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EU Funded Projects 2019

Youth rESOLUTIONS EUROPEAN SOLUTIONS

Programme Name
Youth Resolutions European Solutions

Awarding Body Details:
ERASMUS+

Reference No:
2019-1-MT01-KA347-051119

Year of Award:
2019

Project Status:
IN PROGRESS



Description:
Youth Resolutions European Solutions is the title of the project submitted under Action 3 – Erasmus+ to apply for co-funding to host the 51st international session of MEP Malta. Youth Resolutions European Solutions is a project that promotes youth dialogue, political participation and active citizenship at EU level. Young participants from different social and cultural backgrounds from different European countries will come to Malta between the 9 – 16 November 2019 to attend a transnational activity that will engage them in dialogue and debate on different issues identified by other young people prior to the event.

Following years of structured dialogue projects at national level, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ will be hosting this event as the next step in the dialogue ‘participation ladder’ by providing an even wider international platform for young people to consolidate their belief in the European project, understand how it works and give their valid input to make youth policy work for young people. Participants will engage in Youth Dialogue through a simulation of the EU Parliament.

This event will be the culmination of month long preparations at organisational level and prior youth involvement and preparation. 2 main activities are planned. The first will be a preparatory national seminar to choose the committee delegates and to prepare the Maltese volunteers to be able to facilitate the sessions, to prepare for the issues that will be debated and to prepare for the November session.

The main transnational event will take the form of dialogue sessions, committee work, and preparation of resolutions, ending with a plenary session to agree on the final document that will be presented to policy makers and experts. Apart from the resolution booklet as a tangible result of MEP Malta – Youth Resolutions European Solutions, other outcomes are envisged namely the intercultural exchange of young people coming from many different countries and backgrounds, increased knowledge about European youth policy, and better understanding on the effectiveness of the dialogue process as a space where young people can meet with policy makers and experts to give their views and guide future policy direction, with particular emphasis on the themes and priorities of the EU Youth Strategy 2019 – 2027. It will also contribute to the strengthening and establishment of a network of European contacts of all the delegates and coordinators present that will last beyond the duration of the transnational event.

Apart from acquiring and increasing their personal competences, the young people who participate in the project will also disseminate details of the event back home to spread and reinforce young people’s self-belief that they can shape their own futures through youth dialogue and involvement. This will result in active citizenship that is intended to extend to and beyond participation in regional, national and European elections. An overall umbrella outcome is the nurturing of young people to empower them to become better versions of themselves at personal level and as European citizens, and through their future actions to transmit this to others so as to ensure the continuation of EU citizenship that is meaningful for its citizens.

Total Project Cost:
€49,844

DIGY

Programme Name
ERASMUS+

Awarding Body Details
JUGEND für Europa

Reference No
2019-1-DE04-KA205-017938

Year of Award
2019

Project Status
IN PROGRESS

Description
Digital youth participation empowers young people to become active citizens from local to European level. The positive effects only unfold when the participation process is run professionally – just to use digital tool is not enough to inspire young people, administrations and youth organisations to collaborate.

Unfortunately, potential initiators often lack experience, personal and financial resources needed to plan and conduct a successful e-participation project. This is a reason why first-time pilot project may fail due to the many unknown challenges and efforts, leading to frustration among participation.

This Erasmus+ strategic partnership project ‘DiGY’ – ‘Digital participation made easy’ aims to tackle this problem by delivering qualification and capacity building to initiators of digital participation projects. The materials designed will be integrated into the OPIN platform, a professional online tool-box for digital youth participation that is already available in 10 European languages. Thus, the European- wide infrastructure is strengthened and enriched by modules to increase the for digital youth participation project.

The results of the project will be developed by a consortium of 7 partner from all over Europe, who bring in valuable country-specific knowledge and experiences. Nexus will be the coordinator with Liquid Democracy providing technical support. Youth organisation from Macedonia, Slovenia, Georgia and Malta will be working with on the project from a practical aspect. Creativitas will be focusing on project dissemination.

Total project Cost
€401,890

S.H.AM

Programme Name
S.H.A.M

Awarding Body Details
ERASMUS+ Key Action 1 EUPA

Reference No
2018-1-MT01-KA105-038423

Year of Award
2018

Project Status
COMPLETED



Description
S.H.A.M was an Erasmus + project that resulted from past collaborations between Limerick Youth Services and Agenzija Zghazagh. Its purpose was to reach out and share experiences among the partners and the young people. The main aim of this project was to give the opportunity to all the participants to experience a youth exchange on the theme of mental health and gain various skills. Such topics and opportunities helped the individual develop further in life and also increased their overall well-being. The project consisted of 3 main activities with more than 80 young people aged 15-19 years from Ireland, Italy and Malta. All participants faced lack of access to amenable space for personal & social development, risk of being stigmatized and increasing mental health issues. The programme focused on youth mental health and wellbeing, a clear theme that was emerging for young people in today’s climate. Discussion with young people had been highlighted ‘they have nowhere to go’ in their communities which was also having a trickledown effect on their mental health, due to being a ‘problem’ and ‘always hanging around’. This programme provided a structure, space and opportunity to explore the links between mental health and lack of youth space, compared the associated problems being faced by young people in both countries, analysed the possible solutions, developed participants’ resilience skills and attitudes, and shared/debated their views with other people in the community. Non formal learning would be the primary methodology for this exchange. Through this activity participants developed many skills which enhanced their visibility within the community. These included inter-personal skills, practical skills such as planning, organisational, life skills including teamwork, communication and leadership skills. They had enhanced coping skills and were aware of ways to maintain positive mental health. They had been equipped in their journeys to securing open youth space. Participation in this project seeked to address the multi-faceted and many times hidden issues experienced by the young people, due to not having a space they could call their own. We envisaged a number of Impacts and potential long-term benefits for participants with young people developing important life skills. They had been more informed on youth spaces and means to access it, they had been better prepared for community activism. They had been able to support their mental wellbeing, understanded the importance of this and the possible results of poor mental health. They gained certification from their learning and visibility in their local communities. The participants were exposed to mobility and future opportunity within the Erasmus+ programme. This project also aimed to increase the collaboration between partners in the EU countries, helped respective programmes improve and be innovative by sharing ideas and good practices. This helped make local programmes more effective and attractive for young people. We were also aware of the importance of non-formal education and would like to use this experience with young people as an example of non-formal education, which is recognised and valued even in the job market.

Total Project Cost
€42,183.00

YOUTH WIKI

Programme Name
Youth Wiki

Awarding Body Details
EACEA

Reference No
2019 – 0638

Year of Award
2019

Project Status
COMPLETED


Description
The Youth Wiki is Europe’s online encyclopedia in the area of national youth policies. The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people. It covers eight main fields of action: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture.

Total Project Cost
€22,719

An OpportunitY for you(th)-speak up!


Programme Name
An Opportunity for You(th) – Speak Up!

Awarding Body Details
EACEA

Reference No
2019 – 1130

Year of Award
2019

Project Status
IN PROGRESS



Description
The main objective of Opportunities for You(th) – Speak Up! is to increase the reach of the EU youth Dialogue, both in terms of numbers but also in terms of diversity of the young participants. The project will be providing reliable information to young people on the new opportunities to participate in the EU Youth Dialogue. The Maltese National Working Group has devised 2 information campaigns, an information campaign for the 7th and another for the 8th cycle of the EU youth Dialogue.

Total Project Cost
€31,469

Less stress more fun


Programme Name
Less Stress More Fun

Awarding Body Details
Fundanja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji

Reference No
2018-3-PL01-KA105-0611338

Year of Award
2018

Project Status
COMPLETED



Description
Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, South Youth Service, participated in an ERASMUS+ Project in August together with Ballyfermot Youth Services Ireland, Tartu Noorsootöö Keskus Estonia and Fundacja MODE – Move and Develop Foundation Poland. 8 participants accompanied by 2 Youth Workers from each country, went to Poland, Nowy Gieraltow, between 21st August and 27th August 2019. The main theme of the project was ‘Less Stress, More Fun’.

During this project, young people discussed what they understand by stress, how is it caused, cultural differences in relation to stress and how to deal with it amongst other relevant topics. As it is usually done, young people had the opportunity to mingle together also thanks to an international evening with the aim of discovering different cultures.

Young people also developed several skills throughout the project as they were responsible for certain tasks to be carried out. To work with other young people from different countries was a good opportunity for everyone and a solid network and friendships were created.

Young people expressed their delight and positive feelings towards this project and remarked how such an amazing week can leave a huge impact in their lives. Young people were grateful for this opportunity and strengthened their relationship with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.

Total Project Cost
€19,910.00






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