Albania- ACT for SOCIETY Centre

ACT for SOCIETY Center Mission is to enhance the healthy lifestyles and stimulate the sustainable development of society. Its work consists on advocating for democracy and human right issues, promoting culture, connecting youth, stimulating the active participation of young people in the social life and decision-making processes, both in local and national level. ACT for SOCIETY Center, was established in January 2012. ACT for SOCIETY Center believes in the power of change. It aims at making this change happen through “…new, creative, and effective strategies and initiatives…”. The main focus of our projects is gender equality and equity, human rights, anti-violence and anti-extremism, participation in democracy, youth capacity-building. Its Objectives are: – Advocacy and awareness-raising, focusing on human rights topic; – Promote human rights and inclusiveness of marginalized groups and vulnerable groups; – Enhance youth activities through non-formal education; – Stimulate transparent decision-making processes in democracy; – Embrace think-tank ideology and stimulate research; – Active participation in international, regional and national networks; – Peace – Building through Culture and Art ACT for SOCIETY Center has immensely invested in human resources development. Upon its establishment, staff received comprehensive training and technical support including training retreats, training of trainers/training of consultants, regional internships, and on-the-job training that is followed by continuous professional and personal development. We are Accredited for EVS (European Volunteer Service)- Sending, Receiving and Coordinating Organisation with code 2015-1-SI02-KA110-013235 within the European Commission’s Erasmus+/ Youth in Action Programme.

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Armenia

Armenia – Armenian Young Women’s Association

Armenia

Armenian Young Women’s Association was established in March, 2004, by a group of active young women’s and girls. Though AYWA was registered in 2004 but its members started their activities earlier. It has around 100 members and 50 volunteers.
The aim of AYWA is to promote the increasing role of a young woman in Civil Society, in public, political, economical, educational, cultural and other lives in the Republic of Armenia. One of the objectives of AYWA is to increase the level of young women’s involvement in politics.
The AYWA beneficiaries are not only women but also men, as it is not possible to have a healthy and developed society based only on men or women. Up to now AYWA has implemented a lot of projects which are promoting the increasing the role of young women in different fields in the society. AYWA implements specific projects the aim of which is to educate observers for elections. As well, AYWA is involved in voters’ lists’ correcting process and projects. The important deal of AYWA projects are Gender issues, Human Rights, Women Rights. AYWA is co-operating with a lot of local, international, public and state organizations.
AYWA has implemented projects with partners like UNFPA, UNICEF, CIDA, DFID, Council of Europe, European Youth Foundation, IFES etc.

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Austria- CUBIC

CUBIC is a non-profit organisation established in 2005 to support young people with fewer opportunities to find their passion, develop self-awareness and expand their horizons; this is achieved through delivering innovative international projects that are culturally immersive, educational and unique. In its activities CUBIC aims at encouraging intercultural exchange and learning processes. CUBIC tries to improve especially the opportunities of young people of getting involved in social and labour life, giving special attention to the inclusion of disadvantaged youth. Our overall aim is to support young people with fewer opportunities – to offer them a secure frame and environment of learning, including a clear timetable and daily structure, to give them the chance to prove themselves in new situations and give them impulses to develop their self-perception and self-esteem, to help them orientate in their current life situations, and to encourage them to take a stake in their life, and to help them find ideas and motivation for further action.

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Bulgaria – International youth center

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Association ” International Youth Center ” is a non-profit organization created by and for young
people. The main objectives of the association are:
– To promote and develop culture, education, environment, science, sport and tourism in the country;
– To promote the active participation of young people in public life;
– Organizing and facilitating the conduct of competitions, conferences , seminars with youth in the countries and abroad;
– To support the creative, cultural and spiritual events for young people;
– Promote the integration of young people with disabilities in society;
– To contribute to solving the problems of disadvantaged youth;
– To cooperate and work towards achieving lasting contacts between youth NGOs and
government institutions at the national and regional level;
– To initiate, carry out or provide support for specific projects and programs to support the development of youth community.

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Czech republic – National Institute for Further Education

The National Institute for Further Education (NIDV) is a directly managed organization of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with a nationwide guarantee of further education and professional development of pedagogical staff of schools and school facilities, including school facilities for leisure education. Many years of tradition and experience in the field of education and an extensive network of our methodologists, professional guarantors and external collaborators, among other things, provide us with the high quality and full-scale implementation of the tasks arising from the state priorities and the Ministry of Education departmental projects. For the target groups we provide a comprehensive offer of educational and consulting services, methodical and professional support, and at the same time we can respond operatively to current and specific needs and requirements of schools and teachers in individual regions of the Czech Republic. We also guarantee systemic care for talented or exceptionally gifted children and youth and targeted support for teachers to work with specific groups of pupils, such as children / pupils-foreigners or joint education.
An important part of our activity is the implementation of projects co-financed by the European Social Fund, through which the NIDV verifies and introduces innovative elements in the education system and fully supports pedagogical staff in increasing their professional and professional competencies.

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Finland – Finnish Youth Centres Association

Finnish Youth Centres Association is umbrella organization of 10 National youth centres in Finland. The main task is coordinate Youth Centres work in National and international level.
The Youth Centres are run under the Finnish Youth Act and observed by the Ministry of Education.

Finnish Youth Centre Association is a National Development Centre working by support of Ministy of Education and Culture. Our work for Finnish Youth centres include:
– Support and services for the Youth Centres
– Cooperation with our interest groups
– Advocacy
– Public relations, communication and marketing
– Cooperation between the centres

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Finland – Youth Centre Villa Elba

Villa Elba is a Youth Centre supported and observed by the Ministry of Education. We are specialized in youth work and our function is to develop the methods used in the field of youth work, to act as a centre for furthering the skills of the youth, and enable young people’s travelling domestically and abroad. The centers are run under the Finnish law covering youth work and by the Ministry of Education. In international work our goal is to offer youngsters the possibilities of learning in multicultural environment and finding their own strengths and abilities through international activity. Our work consists of international camps and programs, educational activities, practical training and voluntary work for young people, information and guidance about international programmes, projects and coordination of volunteering projects.

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Germany – Jugendbildungsstätte Unterfranken

The Jubi is a hosting, sending and coordinating hosting organisation in the EVS program (2015-1-DE04-KA110-013075), a partner of the “Platform Network”, “European Network of Youth Centres” and Eurodesk Partner (DE-0036). Jugendbildungsstätte Unterfranken -The Youth Education Centre in Lower Franconia (Jubi) is an organisation, working intercultural with a nationwide model character. We offer diverse facets of youth work- it especially supports youth groups, social institutions and school classes in their process of intercultural opening. It offers practice in civil of one’s conviction. In the international context the Jubi supports international youth exchanges under an intercultural perspective and communicates through its own offers and in cooperation with other experienced organisations advanced practice to intercultural key competences. The Jubi is a hosting, sending and coordinating hosting organisation in the EVS program. HEI. REF: 2013-DE-100 a partner of the “Platform Network”, “European Network of Youth Centres” and Eurodesk Partner (DE-0036)

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Germany- Haus der offenen Tür (HoT Sinzig)

(HoT) is part of the catholic church community named “St. Peter” in Sinzig/Rhineland-Palatine. The church is a non-governmental body of public law. The HoT is an institution concerning youth work. Youth work is described in § 11 of the social law, the so called “SGB VIII”. In cooperation with the muslims and the catholic women community, with the advisory council of integration and migration and the youth migration association the social and youth workers also take part in the field of migration. Holiday programs for children and educational offers on culture and politics for young people are in the main focus. 6 professionals (3 social/ youth workers female, 2 educators/coaches 1 female and 1 male, 1media educator female, 2 volunteers (on federal law) and at the moment many volunteers work in the place. The youth workers of HoT accompany young people with fewer opportunities in the age of 14 up to 27 to find their place in society. Another target group are school drop outs and school refuseniks. The team and volunteers work through four main pillars.

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Greece – “Filoxenia”, Intercultural-Environmental Organisation

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FILOXENIA is an NGO founded in 1995. It has today the legal status of a non-profit association and works in a wide cooperation scheme with local, regional and national institutions & authorities as well as at European and international level.

Infrastructure:
The association is based at the Youth Centre of Kryoneri and uses the premises of Polykentro Cultural Centre of Kryoneri for larger events and activities. Kryoneri village is situated at the rural area of the Corinthian upper land (Northeastern Peloponnese), just 15 Km away from the seaside town of Kiato (38 km from Corinth, 135 Km west of Athens).
FILOXENIA has the main aim to support the development of rural areas, through the realization of educational, youth, cultural and environmental projects.

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Hungary- MOP KKA Támaszpont

The Támaszpont Foundation for Mental Health Education and Prevention (Támaszpont MOPKA) is an NGO acting at local and international level in the youth field, run by volunteer board members. It manages the youth centre of Veresegyház. Támaszpont MOPKA provides useful leisure time activities for the youngsters, supports them in the educational field, promotes drug prevention, Human Rights Education and the value of the Council of Europe and raises awareness about common values such as tolerance, equal opportunities and cultural diversity. Generally speaking it empowers young people to be active in the local community and to be actively involved in civil society. Furthermore Támaszpont promotes the idea of volunteerism, participates in international youth exchanges and training courses.

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Italy

Italy – EURO-NET

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EURO-NET is a not for profit association that is member or associated member of 57 international networks (5 of them are EU networks: EUROPE DIRECT, EUROGUIDANCE, EURODESK, SOLVIT and EBN-EUROPEAN BUSINESS & INNOVATION CENTRE NETWORK) .
EURO-NET gives to children, young people and adults these services:
– information and project development center
– organization of training courses, exchanges and cultural, artistic or sport activities
– sector study, research
– counseling, crisis support and prevention
– e-learning, networking, partnerships, training courses and workshops
– publications, newspapers and web sites.

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Romania- FITT (Timis County Youth Foundation)

Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT) is an umbrella organization for youth NGOs in the west part of Romania. Whit 33 Youth NGO members and 26 years old FITT is the most important and old youth NGO in this part of the country. Programs and activities implemented by FITT range from social programs for disadvantaged young people to cultural programs, active citizenship and policy development (local and national level). FITT, in itself, is a model of democratic behavior, being administrated by a General Assembly made of the youth NGOs in Timis County (West part of Romania) and a board consisting of 13 young people. We have in possession the Timisoara Youth House – which in 2016 had been awarded with The Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres..

We are one of the seven such Youth Centers in Europe that have this Accreditation and the only one in Romania. Our Youth House has the following facilities: 3 seminar rooms, a cinema, a spectacle room, a hotel where young people can rent rooms while visiting our city, restaurant, art-music club, gym and pub. We are also members of the Regional Youth Network, European Network of Youth Centers, Romanian Youth Council, National Youth Foundations Convention and Advisory Council on Youth Affairs of Timișoara City Hall.

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Slovakia

Slovakia – Centre for LeisureTime Activities JUNIOR

Slovakia

Institution of the regional selfgovernment supporting non-formal education at the regional level
Organizing the leisure time activities
Running programmes focused on education in methodology of work for youth workers, leaders and young people
Preparing analyseis of needs in the youth work for the local authorities
Develop and coordinate the programmes and the activities which support intercultural exchanges, active participation of the children and the young people, exchange experiences and best practicies concerning above all the education of young leaders and workers.

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Slovakia – Regional Youth Centre of Kosice

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– Centre realizes educational trainings and schoolings activities on the field of youth work,
– Centre is settlement of regional coordinator for programme “Youth in action”, methodical and schooling activities and the task of information worker for Eurodesk
– Centre is a hosting and sending organisation for EVS
– Centre organizes school competitions and Olympiads declared by Ministry of Education of
Slovak republic on regional level, organizes thematic trainings, meetings and thematic camps

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Slovenia – Mladinski Center Krško – Youth center Krško

– established in 2001 by the Municipality of Krško
– app. 12 employees
– app. 100 volunteers
– have one cities youth center and 4 youth spots in rural area
– great infrastructure (multimedia studio, 2 conference rooms, hall, climbing wall, computers room, youth hostel,…)
– 8 local NGO-s have their premacies in our center
– informing center, multimedia center, international work, children activities, club & culture field, prevention programs,…

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Turkey – S & G – System and Generation Association

S&G was established in 2008. There are members such as EU specialist, lawyer, and specialist of the development, academician, PCM-master, youth trainers, civil servant and people corded to private sector in our association.
In addition to this, there are volunteers more than 200 people and %90 of those is between the ages of 13-30. S&G aims at making young people integrated with the society, encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit, helping them acquire knowledge and qualification getting them know young people from different cultures, empowering sympathy and tolerance, improving cooperation and encouraging European cooperation with young people, supporting the cooperation between the international institutions.
Motto of S&G: imaging the societal systems of yesterday and today can facilitate the generation of foresight in order to build tomorrow.

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