Training and Networking project can be of two types:
a project promoting exchanges, cooperation and training in the field of youth work. It will be developed with a view to implementing an Activity which supports capacity-building and innovation among promoters, as well as the exchange of experience, expertise and good practice among those who are involved in youth work
a project leading to the development of further projects under the Youth in Action Programme. It will be developed with a view to implementing an Activity which helps all potential promoters to prepare and develop new projects under the Youth in Action Programme, notably by ensuring support and know-how for the development of the projects; support for partner-finding; tools and means to improve the quality of the projects.
An event organised to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of good practice, based on theoretical inputs, around a chosen theme or themes which are relevant to the youth work field.
An educational learning programme on specific topics, aiming to improve participants' competences, knowledge, skills and attitudes. Training courses lead to higher quality practice in youth work in general and/or, specifically, Youth in Action projects.
EVS+SVE EVS + SVE – Sustainable entrepreneurship Values through E-learning - Multi Measure Project
Solidarity Tracks organized a Multi measure project including 44 Youth workers, mentors, supervisors & EVS project managers actives in European voluntary Service from different countries from Europe Eastern Europe and Caucasus, Balkan and Southern Mediterranean area. The aim of this projects is to to ensure a chances equality to European young volunteers so that they could develop their skills all the way thru their projects, and engage these volunteers in a process of life long process of education which allows them to develop their competences, optimize their role in the host community and get prepared for vocational life by developing entrepreneurship-related skills. Our further ambition is to support and enhance the role of mentors and supervisors of the European volunteers, and e-learning seems an ideal means to this end. E-learning has proven to be an efficient and sustainable means of modern supplementary education, able to create an environment of interactive and leaner-friendly learning, which enables the people involved in European voluntary Service to universalize, organize, modify and share knowledge.
In this context, collaborated with 11 partners organizations, which are active in volunteering in 11 countries of E.U., the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus in launching 4 activities of mobility.
The 4 activities are as follows:
1. contact-making event 4-5 of May 2015 held in Lefkas, 2. Training course of 10 days 9-20 June 2015, hold in Lefkas,
3. Training course 10-20 August 2015, hold in Romania , 4. Training course of 6 days, hold in Lefkas 8-15 October 2015.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an opportunity for young people between 18 & 30 to offer a voluntary service all over the world, within one non-profit organisation or institute. In the context of empowering youth for EVS we launched a training course (project) involving 30 youth workers (EVS project managers, mentors, supervisor of volunteers, coordinators of volunteering projects, educators and ex-volunteers) who came from different organizations dealing with the youth from all Europe. In thistraining course we exchanged our experiences and developed our competences about volunteering project management. We also developed common methods with a view to facilitate and improve the quality of the preparation of the volunteer, the quality of his/her carrying out the particular project, including implementation of his/her tasks, the quality of the assistance measures and the self-evaluation of the volunteer. The methods which we elaborated by this training course allowd us both to make easier and more efficient the monitoring/following and the support of the volunteers and to optimize the results of their volunteering projects in the future. Using these methods we created an enhanced advanced On-line version of EVS Log-book which will be diffused and used by a more consistent number of European volunteers with a view to enhance the quality of monitoring & personal exploitation of their own European volunteering service.
Training Course for youth workers & youth leader
Solidarity Tracks organized an 11 day training course in Lefkas Greece for 37 youth leaders and youth workers active in the field of non formal education, coming from 19 youth organizations,from 14 different countries of E.U., eastern Europe and the Caucasus. During this Training course, they exchanged views and applied methods about following and assessing the soft skills acquired by the young participants in our activities, they developed new competences and skills and became more effective in choosing evaluating methods in the frame of non formal education. During this training course, we created an innovative pedagogical tool which will facilitate the monitoring, the follow up and the evaluation of soft skills among the young beneficiaries of the non formal activities mainly the beneficiaries of the “youth mobility programmes” and “Erasmus+” programme. For this tool we inspired from the practical experience and research of our partners, from previous publications and initiatives effectuated in this field.
International training course for youth workers & youth leaders. 34 participants from 25 youth organisations from 15 countries, from Europe, Eastern Europe and from Caucasus gatehred together in Lefkas, Greece. 12/06/2014-22/06/2014
The basic aims of this TC course was to offer participants opportunity to acquire new knowledge, skills and competences of using modern learning and teaching online technologies based on well-known and confirmed theories of learning in the processes of planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating learning processes in non-formal learning activities. Also, the aim of the TC was to encourage participants to use modern technologies and its advantages in their non-formal learning activities and youth work in general. The more specific aims were to provide participants space to share their experiences and views of using online technologies in youth work, - its advantages and disadvantages; to commonly work with help of trainers and facilitators in developing example of online course using well-known web application “Moodle” and its various learning modules; and to develop their own e-learning platforms for the purposes of their own youth projects.
Through our training, we had the following objectives:
1 - To Allow youth workers and youth leaders from different European countries, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, to share their experiences and acquire skills in non-formal education field by using newest technologies in order to allow them to play a crucial role in educating young people more easy and efficient.
2 - To develop new skills and competences of the youth workers and youth leaders, by using modern learning and teaching online technologies in order to educate young people.
3 – To develope example of online course using well-known web application like “Moodle” and its various learning modules.
4 - To awareness participants (youth leaders and youth workers) to the opportunities and challenges of e-learning, and to give them a better understanding of the role that they can play in the future non-formal education, in their professional lives and in their careers.
5 - To develop their own e-learning platforms for the purposes of their own youth projects.
6 - To develop cooperation with our European partners, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus for the education of youth on an online platform.
Learning about sustainable entrepreneurship via Origami.
International Training Course for youth workers & youth leaders, 31 participants from 16 youth organization from 13 countries, from Europe, Eastern Europe and from Caucasus 11/10/2013-19/10/2013 Lefkas, Greece.
Solidarity Track organized a training course which brought together young leaders and young people's educators coming form 13 European countries, including countries of the Eastern Europe and the region of Caucasus. The seminar was hold in Lefkas island and lasted 10 days, the purpose being for the participants to exchange views, experiences and "good practices" and to develop skills & competences relative to the young people's education in the sustainable development. In the course of the seminar we organized a workshop, during which the participants created some figurines using the "origami" technique. These figurines showed concretely various ideas about linking entrepreneurship and sustainable development. At the end of the seminar the participants organized an exhibition for local citizens where they discussed about their sustainable entrepreneurial ideas.
Parallel to this, the participants created a practical pedagogical tool concerning the education of young people in the sustainable development. This tool helped the participants to put appealing pedagogical activities to practice, enabling thus the development of the entrepreneurial spirit among the young people of their communities. This way we hope to manage both to obtain positive effects and long-term influence in their attitudes and habits and to install into the young people the knowledge of becoming a responsible businessman throughout their life.
International training course about evaluation methods in non formal education for youth leaders and youth workers, from 19 NGO for youth, from 16 countries. 25 June-03 July 2013
The evaluation of a project, is an action or an activity of non formal education with the young constitutes, a working tool which serves the purpose of laying plans as well as improving our competences and the quality of the project`s activities addressed to the young people.
Moreover, the evaluation process ought to be regarded as a strategic device integrated into the broader process conducive to social change, since its principal advantage (or: virtue) lies in its capacity to help us carry out things in a better way than before.
In this context Solidarity Tracks organized a training course where 30 youth workers and young people active in non-formal education programs gathered at Lefkas (Greece) for 8 days in order to exchange ideas & methods for evaluation and exploitation of the results of evaluation sessions as well as to develop new competences on:
a) various forms of evaluation
b) the methodology of evaluation
c) how to choose the proper evaluating method in function of our particular activities and
d) the ways to exploit the results of evaluation sessions within the frame of the informal education, mainly of the "Youth in Action" program.
In this training course, we created an innovative educative tool concerning the various methods for the evaluation of the non-formal activities addressed to young people. At the end, we were inspired by the practical experiences of our partners as well as by the previous research, the publications & the initiatives launched in the past.
Training course about youth and media
For youth leaders and youth workers, from 17 NGO for youth, from 11 countries. 8-16 of March 2013
Considering the important role that media play in young people lives, media education arises today as a priority to initiate young people to be active on media communication. In this context, we organized a training for youth workers and youth leaders from 16 youth organizations from Europe, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, for 8 days in Lefkas/ Greece. This training course allowed us to develop our working methods on non-formal education and to develop our cooperation in the field of youth and media; in order to allow youngsters to use media for their educational projects, to encourage them to produce their tools of communication, to find objectively their sources of information, and involve them to advance understanding between the cultures of partners countries and to promote the mutual respect, cultural diversity and the values of peace, solidarity and sustainable development among young people of our countries.
During the training course, participants created a pedagogical tool that can help young people from partner countries to create together their media (Web Radio, web TV, magazine...) in order to promote intercultural dialogue, solidarity and peace and to encourage cooperation among European youngsters and young people from Eastern of Europe and Caucasus.
Between 14-25 of June, we organized with the support the European Commission "Youth in Action programme" and Youth and Life Long Learning Foundation, a training course in Nidri, Lefkada, in Greece, for 37 participants coming from 15 European and Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Poland, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
During the 10 days of the training course, the participants developed their skills and working methods in building an ecological home and tools that make it sustainable, exchanged ideas and experiences on the themes of eco building and sustainability, and started a lasting partnership that enables them to plan and implement programs to raise awareness about "green homes" and sustainable development programs targeted to youth and citizens of their countries.
During the training course the participants had a real experience with building an eco-home inspired by the Euro-Mediterranean culture. With the assistance of specialised trainers, they built the cob walls of the home, built and instaled systems that use only renewable energy sources, like biogas and solar power and created a technical and educational guide that illuminates these experiences and facilitates the mission to raise awareness.
They also created a step by step presentation showing the progress of the project and especially the building. These materials are shared online and on DVD's, hard copies with the pertners of the training and with the network of organisations we and our partners collaborate with.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is an opportunity for young people between 18 -30 years old to participate in over 30 European countries, to realize a project as a volunteer in a non-profit organization. During the voluntary service, young people learn on different levels (communication, autonomy, citizenship, culture ...). At the end of their European voluntary service, young people receive a certificate called "Youth pass". This certificate confirms the participation of volunteers and describes their service. It is also a certificate that describes what the volunteers learned through their project with reference to key skills.
Although the administrative process of implementation of volunteer projects is the same, the routes followed by partner organizations (Sending Organization, hosting organization, coordinating organization) on the stage of preparation of voluntary until the final assessment of its project are different in terms of quality.
In order to improve the quality of volunteer projects and to provide more value to the Youth Pass, we organized a training course involving 24 youth workers and youth leaders from 12 European organizations active in the European Voluntary Service (responsible for EVS projects mentors, EVS project coordinators, trainers, and ex-volunteers) for 8 days in Lefkas. During this seminar we tried to develop a common strategy in order to facilitate the preparation of the volunteer and the implementation of its project, including the realization of its tasks, self-assessment of the volunteer, to be awareness of the evolution of his project. The strategy that we developed will permit us in the future to ensure the follow up and the support of the volunteer and optimization of the results of his project. During the seminar we created a volunteer's log book, in order to improve the quality of his learning during his European voluntary Service. Our main aim was to help him, to follow, to evaluate and to keep track of his project.
This log book will facilitate also the monitoring and achievement of each EVS project and helps to ensure the best quality of EVS project and enhance the value of Youth pass.
"Volunteering Life Helps Your community" was a Euro-Mediterranean training course which was organized by Solidarity Tracks in Lefkas, Greece, between 23.09.2011 - 02.10.2011. The themes of the project were connected to the European Year of Volunteering and they were volunteering in a Euro-Mediterranean context and how volunteering helps the local communities. The project involved 24 participants from 24 different organizations involved or interested in volunteering who come from France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territory, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The objective of the project was to involve everyone present in sharing their experiences and good practices involving various types of volunteering activities, finding strategies of better involving all parties so that the local community benefits the most, shaping a cooperation network for future projects and creating a guide to help other organizations from the Euro-Mediterranean area in implementing volunteering projects.
The activities done during the project included
The setting up and presentation of an exhibition (to the participants and the local community) which presented the activities of all the involved organizations
presentations, discussions, brainstorming, games and workshops which showed what volunteering means and involves in and Euro-Mediterranean level, which worked on making these type of projects better in the future and which concentrated on the importance of the involvement and the benefits gained by the local community
Visits to concrete volunteering projects on a local and regional level
networking games and activities which shaped the framework of future cooperation of all the participants, mainly in volunteering projects, but also in other Youth in Action and Euro Med 4 activities
the creation of a Guide which can be used as a tool by all Euro-Mediterranean organizations who are or who wish to be involved in volunteering activities.
Our project was financed by "Youth in Action Program" and the Greek Institute for Youth.
Youth entrepreneurship: Potential for Youth and Community
"Youth entrepreneurship: Potential for Youth and Community" was a training course for young youthworkers. The aim was to contribute for the development of youth entrepreneurship and for creative activity of young people.
It took place in Lefkas, for 7 days, from 17 to 25 of June 2008, with participation of 24 young people and youth worker from 10 euromediterrnean countries: Greece, France, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Algeria, Morroco and Egypt.
The activities of out training was: presentation of participating NGOs, presentation of good practices on the topic of entrepreneurship, presentation of Youth in Action program, workshops on stereotypes, the profile of young entrepreneur, methodology of the project, open space for future projects, visit to the traditional factory of wine and olive oil, Greek lessons, workshops and reflexion groups about the topic.
This training course was supported by Youth in Action Programme and The Institute for Youth.
Renewable Energy: the 3 forces can save our planet
Renewable Energy: The 3 forces can save our planet, was a Euro-Med training course, organized on May 2010 from the organization "Solidarity Tracks" and brought together 23 youngsters and youth workers from 12 organizations and from 9 Euro-Μed countries (Algeria, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Jordan, Morocco, Romania, and Tunisia). During the course, there were views' exchange, good practices about renewable energy and trainings on new methods and skills so actions can be organized to spread awareness on the youth on their countries about the meaning and the importance of the renewable energy as a way to confront the "green house phenomenon".
During the course, the participants created the first models which take advantage the renewable energies organized a Training Workshop at the central square of Lefkas where they presented those models. They reproduced an Educational guide about renewable energy.
The Training Course was financed by "Youth in Action Program" and the Institute for Youth.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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