“Extremeless Europe” is a KA1 learning Mobility for youth workers project co-funded by Erasmus+. The project is led by Youth to Youth Initiative from Lithuania in cooperation with partners from Hungary, Belarus, Armenia and Sweden.
Extremist movements, ideologies, parties and individuals present some of the most pressing challenges for European democracies. In 2017, Europe witnessed protests, mobilizations, violent attacks and radical political parties gaining power, which were, for the most part, targeting newly arrived refugees in Europe. Through this project we aim to tackle this rise in extremist ideologies, populism, hate-speech and Islamophobia in Europe through providing training for youth workers, community leaders, educators and civil society workers who have contact with youth, indigenous groups, migrants and refugees on a regular basis.
Access to Global cOllaboRative Arena (AGORA)
AGORA project is a KA2 Strategic Partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+. The project is led by STPLN (SW) in partnership with SwIdeas (SW), In Place of War (UK), Fabrica De Penusle (Romania) and Fotessa (Greece)
This project is for young people between the age of 18-30 who have a good idea within the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) that they want to make it a reality! AGORA offers a mentorship programme at STPLN for creative entrpreneurs alongside four international training courses with other creative entrepreneurs from the partner countries. These will cover a range of topics including, business and project development in the CCIs, funding opportunities, production and events management, public space and theatre, contemporary dance and arts, as well as interactive project design and social innovation. .
Skills to Maximise Inclusion through Interpretation and Mediation (SMIIM)
Skills to Maximize Inclusion through Interpretation and Mediation is a KA2 Strategic Partnership for Vocational Education and Training co-funded by Erasmus+. The project is led by Dacorum CVS (UK) and brings together partners from Bulgaria (Runi Center), Germany (Iberika), Greece (Active Citizens Partnership), Italy (CSC Danilo Dolci) and Sweden (SwIdeas).
Central to all initiatives to create community cohesion and harmony is the role of the interpreter and cultural mediator, who form an important role in bridging the divide between the public sector, civil society and the individual migrant and refugee. SMIIM aims to help reduce the social barriers and economic obstacles faced by immigrants or refugees through providing interpreters and cultural mediators with improved training so that they are better placed to reduce communication barriers and draw public services and citizens closer together.
Assessing Competencies for the Future (SCOUT)
SCOUT is KA2 Strategic Partnership for Vocational Education and Training co-funded by Erasmus +. The project is led by the German Institute for Adult Education Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) in cooperation with Career Development and Integration (DEFOIN) (Spain), LjudskauniverzaVelenje (Slovenia), DAFNI (Greece), Ibisacam (Austria) and SwIdeas (Sweden).
SCOUT aims to improve the recognition of qualifications and competences of newcomers by developing a set of counselling tools to assess and document those skills. The project will develop a toolkit, curriculum and manual based on an existing model called ProfilPass and train counselors in this. The PP-system is based on the fact that people learn mostly in informal environments like the life experiences, voluntary work and through coping with challenges of their lives. It assumes that all human beings have competences and that all competences are valuable regardless where they have been acquired. This method was developed in the European funded TOI project "Knowing interests showing skills" (KISS 2013-15) coordinated by DIE. The SCOUT programme aims to develop this tool to ease newly arriveds way into employment, education or training that is best suited to their competences.
Richness in Diversity
Richness in Diversity is a KA2 strategic partnership between SwIdeas (Sweden), Youth Union of People with Initiative (Portugal) and Crossing Borders (Denmark) co-funded by ERASMUS+.
The project aims to develop new diversity perspectives and strategies for social inclusion among the partner organisations and to build the capacity of young immigrants from diverse backgrounds in diversity and project management. The partners will compile an e-booklet on best practices for project management focusing on diversity and integration. This will be put it into practice through the training and mentorship of youth participants to develop a collaborative project that addresses the obstacles young immigrants face in European societies today. The project aims to create a more positive image of immigration in Europe and empower youth to actively challenge the difficulties they face as immigrants.
MigraSCOPE is an EU co-funded project led by the Institute of Baltic Studies (Estonia), in partnership with the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), Peace Institute (Slovenia), Municipal Training Centre of the Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Centre for Cultural and General Studies of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Inclusive Works (Netherlands) and Swideas (Sweden).
MigraSCOPE aims to increase access to work and foster integration in the workplace for migrants through capacity building of both employers and migrants. Firstly, the project aims to build the capacity of migrants by developing skills for finding and keeping a job. Secondly, the project aims to build the capacity of employers and other stakeholders, by increasing their know-how for the better management of diversity, by challenging existing attitudes, and by creating incentives for introducing better integration practices through the exchange of experiences and transnational work-shadowing study-visits.
Oct 17-May 18
Coaching for Change Revision
“Coaching for Change Revision” aims to build youth workers competence through developing coaching techniques to address issues such as combating extremism, issues of conflict, intolerance, xenophobia, inability to think critically and a lack of intercultural competence in general. The overall objective is to build a stable and productive co-working platform for educators. The project is implemented in cooperation with partner organisations from Luxembourg, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Hungry, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and the Russian Federation. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+
Jun 16 - May 18
The Eco-hub was a two year Nordic project co-funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The project was a collaboration between the leading NGO Crossing Borders (Denmark), the school KalevanLukio (Finland) and SwIdeas (Sweden).
The Eco-Entrepreneurship Knowledge Resource Hub (Eco-Hub) project aimed to empower young people, who aspire to be sustainable entrepreneurs. The main objectives of the project were to educate young people, between the ages of 16-30 with diverse educational backgrounds and skills, in the fields of eco-entrepreneurship and social responsibility, as well as, fostering the inclusion and employability of young people. Through this, the project contributes to the development of a more sustainable and dynamic eco-entrepreneurship sector. Through this project, the partners supported and promoted the development of small-scale Eco-entrepreneurial projects initiated by the local youth in the three partnering countries.
Jul 16-Aug 16
Innovation Lab- Training Course in Hungary
Civil society is now facing challenges that require new ways of thinking. In many circumstances, civil society practitioners and youth workers handle major, complex social issues, which crave innovative solutions. Innovation Lab was a training course dedicated to empowering voluntary and professional youth workers to realise their ideas and start social innovation projects.
24 participants from 11 different countries (Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey) got the opportunity to work together in a six day innovation lab in Szeged, Hungary funded by the Erasmus+. The lab offered the opportunity to experiment with brave and innovative ideas, exchange critique and feed-back, and gave access to experienced supervisors. The well-formulated ideas will be implemented by the participants' organisations, and the participants also enhanced their capacity to formulate social projects'.
Oct 16-May 17
Youth to Youth- deliberations and sharing of experiences on the current Mediterranean Refugee and Migrant Crisis
Youth to Youth was a project co-funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation led by Crossing Borders (Denmark) in partnership with SwIdeas (Sweden) People Demand Change (Turkey)and the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace (Lebanon).
Youth to Youth brought together 16 high school youths from Lebanon, Turkey, Denmark and Sweden to gain more awareness, reflect on, and contribute with their voices and local knowledge to the ongoing cross Mediterranean refugee and migrant crisis. The project aimed to training the participants to be ambassadors for diversity and change for a more tolerant, culturally understanding and receptive region, as well as empowering and facilitating them to engage with their local and regional authorities and societies, as a way of including youth voices in public debates on migration and diversity.
Absence of War is not Peace- Training Course in Portugal
This training course in Sebútal, Portugal gathered 24 youth workers, youth leaders and people working with youth from Portugal, Armenia, Italy, Georgia, Poland, Moldova, Egypt, Luxembourg, Sweden, Russia, Spain and Turkey, and was financed by EU via Erasmus+. The project was implemented in cooperation with World Independent Youth Union (Armenia), CESIE (Italy), Robert Schuman Foundation (Georgia), MMS - StowarzyszenieMojeMarzeniaSpelniajaSie (Poland), A.O. GeneratiaTinerilor (Moldovia), Intercontinental Global Center (Egypt), Foreign Students of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Scientific Advisory Center «Consciousness» - Falcogroup (Russia), Asociacion Cultural Sende (Spain), and KarakutuDernegi (Turkey).
Peace is an active state that has to be practiced to be maintained. The project aimed at supporting activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue in conflict-affected areas and communities and beyond them, and at promoting young people’s and youth NGOs’ roles in peace-building. The participants got to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards peace education, conflict transformation and conflict management, to share good practices and resources, and to learn using practical tools and techniques for establishing follow-up projects for further peace-building.
Mar 15-Feb 17
Diversity in the Creative Industries
The project was a KA2 strategic partnership between SwIdeas and the organisations Capture22 (Netherlands) and Euroaccion (Spain) co-funded by the EU via Erasmus+. The focus of the project was to increase the participation of young people in the creative industries, as well as to contribute to a more diversified industry.
The project aimed to improve access to professional networks, improve career-oriented capacities, competences and opportunities for young talents who want to pursue a career in creative industries. The primary target group we worked with were young people, aged 18 – 30, who have had higher educational training in the creative industries or who are at an early stage of their careers. The project included organising international internships between the three countries, the creation of an online platform as well as local events to enhance the knowledge about creative industries and to improve the skills and capacities of the young people. Diversity in the Creative Industries is a pilot project, developed under the name Creative Entrepreneurialism Runway (CER project) to create a long term engagement, knowledge and collaboration between different stakeholders.
Jun 14-Dec 14
Initiate, Cooperate, Innovate
The project was co-funded by the Swedish Institute (Si) and was in collaboration with the Egyptian organization Waseela. The main focus was to generate ideas to create and empower young talents in cultural/creative industries, as means of promoting freedom of speech and human rights. The project included a new innovative approach by screening the cooperation synergies between social entrepreneurs and creative industries entrepreneurs. The findings showed a need of developing skills for youths to express oneself as part of the democratic process. The project included field visits to Sweden and Egypt, mapping of cooperation between cultural actors in Sweden and Egypt, demonstration of tools to provide free access of information for youths.
Apr 14-Aug 14
Small Scale Power, Tanzania
A cooperation with a social enterprise in Tanzania to develop their market and increase the access to small-scale solar power. These small-scale solutions can give a household enough energy to light up their homes during night, charge cellphones and listen to the radio – in a country where 80 % of the population are not connected to the electricity grid. SwIdeas have contributed in the development of a well working business model.
Workshop and Training with the Anna Lindh Network Sweden
The workshop considered opportunities and challenges connected to cooperation with civil society organisations in Egypt, with special focus on the social and political changes happening in Egypt and the surrounding countries in the Euro-Med Region. Another important aspect of the workshop was the role of intercultural dialogue to create and facilitate active participation among civil society.