European Youth at the Frontlines of Active Citizenship

European Youth at the Frontlines of Active Citizenship: A roadmap towards a collective “South-North-East-West” Momentum. is a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA 3 Program, more specifically the action “Support for Policy Reform”, European Youth Together in which Young Europe Society is partner.

Through this project, a selected network of youth multipliers from each of the participating countries will be trained and will receive mentorship and financial support for grassroots youth-led outreach initiatives.

The participants in this project will be challenged to identify ways to participate in the democratic processes of our countries, by selecting a specific cause that falls within one of these 5 Core Areas:

1) Education and lifelong learning;

2) Social and Community Issues;

3) Environment and Sustainability;

4) Culture and Heritage;

5) Health and Wellbeing.

The task of the young multipliers will be to engage their communities at their own initiative with specific activities around their selected cause.

Most governments to day operate with a short term agenda, focusing only on issues that are exploding Some parties even win elections with platforms such as 100 Days Plan”. We need a long term focus that promotes youth civic involvement Regardless of current political agendas, enhancing the lives of youth in today’s pluralistic societies must be a permanent priority They’re a strategic force and only by empowering them we can allow for positive change. Bringing youth from all corners of Europe together for this project will result in a unique dynamic as the participating countries have very different political landscapes The young people can challenge each other and indirectly impart knowledge of policies and best practices that can later be multiplied. Fully aware that in many programs young people are only beneficiaries of the work of others, we want to give them skills to foster creative solutions and inspire their social participation by letting them advocate on issues they’re passionate about by focusing their energy, enthusiasm and determination towards making a change and impact

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING TOGETHER?

Implementing a training course (11-16 March in Skopje) to learn about tools and mechanisms that can be useful during the implementation of your project;

Provide youth with a 7-month personalized mentorship to unlock their potential and ensure optimal results (April- October 2020)

Provide each of them with a budget of 1.000 Euros which you can use to financially support their initiative;

Work together to organize dialogues with policy-makers who can directly support or influence the realization of your vision;

Networking opportunities with peers from other European countries (Spain, Romania, Denmark, Cyprus & Macedonia);

Collaborate and support the overall Project Management.

Initiatives

ASE Brought Us Together – Vera Românu


 

Topic: Culture and Heritage 

Bucharest Academy of Economical Studies Brought Us Together is a project that aims to contribute at the increase of integration of new foreign students in Romanian social and cultural environment and to help the students with the guidance at their new university, ASE Bucharest. The purpose of this project is to bring students from different countries, with different backgrounds and different languages together with locals students, and also to create a connection between them and university makers.

Nowadays many of students have an meaningful opportunity to study abroad, as university years creates not just youths future career but also youths personality, this is why studying abroad helps a lot of students getting a chance for developing new connections and increasing their personal development by studying abroad. But once their coming at ASE university in Bucharest from abroad, they face a big problem: low level of help in their integration in the new total different cultural and school environment.

The goal of the project is to help young international ASE students once arrived in Bucharest, to get some help and guidance in university and social life.

There are many causes what result in a big distance between new students, and older ones. Some of them can be changed, some of them not. Throw the causes that can not be changed by an external force are: low level of support from national government for students who’re going abroad, their introvert personality etc. But there also are some causes that can be changed: lack of tools for students inclusion, lack of support from older students,  low level of awareness about opportunities gave by ASE Bucharest, lack of guidance in their integration.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To create a video series guide that will help them with integration
  • Gain the support of university decision makers to faster the inclusion of the foreign students to the university life
  • To create a buddy ship system to faster their integration

The agenda of the project is: 

  • Filming of miniseries
  • Meeting with university decision makers
  • Preparation of buddy ship program
  • Meeting with the new students

Results

  • Miniseries guide
  • A foreign student in the student council
  • Implication of ASE Bucharest in promoting the visibility of the student integration program
  • Buddy ship guide and volunteers group

Impact

  • Increase of social inclusion of foreign students in university
  • A better integration and multiculturalism
  • Connection & Friendship between local students and foreign ones
  • Support and help for foreign students
  • Interaction of local students with new cultures
No. Activity Period Resources
A1

Meeting with university decision makers

 

 

25 June 2020 Contacts
A2

Filming of video series guide

 

 

July 2020

 Camera

Laptop

 

A3

Preparation of buddy ship program

 

 

September 2020

Social media access

Volunteers

 

A3 Meeting with the new students 28 September 2020 Video series guide

 

Filming of video-series guide- 5 min each

 

1 ep. – Accommodation and venue, student dorms (price, location, classification, paper work, residence card. contract) what you have to do for getting a place in a student dorm

2 ep. – Discounts and facilities offered by ASE Bucharest to its students, public transportation prices, library  subscriptions

3 ep.- where u can find your class schedule, how are the classrooms codified, location of the all university buildings

4 ep. – social student clubs and groups, volunteer groups what you can join, part time jobs offered by ASE Bucharest

5 ep.- places and restaurants, caffees,  where u can go if u want to interact with more foreign students

Meeting with university decision makers

 

Hello, I m one of the ASE students, coming from abroad, and finishing here my first master degree year. I’m really glad that i have the opportunity to study in the best business university from Romania, and I’m grateful for all the opportunities gave by our university administration and teachers. But as when i moved here, i felt a little distance between me and local students, and i realized hoe important is a good connection of the foreign students with the local ones, and with our teachers also, I will be very glad if we can allocate a chair to a student from our foreign community, by doing this we’re offer them a chance to participate and contribute to decisions and changes what we together with our university are making.
I would like to ask also about your help in promoting my buddy-ship program through students, and gave me the contacts of the new students for getting them in touch for meeting what is coming on 25 of September.
Thank you for your support and understating.
I’m sure our students will be very exciting about this chance.
Preparation of buddyship program

 

A Facebook page: ASE brought us Together

An Instagram page: ASE brought us Together

Here I present my project idea and create a Facebook event before the Meeting with the new students. At the meeting I’m gonna bring together local volunteers with new arriving youths.

Life Above Status – Daniel Oprea


 

Topic: Social and Community Issues

This project is part of the social field of community and refers to the increased degree of suicide rates among young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old. This need for change appeared when I found out that a pupil from a local school gave up life due to social pressure and lack of help.

The causes of these extreme gestures on the part of many young people are based on the high costs for counseling, the lack of publicity of the psychological offices and their benefits, the lack of specialization and the lack of trust.

The indirect causes are the stereotypical mentalities that take control over the judgment of the members of any surrounding group, and the lack of family support.

The effects of these facts are reflected on everyone, causing the behavior of young people to become antisocial, trusting the psychologists to decrease and the social environment becoming more and more difficult.

Indirect effects are the increased crime rate, alcohol or drug use, neglect of health and ultimately depression.

The purpose of this project is to reduce the suicide rates among young people (10-20 years) from Harghita County.

The objectives are to attract the attention of the young people from Harghita on the availability of the psychological help and to increase the degree of involvement of the decision-making leaders.

The schedule of activities includes the organization of a charity concert with the message “No One is Alone”, the composition of a song about the need of help and the maintenance of a dialogue within the local council and students council about suicide prevention, and the making of an informative documentary.

All this results in a better social environment, increasing the popularity of psychologists, the meeting breefing from the local council and the students, the realization of the concert and the song dedicated to the teenagers and finally the documentary.

The impact consists in lowering the  suicide rate and the school dropout rate ,the ralization of young people that they can receive help, changing the way of decision-making leaders’ deal with the problem .

 

Activity 1: The Song

Date:   To be confirmed

Writing a song as an athem of the project and as a message for teenagers.

Activity 2: Meeting Students’ Council

Date:   To be confirmed

Having a meeting with the students’ council to spread awareness about the problem.

Activity 3: Meeting Local Council

Date:   To be confirmed

Having a meeting with the local council referred to the high suicide rates among teenagers.

Activity 4: Concert

Date:   To be confirmed

Organizing a concert which promotes psychological help among teenagers.

-Performers

-Location

-Sound equipment

-Posters

Activity 5: The Documentary

Date:   To be confirmed

Filming and editing a documentary for presenting the project to the online media.The Documentary is going to be 2-3 minutes long,subtitled in several languages and shared all around internet to raise awareness about the project.

Association for lifelong experiences – Krisztina Kerekes


 

Topic: Social and community issues

Ever since I was a child I knew that when I grow up I want to work with people, I knew that I want to create a little change in the society what has big effects in others life. My goal with this project is to create a nonprofit association which promotes sport activities for teenagers and provides their mental health and wellbeing, connected with the Erasmus+ youth exchange projects, because in the present in my town and in the surrounding areas the teenagers have limited access to this kind of activities.

Why do I consider this project important?

We are all living in a changing world, which is not changing with us fast enough to support us in a way how we need it, creating something for teenagers as a teenager is the best way to give them the things and experiences what they want and how they want it.

Because of the limited structures which are working with teenagers in Miercurea Ciuc the interest for this kind of activities is very low, the majority of teenagers consider these activities boring, they are not participating because they are forced to take part in (generally) unorganized events, or if the activities are interesting enough to call the youth attention, they are too expensive for the majority to afford it.

Another cause for this problem is the limited resources for the youth NGOs. In generally the decision makers of the town are focused on elections, all the sources go to improve the infrastructure, to improve the appearance of the town, and that minimal source that we get for the youth activities is not enough to organise quality and free events for the teenagers.

The diminished number of teenagers in youth exchange projects in my town could be also because of the limited information which promotes this kind of activities, that few information what they get isn’t enough to increase the number of the participants.

The causes of this problem (the limited access to youth exchange projects, to sport activities) can cause more issues in the society.   

  • They can cause among the teenagers Mental illness, for example depression, what results decreased enjoyment in life, or even self-esteem. The changing behavior is one of the signs of this problem, which results among the teenagers relationship difficulties, getting antisocial, potential increasing rate of consuming alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, and social isolation.
  • It usually translates into DECREASED PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL, decreasing grades, or always changing outcomes on the tests, what can result failing on the exams.
  • The mental health has effects on the PHYSICAL HEALTH as well, having a serious problem what are you not talking about can cause eating disorder, weakened immune system which results repeatedly sickness, and lowered productivity in general.
  • It can cause disinterest in social activities, disinterest in the community, fewer participants in youth exchange projects and sport events, trust issues in the decision makers of the town.

My purpose with this project is to create for teenagers access to sport activities and events which provide their mental health and wellbeing, connected with the Erasmus+ youth exchange projects.

My first objective is to create a structure in Miercurea Ciuc which provides the above mentioned activities for teenagers in Miercurea Ciuc and in the surrounding villages and towns. For this I am going to register a non-profit NGO in my town.

My second objective is to diversify the opportunities for non-formal learning, sport and mental wellbeing activities in Miercurea Ciuc and in the surrounding area of the town. For this I am going to apply at least one Erasmus+ KA1 project which will be connected to the principals of the organization by the end of October.

The last objective is to sign partnership agreement with the decision makers of Balán or Miercurea Ciuc by the end of this project.

I look forward to contribute the involvement of teenagers into the community, to increase the number of the active citizens among teenagers in my town. By creating this association I want to contribute also workplace for teenagers who want to develop themselves and the society as well, my personal purpose is to work with young people and to improve myself as many ways as possible.

Activities for the project

Activity 1

REGISTER A NONPROFIT NGO IN MIERCUREA CIUC

When?

  • From 1 April until 31 May

Description:

  • Documents done by the notary office
  • open bank account
  • headquarter contract
  • finalization of the procedure

Activity 2

CREATE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS

When?

  • From 1 until 7 June

Description:

  • Draft a partnership agreement with the town hall of Balan to facilitate us the access to the local accommodation unit and culture house hall used for our project
  • Draft a partnership agreement with the Márton Áron, Nagy István and Octavian Goga Highscools from Miercurea Ciuc to support us with participants in our projects

Resources:

  • Laptop

Activity 3

Meeting with the local institutions to sign the agreement

When?

  • From 8 to 21 June

Description:

  • Organize a meeting with the mayor of Balan to sign the partnership agreement
  • Organize a meeting with the Nagy István Highschool to sign the partnership agreement
  • Organize a meeting with the Márton Áron Highschool to sign the partnership agreement
  • Organize a meeting with the Octavian Goga Highschool to sign the partnership agreement

Resources:

  • a car

Activity 4

Write one application for a youth exchange project

When?

  • From 1 September to 2 October

Description:

  • Name of the project: Mental make-up
  • The topic of the project: Mental health and wellbeing
  • Location of the project: Balan Town
  • When: 2021 April/May
  • Participant countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia,Czechia, Lithuania
  • Participants: 10 participant  and 2 group leader from each country
  • Period: 10 days + 2 days for travelling

Resources:

  • A training for how to organize a project
  • A program guide

Mountain-Bike Trail in Bălan – Răzvan Cîmpean


 

Topic: Health and Wellbeing

In the city of Bălan there is a problem with young people (between 13 and 30 years old) showing a low level of interest and low involvement in practicing sports for health enhancing physical activity.   Among them the idea of ​​sports in nature is not popular enough, directly affected by the low level of diversity of outdoor activities and the lack of routes arranged for mountain biking also lack of information about the opportunities to practice sports in nature.

These causes are limited by the low level of citizen’s interest, the low level tourism promotion and sport events. Effects of this are seen in the mental and physical health, the motivation of the young people to socialize and to use the free time in a productive way.  The solution to the problem is to increase the number of young people interested in getting involved in sports activities that could improve their health.The main objectives are to increase the diversity of sports by creating a “mountain-bike” route, increasing the popularity of sports practice among young people and creating new alternatives for local authorities to promote local tourism.

Activities

Activity 1 : Meeting with local authorities

At the meeting will be invited : the mayor of the city, city Administrator, the owner of a tourism agency and the president of  local NGO: Asociatia Ecosportiva Sufletul Hasmasului and the representative of mountain rescue team.

Discussed topics:

1. Description of the project in which we emphasize the impact and the opportunities of the existence of a mountain biking route

2. Request permission and agreement to mark a new route

3. Ask for their help regarding the technical information

Activity 2 : Creating the mountain biking trail

Using an application for map mapping – clearing the route of obstacles (fallen trees) – establishing the landmarks in which signs will be inscribed –  shooting pictures for promoting the route

Activity 3 : Creating a Map with the route

1. digital map creation and a description of the route

2. publishing it on- Facebook groups with cyclists- specialized sites- applications used to find routes ( google maps )

3. printing on a banner and mounting it at the beginning of the route

Activity 4 : Opening event of the route

Preparation of the event in the online space- invite young people from the community- trail tasting of cycle route

Let’s row together – Ionut Barb


 

Topic: Social and community issues

City of Balan has a tourist potential that is not valorified to its maximum capacity, and near it is the Mesteacan accumulation dam, which was executed on the river Olt for water supply to the city and mining units in 1966.

Unfortunately, this dam is not exploited to its maximum potential because it does not allow the use of water gloss for recreational purposes with non-motorized boats.

One of the main causes of this problem is the legislation because the potential use of the dam for recreational purposes has not been realized. The history of the city of Balan is closely linked to the fact that it is a mining town with a huge tourism potential because the ore is not exploited in the area since 2006. Since the exploitation stopped the, locals saw an opportunity in tourism because the city is in the central area of the Oriental Carpathians, at the bottom of the Great Hasmas.

One of the negative effects generated by the fact that it is not allowed legally access to the water with non-motorized boats for recreational purposes is the low interest of investing around the dam. The appearance of investitions will help the development of the local community and also the development of tourism. With the emergence of investors in the dam area, the value of the land in its area will start to increase and with the development of the dam and its surroundings, locals and tourists will be able to use these spaces to practice individual sports and recreational activities.

The purpose of the project is to legalize the access with non-motorized boats on the gloss of the water for recreational purposes.

The objective of the project is to create a policy that is addressed to the mayor’s office and to the local council related to the legalization of access with non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes for recreational purposes.

The activities created and carried out to achieve the purpose of the project are:

  1. Creating a partnership with a local organization to support us in carrying out the proposal for legalizing access on lake Mesteacanul but also with organizing the event “Ziua Caiacului”(kayak day) in which we invite locals to try water sports.
  2. Creating a legalization proposal that will allow the use the gloss of the water for recreational purposes with non-motorized boats on the Mesteacanul dam, with the support of the local organization.
  3. Organizing a meeting with the mayor of the city of Balan and with the local council to present the created policy.
  4. Organizing a day on the Mesteacanul dam to invite the local population to practice kayaking, we will also have expert guests who will present the necessary equipment for a kayak expedition, this will be called the “Ziua Caiacului” (kayak day).
  5. Creating a marketing campaign on social networks to invite the local population to ” Ziua Caiacului”(kayak day).
  6. Creating a photo-video documentary with the materials filmed in “Ziua Caiacului” (kayak day) to promote local tourism.

The impact of the activities created is first of all the legalization of the access on the peak of the Mesteacanul dam near the town of Balan with non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes for recreational purposes. Due to this fact there will be a greater diversity of sports that can be practiced, increasing the tourist interest and attracting potential investors in the area. This will help the development of the local economy while also adding value to the lake.

Lastly, the locals will be able to take advantage of this opportunity by starting to practice the kayak and the canoe, while at the same time being able to do recreational activities around the lake, which will contribute to the physical and mental health practicing activities in nature and admiring the Great Hasmas in the same time.

Number What are we doing? When are we doing? Why are we doing? Resources
A1 Finding a local organization to support us with the creation of the legalization proposal but also in event named “Ziua Caiacului” To be confirmed

*To have support in creating the legalization proposal.

 

*To support us on the event named  “Ziua Caiacului”

 

1. Contacts

A2 Creation of the proposal to legalize access on Lake Mesteacanul (Balan) with non-motorized boats for the purpose of agreement. It is addressed to the local administration in the city of Balan To be confirmed In order to legalize the access with non-motorized boats for the purpose of agreement on the Birch shed

 

 

1. Laptop

 

2. Consulting

A3 Organizing a meeting with the mayor and the local council to present their proposal for legalization To be confirmed To present their proposal for legalization hopping that we will receive their support 1. The contacts of the mayor and of the local authorities
A4 Creating a marketing campaign to promote the event named “Ziua Caiacului” To be confirmed To attract as many locals as possible to try water sports

1. Creating a post

 

2. Promoting the post

A5

Organizing a day on lake Mesteacanul in which we invite the locals to practice water sports

To be confirmed To increase the popularity of recreational water sports and recreational activities

1. Kayaks

2. Expedition equipment

3. Safety equipment

4. Volunteers

A6 Creating a documentary with video and photo materials filmed in “Ziua Caiacului” To be confirmed To spread the information that access to the lake is allowed with non-motorized boats

 

1. Photo video equipment

2. Photo video editor

3. Volunteers

Caravans

Day of Europe

Here we will post info on how we celebrated Europe Day

The training course took place in March in Skopje and its objective was to motivate the selected young people to not wait for elections for something to change to improve their communities, but use other methods to influence policies and challenge the political establishment. The TC provided a multitude of tools, knowledge and tips on social activism with the goal to inspire positive change.

This Training Course presented key European documents of relevance for future social activism; introduced the participants to a Roadmap for collective momentum; included practical exercises for multipling knowledge and interaction with peers; introduced the young participants to exercises that can be adapted for different audiences and together we explored best practise examples for youth activism.

Challenges

April challenges

Vera Romanu

Challenge 1: Interview

YES NO
Do they regularly vote? 4 1
Do they regularly complain about the Government? 3 2
Do they pay taxes? 5 0
Do they recycle? 4 1
Do they donate blood? 2 3
Have they ever volunteered in the community or for a cause? 4 1
Have they participated in a demonstration? 4 1
Do they consider themselves an active citizen? 4 1

 

Inactive citizen 1
Personally resonsible citizen 2
Community oriented citizen 1
Problem solving citizen 1

 

 

Challenge 2: TED-talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1i1G3Gf0_o

  • I liked that the girl who is talking in the video mention that usually we pay attention to some vulnerable groups or people with health disabilities when we talk about the importance of social inclusion, but we usually forget about the youths. And also she explains why participating in society and having people you can rely on are key determinants of health and wellbeing.
  • Ideas for my project:
  • Presenting expected outcome of projects to the students life I will use few ideas from this TED-talk about the impact of building sustainable and meaningful ties within their community.
  • I will help by giving information to students about extra-curriculum university activities.

Challenge 3: Personal qualities, virtues, characteristics

Empathy  By having empathy and understanding what else is happening in new arriving student’s lives, I can understand and support them in the work of creating their new social environment. With Empathy I will make the students trust me, and create a good spiritual connection with them.
Empowerment I like to motivate and encourage people.  I like to help people around me to have great opportunities, and make them feel they’re having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. With Empowerment I will motivate students to participate in university activities.
Influence If I know I have an opportunity to influence and to create a change in my society or my surrounding I’m exciting to do this. With Influence I will change the way how ASE university creates a long lasting relation with international students.
Drive I’m determinate to work hard and make sure things get done. I love seeing things getting completed. With Drive I’ll keep motivated and energized from the beginning to the end of the project.
Passion When I got an idea I put it into practice with a lot of passion. It gives me more and more energy, and I dedicate myself totally to something from the beginning to the end. With Passion I’ll do a good job in creating video series what I need for my project.

 

Challenge 4:

Please see initiatives section 🙂

Challenge 5: Research the SCARF model

This SCARF is a very good tool to use in my project.

As my project aims to facilitate social inclusion of students in a new social surrounding, this model could help me with their integration, by:

  • Presenting the importance of all SCARF elements in their social life;
  • Making them fell they’ll achieve a status by involving in university student clubs;
  • Making them feel safe with the new total social environment;
  • Letting them know they will always have access to fairness (they could ask for help and defend in some school problems) by creating a connection between them and university teachers.

 

Challenge 6: Burning Bowl Ceremony

WHAT I didn’t like in our project? The sessions started always in late.

 Challenge 7: Find or create your Spiritual Master

Following quotes explain why this author is my Spiritual Master

1.   “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”
Dale Carnegie

2.  “If you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested.”

3.     You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Ionut Barb

Challenge 1: Conduct 5 Interviews on Active Citizenship

Question Yes No
Do they regularly vote? 4 1
Do they regularly complain about the Government? 4 1
Do they pay taxes? 5 0
Do they recycle? 1 4
Do they donate blood? 1 4
Do they ever volunteered in the community or for a cause? 2 3
Have they participated in a demonstration? 2 3
Do they consider themselves an active citizen? 4 1

 

Problem solving citizen 1 out of 5
Community oriented citizen 1 out of 5
Personally responsible citizen 2 out of 5
Inactive citizen 1 out of 5

Challenge 2:  TED TALKS

The link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmFQqjMF_f0

What do you like about this video?

I liked this video because it explains how important the sport is it for your body and mind.

Did you get some ideas for your project?

Yes, now I know how to encourage people to do sports, and what are the benefits.

Challenge 3: List of your strengths

Teamwork: I am a helpful and contributing group and team member, and feel responsible for helping the team reach its goals.

*I could not accomplish my project without the help of other people, so I consider this to be one of the most important qualities that I have.

Curiosity: I am motivated to acquire new levels of knowledge, or deepen my existing knowledge or skills in a significant way.

*it will help me to document myself in order to fulfill the project objectives.

Perseverance: I persist toward my goals despite obstacles, discouragements, or disappointments.

*it will help me to overcome the barriers.

Challenge 4: Complete the tools for Project Management from the Training Course (9 tools).

Please see initiatives section 🙂

Challenge 5: Research the SCARF Model of Change

This model is not relevant for my specific project.

Challenge 6: Burning Bowl Ceremony

Something that was written on the sheet:

During the training course almost all sessions did not start on time.

Challenge 7: Find or create your spiritual Master

My Spiritual Master names is Sean, I meet him in a training course and he is helping me when I have difficulties. He is a public speaking master and he knows how to react in a variety of situations, also he have a very well balanced emotional intelligence. The most impressive quality he has is that he has knowledge from vast fields.

Razvan Cimpean

Challenge 1

Person 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5

(18-30

 

Year)

Category Community oriented citizen Personally responsible citizen Community oriented citizen Personally responsible citizen Problem solving citizen
Do they regularly vote? yes yes yes yes yes 5 yes
Do they regularly complain about the Government? yes yes yes yes yes 5 yes
Do they pay taxes? yes yes yes yes yes 5 yes
Do they recycle? yes no yes no yes 3 yes
Do they donate blood? yes No yes no no 2 yes
Have they ever volunteered in the community or for a cause? yes yes yes yes yes 5 yes
Have they participated in a demonstration? yes No yes yes yes 4 yes
Do they consider themselves an active citizen? yes yes yes yes yes 5 yes

 

Community oriented citizen 2

Personally responsible citizen 2

Problem solving citizen 1

Challenge 2

His speech motivates me because it explains how cycling can improve your life and health in an environmentally friendly way.

Challenge 3

  • Creative – it is very important that the end result is a different and innovative one
  • Well informed – quality information will help me find the best options for completing the project
  • Confidence man – the trust I give people will help me find help to implement the project

Challenge 4

Please see initiatives section 🙂

Challenge 5

The SCARF model is useful for any activity, whether you interact with other people or work alone, the SCARF model helps me to communicate my needs as efficiently as possible and helps me to have a better perspective on everything that happens.

Challenge 6

Unnecessary things

 

Challenge 7

My spiritual master is a friend who has dedicated his life to doing good things for the community, he thinks that doing good to the society is good for himself. His values motivate me to be an active citizen who helps the community.

Krisztina Kerekes

Challenge 1

YES NO
Do they regularly vote? 4 1
Do they regularly complain about the Government? 3 2
Do they pay taxes? 5 0
Do they recycle? 4 1
Do they donate blood? 2 3
Have they ever volunteered in the community or for a cause? 4 1
Have they participated in a demonstration? 4 1
Do they consider themselves an active citizen? 4 1

 

Person 1: Woman, 19 years old

Person 2: Man, 25 years old

Person 3: Woman, 46 years old

Person 4: Man, 56 years old

Person 5: Woman, 76 years old

Vote: 4 Complain: 3 Pay taxes: 4 Recycle: 0

Donate blood: 1

Volunteered in the community or for a cause: 2 Participated in a demonstration: 2

Consider themselves an active citizen: 2

 

Challenge 2

 

For me this video helps to understand why am I doing what I am doing, how this affects

 

Challenge 3

Motivated and serious: for me, creating an association it helps a lot, that I see this project as my future career, I want to create for myself I job that I am going to love and being motivated to do it, makes it a lot easier to succeed.

Calm: for me this is a big help and support from “myself”, because in any stressful situation my brain calms down easily, and works better then in a normal, everyday situation.

Empathy: I love to work with people, to be among people, I feel better myself when I am with people, and this is the key of my project, without this I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing now with this project

Challenge 4

Please see initiatives section 🙂

Challenge 5

For me I don’t think that the SCARF MODEL is relatable, because for realizing my project I have an amazing and helpful support, in the fact it’s not even difficult, my only enemy is the time which is effected by this global pandemic situation, I only have to be patient. And for the rest of the project, managing an association will be a challenge, but I am going to work with people that I like and are as ambitious as I am, teamwork is not going to be a problem, I am going to do whatever and however I want with support.

Challenge 6

My only one: the lack of experience

Challenge 7

I think my spiritual master is (or masters are) all of the female characters in the novels that I read or I have already read. One of them is strong and independent fighting with swords against the evil, one of them is a seeker researching the truth in everything, actually all of them are in their ways warriors from the shadows, fighting against something that’s important in the world or in their life, they are kind souls with a nature of a warrior, all of them are brave and sensitive, stubborn and independent, they reach everything what they want in some way, they never give up.

Daniel Oprea

Challenge 1

Challenge 1: Conduct 5 Interviews on Active Citizenship

Question Yes No
Do they regularly vote? 4 1
Do they regularly complain about the Government? 4 1
Do they pay taxes? 5 0
Do they recycle? 2 4
Do they donate blood? 1 4
Do they ever volunteered in the community or for a cause? 2 3
Have they participated in a demonstration? 2 3
Do they consider themselves an active citizen? 4 1

 

Problem solving citizen 3 out of 5
Community oriented citizen 2 out of 5
Personally responsible citizen 2 out of 5
Inactive citizen 2 out of 5

1-(Community Oriented Citizen)

2-(Community Oriented Citizen)

3-(Personally Responsible Citizen)

4-(Community Oriented Citizen)

5-(Personally Responsible Citizen)

Challenge 2

TED Talk :

https://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_briggs_the_bridge_between_suicide_and_life

This TED talk is an inspiration.Every single minute of this talk can improve your understanding about the suicide and give you solid information about how to overcome fear and encourages you to help.

Challenge 3

My personal qualities are the love for art, the down-to-earth thinking, and empathy.

My love for art will help my project by creating its shape and essence,

the down-to-earth thinking will empower me to hit all the milestones this project has,

and empathy is going to make me involve myself as a person, as a human being in this project.

Challenge 4

Please see initiatives section 🙂

Challenge 5

Yes,my project can make a lot of use of the SCARF model because it’s a social guide about natural motivation and real life interaction which would be more than helpful in the case of teenagers.

Challenge 6

Word:superficiality.

Challenge 7

Find or create your Spiritual Master

My spiritual master is and it’s always going to be my father.My father raised me with all his love and teached me everything about how to always be a little bit better than yesterday.He made me understand and accept what surrounds me, and made me the man I am today.

May challenges

Vera Romanu

Challenge 1: Changemaker Story

When I moved in Romania I was 19 years old. I had no relatives or friends in Romania. I know no one here. But this wasn’t a problem for me because usually I adapt to new places and new people very fast, and I really like changing things in my life. I’m very sociable, friendly, curios and I get very excited when new challenges appear in my life.
Even I get used very fast to everything new, and I’m comfortable with unknown, It was a real challenge to start my student life abroad. I had to face everything by myself: to find our student dorm, to reach the university building, to make some connections here, to discover the new city, to get used with the language and accent, to understand people’s behavior here: what do they like, what they don’t like.
The most difficult part, what requested a lot of effort and energy was getting used with student life in another country. Being a fresh out of high school I had no idea about what does it mean being a student, nor in my country, neither here in Romania. I had no one to guide me or to advise me with some tips and tricks for student life.

Usually I’m acting very random, I don’t have a very well organized plan for future, because every day has new challenges, and I prefer to adopt my behavior and my reactions to the present. But, I have some ideas about where should I be in next few years for my personal growth.
The most important thing for me is to be independent, living on my own. Also I wish to have a business related with tourism. I always liked good mood and to bring joy to people around, so, I think tourism industry is what would make me happy.

If I could tell something and to be herd by everyone on this planet I would say : “We’re here together, we’re here connected to each other, directly or indirectly, we are humans and we need to keep close to other humans.”

 

Challenge 2: Interview with Vera Romanu

  1. What is the purpose of your project?

The goal of the project is to help young international Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies students once arrived in Bucharest, to get some help and guidance in university and social life.

Studying abroad helps a lot of students getting a chance for developing new connections and increasing their personal development by studying abroad. But once their coming at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies university from abroad, they face a big problem: low level of help in their integration in the new total different cultural and school environment.

  1. What are your project objectives?

Main project objectives are: to create a video series guide that will help them with integration, through this video guide I will explain to the new coming students all the aspects of student life, what should they do, what do they have to do, where can they ask for help, who is going to help them. Also I will try to gain the support of university decision makers to faster the inclusion of the foreign students to the university life and to create a buddy ship system to faster their integration.

  1. What activities will you organize?

I will organize next activities: filming the set of miniseries guide I was talking about before, meeting with volunteers and university decision makers, preparation of buddy ship program, meeting with the new coming students.

  1. What do you expect to be the results of your project?

I hope miniseries guide will be very helpful for foreign students, also I hope to include a foreign student in the student council. I expect to gain Implication of ASE Bucharest in promoting the visibility of the student integration program. And the last but not least, I expect to create a good buddy ship guide and volunteers group, so I will create a connection between local students and new coming ones.

  1. How do you think this will impact the society?

I think this project will Increase of social inclusion of foreign students in university, will create a better integration and multiculturalism, will create a better connection & Friendship between local students and foreign ones. For sure till the end of the project we will have a good tool for support and help for foreign students. Also we will icrease interaction of local students with new cultures.

 

Challenge 3: Plan your presentation and messaging

1.Phisical meeting

Meeting place: ASE conference room, Bucharest, Romania

Time: 21 september 2020, 14:00

Key messages: We need to include foreign students to

Agenda:

  • Short introduction (5 minutes)
  • A short presentation about how many students are coming every year to ASE Bucharest (5 minutes)
  • Big picture of the project (5 minutes) – Dan/Bogdan
  • Presentation of my project (10 minutes) – Me
  • Presentation of Facebook page and Instagram page (3 minutes)
  • Q & A – 10 minutes
  • The presentation will take around 35 minutes

Target audience: local university students from ASE, foreign new students, local ONG volunteers, 2 persons from student council, a university decision maker/teacher/ international relations officer (around 50 people)

Invitation: online invitation through Facebook event, direct invitation from students to students.

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is here àhttps://asey8.firmade.it/project/european-youth-at-the-frontlines-of-active-citizenship/initiatives/social-and-cultural-inclusion-of-new-foreigns-students-at-ase-bucharest/

Supporters: Dan/Bogdan +  one volunteer

Challenges: gathering restrictions, not all of confirmed participants coming, feeling uncomfortable for public speaking, the invitation being refused by university decision makers.

 

2.Virtual meeting

Meeting place: ZOOM Meeting

Time: 25 June 2020, 14:00

Key messages: ASE brought us together

Agenda:

  • Short introduction (5 minutes)
  • A short presentation about how many students are coming every year to ASE Bucharest (5 minutes)
  • Big picture of the project (5 minutes) – Dan/Bogdan
  • Presentation of my project (10 minutes) – Me
  • Presentation of Facebook page and Instagram page (3 minutes)
  • Q & A – 10 minutes
  • The presentation will take around 35 minutes

Target audience: local university students from ASE, local ONG volunteers, 2 persons from student council, a university decision maker/teacher/ international relations officer (around 50 people)

Invitations: online invitation through Facebook event, Facebook group, onlie invitations from students to students, personal messaging/calling university decision makers.

Supporters: Dan/Bogdan, one volunteer

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is here à https://asey8.firmade.it/project/european-youth-at-the-frontlines-of-active-citizenship/initiatives/social-and-cultural-inclusion-of-new-foreigns-students-at-ase-bucharest/

Challenges: poor internet connection for me or for guests, participants getting bored, feeling uncomfortable while speaking for a large public, not all the participants to attend actually the meeting.

 

Challenge 4: Come up with a quote (from you) that can be used with your interview

We always need someone being there for us!

 

Challenge 5: Identify potential institutional support

For my project I need support from:

University decision makers

Attract Package

Will attract foreign sudents to come to our university

New students will help improving  the visibility of our university

Engage Package I need them to support me with visibility  and to offer a place for a foreign students in university student council
Ionut Barb

Challenge 1: Changemaker Story

I grew up in a place with geographical barriers because to reach the school every day I was going in the morning 25 kilometres and at the end of the day reaching back home, again 25 kilometres. Even the closest hospital was 25 kilometres away! But the place where I grew up had a lake with rental boats, and once, when I was around 10 years I asked my father if he will let me go on the lake alone, of course he didn’t let me, so I keep asking him for the next months, and the answer was the same. But eventually, I reached the age of 15, and in that summer I wanted to do something, so I went to the rental boat business and talked with the boss, to my surprise he accepted me for a trial period and eventually, I get the job! And for the next 4 years, I was working there every summer and get promoted every season. So, who am I right now and why did I told you that short story? I am a young active citizen that wants to help the local community from Balan to develop among nature and his people needs. So, the problem that I am solving is to legalize the access with non-motorized boats on the gloss of the water for recreational purposes. What I do is to create an environment where the local community can go for recreational purposes, and that will attract tourists to the area, this also helps the local economy and the whole community will grow among it! I will create a legalization proposal which is addressed to local authorities, and I will organize a kayak day where the people from the local community is invited to try water sports for recreational purpose. And finally, I invite you to be active citizens, to be a gap filler. You see a gap, you fill it! You fill that gap with art, you fill that gap with voice, you fill food, you fill that gap with hearth, you fill that gap with spirit, you fill that gap with purpose!

Challenge 2: Interview with Ionut Barb

What is your project about?

My main goal of the project is the legalization of the access with non-motorized boats and kayaks on the Mesteacanul lake from Balan for greater diversity of sports.

Why do you do this?

I do this because I got the chance to participate in a European project that is about active citizenship and every participant got the mentorship needed and also a budget of 1.000 EUR, two elements very important for implementing of my specific project.

What is the purpose of your project?

The purpose of the project is to legalize the access with non-motorized boats on the gloss of the water for recreational purposes.

What are the objectives of your project?

The objective of the project is to create a policy that is addressed to the mayor’s office and to the local council related to the legalization of access with non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes for recreational purposes.

Do you see this as a challenge?

Not exactly, because instead of a challenge I see this as an opportunity to grow and I am happy to have this chance to work with the local authorities from Balan and seeing my project catching wings.

Who is helping you to create the project and to implement it?

I am happy you asked that because the persons that are helping me right now become more than a simple teacher or mentor, they become my friends and I am very grateful for that.

Do you feel stressed and if yes how do you manage it?

No, because as I said before I see this an opportunity to grow and I am happy to have the chance to implement my project, and with the support and mentorship from the Y.E.S (Young Europe Society) I don’t have any doubt that my project will not be a successful one!

What is the local community impact that you expect to see in a year after your project is implemented?

After the legalization of the access on Mesteacanul lake near the town of Balan with non-motorized boats such as kayaks and canoes for recreational purposes, it will be a greater diversity of sports that can be practiced, increasing the tourist interest and attracting potential investors in the area.

Challenge 3: Plan your presentation and messaging

1.Phisical meeting

Key messages: together we can add value to the lake

Agenda:

  • Short introduction (5 minutes)
  • Icebreakers/energizer Ocelo-Tata-Tita-Tuti (5 minutes)
  • Big picture of the project (5 minutes) – Dan/Bogdan
  • Presentation of my project (7 minutes) – Me
  • Presentation of the another one participant (7 minutes)
  • Q & A (10 minutes) – The person to whom the question is addressed
  • The presentation will take around 35 minutes

Target audience: high school students from Colegiul Tehnic de Transporturi Piatra Neamt (around 30 people)

Invitations: face to face invitation towards the director of the school

Icebreaker’s: Ha-Ka-Shi / Ocelo Tata-Tita-Tuti

Presentation Content: Let’s row together

Recruitment of supporters: Dan, Bogdan and one more participant from the project

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is described here à Let’s row together

Challenges:  the schools will be closed until forward notice from MAI (Ministry of Internal Affairs)

2.Virtual meeting

Key messages: together we can add value to the lake

Agenda:

  • Short introduction (3 minutes)
  • Icebreaker make a joke (1 minute)
  • Big picture of the project (5 minute) –Dan / Bogdan
  • Presentation of my project (5 minute) – Me
  • Presentation of the another one participant (5 minute)
  • Q & A (10 minutes) – the person to whom the question is addressed
  • The presentation will take around 30 minutes

Target audience: friends interested about water sports aged 16-26 years old from Piatra Neamt, Gheorgheni (around 30 people)

Invitations: I will personally invite them by message or phone call

Icebreaker’s: two tea to two two two

Presentation Content: Let’s row together

Recruitment of supporters: Local authorities, Dan, Bogdan and one more participant from the project

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is here à Let’s row together

Challenges: to find people willing to attend an online conference

Challenge 4: Come up with a quote (from you) that can be used with your interview

“If you ask you will receive the answer” – Barb-Dudan Ionut Toader Constantin

Challenge 5: Identify potential institutional support

I’m going to need the support for my project from the mayor of the Balan and from the local council.

Mayor:

 

Attract Package

 

good visibility

 

will attract tourists to the local area

tourists will help develop the local economy

a place where locals can relax by practicing water sports

 

Engage Package

 

I need him to support me and to make the local council discussing about this idea

Local Council:

 

Attract Package

 

will add value to the lake

 

will attract tourists to the local area

tourists will help develop the local economy

a place where locals can relax by practicing water sports

 

Engage Package

 

to discuss these possibilities and come to an agreement

 

National administration “Apele Romane”

 

Attract Package

 

practicing water sports with non-motorized boats like kayaks and canoes

 

it is not as harmful as fishing

practicing water sports will make the locals protect the riverbed and the lake

 

 

Engage Package

 

 

their approval and if it’s possible their support

Razvan Cimpean

Challenge 1: Changemaker Story

Cîmpean Răzvan is a person who grew up in the city of Bălan, a city built around a copper mine that later closed and collapsed the city’s economy. He studies business administration and is involved in several projects through which he wants to promote tourism in his hometown. For a period of 1 year he worked in Germany but realized that he could not find his place there and later returned to Romania where he wanted to contribute to change. His passion is sports in nature, which started some time ago, when he started volunteering in an eco-sports NGO “Sufletul Hășmașului”, organizer of activities that help young people to spend time in nature.

The problem he wants to solve in his project is the low level of interest of young people to play sports in nature, a problem that has as consequences the high risk of mental and physical health problems. his project consists in building a mountain biking route in the surroundings of Bălan. The partners are local authorities, local NGO volunteers and mountain rescuers. The challenge they face is to get help from local authorities to create a legal route.

He aims to contribute to the development of the city in the future and wants to motivate as many people as possible to do so, his message for those who want to become active citizens is to start change with small things.

 

Challenge 2: Interview yourself

Who are you and what project are you doing?

I’m Răzvan Cîmpean, a young man from the city of Bălan and I’m involved in a project through which I want to arrange a mountain biking route to make sports in nature more accessible for young people.

Where do you get your passion for mountain biking from?

  My passion started as a child, I believe that mountain biking is a relaxing sport because it involves adrenaline and physical exercise that helps me maintain my physical and mental health, also the surroundings of Balan favors mountain biking.

Why do you do a mountain biking route?

  I think that a well thought out route is necessary for the people of the city because they do not know accessible routes and do not venture by bike on the mountain, also the tourists with a route can visit the most beautiful places in the area by bike in a short time.

What problem do you want to solve through your project?

I want to solve the problem of the low level of interest of young people to do sports in nature, this contributes to the increase of physical and mental health problems.

What impact will your project have on the young people in the city?

Young people with this alternative will mobilize in groups to travel the route by bike, this sport will help them spend time together and socialize in a healthy way by increasing the level of mental and physical health. They will also be attracted to the surrounding beauty, making them happier in their hometown.

What activities will you do?

 Activities include a presentation of the project for teenagers from the city, an agreement with local authorities, arranging the route with the salvamont and finally inaugurating the route through trail tasting of cycle route.

What challenges do you expect?

The challenge I face is to get help from the local authorities to register the legal route

Challenge 3: Plan your presentation- two scenarios

– If the Corona virus situation does not allow us to meet in a classroom, the presentation will take place live online on Zoom.

Virtual meeting (30 people)

  • Key Messages: New mountain biking trail in Bălan
  • Agenda:

June: creating a group on Facebook in which I will add the teenagers from the  city of Balan, on this group I will be able to communicate with those interested in participating in the event. 11:00 – Meeting on zoom  70 min

3) Target audience: high school students from the city of Balan, age 14-18

4) Invitation: Make an event on Facebook where I will invite them to participate in a virtual meeting in which they will be able to find out things about  my project and the route I will also talk to the school principal to help me announce children about event.

5)  Ice-Bracker(s): A cinematic video of the route 10 min

6)  Presentation content:

  1. Brief presentation of the project and of the other participants 15 min (Dan/Bogdan)
  2. PowerPoint presentation in which to present my project 20 min
  3. presentation of the route 20 min

         – start with the benefits of practicing sports in nature, with statistics and studies and then to present the route made by me with photos taken in the most beautiful points on the route

7) Recruitment of supporters: Dan Vilcan, Bogdan Vilcan

Live meeting (30 people)

  • Key Messages: New mountain biking trail in Bălan
  • Agenda:

  June: creating a group on Facebook in which I will add the teenagers from the  city of Balan, on this group I will be able to communicate with those interested in participating in the event.

11:00 – Meeting on classroom for  70 min

Where: ”Liviu Rebreanu” hight school

3) Target audience: high school students from the city of Balan, age 14-18

4) Invitation: Make an event on Facebook where I will invite them to participate in a virtual meeting in which they will be able to find out things about  my project and the route I will also talk to the school principal to help me announce children about event.

5)  Ice-Bracker(s): A cinematic video of the route 10 min

6)  Presentation content:

  1. Brief presentation of the project and of the other participants 15 min (Dan/Bogdan)
  2. PowerPoint presentation in which to present my project 20 min
  3. presentation of the route 20 min

         – start with the benefits of practicing sports in nature, with statistics and studies and then to present the route made by me with photos taken in the most beautiful points on the route

7) Recruitment of supporters: Dan Vilcan, Bogdan Vilcan

 

Challenge 4: A quote from you

Happiness lies in small things

 

Challenge 5: Identify potential institutional support for your project

 Administrator of Bălan

ATTRACT PACKAGE  – I present the problems that the project solves and what impact it will have on the city

ENGAGE PACKAGE  – convince them to help me with the registration of the route to solve the mentioned problems.

Salvamont

ATTRACT PACKAGE  – present them the route, I explain how safe and accessible it is for tourists and that it does not have any disadvantages.

ENGAGE PACKAGE – I convince them to give me advice and help with preparing the route, arguing that his help is necessary for tourists safety.

Krisztina Kerekes

Challenge 1-Changemaker Story

My name is Krisztina and I am 19 years old. I grew up in a little town- Miercurea Ciuc- in Romania, between the Carpathian Mountains. Since I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor, to help people, to make their life happier, but when I grew up I realized that this desire is basically my need to be among people, to help them, to be in a community and bring changes in it.

When I first participated in an Erasmus+ project I knew that in the future I am going to build this experience in to my everyday schedule, and now here I am, my goal with this project is to create a nonprofit association which promotes sport activities for teenagers and provides their mental health and wellbeing, connected with the Erasmus+ youth exchange projects, because in the present in my town and in the surrounding areas the teenagers have limited access to this kind of activities I want to draw the attention of young people, to show them what kind of big possibilities they have in a little town like this, to show them the amazing opportunities they can have participating in these kind of events.

I and two of my friends are working on future plans within the association with a common purpose : to improve mental health and wellbeing among younger and older generations as well by shaping a safe and friendly environment for them to connect, to overcome their fears and to grow through our events Our story began with a wish to learn in a non-formal way and to make our society a little bit better by showing the people friendship, empathy and trust, and to give them chances to make international connections and friendships by learning about different cultures and we are way more than excited to provide for this for them.

My message to the world is that not to be afraid of the possibilities that you have, if you have a goal, a “why?”, the “How to do it?” doesn’t really matter. Last but not least I would like to invite you to be “Changemakers”, to join me in a Lifelong Experience with our association, to create with us amazing memories.

Challenge 2: Interview with Krisztina Kerekes

What is your project about?

My goal with this project is to create a nonprofit association which promotes sport activities for teenagers and provides their mental health and wellbeing, connected with the Erasmus+ youth exchange projects, because in the present in my town and in the surrounding areas the teenagers have limited access to this kind of activities.

Why do you do this?

In the first place I do this because it is a dream what can come true now by participating in a European project that is about active citizenship and every participant got the mentorship needed and also a budget of 1.000 EUR, two amazingly helpful things that can provide me to realize this dream.

Do you see this as a challenge?

I don’t really see this as a challenge, more as an opportunity to make a change in my town, I see it as a chance for realizing all the plans that I have in my had with people who are helping me, because they have the same  purpose than me.

Why do I consider this project important?

We are all living in a changing world, which is not changing with us fast enough to support us in a way how we need it, creating something for teenagers as a teenager is the best way to give them the things and experiences what they want and how they want it.

What are your objectives with this project?

To create an NGO, to diversify the opportunities for non-formal learning in Miercurea Ciuc and in the surrounding area of the town.

What is your goal with this project, what do you want to reach in the future?

I look forward to contribute the involvement of teenagers into the community, to increase the number of the active citizens among teenagers in my town. By creating this association I want to contribute also workplace for teenagers who want to develop themselves and the society as well, my personal purpose is to work with young people and to improve myself as many ways as possible.

Challenge 3: Plan your presentation and messaging

  1. Physical meeting

Key message: Let’s create together Lifelong Experiences in an intercultural environment and promote our mental health and wellbeing.

When: When the schools reopen (September, 2020)

Agenda:

  • A short presentation about the whole project (3 minutes)
  • Presenting my idea and why am I doing that (15 minutes)
  • Icebreaker: Q & A (10 minutes)
  • Presentation in general about Erasmus+ projects (15 minutes)
  • THE PRESENTATION WILL LAST MAXIMUM 50 MINUTES

Target audience: high school students from the Márton Áron Highschool (around 30 people between 16-18years old)

Invitations: face to face Invitation from the director of the school and from students

Recruitment of supporters: Dan, Bogdan and one more participant from the project + a volunteer from YES.

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is described here à  Association for Lifelong Experiences

Challenges:  to hold the interest of people during the meeting and maybe they are not going to interact with us.

  1. Virtual meeting

Key messages: let’s create together Lifelong Experiences in an intercultural environment and promote our mental health and wellbeing.

When:  June, 2020

Meeting Place: Zoom Meeting

Agenda:

  • A short presentation about the whole project (5 minutes)
  • Presenting my idea and why am I doing that (10 minutes)
  • Big picture of the project (5 minute) –Dan / Bogdan
  • Q & A (10 minutes)
  • THE PRESENTATION WILL LAST MAXIMUM 40 MINUTES

Target audience: young people aged 16-20 years old from Miercurea Ciuc and from the surrounding areas (around 25 people)

Invitations: Invitation trough the local Student Council and trough personal invitation trough messages/phone calls

Presentation Content: à  Association for Lifelong Experiences

Recruitment of supporters: Local Student Council, Dan, Bogdan and one more participant from the project+ a Volunteer from YES

Follow-up plan: implementation of the project as it is here à  Association for Lifelong Experiences

Challenges: problems with the internet connection, getting people interact with us.

 

Challenge 4: Come up with a quote (from you) that can be used with your interview

“If you have a goal, a “why”, the “How to do it” doesn’t really matter”-Kerekes Krisztina-Anita

 

Challenge 5: Identify potential institutional support

 

Town hall of Balan

Attract Package

It will diversify the opportunities for non-formal learning, sport and mental wellbeing activities in Balán and in the surrounding area of the town.

 

 

It will increase the popularity of the town.

 

Engage Package

I need to draft a partnership agreement with the town hall of Balán to facilitate us the access to the local accommodation unit and culture house hall used for our project

 

 

Directors from Márton Áron, Nagy István and Octavian Goga Highscools

Attract Package

It will diversify the opportunities for non-formal learning, sport and mental wellbeing activities among pupils from the school;

 

 

It will help to involve teenagers in this kind of activities.

 

Engage Package

I need from the Márton Áron, Nagy István and Octavian Goga Highscools to sign the partnership agreement, to support us with participants in our projects.

Daniel Oprea

Challenge 1: Changemaker Story

My name is Dani Oprea,I was born in the heart of Romania and I’m 19 years old.I grew up in a small town named Miercurea Ciuc in Harghita County, surrounde by amazing people .I don’t have a lort of memorable memories but one of the best things I remember is that  when we were young ,me and my friends  would always climb trees higher than the buildings we were living in, it was a fun time listening to the scared neighbours every now and then.I studied in a local  school  named “Octavian Goga” and this year im going to finish the highschool.There were a few bad moments as well in my   past …like my mother always gone abroad working ,my dad was also working a lot being in the police force.The only thing in present that I hate  myself for is not being as serious as I should sometimes,but my bestfriend Ionatan and my girlfriend Krisztina are always here to make me feel better! At the moment I’m a highschooler  that connected with a lot of amazing people like Dan,Bogdan and a lot more ,people that for example gave me opportunities  that I would only drea of like this project we are part of now between Macedonia and home that gave me the power to make a project for a change, to help people.I don’t know what the future is going to bring ,but I really do and will always hope for more opportunities and  a lot of fun !

 

Challenge 2: Interview yourself

What is your project aiming for?

  My project aims to decrease the suicidal rates among teenagers through an inspirational message.

What are your objectives?

 The objectives are to attract the attention of the young people from Harghita county on the availability of the psychological help and to increase the degree of involvement of the decision-making leaders.

What are your avtivities?

The schedule of activities includes the organization of a charity concert with the message “No One is Alone”, the composition of a song about the need of help and the maintenance of a dialogue within the local council and students council about suicide prevention, and the making of an inspirational documentary.

What results is you project waiting for?

All this results in a better social environment, increasing the popularity of psychologists, the meeting breefing from the local council and the students, the realization of the concert and the song dedicated to the teenagers and finally the documentary.

What is your project’s impact going to be?

  The impact consists in lowering the  suicide rate and the school dropout rate ,the ralization of young people that they can receive help, changing the way of decision-making leaders’ deal with the problem .

Where do you get your passion from?

  My passion comes from anything around me .Everything can be used to give motivation ,inspiration and of course will to make a change.

What made you choose your project’s topic?

  I think my project idea started from personal causes. A very dear person left a few months ago and this project is not only meant to help people work on their mental health, but as well to create something that will always remember me of a dear relative.

How do you think your project will influence the young people in the city?

Teenagers in my city are smart but have a major lack of emapthy to others.I hope all the young people in my city will take my project as an example,as something to help empower them to be mor empathetic.

 

Challenge 3: Plan your presentation- two scenarios

1) Key Messages: Make people understand each other and work on their mental health at least in extreme cases.

2) Target audience: Teenagers from Harghita county between 16 and 25 years old from Hsrghita county.

3) Invitation: I will talk to the principals of the schools from Harghita county to tell teenagers about the project and about the meeting/concert, and create and share the event’s details on social media .

4) Agenda:

1. June: Talking with the principals of the schools from Harghita county to tell teenagers about the project and meeting In a classroom of Colegiul National “Octavian Goga” high school  for the presentation of the project.

Presentation content:

  1. Brief presentation of the project and of the other participants
  2. PowerPoint presentation in which to present the psychological benefits of going to therapy and speaking you mind.
  3. A short self history about how people can learn to help others.
  4. Ice breaker joke+energizer .
  5. Playing the project’s documentary.
  6. Wishing a good day to everyone.

The virtual meeting

1) Key Messages: Make people understand each other and work on their mental health at least in extreme cases.

2) Target audience: People from and around Harghita County.

3) Invitation:I will create and share an event containing al the details about the online meeting/concert on social media.

4) Agenda:

1. June: Talking with the principals of the schools from Harghita county to tell teenagers about the project and meeting In a classroom of Colegiul National “Octavian Goga” high school  for the presentation of the project.

2. August: Creating an event (virtual meeting) which will be held on Zoom as a meeting   to present the project, and the song that was written to inspire people to approach everything and everyone with more empathy.

Presentation content:

  1. Brief presentation of the project and of the other participants
  2. PowerPoint presentation in which to present the psychological benefits of going to therapy and speaking you mind.
  3. A short self history about how people can learn to help others.
  4. Ice breaker joke. .
  5. Playing the project’s documentary that also contains the written song.
  6. Wishing a good day to everyone.

Challenge 4: A quote from you

Everyone is something more or less like you. Help yourself!

 

Challenge 5: Identify potential institutional support for your project

 Mayor of Miercurea Ciuc

ATTRACT PACKAGE  – present my idea for raising awareness about the importance of mental health among teenagers.

ENGAGE PACKAGE  – convincing them to make the psychological benefits more visible in the eyes of teenagers from the city.

 Student council

ATTRACT PACKAGE  – present my idea for raising awareness about the importance of mental health among teenagers.

ENGAGE PACKAGE –  convincing them to spread the message through as many educational institutions as possible. The more, the better!

 School principals

ATTRACT PACKAGE – presenting the beneficial effects and the impact of the project towards the school’s pupils environment .

ENGAGE PACKAGE – convince them to pay more attention about teenagers’ mental health, and help them by giving advice about working on their own mental health.

June-July-August challenges

Vera Romanu

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bucharest-a-city-of-Opportunities-108418680927050/

Instagram page: https://instagram.com/basarabeni_bucuresti?igshid=f183rt19o0fw

My goal is to help new international students from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies with information and support, to accommodate and get used to university lifestyle in this city, and to create an international student community!

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the next week?

I’m planning to post on Instagram and Facebook page a video, presenting few general informations about Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the following month?

I’m planning to post 3 more videos about student lifestyle in Bucharest, and opportunities offered by Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies to young international students.

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the next following six months?
I will organize a meeting with the new coming students, to get them know each other, and to create a small community.

What would I need (from others) to achieve my goal?
I need the approval of university decision makers to offer a chair in student council for one international student.

Traffic lights project assessment

Red: I have concerns/ Potential Risk/ Needs attention
A potential risk is that classes could be online, and I couldn’t create a real connection
through a meeting with the new students and university decision makers

Yellow: Not so clear/ To think about/ Might have a delay/ Might need changes/ Need more info
Due to a big volume of information and work required, the video series could be posted a little bit latter than established initially.

Green: Good/ Positive/ As planned/ No concerns
The presentation of the project and followed up activities went good, I’ve reached attention
of student community at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies

Ionut Barb

MY ACTION PLAN

Name: Goals for August (and September)

What is my goal?

   My goal of the project is the legalization of the access with non-motorized boats and kayaks on the Mesteacanul lake from Balan for greater diversity of sports.

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the next week?

   During next week I will meet with the local authorities and I will present to them the proposal to carry out leisure activities for recreational purposes.

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the following month?

    During the following months I plan to organize a kayak day in which I will invite the locals of the city of Balan to try water sports such as kayaking and the event will be called “Ziua Caiacului” (kayak day).

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the following six months?

   I plan to create from “Ziua Caiacului” (kayak day) an annual event.

What would I need (from others) to achieve my goal?

   I need the support and help of local authorities and guidance from mentors.

Razvan Cimpean

Video of the trail:

Map of the trail:

 

 

What is my goal?

 My goal is to increase the popularity of outdoor sports among young people

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the next week?

 I aim to present to young people the advantages of practicing sports in nature through caravans

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the following month?

 I will make a map with an accessible mountain biking route and a presentation video that I will promote among young people

What do I plan to do to reach this goal during the following six months?

 I will organize a hike on the new mountain biking route in which young people from the city of Balan will be invited

What would I need (from others) to achieve my goal?

 I need the approval of the authorities to carry out the plan

 

 

  • Challenge 4: Traffic Light Project Assessment

Red: I have concerns/ Potential Risk/ Needs attention

A potential risk is that the authorities will not give me the consent to promote the route

Yellow: Not so clear/ To think about/ Might have a delay/        Might need changes/ Needs more info

Route testing could be delayed if covid cases continue to increase

Green: Good/ Positive/ As planned/ No concerns

The mapping of the route went according to plan, the weather was favorable and there were no obstacles

Krisztina Kerekes

Daniel Oprea

My project is named “Life above Status”.Through this project, I wanted to present the social issues that stop teenagers from taking care of their mental health.The project aims for the decreasing of suicide rates among teenagers of Harghita County ,providing young people hope and answers about the benefits of psychological counselling by creating a song dedicated to the youth and as a project’s anthem ,organizing a charity concert and spreading awareness among all the people who can help change the way teenagers solve their problems.The entire project will be shaped in a documentary to globalize the need of change in social communities,and after all, to lower the suicide rates among young people and create a better social environment to live in.

The documentary was created to spread a message through art. I wrote the documentary, filmed, recorded, edited, drove back and forth to talk, organise, verify, buy materials, and make it real.

The concert was a hard task to accomplish during the pandemic but we managed to get it accepted and running.

Pictures from the concert:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=YoungEuropeSocietyRomania&set=a.3489134807800932

The meeting with one of the local decision makers was not easy.When I recieved a positive answer about the meeting, I was in a forest, at 3 km away from any internet signal…but somehow we managed to make it work.

September-October challenges

Vera Romanu

The idea of your project

The idea of my project came from my personal experience lived when I moved in Romania. I moved here for my university studies, 4 years ago. Back then, I knew nothing about university life, what should you do, what shouldn’t you do. As I was the oldest child in my family, I had also no support or guidance about life when you move abroad, for living far away of your parents and family. The beginning was a little hard and confusing. I had to find out all by myself. I faced many challenges: classes schedule, buildings where the classes were located, teachers, library, student dorm.. each of those part of my new life I had to find and to understand how it works by myself.

What was the project goal?

The goal of my project was to make easier the student life of new coming students in the city where I currently live: Bucharest. By making easier I mean to help students to accommodate at Academy of Economic Studies, to help them understand how do things work here, and what opportunities gives them this city and this university.

How did you manage to make your idea reality?

Now, as I got a chance and I got financial support from this Erasmus+ project, I decided I could and I would make easier the student life of new coming students in the city where I currently live: Bucharest. For guidance I decided to make few video guides, for support I decided to create a social media community: a page on instragram&facebook, for creating a connection between younger&older students, I’ve decided to organize a meeting or evening walk, to bring them together. Besides meeting, what unfortunately couldn’t be hold because of current global pandemic, everything else I’ve manage to make.

Did you face any challenges?

When you want to make a change in your society, or to bring something new, there always are challenges to be faced. Starting with personal doubts and emotional ups and downs, and ending with a global pandemic, I had some challenges to face. I couldn’t follow my initial action plan, because of university and national regulations regarding Covid-19, but I’ve managed to adapt my project plan to the current situation, and to finally to reach project goal.

Did you have any support from policy-makers?

At the beginning, when I came up with the idea, I’ve receive approbation and enthusiasm from university decision makers and the student dorm’s responsible person, especially from the head teatcher of international relations department. But when the state of emergency was announced, and my university closed their doors for normal classes, and changed to online classes, they sayd, if there is needed some help from them, i always may feel free to ask for, but probably, as everything moves to virtual classes, their help will not be needed.

What is the impact of your project on your community?

I’ve created 5 video guides: one about Academy of Economic Studies, one about Bucharest subway and public transport, one about cost of living in Bucharest, one about students dorms of Academy of Economic Studies, and one about online classes and apps you can use for online school. Each of the videos contains usefull information for everyone who moves to Bucharest, especially for students. I’ve approached all the important aspects about living in Bucharest as a foreign student: financial aspect, social aspect, housing and public transportation.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud for implementing this project, because it’s my first time making a change in the local community, even a small one. I’m proud for managing to do it no matter of challenges and gobal pandemic happening in the same time. I’m proud for not giving up, and not losing my motivation, even social distancing rules and lockdown situation was a real emotional challenge for me and my project.

What were some lessons learned?

Ohh, I’ve learned many lessons, especially while facing challenges.
1. There is not guarantee everything will happen as you are planning, even if you have a very well
plan.
2. Always be ready for something good to happen, but also something bad.
3. If you know how to communicate, you will have the help of anybody in this world.
4. Even one of your small actions can make a big difference in someone’s life.
5. There is no one to motivate you, if you aren’t ready to do it by yourself.
6. Be ready to be rejected sometimes, but don’t take it personally, and don’t give up.
7. Always be ready for unexpected.
8. The most important lesson: we need each other, we need real connection, we need to socialize, and people will never ever be replaced by technology, human connection can’t be replaced.

Who would you like to thank?

I’m very thankful and grateful for my mentors Dan and Bogdan, who were supporting and mentoring us during the all 6 months of the project, they were always reminding us about actions we need to take, about rules we need to follow, about deadlines. And this is very important for someone who is implementing a local project for first time in their life, to have someone there, who has experience and needed information.
Also I would like to thank Neda, for mentoring us this long way, and making the best even so far away from us, she was so close.

Final report

As you know my name is Vera. My project was about helping new coming students at Academy of economic studies in Bucharest to get comfortable to the new environment. Project started in March in North Macedonia and ended now in October in Romania. Of course I wanted to help new coming students my target where was youngsters who came from abroad and moved in Bucharest in the purpose of studying. Also my project included teachers and university decision decision makers. I’ve planned a lot of meetings And I hoped to create a really good connection between foreign students and local students, but as long this current situation with the pandemic moved everything on the virtual world I couldn’t create a real connection between students who came from abroad and local ones. As long as classes moved from normal school to online school I had also to change my plan and to move all activities on the virtual world. So I’ve created five videos about life in Bucharest and how a student can live here, how much money does he need, where can he be accommodated. In the beginning of the project I’ve blind few meetings between the university decision makers and foreign and local students, but unfortunately I had to move it on zoom. I am very proud I didn’t give up even everything was so difficult I mean about creating connections it’s really difficult on the virtual world and to keep students, new coming students especially interested about life here when they are not included in normal activities it’s really a big challenge. This project happening in this difficult period. For all the old taught me a really important life lesson we are humans and we need each other, we need human connection and never nothing could replace it. I’m proud of the final videos and I really hope maybe next year, when classes will hopefully be normal, not online, students from abroad, when coming to live in Bucharest will use that information for getting used to live here.
I think my project had and still has a long term impact because this information is going to be there always is going to be available to everyone who needs that. Every year Academy of economic studies and not only my university but every university in Romania especially in Bucharest welcomes hundreds of foreign students. I’ve created a new Instagram page, I’ve created a Facebook page, I’ve created a YouTube channel, so it’s like an online community where local students are posting and sharing useful information with the new students or with the foreign ones. From the beginning till the end I’ve collaborated with the my university and especially with foreign relations department. We planned to hold meetings and to present my project while it’s gonna be a conference about Erasmus abroad and white to go with her Erasmus to study abroad so in that time I should welcome foreign students who are coming with the Erasmus. Also the person responsible for students dorms helped me and allowed me to film and to register how goes everything there, how is the housing, how much it costs, and they allowed me to use every information I need from their website to my video.

Opportunities like this gives you the chance to develop yourself, to push your self to new challenges, to face a lot of responsibilities, it gives you like a new view through life. Also the most important what you take from a project like this it’s connections and people and everyone you meet you are going to create during six months a real strong connection and friendship. While working on a project like this you have mentors, you have persons with a lot of experience, with some life lessons, and you can take a lot of examples and lifelong learningfrom them and add a lot of value to your personality.

I’m very happy I had this big chance of increasing and adding value to my life and to my close society. I’m really sad about that it happened in this such a difficult period, when human connection is reduced to minimum possible. But the most important is to push yourself to your limits and beyond your limits. Never give up, keep optimistic about the fu ture and keep motivated even when everything it’s souncertain, you still can make a change. If not as you planned, you should be flexible, and to take the best from what you have in the present moment!

Be grateful: Write your “Thank you” speech or your acknowledgements page.

I would like to thank firstly my Romanian team: Dani, Krizstina, Ionut and Razvan. Thank you guys for helping me and supporting me during caravan, thank you for ideas shared, thank you for connection created between us during this project! Thank you mentors: Bogdan and Dan, you were always there for me and the rest 4 of us. Thank you for advices, thank you for reminding us always about rules we have to follow and deadlines we have. Thank you for always being there to encourage and support each of us. Thank you for taking care how do we feel, how do we stay motivated, how do we manage to work on the goals of our projects.

Thank you Neda for very interactive challenges, thank you for creative materials and PDFs. Thank you for supporting all of participants during such a long way in this challenging times, with a pandemic around the world. Thank you for postponing the final meeting for spring, so we could meet again and we could do a great presentation and finalize our work, through real human connection, it means a lot for us.

What was the impact of your project in your
community?

Type of Impact Results achieved
Educational impact I’ve presented during a video on YouTube, through an Instagram page, through a Facebook page, but also through an online meeting, important information about Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, and also some tools and apps students can use for online classes.
Cultural impact I’ve helped international students to feel welcomed in a new country, and new city, by getting them in touch with local students. I’ve let them know whom they can ask for help, and some
information about Romanian food and people’s habits.
Economic impact One of my videos presents how much it costs to
live in Bucharest, and how you could spend your budget wisely as a student: how much public transport costs, how much is accommodation, how much is food and where you can eat on a budget as a student. It helped new coming students when they moved to Bucharest to get some tips and tricks how to minimize their expenses.
Ionut Barb

Meeting with the mayor of Balan

Some pictures from the caravan

Challenge 2: Find your +1 person for the conference

The person I selected is my younger brother who throughout the project was very interested in how it goes, what stage I am in and what are the next steps I have to follow.

Challenge 3: Prepare a presentation of your project

The idea of your project

The idea of the project had come to me a few months before I had the chance to become a participant in this project. My friends and I drove even 60 kilometers just to be able to relax practicing water sports.

What was the project goal?

My main goal of the project is the legalization of the access with non-motorized boats and kayaks on the Mesteacanul lake from Balan for greater diversity of sports.

How did you manage to make your idea reality?

Unfortunately, I did not manage to fulfill my project objective.

The authorities of the city of Balan were delighted when they found out about my initiative and even supported me, but they did not manage the activity on Lake Mesteacanul, so I went to the institution that did this.

I went to the institution that manages the activities on Lake Mesteacanul (SGA Harghita – Sistemul de Gospodărire a Apelor Harghita) and they rejected my request on the grounds that any activity that could affect water quality is strictly prohibited.

Did you face any challenges?

The only challenge was at the end of the project, when I went to the institution responsible for carrying out activities on Lake Mesteacanul, which stopped me from completing the project.

Until that moment all the people I met were very kind and eager to help.

Did you have any support from policy makers?

I received the support of the authorities in the city of Balan, and I formed a partnership with a local travel agency that supported the initiative and the activities that were to take place.

What is the impact of your project on your community?

Unfortunately, I did not manage to create an impact for the local community in the city of Balan because I could not complete the objectives of the project.

What are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the fact that I tried to do something that no one had done before.

What were some lessons learned?

The most important lesson is that I learned not to give up easily, even if I failed to meet my project goals I will still try to complete it in the coming years.

Who would you like to thank?

I want to thank the local authorities and the mayor of Balan City but also the mentors for the support and help provided in this project.

Challenge 4: Write a one-page final report

Your name:

Barb-Dudan Ionut-Toader-Constantin

Your Project:

Let’s row together

Timeline of the Project:

12.03.2020 – 01.10.2020

Target Group/ Project participants:

People interested in water sports and mental health in the Balan city area.

Things that you are proud of:

I am proud of the fact that I managed to bring to the attention of the local administration in the city of Balan that value can be added to the lake they have in the area both for its inhabitants and for the tourist development.

What impact did your project have on your community (short medium long term)?

The short-term impact is the fact that we have brought to the attention of the local administration that more can be done, and the long-term one I hope will be the completion of the project.

Did you collaborate with any policy makers or institutions?

I received the support of the authorities in the city of Balan, and I formed a partnership with a local travel agency that supported the initiative and the activities that were to take place.

Why are opportunities like this valuable?

Opportunities like these are valuable for us as people because they help us realize that we can really make significant changes but also for the community we live in because together we can make a difference for the better.

Challenge 5 (optional): be grateful, write your “Thank you” speech or your acknowledgements page

On this occasion I want to thank the authorities in the city of Balan for their support and the travel agency Mycelium Tour with which we have created a partnership to support the project.

I also want to thank from the bottom of my heart the mentors and colleagues from the Romanian team, with their help the project was more like a game, we had fun and created memories that will last forever.

Challenge 6 (optional): What was the impact of your project in your community?

Unfortunately, I did not manage to create an impact for the local community in the city of Balan because I could not complete the objectives of the project.

 

Razvan Cimpean

Photos during the project:

 

Presentation of the project:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1goZ9uKAUf5uco7KRbgdSppzqvHf-qNNh/view?usp=sharing

Challenge 4: Write a one page Final Report

   My name is Răzvan Cîmpean, my project is called “new mountainbiking trail in Bălan city” and consists in arranging a mountain bike route for young people in the city of Bălan.

 After traveling to Macedonia, I started working on project, to plan and schedule activities:

 27.07.2020- caravan in which I presented to a group of 30 young people from the city my project and intentions

20.07.2020- I contacted the local authorities, I obtained their agreement to carry out the project, I received a place in the city to place the tourist map, also in the same period I contacted the mountain rescuer to ensure the route.

10.07.2020- I mapped with the help of an application the route map and I shot frames with drone.

10.08.2020- I made the design of the map. I printed it on a plank that I put in a strategic place in the city to promote the route

5.08.2020- I edited a video with the route that I promoted among young people.

2.09.2020- I organized a hike test in which I invited some young people from the city to participate, I contacted a local NGO to provide bicycles for participants

Due to the corona virus there were only 6 participants on the day of the test, so we organized several trips in different days the participants in the project of the target group are the young people from the city of Balan, up to 30 years old, mainly students from ”Liviu Rebreanu” High School.

I am proud of the fact that through this project I managed to help the young people in the city to find a safe occupation during the pandemic, mountain biking helping them to do sports and socialize in the moments when they needed it the most.

Being a small town of 4000 inhabitants, the short-term impact was relatively strong, the city was quickly promoting the route, several groups of young people traveled the route in my company but not only. In the long run, I expect it will become a small trend to go mountain biking in your free time with friends.

I collaborated with the mayor and the city manager, after a presentation of my project I obtained the agreement to carry out the proposed activities and I obtained an advertising place in the city to place the map. I presented the route to mountain rescuer to make saure  it is safe.

Opportunities like this are valuable because they allow you to add value to the community in which you live with the help of your own passion.

 

  • Challenge 5 (optional): What was the impact of your project?

Educational impact

Following the meetings with the young people, they learned how accessible and diverse sports can be practice in nature

Social cultural impact

A small trend was born in which young people hike together by bicycles on different routes

Health impact

Young people have understood how important sport is for mental and physical health

Economic impact

In the long run, the number of tourists and mtb enthusiasts can increase

Political impact

The local authorities were aware of the problems of lack of diversity of sports activities but also the opportunity to attract tourists by promoting mtb routes.

Krisztina Kerekes

Challenge 1: Share photos and videos of your project

Honestly and sadly this is my only photo of the project, being almost just paperwork, I didn’t really make photos of me (or of the papersJ). But here is our first and cutest logo for the association.

CHALLENGE 2: FIND YOUR +1 PERSON FOR THE CONFERENCE

Who will be my +1 person? This was a big question for me at first. But during these few months I realized that I have an amazing friend who supported and helped me in everything, who even said that “okay, let’s create an organization together”, a person who was as passionate as me. I look forward to introduce him to everyone in SkopjeJ.

CHALLENGE 3: PREPARE A PRESENTATION OF YOUR PROJECT

So basically the idea of my project was creating an “Association for Lifelong experiences”.  I wanted to create an NGO in my hometown, Miercurea Ciuc, in order to increase among teenagers the active participation in different projects, and to provide opportunities of non-formal learning for them. 

And I think I will connect my presentation with my final report, because they are kind of the same.

CHALLENGE 4: WRITE A ONE-PAGE FINAL REPORT

My name is Kerekes Krisztina-Anita and I am 19 years old.

My project was founding an NGO to create opportunities for non-formal learning and active participation of young people in my town, Miercurea Ciuc.

The timeline of the project was a precise “thing” at the start, when I was creating it. But because of the pandemic, it became a complete disaster, everything was late according to my timeline. In a way this was not that bad, because I had time to focus on developing myself in fields which were unknown for me until now about NGO’s, Erasmus+, etc. But it could have been better.

I had a few project participants, them being my support and the most amazing help that I could have ever imagined, starting with my mentor and friend Dan Vîlcan, who I think at some point had enough of my continuous question-storms, but he did every time help me with everything he could;  Bodor Erzsébet, who knew everything (and more) that I didn’t; Bogdan Vîlcan, who helped me every time when I didn’t have the courage to ask Erzsike or Dan, or made me laugh every time when we met or talked; Dani Oprea, my boyfriend, who was my emotional support every time when something didn’t go as planned, or the one who always repeated to me that „everything will going to be okay”; Portik Leó, the NGO’s vice-president, who said yes to me at the first second to my „Do you want to do this with me?” question, who was there for me for the whole time saying „This project could not have come at better time than now”; and every-one who said at least one joke to me at times when I could not imagine myself laughing.

I am proud that I am an owner of an organization that will create unforgettable memories for people, opportunities for fresh starts, I am proud that I will provide for children and adults chances to change their lives. I am also proud that I had courage to start something like this, and the fact that I am more and more excited to work with this in the future makes me feel amazing. And of course, I am proud of my friends I discovered in the process of this whole journey.

Talking about impacts in community, I would say that my project definitely had an impact. One of my goals was to provide workplace for creative young people by creating an organization where they could develop themselves. And I did, even if we are relatively a new and young organization and we still need experiences, we already have more and more ideas, and future opportunities to provide people “Lifelong Experiences”. Connecting this to Challenge 6, I think my project will have social and health impact in my community, because we will encourage people to participate in different activities, and we would like to improve their  mental health and wellbeing via these projects.

I think, opportunities like participating in a project by an organization can make changes in people’s lives. Participating in a project like this provides you huge opportunities in every parts of life, and teaches you more about the world (and yourself) than you could learn by yourself. 

CHALLENGE 5: (optional) be grateful: Write your “Thank you” speech or your acknowledgements page

I think I could write a whole document for “Thank You”s, but I would like to write a general thank you which will be for everyone: Thank you if you stayed with me on an evening or afternoon next to a coffee or a wine and listening me getting stressed or excited within a second, listening to my worries and dreams, or just simply talking with me in the past year. You helped me a lot, even if you wouldn’t think so. Thank you.

Daniel Oprea

Challenge 1: Share photos and videos of your project

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=YoungEuropeSocietyRomania&set=a.3489134807800932

Challenge 2: Find your +1 Person for the Conference
My +1 person for my conference is my best friend Ionatan, also the main character of the documentary:

Challenge 3: Prepare a presentation

The idea of my project was to somehow make a change trough art, and to transmit a message that would have a significant impact if understood which after not so long became a song, a documentary, and a concert. The project’s goal was to decrease the suicide rate among teenagers of the Harghita county. I managed to make my idea come true by using my skills and knowledge acquired from the training course and guidance from my mentors. The biggest challenge that I encountered was the pandemic which did not stop me but only slow the project down. I gathered a lot of support from policy makers that raised awareness about the project in public schools, and offices. After the song and documentary got out on the social media platforms, I received lots of positive messages about the project’s message, and a good amount of people came by to enjoy the live music and message of the organized street concert. The thing I am proudest of is the fact that people understood the
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message of the project. The most important lesson I learned is that “impossible” is just another word for “hard possible”, and anything can be achieved. I would love to thank all my mentors: Neda Ahcieva, Dan Vilcan and Bogdan Vilcan,my best actors, and friends for their time and support, and to every single kind person that gave a hand out to a man with a message. Thank you all!

Challenge 4: Write a one page final report

Hello!
My name is Dani Oprea, now I am 20 years old and I took part of an amazing training course held in Skopje, Macedonia where I learned what is a change and how to create and manage a project to help the community. After we were offered the knowledge and budget necessary ,I began working.
The project I made is called Life above Status and represents the idea that nobody is alone and together we can bult a better society for a better mental health among teenagers. The project aims for the decrease of suicide rate among teenagers of Harghita county and build a better reputation for psychologic cabinets.
The project started on the 1st of April and finished on 16th of august. The project’s timeline started with composing and recording the project’s anthem “Struggle” on 27th,28th May, and continued with filming and editing the documentary of the project at the beginning of the summer. After making a palpable video and audio introduction of the project, I presented the project to the local institutions’ decision makers on 25th of July that carried the message on the way to the local schools. I shared materials containing the project’s information among teenagers of Harghita county as well through the leaders of the Students’ Council on 14th of July. The last activity of the project was to make the documentary’s concert come to realty, which was hard and dangerous due to the virus continuing to spread around the country, but on the greatest day ever, the date of 16th August, the law, and the city hall accepted a live street concert to spread awareness about mental health.

A lot of people appreciated the concert after a long quarantine and the money raised was donated to the psychologic cabinet of the “Octavian Goga” Highschool of Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita. I also received lots of positive attitudes about the project’s message from teenagers of Harghita county.
Opportunities like this are amazingly valuable because of the amazing experience and impact you can produce with the right knowledge, the right people, and the right mind-set.

Thank you!

Challenge 5: Be grateful

I am grateful for having such amazing mentors, such amazing friends and family that helped me get through everything. I could write a thousand “thank you”s but I will never be able to repay the help and kindness I received.

Challenge 6: What was the impact of your project in your community?

The teenagers of Harghita county have a better perception about the benefits of psychologists on mental health and a much safer social environment, and at this very moment the suicide rate among teenagers of Harghita county is equal to zero.

Conference

We don’t know yet when the conference will be held. We will post here info once the dates will be published.