This multimedia book is a dissemination tool and a useful resource for youth workers, program leaders, facilitators and was created during the Empowering Youth –Strengthening Communities  project (2015-2-RO01-KA105-015463), funded by European Union through Erasmus Plus Program

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Empowering Youth-Strengthening communities   was a project that consists of a training course designed for 29 youth workers from 11 organizations from Europe and post training activities  implemented in partner organizations. The training course was held in Cluj Napoca, European Youth Capital 2015,  Romania,  between 1-11 October 2015, the main organizer being Federatia YMCA Romania with partners from Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, UK, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal.

The main objectives of this project were:

– to improve the skills and key competences of young leaders, to develop intercultural dialogue and to promote social inclusion through learning mobility of those actively involved in youth work and youth organizations, by strengthened links between youth field and labor market;

– to foster the quality improvements in youth work through enhanced cooperation between youth organization and other stakeholders;

– to enhance the international dimension of youth activities and the role of youth workers and organizations as support structures complementarily with EU`s external action, in particular through the promotion of mobility and cooperation between organizations from Program countries and Partner countries and international organizations and through targeted capacity building in Partner countries.

Through this project we wanted to empower youth workers to direct, control their own lives, to actively participate in the life of the organization and community. Furthermore, we wanted to empower them to actively deliver programs for young people, to participate in the governance and decision making of their organization. Through empowerment young people are able to transform their lives. For transformation young people organize themselves and self organization leads to creating a caring, responsible and safe space in order to create fulfillment.

Thank you dear partners for your  hard work, commitment, creativity, responsibility: YMCA Nederland, YMCA Gabrovo – Bulgaria, YMCA Tirana – Albania, YMCA England, YMCA Italia, Polska YMCA, YMCA Serbia, YMCA Ukraine, YMCA Espana, ACM/YMCA Setubal– Portugal

You can view the multimedia book here: