Nominated projects

The Active European Citizens

1 Youth Ambassadors Summer Institute 2012
(Youth in Action national agency in the Flemish-speaking community of Belgium) 

Young people from seven different countries who organised the Youth Ambassadors Summer Institute in Flanders, Belgium, had become firm friends at a youth event in the United States sponsored by the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship.

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2 Voluntarily in Magdeburg – Engaged for Europe: Citizens. Power. Television
(Youth in Action national agency in Germany) 

Damian, a young European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteer, from Poland worked together for 10 months in 2010/11 in the Citizen’s TV centre in Magdeburg, Germany which was run by local people
for the local community.

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3 Youth against Bullying – A human rights campaign against discrimination and exclusion
(Youth in Action national agency in Iceland)  

The youth exchange that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland in July 2012 involving 30 young people from Iceland and 30 from Germany was the second part of a project, the first one having been hosted in Germany the year before on the theme of conservation.

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4 Acting it Out
(Youth in Action national agency in the United Kingdom) 

Most of the 24 young people from Armenia, Hungary, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, who spent eight days in August 2011 on a youth exchange at the ASHA centre in the Forest of Dean, United Kingdom, were from institutional care homes, orphanages or a juvenile detention centre and many of them had missed out on a lot of their formal education.

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5 ILC volunteers on the move
(Youth in Action national agency in Estonia) 

Alberto from Spain spent much of his eight months as a European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteer in Estonia in 2011/12 travelling around the country.

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6 Beat Poverty
(Youth in Action national agency in Denmark) 

The youth exchange that took place in Svendborg, Denmark, brought 41 young people together for a week in July 2012 from Denmark, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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7 Understanding Conflict
(Youth in Action national agency in Ireland) 

Twenty-one young people from Belgium, France, Ireland and Spain spent 10 days together in August 2009 on a youth exchange at the Téach Ben Peace Centre in County Donegal, Ireland, which focused on conflict resolution, using as a starting point for discussion the peace and reconciliation process in
Northern Ireland.

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8 Eurobasket of volunteers 2011
(Youth in Action national agency in Lithuania) 

Eleven European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteers from France, Germany, Israel, Italy and Latvia spent two months in Kursenai, Lithuania, in 2011 at a time when the European Basketball Championship was being held in Lithuania.

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9 Maltese and French Youths for the Restoration of Maltese Heritage
(Youth in Action national agency in Malta) 

Sixteen young people from France and Malta worked together for ten days in 2012, helping to restore a fifteenth century chapel, the Madonna tal-Hniena (Our Lady of Ransom) chapel in Qrendi, Malta.

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10 You’ll never be alone again
(Youth in Action national agency in the French-speaking community of Belgium) 

The two week youth exchange, involving 16 young people from Belgium, Estonia, Germany and the United Kingdom, took place in July/August 2010 in Marche en Famenne in French-speaking Belgium.

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The Critical European Citizens

1

Comics against violence
(Youth in Action national agency in Spain)

The group of 18 young people and youth leaders from eight different European countries: Austria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Italy, Serbia, Spain and Sweden, who met over eight days in June 2011 in Lorca, a small Spanish town, used a method to combat gender-based violence which has a special appeal for young people.

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2

European camp of young feminists
(Youth in Action national agency in France)

Forty young feminists from seven different organisations in Belgium, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland met together on a camping site near Toulouse in the south west of France.

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3

Let’s be Eurocitizens!
(Youth in Action national agency in the Czech Republic)

European citizenship was the theme of the training course for 24 youth workers, youth leaders, young volunteers and NGO representatives from six different countries which met for one week in April 2011 at Sázava in the Czech Republic.

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4

Civic journalism – the reality, the myth and the unknown
(Youth in Action national agency in Switzerland)

Twenty-eight young people from Armenia, Georgia, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom were brought together for a week, in August 2012, on a youth exchange in Tvush Marz, Armenia, to learn about the role the media, especially the new social media, can play in the democratic process.

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5

Fantastica
(Youth in Action national agency in Italy)

The youth exchange involving eight young people from the Czech Republic and eight young Italians took place over the period of a month in June/July 2012 in Barra, a disadvantaged district of Naples, Italy.

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6

Long time European Voluntary Service in the memorial place "Buchenwald", Germany, Adina Seeger
(Youth in Action national agency in Liechtenstein)

Adina from Lichtenstein, 23 years old, worked as a volunteer for nine months in 2008/09, in the memorial centre of the former concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany

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7

Loud and Visible: Queering Up the Media
(Youth in Action national agency in Sweden)

The week-long training course ‘Loud and Visible: Queering up the media’, held in October 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, was organised by SFQ, a member of the Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ1 Student Organisations (ANSO).

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8

I Human
(Youth in Action national agency in Slovakia)

The youth exchange took place in September 2012 in Zemplínska Šírava in Slovakia between 36 young people from Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.

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9

Three aspects of media literacy
(Youth in Action national agency in Bulgaria)

The training course held in Sophia, Bulgaria, in October 2012, was aimed at providing youth workers, trainers and youth leaders from five different countries with the information and strategies needed to explain to young people back home how to make an informed use of the new technologies and of the Internet.

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10

Democracy in The City Learn, Understand And Explain
(Youth in Action national agency in Turkey)

The one-week training course held in Nevşehir, Turkey, in September 2010 was addressed to 24 youth workers from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Turkey.

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11

Future dialogue in divided communities
(Youth in Action national agency in Croatia)

The training course that took place at Knin, an area of ‘special state concern’ in Croatia, in March/April 2012, brought 31 young people together from 10 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

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The Responsible European Citizens

1

EVS for refugees
(Youth in Action national agency in Poland)

The refugee centre in Czerwony Bór, in the Polish region of Podlaskie, set up mainly for asylum seekers from Chechnya, is located in a secluded area surrounded by forests which makes integration with the local population very difficult.

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2

Without Traces? Our Footprints in the Austrian Nature and the World Wide Web
(Youth in Action national agency in Austria)

‘Footprints’ was the topic of this project that brought 15 young people and their youth leaders together for eight days in September 2012 on a youth exchange in Bad Ischl, a small city in Austria.

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3

No shell on the shelf: a tool for promoting social inclusion
(Youth in Action national agency in Cyprus)

Becoming a ‘book’, telling your own story and being ‘read’ by other people to help to dispel prejudice and intolerance, that is the principle behind the development of ‘human libraries’ which were initiated in Denmark in 2001 and have been set up in different countries throughout the world to combat social exclusion.

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4

Sustainable urban lifestyle – let’s learn from the rural culture
(Youth in Action national agency in Hungary)

Finding ways to to make the best use of old plastic bags, making jewellery from paper, creating an office garden in the middle of the city and making teddy bears from old gloves.

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5

What I never tried before – time travel
(Youth in Action national agency in the German-speaking community of Belgium)

Twenty-nine young people from Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland and the Slovak Republic spent a week together in August 2010 at the sports and leisure facility at Worriken in the Germanspeaking region of Belgium.

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6

Youth and forests
(Youth in Action national agency in Finland)

Environmental protection knows no frontiers and protection of the unique biodiversity of European forests and other natural resources is the collective responsibility of the many nations where these resources are to be found.

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7

Media for Inclusion
(Youth in Action national agency in Latvia)

When including the young disabled in mainstream education, some negative attitudes towards them can change and more opportunities are open to them than was previously thought.

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8

Euro-chess 2012
(Youth in Action national agency in the Netherlands)

This youth exchange, organised by the Euro-Chess Foundation in the Netherlands, brought together 60 young people at a centre in Valkenburg aan de Geul in May 2012 to take part in the 2012 Euro-Chess tournament.

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9

YOUropean
(Youth in Action national agency in Luxembourg)

Helping others in need has been central to the work of the Caritas movement since it was first set up in Germany in 1897, and following the Balkan wars in the ’90s its Luxembourg branch has been working with the poorer areas of Montenegro, many of whose citizens had fled to Luxembourg during the conflict and had then been sent back to their home country.

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10

Youth and Media
(Youth in Action national agency in Slovenia)

Anna, from Belarus, spent a year in 2011/12 on a European Voluntary Service (EVS) project in Krsko, Slovenia.

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11

Volunteering life helps your community
(Youth in Action national agency in Greece)

Twenty-four youth workers and youth leaders from 24 different organisations in Europe and in the EuroMed area were invited by Solidarity Tracks to pool their experience of volunteering at Lefkas in Greece and to produce together a guidebook with advice for organisations and young volunteers.

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12

Exchange and mapping of methodology for outreach work with Young people at risk
(Youth in Action national agency in Norway)

The training course organised in Oslo, Norway by Landsforingen for Utekontakter, in September 2007, brought together 28 youth workers from 10 different countries: Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

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13

Interculturalidade e Cidadania
(Youth in Action national agency in Portugal)

Before her nine-month European Voluntary Service (EVS) in Lisbon 2007/08, spent with the Portuguese organisation, the Association for the Defence of the Rights of Immigrants, Valentina from Modena in Italy was already interested in issues concerning multiculturalism, the role of civil society and social inclusion.

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14

Youth in Action in detention
(Youth in Action national agency in Romania)

Eighteen experienced youth workers from Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Turkey were invited to a week-long training course held in Târgu Ocna, Romania, in October 2010, on how best to combat discrimination experienced by young people in detention.

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15

Youth and social cohesion
(Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels, Belgium)

The project involved 12 different organisations working in cooperation to arrange short term European Voluntary Service (EVS) projects for 58 young people. Forty seven young volunteers from France were hosted in Belgium, Italy, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

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