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Sustainability in Action!

Training Course

18-26 March 2020 | Elbeuf, France

With the project "Sustainability in Action!" we wish to tackle global environmental challenges and sustainable development and to implement concrete actions that youth workers can do to motivate young people get actively involved on a local level.

We would like to invite you to participate in the “Sustainability in Action!” training course that will take place near Elbeuf, France in the period 18th – 26th March 2020 and will gather 29 representatives of organizations from 8 countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Turkey and France.

About “Sustainability in Action!” project

With the project "Sustainability in Action!" we wish to tackle both complex issues - global environmental challenges and sustainable development and young people's lack of social involvement and participation, and to implement concrete actions that youth workers can do to motivate young people get actively involved on a local level by increasing their environmental citizenship. We aim at enhancing and developing youth worker's competences to encourage, support and empower young people’s active involvement in solving environmental challenges and their active participation in a positive change towards a more sustainable society.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

·      create awareness in regards to the current environmental challenges and explore interconnectivity of those challenges with other topics on a global level (i.e. health, migration, economy);

·      explore the topic of youth participation and ways of attracting young people to actively participate on a local level;

·      build youth workers' capacity to work more effectively with young people on the topics of eco-related actions and sustainable ways of living;

·      explore environmental educational methods and equip participants with non-formal learning tools addressing the topics;

·      share experience, methods and practices;

·      create new successful and creative partnerships;

·      promote Erasmus + and European Solidarity Corps as a tool for active youth involvement and participation;

·      sensitize relevant stakeholders on the significance of environmental challenges on all levels.

We envisage the following thematic modules in the training:

1. Environmental challenges (what do we face today - pollution, climate change, social injustice and inequity, climate migrants and refugees, lack of resources, etc.) and alternative systems for sustainable living (sustainable communities, degrowth movement, permaculture, sustainable consumption, sustainable transport, etc.).

2. Active youth participation and green citizenship - concepts and ways of involving and engaging young people be active on a local level, encouraging them to create and implement initiatives.

3. Sharing of experience, strengths and challenges youth workers face in the different countries as way as solutions to overcome them.

4. Practical tools and instruments - gathering, sharing, trying out tools that will be used with the young people after the project.

5. Creation of partnerships and development of ideas for international youth mobility action and local youth initiatives.

Dates and venue of the training course

The training will take place from 18th (afternoon) till 26th March 2020 (7 full working days and two days - 1 arrival – 18th March and 1 departure day – 26th March) near Elbeuf, France. The participants need to arrive in the afternoon on 18th March and depart after breakfast on 26th March 2020.

Profile of the participants

The training course is for:

·      youth workers, facilitators, trainers, youth leaders, activists willing to enrich their competences towards working for a higher involvement and participation of young people in our societies for solving environmental challenges and living in a sustainable way

·      Age 18+

·      Willing to learn, develop and share

·      Willing to practise and multiply learning after the training course

·      Able to understand and express themselves in English

·      Are committed to attend for the full duration of the event

·      Are committed to do a follow-up/dissemination activity to be implemented in their country after the training course

Application procedure

If you are interested in participating, apply by 13.01.2020 filling in the online application form.

The final selection will be done by MJC Elbeuf, giving priority to candidates proposed by the Partner Organisations as long as their application is submitted within the deadline and the candidates profile fits with the participants profile envisaged in this call.

Selected participants will be informed by 20.01.2020. All applicants will be informed about the final decision.

For any further questions, please contact us at project@mjc-elbeuf.fr.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 29 participants

from Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Turkey

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches, Activists

Working language(s):



MJC (House of Youth and Culture of the Elbeuf region) (Others)

The House of Youth and Culture of the Elbeuf region is located in Normandy 25 km from the city of Rouen and 130 km from Paris. It benefits from the Popular Education / National Education accreditation and is affiliated to the French Federation of MJC. Since its creation in 1959, the MJC of the Region Elbeuf's objective is to develop the active citizenship of young people and adults through the implementation of social and cultural actions, in particular in the areas of recreation, education and prevention. In partnership and complementarity with local institutions and associations, the MJC works on migrant literacy; school support; youth activities on small municipalities; support for the life of the associations; scientific and environmental events; multimedia.To carry out its activities, the association relies on approximately 40 employees and 30 active volunteers.

The MJC Région Elbeuf has previous experience in organizing youth exchanges at European and international level. It develops activities related to the central theme of the project: the environment, sustainability and the discovery of local nature.
Indeed, the "Scientific and Environmental Animations" division of the MJC conducts awareness-raising actions and protection of nature to the young public throughout the year, through:
• the "Know and Protect Nature" Club (attached to a national network),
• Club "Les Petits Scientifiques" and "Les Petits Génies de la MJ" whose project is to go to the closest of the public in the districts and the hospitals,
• "discovery" stays, in Normandy,
• youth voluntary work camps (cleaning of water bodies, hauling, etc.),
• events bringing together between 3000 and 5000 people from the territory of Elbeuf (including many schools and recreation centers). Example: the Village des Sciences; The Sustainable Development Days,
To carry out its activities, this center relies on a very strong partnership with organizations such as: the Society of Archaeological Study of Elbeuf; The Society for the Study of Natural Sciences; The National Office of Forests; and many others.
Most of our projects are covered by the media and in particular by the ADIC'TV group (training in the video tool, production of TV platforms) in order to enhance the commitment and initiatives of young people.
Also to mention the Fabrique d'initiatives citoyennes that demonstrates our ability to support commitment and encourage initiatives.
These two fields of competence seem important to us to bring together in order to support the capacity of young people to put themselves in project within the framework of actions related to the theme of sustainable development and thus the protection of the environment.

Contact for questions:

Pascale Delobel


Phone: +33 662 88 63 16


Participation fee

There is no participation fee

Accommodation and food

Accommodation will be in Château du Bosc Féré (http://chateau-boscfere.fr/) and participants will be accommodated in 2- and 3-bed rooms.

Food - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks during the training duration will be provided by the organizers (starting with dinner on 18th March and finishing with breakfast on 26th March 2020).

Travel reimbursement

Reimburse of the travel tickets will be done according to the rules of the Erasmus+ programme based on distance calculation. The reimbursement will be made after the training course, after the participants provide all original travelling documents (coming and return). Please keep your original tickets and boarding passes.

Bulgaria - up to 275 Euro

Cyprus - up to 360 Euro

Greece - up to 360 Euro

Italy - up to 275 Euro

Latvia - up to 360 Euro

Malta - up to 360 Euro

Turkey - up to 360 Euro

France - up to 0 Euro

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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