

The mobility event that took place in Poland at the end of March was successfully executed, and this was discussed in length during the project meeting. Partners shared their perspectives, stories, and important lessons from this event, together enhancing the project’s trajectory.

At the end of March, 2023, as part of the KA2 Social Entrepreneurship – Satisfactory Business project, representatives from EuropeYou had the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training course held in Poland. This training course was designed with the primary aim of empowering young individuals to catalyze positive social change through the dynamic realm of social entrepreneurship.

Throughout the duration of the course, participants immersed themselves in an engaging exploration of the guiding principles delineated in the World Youth Report on Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the all-encompassing 2030 Agenda. This research got into the fascinating and broad ways in which social entrepreneurship may be an inspiration for youth development and, at the same time, a significant contributor to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

What distinguished this training course was its commitment to innovative pedagogical tools and vibrant learning dynamics, which were strategically harnessed to foster an atmosphere of holistic growth and idea incubation. Among these tools, the Creative Solution to Social Problems (SCPS) methodology stood out prominently, employing the principles of Design Thinking. This inventive approach not only encouraged participants to engage deeply with the challenges of our time but also emphasized the importance of creative thinking in generating impactful solutions that address pressing social issues.

Summarizing, the course offered a multidimensional platform for EuropeYou representatives to not only enrich their understanding of the profound interplay between entrepreneurship, social change, and youth development but also to equip themselves with practical tools that can be wielded to shape a more socially conscious and sustainable future. EuropeYou wants to strengthen its commitment to supporting young change-makers who can guide society toward positive transformation and long-lasting progress by utilizing the knowledge gained from this training.

EuropeYou is working on a needs analysis for the presentation of a EU project for the empowerment of young migrant and refugee women. This survey is only for young migrant and refugee women. If you are not part of this category, please don’t take the survey. For this study young people are defined as being between 16 and 29 years old.

This survey can be taken in English, Estonian, French, Spanish, Ukrainian or Italian language. On the top right of the survey page you can choose the language.

The objective of the survey is:
-To discover the socio-economic profile of young migrant and refugee women, in a way later to compare it with the current state of their financial literacy knowledge and skills.
-To rank the important attributes of Financial literacy that are desirable for young migrant and refugee women
-To study the current level of skills possessed by young migrant and refugee women.
-To determine the gap existing in financial literacy and suggest ways to mitigate it.

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

Financial literacy survey

In September 2022, EuropeYou, in synergy with COPERNICUS BERLIN organized a tennis project in Italy where attended participants from all Europe.

The project was based on the idea of cooperation and competition which exchange experience in sport and tennis. It supported the mobility of sportsmen, youth workers, volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of youth NGOs and non-profit sport organizations. We promoted voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport and tennis. Main goal of the project were – gaining new skills between the participants, exchanging experience in violence free and drugs free tournaments, seminars, camps and demonstrations. The sport has an important social role, not only helps to improve the physical and psychological recovery, but it helps to develop social relationships regardless of age, social origin or physical difficulties. It builds important values such as team spirit, solidarity, tolerance and fair play, contributing to the personal development and fulfillment. Through sport we provided opportunities for participation to people at risk and we builded networks of solidarity and voluntary work around these people (violence free and tolerant community).

Our project was the best excellent and effective communication tool: it gave voice to important issues – home violence, aggression on the streets, women victims of harasement or rapery, as well as equal opportunities for children with poor family financial condition and/or special needs to play sport.

From 3rd to 11th of June 2022, EuropeYou as partner of the KA2 project “Digital Creative Minds” and in coperation with the Italian NGO, MUSIKART, realized in Italy a blended mobility (BM) of adult learners. The mobility responded to the main objective to pilot the MOOC courses of the project “Digital Creative Minds” and so provide a proper assessment and feedback of them, in view of their official release and use in the field of adult. The BM was used for course content evaluation, and for the refinement of the activities and exercises to adapt them to the target group characteristics and seek to identify any unforeseen implementation problems. The daily agenda and activities of participants were very intensive and creative and were organized in a way to go through all MOOC courses (IO3) developed. The training was based on non-formal learning methodology including methods such as: ice breakers, outdoor events, cultural visits, energizers, name games, reflection groups, working into intercultural subgroups, facilitated discussion, creative presentations, simulation, case study, and debates. The training involved 30 participants, 5 for each of the Partner Countries (Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Estonia and Spain) and was held in Tarsia, Italy.

In October 2021, EuropeYou organized in synergy with Mobility Friends a training event in Portugal in the framework of the KA2 project “Pathway to Equality”.

The main objective of this training event was the piloting of materials and information that will be included in the PTE Training Manual. The piloting consist of presentation of the chapters written by each partner organization through workshops and different non-formal activities, so that at the end the partners could collect participants feedbacks and implement the necessary changes/improvements to the training manual.

During the six days dedicated to the training, all representatives had the chance to present their chapters to the rest of the participants. Mobility Friends staff was responsible for introducing to the the group the Chapter 1 – Understanding Minority Human Rights Training where after the presentation and the introductory video, it was created a round table to discuss some case studies related to Human Rights, and to better understand how this topic can be addressed in the future in training actions. Chapter 2 –Propositions for Minority Human Rights Training and Chapter 3 –Minority Human Rights Training Case Studies, were coordinated by the participants of the Organization Copernicus who after presenting the chapters, carried out activities in the field of Social Inclusion. The Organization EuropeYou, held two workshops related to Chapter 4 – Challenges in Minority Human Rights Training and Chapter 5 – Designing and Delivering Minority Human Rights Trainings, where all participants had the opportunity to express their opinion considering some important Human Rights through the creation of posters and illustrations, which were presented at the end to all participants. In order to address the topics related to Chapter 6 and 7 – Non-formal activities to use in Minority Human Rights Trainings and Testing of the Training Material, Evaluation of Course/activities, Post Training Follow up, after the presentation of the chapters, Futuro Digitale organized an activity that aimed to understand how minorities are perceived by people who do not belong to minorities, as well as a debate on Survive/Live regarding Human Rights.

The suitable enviroment and space for sharing provided by each organization allowed to find interesting answers to certain questions in the field of Minority Human Rights from a different angle, as the sharing of experiences and the different opinions of the other participants allowed to meet certain needs that were found throughout this meeting. All representatives agreed that it is urgent to insert the topic of Human Rights of Minorities by trainers, since this is a topic that can be considered subjective given the fact that it is an issue about Human Lives, and it is extremely necessary to adapt to very specific occasions in the field of Human Rights. In addition to the workshops and non-formal activities provided during the training week, Mobility Friends Organization had a pleasure to offer participants some cultural visits to get to know a little bit more about Portuguese culture, as well as the opportunity to get to know some of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal that contribute to the heritage identity of the country, given the great level of traditions and culture it represent, such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães and Porto. As the participants didn’t know a lot about the Portuguese culture, it allowed them to also share a bit of their cultures, and in this sense, identify some similarities and cultural differences between the surrounding countries, concluding that the differences contribute positively to multiculturalism.

As part of the initiative #BeActive2021 and the annual European Week of Sport, EuropeYou had the pleasure to organize a Tennis tournament in Torremolinos, Spain held in the first weekend of October.

The tournament involved young people from the local community who are not professional players but experienced in playing tennis. The event consisted of games between two teams of the two players each (double) as well as a single opponent (singles).

EuropeYou believe that sports, and in particular tennis, can help young people boost their physical strength, flexibility, balance, as well as help tackle the inactivity crisis by encouraging them to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. In addition to the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis also provides numerous social and mental health benefits. EuropeYou recognizes tennis as a great workout, but also as a great way to meet people and spend time with friends.

From 24th to 31th of August, 2020, EuropeYou youth workers had the chance to take part in the project “The right is to have rights” (TRTHR), organized by Copernicus NGO. The training course took place in Berlin, Germany and involved 32 youth workers coming from 8 different countries – Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Lithuania and Greece.

The project started with get to know each other games, energizers and a nice afternoon outdoor session when we had an opportunity to start working on the project topic while learning more about each other. In the next days, we were introduced to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention of Human Rights and we had several workshops dedicated to youth minorities and some elements to consider when talking about them such as diversity in the minority groups, citizenship, numbers, culture and diversity, etc. In national groups, we discovered the main minority groups in our countries, if their rights are more violated, what are the local and national initiatives and places, where people take action to protect human rights of minority and prevent all the violations that are happening.

We also had two role plays; the first was called “asylum application – discrimination against refugees” where we needed to complete a true asylum application form and passed an interview to see if we will be accepted or rejected by the new country, and the second role play were decided by each team. The idea was that through this role play we could express and share the different discrimination cases that happen in our countries such as minority discrimination in the schools, in the workplace, within the restaurant and public spaces. It was very nice activity through which we discovered that being in the place of minority people is not always an easy task.

We had many workshops and debates on minority human rights as well as an opportunity to work together in international groups. We created also slogans for the minority rights raise awareness campaign and learn more about how to advocate for minority human rights. In addition, we had the chance to visit the Topographie des Terrors, that is a symbol of human rights violations of many minorities.