Refl’Action

Youthmakers Hub

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Organisation:

Youthmakers Hub

Country:

Greece

About organisation:

Youthmakers Hub (YMH) is a European non-profit organization based in Greece, specializing in Capacity Building and Communication & Dissemination for impact-driven projects in Europe and Africa. The organization's vision is to cultivate a new generation of empowered young individuals who create positive change in their communities. YMH's mission is to serve as a catalyst for social change by providing the necessary tools & knowledge and fostering collaborations between Europe and Africa. The core values of Youthmakers Hub are Empowerment, Adaptability, Collaboration, Innovation, and Inclusion & Diversity. As an organization, YMH embraces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs) as its framework, with a particular focus on SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). By providing inclusive education, empowering organizations and individuals, and fostering collaborations, YMH actively contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Contact person:

Pinelopi Katsigianni

Title of the project

Refl’Action

Start date:

December 1, 2021

End date:

May 31, 2023

Source of funding:

Refl'Action was a Small-Scale Partnership Project under the Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ program, funded by the National Agency of France (Grant Agreement: 2021-1-FR02-KA210-YOU-000031035). Youthmakers Hub collaborated with CPIE Centre Corse A Rinascita from France and Kamaleonte from Italy in the consortium. The project's overall budget was € 60,000.00.

Objectives:

Refl'Action focused on embedding reflective practices into the daily lives of young Europeans, aiming to foster well-being and conscious growth. The project was designed to acclimate educators and youth workers to apply reflective practices, enriching young people's learning experience. It underpinned a variety of program priorities, including the enhancement of well-being, the encouragement of active engagement in community life, and the reinforcement of digital skill sets. The project aimed to instill a sense of European identity, inspiring youth to embrace active citizenship through empowerment by reflective living. To realize its goals, Refl'Action has orchestrated eight distinctive activities over 18 months, including: A transnational meeting for exchanging reflective good practices, Critical research to underpin these practices with academic credibility,Local physical events across France, Italy, and Greece to engage youth directly.A 48-hour online Hackathon to innovate and apply reflective methods,A transnational training for trainers, A Communication Kit, A Practice Brief, A Compilation of insights and methodologies in a Final ReportThe project advanced organisational development, fostering professional ties and expertise in non-formal education. Team members gained valuable skills, and the sustainability plan ensured the continued utilisation of results. Participants have reported improvements in personal development and a heightened well-being awareness

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

Refl’Action embodies excellence in Creative Youth Information, aligning with Eurodesk's priority of highlighting creative initiatives that shed light on European opportunities. . At its core, the project strategically integrated reflective practices into the fabric of daily life, seeking to amplify well-being, nurture a profound European identity, and empower youth through active engagement. The targeted demographic included youth trainers, educators, university students (18-35), and those facing challenges (16-28), notably NEETs and individuals in underserved rural areas.By adeptly implementing reflective practices, the project not only fostered a common European identity but also became a catalyst for enhancing well-being and bridging opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The carefully curated blend of training sessions, hackathons, and mobility programs facilitated seamless knowledge transfer, ensuring a lasting impact. A robust communication strategy featuring a dynamic website, compelling infographics, and a solid social media presence was pivotal in raising awareness.By marrying reflective practices with information dissemination, Refl’Action has not only highlighted European opportunities but also encouraged an active and informed European youth community, perfectly reflecting the ethos of the Eurodesk Awards.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

Refl’Action’s impact on 300 young participants has been significantly amplified through its innovative approach to raising awareness about European opportunities.The transnational meeting in Corse was a nexus for exchanging good practices among trainers and researchers, setting the stage for collaborative progress. The application of experiential learning methodologies in 9 local events across three countries engaged participants in reflective practices and actively highlighted European opportunities. The research activity bridged theoretical constructs with practical implementation. It enriched the project and contributed valuable insights for integrating reflection into individual training cycles. The online Hackathon represented an inventive turning point, offering a platform for interactive learning about Erasmus+ programs and engaging with experts. This event was particularly effective in reaching young individuals in disadvantaged areas, illuminating pathways to European mobility.By producing the Practice Brief and comprehensive Final Report, "Refl’Action" crystallized its contributions to youth information dissemination. The strategic distribution of these materials ensured that the project's innovative aspects resonated widely, fostering an informed youth equipped to seize European opportunities. Moreover, the project's reach extended to the digital realm, with over 33K impressions on social media platforms.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

Refl’Action has furthered Eurodesk’s visibility and underscored its mission through a series of promotional activities. By embedding Eurodesk’s ethos into the fabric of each initiative, the project has illuminated the invaluable resources and opportunities that Eurodesk provides for young Europeans.During the "It's reflection time!" activity in Crete, the project brought Eurodesk to the forefront, emphasizing its role in fostering personal and professional growth. This interactive workshop engaged young participants in reflective practices, aligning with Eurodesk’s focus on lifelong learning and skill development. It highlighted how reflective practices can enhance one’s ability to solve problems creatively, a key competency in today’s world and a testament to Eurodesk’s commitment to youth development.The event embraced contemporary learning environments in an innovative setting and symbolized Eurodesk's commitment to combining tradition with innovation. This Eurodesk-promoted event successfully cultivated trust and a shared understanding of the value of reflective practices and active citizenship, aligning with Eurodesk's mission to empower youth through diverse experiences.Further amplifying its impact, the activity was strategically featured on Eurodesk's social media platforms, including Instagram reels as part of the “Time to Move” Campaign. This dual approach exemplifies Eurodesk's dynamic engagement and promotion of enriching experiences for youth.

How it respected the green principles:

Refl’Action fully aligned with Eurodesk's green principles, integrating environmental sustainability into its core objectives. The initiative empowered young people and fostered active citizenship by prioritizing greener practices, spaces, and activities. It provided comprehensive information through reflective practices, promoting Eurodesk's commitment to environmental consciousness. The project took practical inspiration from Eurodesk’s guidebook “GREENING YOUTH INFORMATION SERVICES”. More concretely, it used practices from chapter 1, thus “Youth information and environmental sustainability”, implementing practices from subchapter 1.2, thus “Promoting active citizenship and engagement on environmental sustainability”.The project employed experiential learning, simplifying complex environmental concepts and incorporating outdoor experiences in activities like transnational meetings, research, physical events, and the hackathon. The communication kit disseminated project information and raised awareness about reflective practices and environmental sustainability through various channels. The Practice Brief "Refl’Action" and the Final Report contribute to Eurodesk's green initiatives by digitally disseminating research results. The project organizers encouraged environmentally friendly practices, positively impacting the environment and society. Refl’Action embodied Eurodesk's dedication to promoting environmental sustainability and active citizenship among young people.

Refl’Action focused on embedding reflective practices into the daily lives of young Europeans, aiming to foster well-being and conscious growth. The project was designed to acclimate educators and youth workers to apply reflective practices, enriching young people’s learning experience. It underpinned a variety of program priorities, including the enhancement of well-being, the encouragement of active engagement in community life, and the reinforcement of digital skill sets. The project aimed to instill a sense of European identity, inspiring youth to embrace active citizenship through empowerment by reflective living.

To realize its goals, Refl’Action has orchestrated eight distinctive activities over 18 months, including:
A transnational meeting for exchanging reflective good practices,
Critical research to underpin these practices with academic credibility,
Local physical events across France, Italy, and Greece to engage youth directly.
A 48-hour online Hackathon to innovate and apply reflective methods,
A transnational training for trainers,
A Communication Kit,
A Practice Brief,
A Compilation of insights and methodologies in a Final Report

The project advanced organisational development, fostering professional ties and expertise in non-formal education. Team members gained valuable skills, and the sustainability plan ensured the continued utilisation of results. Participants have reported improvements in personal development and a heightened well-being awareness