Partnership Building Activity “Go European!” in Ukraine

Dates: May 2019 – January 2020
Venue: Yanoshi, Ukraine
Funded by: Erasmus+ programme, German National Agency
Hosting organisation: GRAVIS Public Association

The Partnership Building Activity “Go European!” aims to strengthen the capacity of a wide range of organisations working in the youth field within the EU and its Eastern Partnership region to foster youth participation through forming project-based and strategic partnerships for an enhancing their youth work practices, particularly for young people with fewer opportunities.

The objectives of the Partnership Building Activity are:
# To share good practices on fostering youth participation through diverse forms of youth work
# To build transnational partnerships for future cooperation in the youth field among diverse organisations from across Europe
# To develop needs-based follow-up projects for fostering youth participation on local level in Europe

The project is a unique opportunity to build new partnerships with like-minded organisations representing a wide area of youth organisations from across Europe. It will offer lots of space and time to reflect on youth work approaches, exchange practices, learn from each other and – of course – to explore possible future partnerships to foster youth participation at local level.

The project will particularly explore the synergies of international learning mobility activities as an instrument to enhance local youth work. This shall provide the ground for the participants to understand which type of international partnerships would most benefit their organisations, their youth workers, young leaders, youth and communities. Through organised spaces for building partnerships, the participants are then enabled to create the forms of partnerships (project-based cooperation, learning partnerships, exchange of expertise or staff) matching their needs the best.

Activities Timeline

August 2019: Online preparation course

# Week 1: Framing youth work for fostering youth participation (defining youth work, youth participation, forms of youth work)
# Week 2: Review of the participants` and sending organisations youth work practices
# Week 3: preparation of organisational presentation and best practice example to maximise the time spend together during the PBA for sharing practices, understanding each others’ needs and co-developing joint initiatives, projects and partnerships
# Week 4: Introduction to the Erasmus+ programme and its funding opportunities

September 9-16, 2019: Partnership Building Activity in Yanoshi, Ukraine

The PBA Partnership Building Activity “Go European! Building Transnational Partnerships for Youth Participation” takes place in Yanoshi, Ukraine. It brings together 44 youth workers and youth leaders – supported by 6 project staff – from 24 organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.

>> Narrative Report of activities of the PBA in Ukraine <<

October- December 2019: Follow-up and dissemination activities in all partners’ locations

In each partner organisation in cooperation with the participants undertakes dissemination activities. To foster the realisation of the planned follow-up activities, the lead organisation and the team of trainers will support the participants in preparing funding proposals. In total 24 dissemination activities are foreseen.

January-February 2020 – Publication of the brochure compiling successful practices in youth work

The brochure “VERY OK Practices” compiles successful experiences, which have been tested and validated, and deserve to be shared so that a greater number of youth organisations can adopt it. Check it out here.

24 EaP and EU Participating Organisations

In the Erasmus+ Programme countries:

# Bulgaria: Association of Ruse in help of society and young people (RAPO)
# Croatia: Udruga gluhih i nagluhih Nova Gradiska
# Estonia: Noored Ühiskonna Heaks
# Germany: European Intercultural Forum e.V. (LEAD)
# Hungary: Én Kint Egyesület a Békéért és Fejlődésért
# The Netherlands: Stichting The Tree Party
# Romania: Asociatia Sportiva MUSUBI Miercurea Ciuc
# Romania: Support for Youth Development Association
# Serbia: Res Polis
# Slovakia: Marthos o.z. – Esterházy Akadémia
# Spain: Fundació Catalunya Voluntària
# Spain: ASSOCIACIÓ Globers
# Turkey: Ucarli Genclik Dernegi
# Turkey: Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG)

In the Eastern Partnership region:

# Armenia: Youth Cooperation Centre of Dilijan
# Armenia: Gyumri “Youth Initiative Centre” NGO
# Azerbaijan: Bridge to the Future Public Union
# Belarus: League of Youth Voluntary Service
# Georgia: SIQA – Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives
# Georgia: Academy for Peace and Development
# Moldova: Organizatia Tinerilor pentru Sport si Mediu
# Ukraine: GRAVIS Public Association
# Ukraine: Kárpátaljai Fiatal Magyar Vállalkozók Szövetsége
# Ukraine: Public Organisation «Society Initiatives Institute»

Pictures of the PBA seminar in Ukraine