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Inclusion of economically disadvantaged youngsters in social and economic processes through volunteering

The training activity took place
in Leskovac, Serbia
organised by Association People's Parliament
from 4 - 12 May 2012

Aims & objectives

Youth in Action Programme project, Action 3.1,training course by name ”Inclusion of economically disadvantaged youngsters in social and economic processes through volunteering” was held in period from 4 – 12 of May 2012 in Leskovac, Republic of Serbia.

The main theme of the project was social and economical inclusion of disadvantaged young people with fewer opportunities faced with social and economic exclusion.

Objectives on this project were:
- The project promoted active participation through volunteering among those young people who are more passive than their peers by providing such youngsters with knowledge and motivation for volunteering;
- The project offered access to young people with fewer opportunities to the YiA Programme;
- The project raised awareness of the value and importance of volunteering as a form of active engagement among young people who could benefit from volunteering as a tool for personal, social and professional development;
- The project tackled the issue of youth unemployment by providing youngsters faced with economic exclusion with know - how on utilization of volunteering as a tool for the employability stimulation.
- The project promoted an inclusive growth by addressing the issues of poverty and marginalization among the very young people faced with social and economic exclusion.
- The project fostered mutual understanding between young people and contributed to the development of the quality of youth-serving activities for youngsters with fewer opportunities.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The project gathered 30 economically disadvantaged youngsters facing social and economic exclusion. These young men and women with fewer opportunities did not usually participate in non-formal education events organized within the framework of the YiA Programme or in other non-formal education events.

Participants from Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece have participated in 8 - day long training course.

Total number of participants was: 30

Training methods used & main activities

The working methods used on this training course were non-formal education and informal way of learning. This included: games, energizers, ice-breakers, team building exercises, individual and group activities, work on practical examples in a small groups, thematic workshops, discussions, debates, presentations...

Also, the training course itself was conducted using an interactive and participative approach. Team of 2 experienced trainers was carried out the program of the training which was based on the experiences, needs and knowledge of the participants.

Outcomes of the activity

This project has motivated youngsters faced with social and economic exclusion for volunteering and helped them to realize benefits of volunteering in terms of their personal, social and professional development.

Beside of participants motivation for volunteering, they got an understanding of how they can use volunteering as a tool to improve their own social and economic status.

After our training course participants became able to recognize importance of the active engagement opportunities within YiA and other youth programs.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role was trainer. In this training course, two trainers from Serbia delivered program activities using an interactive and participative approach.

More photos from the TC on Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151739058375298.870263.611450297&type=3&l=ba2ebf2f06

Training course supported by European Commission and Youth in Action Programme http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm and organized by Association People's Parliament from Leskovac http://www.parlament.org.rs/ and http://www.ngoserbia.com/

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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