ENYC Newsletter 2011 #2

1. YOUTH VOICES: Proposals to youth centre.


To the question “What else do you think youth centres should be involved in?” young people from ENYC countries answered:

“The view to the future based on the ideas of young people.” [18 y.o. boy from FYROM]

“In making decision on local level,” [24 y.o. young woman from FYROM]

“ Creating thoughtful youth.” [22 y.o. young woman from FYROM]

“Intercontinental exchanges.” [ 16 y.o. French boy]

“Excursions” [18 y.o. French young man]

“Health” [17 y.o. French man]

“Methodological tools in order to find a job” [22 y.o. Greek young man]
“Psychological support” [16 y.o. Greek girl]

“Everything!” [15 y.o. Greek boy]

“To support young people to get educated” [17 y.o Slovak girl]

“They do what they can” [16 y.o. Slovak girl]

“Sport competition & Tournaments” [16 y.o. Slovak boy]

“To involve more young people to their activities” [16 y.o. Slovenian boy]

“Fun activities” [15 y.o. Slovenian girl]

“Dialogue between different cultures” [17 y.o. Luxemburgish boy]

“Bicycle ride” [15 y.o. Luxemburgish boy]

“Tolerance and respect” [16 y.o. British girl]

“Medias projects” [27 y.o. British young woman]

“More cooperation with formal education” [20 y.o. Finnish young woman]


“Politics” [18,21 and 23 y.o. Italian young men]
“Ecology” [18 y.o. Albanian young woman]

“Socialisation of young people” [22 y.o. Czech young woman]

“A lot!” [18 y.o. Czech young man]

“Local self lead projects” [20 y.o. Bulgarian young woman]

“Help to choose a future job” [18 y.o. Turkish young man]

2. Youth Participation! Questionnaire results

A panel of 450 young people from 13 European countries have been inquired


through a questionnaire on young people and their participation in the society.
This survey inquires about different aspects of youth participation:
• participating locally,
• participating at European level,
• support needed for improving participation.

Results of the survey are accessible here ENYC Youth SURVEY RESULTS.pdf

3. YOUTH VOICES: from e-debate about volunteering


Some answers from the e-debate to the following questions: “What means for you Voluntary Service / Voluntary work?”

“For me it is a philosophy, a way of believing and living, a way to help when needed, to be active and involved, to change myself and the world for better” Natalie – Bulgaria


is a good opportunity both for the volunteer and the people they help, to learn new things about them self and the world” Jessica and Ama – Slovakia

“For me it is more thinking about myself first as I get personal self-development, get the chance to meet new people and the satisfaction of contributing to a specific project” Jona – Greece

“I think, volunteering starts inside of the human being and then extend to community then the international level. So briefly it means feeling responsible self to the world.” Ibrahim – Turkey

“Volunteering is for me a state of mind, it is an act of giving without thought of remuneration set apart to be happy to help a person or even an animal that nobody support, it is already very important to me.” Aurelien – France

“Volunteering for me is an action of solidarity.

ing is a complementary activity to “activism” both of them express solidarity but in different ways:
volunteering is organised, with continuity, you can see its results in the realisation of a specific project which should however be within a general framework of struggle for human rights equality rights, protection of the environment etc.
Activism is more like “reaction”, volunteering is more like “action”
this is how I see it.”, Antonios from SCI Greece

What would tell to a young person to encourage them to participate?

“I would say to a young person that as a volunteer she or he can be an active part of a change for a better future” Vasja – Slovenia

“It is a great experience, that you can not get anywhere else but you should choose a project which you have interested in.” Adrien – Luxembourg

More information about ENYC e-debates here.

4. Youth workers seminar in Burgas – Bulgaria

Photo_for_Article_4_No_1The Bulgarian organisation Open Mind, member of the Bulgarian network Major, organized a seminar in the town of Burgas from 9th till 13th of September 2011.
The title of the seminar was “Quality trainings: key for youth empowerment”
During this seminar the participating ENYC member organisations had the occasion to discuss about training needs, identify expertise among ENYC organisation and plan training courses in a mid-term view.
One of the aim was the creation of a pool of trainers from ENYC organizations that can support the transfer of know-how between centre throughPhoto_for_Article_4_No_4 European training courses.
The participants were from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Outcome of this meeting were: first scan of training needs of ENYC youth workers, listing of the training expertise, proposal for quality criteria for an ENYC trainer, draft calendar for training activities for 2012 – 2013.



Photo_for_Article_5_No1Hana, youth worker at the Corinthian Youth Centres Network in Greece went to the Youth Centre of Eisenborn (SNJ) in Luxembourg for a 2 weeks job-shadowing (24.10-03.11.2011) where she could work and learn from the video workshop carried out by this centre .

Who knows where the composer Joseph Kosma with Johny Mercer, Jacques Prevert took their inspirations for a Jazz standard song “Autumn leaves”, but they probably visited Luxembourg in the Autumn time, as me.
Nature was so charming, many colors were covering crowns of trees (various shades of yellow, brown, green, orange, red…) In one word, Beautiful. The right time to capture those moments with cameras. Of course, you need to know how.

For my Job Shadowing, I had an opportunity to visit The National Youth Service in Eisenborn, LU (Service National de la Jeunesse – SNJ) specialized on Video – making videos.
My 10 days of Job Shadowing included different ways of shadowing/observation and learning.
I could become familiar with their work activities by proactive observing/monitoring their daily work. I could understand their work rhythm, see making decisions for their activities, taking responsibilities, see their target groups that they were working with.

Since the centre is organizing video educational projects with schools and youth groups, it was a good chance for me to see them in the action.
Working on Video projects proved successful path for team-building activities for school-classes and youth groups with fewer opportunities.
In few days, that they spent in the Centre place, they got involved in the whole video process, playing roles as actors, directors, screenwriters, cameramen. It was a very good experience for all of us and we had lots of fun.
Finally the finished movie and the presentation of their movie were their “fruits”.

Moreover I had a chance by myself to try the whole process of creating a video. From the basic preparation phase, for example how to stand in correct way a tripod, how to hold a camera, taking videos, editing, a video-cut, working with the special video programme “Final cut” etc.

You can’t become a video expert in 10 days, but it was a good start to get familiar with the basics and it opened a fictional door for me to a “video world”.

Hospitality, cooperation and the company of Adrien, Paul, Ivan, David and other nice people I could meet in those days were very nice, warm and friendly.

My stay was very beneficial, rewarding for me and my work.

Many thanks to Adrien Promme and his Boys´ team!
Hana – Greece

6. “And the Winner is…!” Winning photos of the ENYC YOUTH Photo Contest

From 15/05 till 15/07 took place European Youth photo contest ““Give a Hand! Volunteers for Inclusion.” with themes Inclusion: Voluntary services & inclusion; Act of solidarity and voluntary services in my place; Inequality in our society; What you understand by the term poverty?

The photos sent expressed the view of different young people from all over Europe around those themes.

Below the winning photos:

7. “EARTH, our home!” Clean up the environment.

Photo_for_Article_7_No1In the frame of the ENYC volunteer Action “Give a Hand! Volunteers for environment, a group of volunteer from Corinthia took part in a environmental volunteer actions on the 4th June 2011.

The aim of the voluntary action was to integrate young immigrants to the local environment and remind them of the importance of respecting our Earth and life in all its diversity.
The voluntary action was divided in two parts of activities.
The first action started on Saturday in the early morning with cleaning of a beach nearby our Youth centre with a group of young immigrants. After 3 hours of cleaning we gathered 7 bags of 70 litres each!!
We, human beings, create such a lot of rubbish! Most of the stuff we throw away is made up of glass, metal, plastic and paper could be reused and recycled.
Why are we, humans, devastating our place to live?
During the cleaning action we have met with different kinds of reactions from native people going around and watching us. Not everybody was in the mood to enjoy our action.

The second following action was an art workshop using gathered recycled material. (re-use)
The theme of the workshop was a creation of a “monster” tall around 2 metres (eating garbage to get recycled) out of a recycling material which presented the scare of the dirty environment and commination for all of us who keep Photo_for_Article_7_No2forgetting the importance of protecting our environment.
In this action participated besides volunteers and young immigrants also a small group of young boys. They enjoyed the creative activity a lot.

Every one of us can do something to help protecting our environment.
We all have a responsibility for our environment. We must learn to live in a sustainable way and keep and protect the world in a good condition for our future generations.

“We are happy that we could be a part of the ambition to help.”
Dimitri – Volunteer

The Greek volunteer team

8. ENYC is on Facebook!


Join us on Facebook! Follow the link

9. Become a volunteer in your region or abroad!

In the frame of the European Year of Volunteering ENYC has created an online database gathering voluntary service placement in the following countries: Albania, France, Italy, Photo_for_Article_9Luxembourg, Finland, FYROMacedonia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic.
You will be able to find placements dedicated to locals, and placement for international volunteers.
The database is divided in countries and thematic: social work, environment, education – children activities, Free time – Art & Culture, Humanitarian work – Civil Protection, Youth activities.

Feel free to join in!

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