Rodrigo de Melo e Castro


Project coordinator at Audax, the Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE-IUL. Since 1997 until 2011 worked in a Non Governmental Organisation in the youth field, as General Manager, having assumed the responsibilities of President of the organisation in the years 2001-2004. Trainer in the Pool of Trainers of the National Youth Council and Portuguese Agency for Erasmus. In 2010 was co-founder of ECOS Cooperative and in 2013 co-founded the Institute for Research and Development of Creative Territories.

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Rodrigo de Melo e Castro

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Current occupation

Full Time Project Coordinator in an Entrepreneurship Center and Freenlance Trainer

Work experience

- Project Coordinator at AUDAX - Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon (2011 - Present)
. Management and coordination of projects in the follow training areas (Advanced Training in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship; COEUR – Competences for Europreneurship; YA – Young Audax; Mentoring);
. Facilitator in the event promoted by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic under the theme "Youth and the Future of the Economy", in the working group about Entrepreneurship Education;
. Consultant for social entrepreneurship projects;
. Coordination of the Manual “Internationalization: Guide for Small and Medium Enterprises”.

- Trainer at Portuguese National Agency of Youth in Action/ Erasmus + (September 2010 - Present).

- Co-founder, Project Manager and Board Member at Cooperativa ECOS (January 2010 - Present)
. Team member co-responsible for the project DYPALL - Developing Youth Participation on Local Level;
. Team member of the Study on Youth Rights: study about youth violation rights in Portugal;
. Team member co-responsible for the project AGORA - bringing quality and innovation to youth participation in decision making at local level.

- General Manager at UPAJE (October 2000 - October 2011)
. President of the Board (2001 - 2004);
. UPAJE Representative in the National Youth Council;
. Project Manager and Mentor of the project YA - Young Audax (Youth Entrepreneurship Training),
developed in partnership with UNIADAX and ISCTE University;
. Project Manager and Mentor of the project "Cientistas de Palmo e Meio" held in partnership with Science4you and the Science University of Lisbon;
. Mentor and Tutor of European Voluntary Service Projects;
. Pedagogical Coordinator of the Summer School Project, promoted by the University of Aveiro;
. Coordinator of Community Intervention Projects, in partnership with Municipality of Cascais in Neighborhoods of Zambujal, Marianas and Cruz Vermelha, under the PER (Relocation Special Projects and in the neighborhood of Torre e Cruz da Guia, part of the PRU-Urban Rehabilitation Project;
. Responsible for Training Department and Social Projects Department.

- Trainer at Portuguese National Youth Council
(2006 - January 2011)
. Facilitator of the Working Group "Human Rights Education in schools," in the First Forum on Education for Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue ", in partnership with the Pobreza Zero Campaign, the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and CIVICUS;
. Coordinator and Trainer in the "Training of Trainers in Non-Formal Education";
. Trainer in the Training Course "Non-Formal Education in Health" - training of interns in the area of Nutrition/ Dietetics;
. Facilitator of the Working Group "Culture, Creativity and Innovation", in the National Youth Event, part of the European Youth Week;
. Facilitator of the Working Group "Promoting NFE and Associations - attract and motivate (the) young people for Lifelong Learning", integrated in the Seminar "Outside School we also learn," promoted by the Portuguese National Education Council;
. Facilitator of the Working Group "Local Policy", integrated in the activities organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Republic "Youth and Politics";
. Facilitator in the working groups "Good Governance and Democracy" and "Employment and Decent Work Agenda", part of the Youth Summit Africa-Europe ", promoted by the North-South Centre;
. Facilitator in the working group "Youth Participation and Structered Dialogue " integrated into the Youth Event of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union.

Educational pathway

- Master Student in Economics and Public Policies (ISCTE-IUL, 2013 - Present)
- STAJ - Service Technique pour les Activitiés de Jeunesse (BAFA - Brevet d'Aptitude aux Fonctions d'Animateur, 2000 - 2001);
- Nova Etapa (Certificate of Professional Trainer, 2009);
- Salto Youth Resource Centres (SOHO - International Trainig Course for EVS Mentors, 2002);
- Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Master, Physical Education and Sport, 1995 - 2001);
- UPAJE (Training for Youth Workers, 1997 - 1998).

Other Participations:
- Lecturer in the III Conference for Social Intervention, organized by the Commission of Social Buraca, Panel "in the Community Action for Prevention" (UPAJE - Union for Youth and Cultural Action, 2008);
- Participation in "ROLO Conference - recognition of learning outcomes in youth work" (Antwerp / May, 2008);
- Speaker in “Ignite”, under the theme “Youth Organizations as spaces of non-formal education” (ISCTE University – 2011);
- Participation in the "3rd Dialogue on the recognition of Non-Formal Education" (European Youth Forum, Brussels - May / 2008);
- Participation in the "2nd Dialogue on the recognition of Non-Formal Education" (European Youth Forum, Brussels - October / 2007);
- Participation in the "Inaugural dialogue on non-formal education: Bridging non-formal education
stakeholders, labor market and decision makers in the faithful of employment (European Youth Forum, Brussels - 2006);

- Article: "youth organizations as spaces for non-formal education", Journal Juvenilia, CNJ -
National Youth Council (October 2006)
- Article: "youth entrepreneurship", Pessoal Magazine (MArch 2012)

Fields of training expertise

  • (expert) Animation
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (beginner) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (advanced) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (intermediate) Open Space Technology
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (expert) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (intermediate) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (intermediate) Youth Exchanges
  • (intermediate) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (advanced) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations

Working with specific target groups

  • (expert) Children
  • (advanced) Families
  • (advanced) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (advanced) Men's Issues & Groups

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Africa
  • (advanced) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (advanced) European Cooperation
  • (beginner) Global Cooperation

Language Skills

  • (good) English
  • (intermediate) French
  • (fluent) Portuguese
  • (intermediate) Spanish

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2016-02-11

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