Associazione Elios

ELIOS is a youth organization based in Acireale (ITALY) and was founded in 2007 by some friends that decide to officialize their passions in an organization active in the field of sport, volunteering, social promotion, youth participation, active citizenship and university life.

Since 2007 ELIOS organizes one of the most important sport events in the province of Catania, it's called SUN&SPORT and it involves every summer about 400 youngsters that participate in sport tournaments; each year the SUN&SPORT promotes a main topic that fits with the youth interests: in the last years the main topic related to the event was "AGAINST NEW ADDICTIONS". The board has decided to adopt this main topic in order to promote at different levels the sensitisation to the problem of new addictions especially for youngsters through the SUN&SPORT and other campaigns promoted through social media, conferences, youth meetings, local projects.

In 2011 ELIOS was responsible of the implementation for the project "Inverti il flusso – da nomadi del lavoro ad imprenditori del proprio futuro" funded by the Italian Ministry of Youth: the project involved more than 300 young people from all over the region who have been protagonists of research and identifying new strategies to support youth employment through the active participation, through the creation of new business ideas to fight the unemployment issue.
Since 2011 ELIOS is working with European programs (Youth in Action, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, etc.) and through them it got different financed projects ideas about youth participation, active citizenship, youth unemployment, use of new technologies and safer internet for youngsters, protection of women, human rights education, etc.
In the frame of Erasmus+ Programme, ELIOS has developed a Training Course in November 2015 in the town of Acitrezza: the project had 33 participants from 11 different European countries discuss the issues of online safety for young people, the new addictions and risks related to the use of new technologies and new forms of communication. Also in the frame of Erasmus+, Elios's members have runned different youth exchanges in the field of social promotion, human rights education, journalism and online news, environment and recycle, use of new technologies, etc.
ELIOS, since 2015, is also accredited for the Italian Social Civil Service financed by Italian Government and each year it can count on 2 or 3 youth volunteers that operate in part time work in the offices and follow the activities of the organization focused on the topics mentioned before.

ELIOS is also running a network together with some local municipalities and with them is setting-up different kind of cooperations to grow-up the non formal education and the informal learning for the local communities, local NGOs, young people, schools, etc.
In order to do that these cooperations with local communities are finalized to develop different kind of projects (financed by European programs, or financed by local municipalities) to help the process of active participation of the young people and in order to develop a very big "sense of citizenship" through them to discover the very and right sense of Europe for all of them.
ELIOS is even working together with a European network, called DYPALL, which includes, at the same time, civil society organisations and municipalities from different European countries; this network is mostly focused on Youth Participation at local and European level. Together with the network and the municipalities we are going to develop different kind of actions about Youth Participation and Active Citizenship.
ELIOS is even part of the local youth council in the city of Acireale, it was estabilished in the 2000 and involves almost 50 youth organizations that operate in the city.

Associazione Elios has 1 current projects:


    Where does discrimination come from? Why do they exist? What is the correlation between discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes?

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    This project takes place:
    from 2020-03 till 2020-09
    and relates to:
    Youth Exchanges
    This project can include young people with fewer opportunities.
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Associazione Elios

Contact person: Giacomo Antronaco



Phone: +393518973555


Associazione Elios is

a Non-profit/Non-Governmental Organisation
based in Italy (Acireale)
  • Italy Acireale
focused on
  • Democracy/Active citizenship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environment
  • Innovation
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Non-formal learning
  • Social media
  • Sports
  • Volunteering
  • Youth policy
and interested in:
  • Youth Exchanges
  • Training and Networking
  • Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Meetings between young people and decision-makers
Associazione Elios in 160 characters:

Organization active youth field, non-formal education, human rights, youth participation, sport, volunteering and social innovation

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