This summer, from 2nd till 10th of August ’18, youth workers and youth leaders from 8 different countries were gathered in Liepaja, Latvia to create an active and creative platform for the development of new ideas and exploring possibilities for youth employability and social entrepreneurship by focusing on youth empowerment tools. Participants from Latvia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Spain, Italy, and Poland discovered methods, strategies and tools to cultivate and support entrepreneurial thinking and skills of young people they work with. All activities were based on non-formal education methods and were implemented in frames of Erasmus+ Training Course UPRISE – “Unleashing the Power of Social Entrepreneurs” (funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union with the support of Agency for International Programs for Youth Republic of Latvia).
The training aimed to create a learning space with better self-awareness and awareness of the needs and goals of the groups of young people they work with to enhance the results of the learning process and give birth to high quality projects led by the participants in the future.
During 9 active days of training course the program covered such topics and aspects as social issues in our communities, limiting beliefs and fears in context of initiating entrepreneurial activities, how to be viable in the market, if the idea is potentially perspective. There were discussed examples of Social Enterprise abroad and in our countries, how viable ideas could be generated for social enterprises, how to find stakeholders, what is 5P marketing and business model concept, the importance of how the idea is pitched to the audience, and a lot more.
Since non-formal learning methods were used in the intercultural environment about social entrepreneurship it was highly interesting and useful to discover differences between our countries, for example, if it is supported or limited to be an entrepreneur, how disadvantaged groups are or could be involved, and how it can affect the new start or qualities of entrepreneurs. Using tools of social entrepreneurship youth workers raised awareness and addressed refugee related issues in their work with young people.
Besides activities which are directly connected to Erasmus+ program guidelines the space was given also for future cooperation possibilities where all participants actively presented and discussed their organizations, ideas, opportunities and created potential partners for the future work with youth.
The training course was hosted and organized by a non-governmental international organization for active youth, youth workers, and leaders who want to participate in social development in local, national and international level named “Inspiration by Motion. Latvia” in cooperation with partner organizations “MeOut” – Hungary, “Business and Professional Women CR” – Czech Republic, “Youthnet Hellas” – Greece, “Associazione EUfemia” – Italy, “Maracena Erasmus+” – Spain, “Associacao CHECK-IN – cooperacao e desenvolvimento” – Portugal and “Fundacja Instytut Badan i Innowacji w Edukacji” from Poland.
Inspiration by Motion. Latvia
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