CONTINUE Connecting European Youth through Storytelling

CONTINUE will support young people suffering from social exclusion to tackle the specific challenges of post-COVID times in terms of staying connected and integrated into European communities.

For youth on the margins of society, COVID emergency raised multiple complications such as:

  •  increase of their financial, material and health related vulnerabilities;
  •  loss of their existing connections to the institutions, social care system, job opportunities & decrease of their chances of social integration;
  •  lack of some basic skills and capacities in digital communication cutting them from their social, educational and economic connections.

For tackling these challenges, CONTINUE intends to:

  • understand the main difficulties of marginalised youth during COVID-19 and their vision about the main challenges of post-COVID times.
  • create a digital framework for supporting a smooth transfer from offline to online exchanges between young people, youth organisations and governance structures.
  • capacity build for young people to delivery local social actions.
  • enhance dialogue between stakeholders, policy makers and youth and improve relevant policy.

Aims

Since the COVID emergency

European societies are struggling with the uncertain situation between lockdown and normality. This situation has particularly affected the most marginalised groups in society. Young people have faced unknown challenges linked to the sudden need of digital skills and tools to be used in their education and everyday life. For youth on the margins of society, these challenges raised multiple complications, due to their limited financial, material, social and digital skills. Their social exclusion increased, and can lead to the deterioration of their physical and mental health.

CONTINUE will support young people living in marginality and the youth workers who support them.

We identified three main difficulties that these groups faced during the pandemic:

  • increase of their financial, material and health related vulnerabilities, and a desire to find solutions;
  • loss of their existing connections to the institutions, social care system, job opportunities etc. & decrease of their chances of social integration;
  • lack of some basic skills and capacities in digital communication prevented them to maintain their social, educational and economic connections

CONTINUE will provide tools and activities that will support young people to find and co-create solutions to the issues they face via a ‘bottom-up’ approach. It will do this via the following key actions:

  • use Community Reporting to set the agenda for change based on the lived experiences of young people
  • support young people to create social actions
  • launch a pan-European change-making strategy on policy recommendations
  • create an online space where young people can connect with others to be catalyst of change

CONTINUE will directly involve young people with migrant and other marginal backgrounds in the project activities in order to enhance the interaction between individuals, their communities and the pan-European levels.

The main outcomes will be:

1. Community Reporting insights and curated results presenting the problems of young people from their perspective.
2. Local and pan European participatory and co-design events for discussing needs, local actions, policy recommendations.
3. Local social actions implemented by the youth.
4. Pan-European policy recommendations.
5. CONTINUE online platform will be created for sharing tools, exchanges and learning.

CONTINUE will be realized by a Consortium of 8 NGOs working with marginal youth groups, experienced in youth education, community-based activities, policy recommendations, working with an extended network of organizations from different sectors.
The large-scale dissemination and outreach campaign and the online platform will also ensure the sustainability of the project’s results beyond the project cycle.

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Brian Watkins

Web Designer - Acme

Judith Flores

Full Stack Developer - Initech

Rose Hawkins

Art Director - Globex

Zachary Scott

Interaction Designer - Soylent

William Hanse

Content Strategist - Hooli

Jane Roberts

Front End Developer - Vehement

Jacob Freeman

UI Designer - Massive Dynamic

Frank Ferguson

Visual Designer - Globex

Jacqueline Knight

Content Strategist - Umbrella IT

Betty Hopkins

UX Designer - Initech

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Event Schedule

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Trusted Hands Behind Us

Partners

Comparative Research Network (coordinator)

Comparative Research Network is an NGO founded in 2007 that works in the field of adult education. The NGO is specialized in:

  • training activities in the field of intercultural competences, intergenerational learning, mobility and migration;
  • creation and execution of evaluation and dissemination processes;
  • game design in education, storytelling and community reporting;
  • evaluation and dissemination of projects;
  • development of digital activities and methodologies.

At the moment it employs 3 permanent employees and about 6 freelancers and has a network of over 120 members, located in almost all European countries.

www.crnonline.de

PerEsempio Onlus

Per Esempio Onlus is a non profit organization created in Palermo in 2011 by a group of young workers with different professional profiles willing to focus their skills on the third sector. Their aim was to blend professional wishes with the will to encourage a positive social change.
The association is inspired by values and practices aiming at cultural, social and ethical development through the promotion of active participation of individuals and civil society. Per Esempio mainly works in the fields of education, mobility, volunteering and migrants’ inclusion.
To put the human being at the centre of every project, focusing on his full cultural, ethic, political, social and economic development.
Our mission is increase the level of social cohesion in those territories of interventions, in launching local development actions. Those are aimed at fostering the empowerment of individuals in danger of exclusion, supporting them in the improvement of their skills and knowledge, in order to reduce the degree of social disadvantage.

www.peresempionlus.org

Youth Europe Service

The association Youth Europe Service (Y.E.S.) was born in 1999 in Potenza (Italy);

it is a no profit association that wants to realize, in the social and environmental field:

  • integration of people with disabilities or disadvantaged (migrants, refugees, etc.);
  • mutual knowledge between people, to develop solidarity and assert the principle of civil living;
  • knowledge and protection of the historical, cultural and artistic patrimony;
  • development of the social, cultural and sports activities to create a European nationality;
  • promotion of annual events among its members, activities such as giving information;
  • realization of exchanges and voluntary services, organization of cultural events;
  • development of new entrepreneurs & job opportunities;
  • activities and initiatives in tourism development and promotion.

www.yespotenza.wordpress.com

People’s Voice Media

People’s Voice Media was established in 1995 and is committed to supporting people to improve their lives and bring about positive social change from the ground up. We launched the Community Reporter movement in 2007 and with this methodology we enable people to use digital tools to gather, curate and mobilise their stories.
Using a diverse range of insight storytelling techniques, we support people to use digital devices and the Internet to gather and share their own (and their peers’) stories of lived experience.
Using our analysis model, we work with people to identify the insights in their stories and package them in a range of ways such as edited films, interactive reports, visualisations and much more.
Using a range of strategies, we work with groups and organisations to connect curated stories to decision and change makers, who can use the knowledge in them to create positive change.

www.peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk

FAJDP

The Federation of Youth Associations of the District of Porto (FAJDP), is a non-profit, non-partisan and secular non-governmental organization (NGO), whose mission includes the fight against all forms of discrimination, the training of young people through of non-formal education and the construction of an active, tolerant and solidary citizenship.
Founded in 1986 by a group of youth associations, having been the first representative structure of the local associative movement to emerge in Portugal, the FAJDP has more than 90 affiliated associations, representing more than 25 thousand young people involved directly and indirectly in associative activities.
Its main mission is to represent youth associations in the district of Porto with public and political authorities, in defense of the interests of the youth associative movement. Thus, participating in the definition of transversal policies aimed at youth in general and the associative movement in particular.

Our main goals are:

  • Representing Youth Associations before public and political authorities;
  • Promote and develop Youth Associations and, in this way, increase the participation of young people in society;
  • Promote exchange experiences between associations at local, regional, national and international level;
  • Affirm and honor the role of young people in the life of the region.

www.fajdp.pt

Active Youth

Active Youth is a Lithuania-based for-purpose organisation that unites young leaders, thinkers and doers, those who seek change and those who make change.
Our mission: to‌ ‌create‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌for‌ ‌youth‌ ‌and‌ sustainable‌ ‌positive‌ ‌impact‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌way‌ ‌we‌ ‌treat‌ ‌our‌ ‌planet,‌ ‌health,‌ vulnerable‌ ‌people‌ ‌&‌ ‌online‌ ‌community.‌
Our vision: to be‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌forefront‌ ‌of‌ ‌organisations‌ ‌creating‌ ‌an‌ ‌inclusive‌ ‌&‌ ‌sustainable‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌communities‌ globally.‌

We focus on:

  • AY Planet seeks to educate fellow earthlings about sustainability & better choices for the environment & climate.
  • Digital Skills & Space. AY Click aims to empower youth & youth workers through media & information literacy, and boost their online skills.
  • Equality & Inclusion. AY Human is about educating people to look beyond stereotypes & to create a world where it is safe to be yourself.
  • Health & Sports. AY Health aims to engrave the idea that sports are not about medals. It’s about personal glory, growth & a community.

www.activeyouth.lt

Artemisszio

Artemisszió was founded in 1998 as a charitable foundation based in Budapest, Hungary. We believe in an open, tolerant society, where disadvantaged people are given opportunities and interculturality is valued. We work towards these goals in our home country and abroad as well. We believe that in this current globalised world, the understanding of deeply varied societies is a necessary skill. This is the way forward.
Our group has extended its work into two specialized directions:
* Mira: the intercultural community of Artemisszio Foundation
* Artemisszió Kompetencia Központ (Competency Center): focusing on self-discovery and skill development training.

www.artemisszio.hu

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is a non-profit, civil society organization. Crossing Borders educates and empowers young people to become active global citizens.
Across cultures and professions, we provide platforms for young people to cross-fertilise ideas and form global associations, networks, and communities worldwide. In a learning environment where all participants are encouraged to grow and learn from one another, we enable youth to share their best ideas, best products, and best practices. 
In 1999, Crossing Borders started out as a project to support dialogue in the Middle East and in 2004 it was registered as an NGO. The same year, Crossing Borders became an official partner with UNESCO. In 2013, Dr. Mariano A. Davies became Chairman of the Advisory Board and in 2016 the Danish Photographer and author of the American Picture Jacob Holdt joined the Advisory board too. In 2017 Crossing Borders moved to the center of Copenhagen. In the same year He. Ambassador Zindzi N. Mandela became the Patron of Crossing Borders. In 2019, the Danish-Kurdish Author Sara Omar became Life Ambassador of Crossing Borders.
Our mission is to educate global citizens and raise awareness of educators on global issues with the aim to contribute to building a peaceful and sustainable world.
This is done by providing capacity building and dialogue space for the youth to take action toward the world they want to live in.
We believe in a world where young people see themselves and are seen by the society as active global citizens whose human, civic and social rights are integrated and mainstreamed in the development policies of their home countries and across the world

www.crossingborders.dk

Venue

Youth Europe Service

Vico G. Lapenna snc
85100 Potenza
Italy

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