School is ending... and what does the EU offer me?

Eurocentrum and EUROPE DIRECT Jihlava

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Organisation:

Eurocentrum and EUROPE DIRECT Jihlava

Country:

Czech Republic

About organisation:

Eurocentrum and EUROPE DIRECT Jihlava is an information center about the European Union for residents of the Vysočina region. It provides information, answers queries, offers publications, organizes lectures, debates, seminars, competitions, or quizzes. It also gives presentations at primary and secondary schools.

Contact person:

Michaela Neumannová

Title of the project

School is ending... and what does the EU offer me?

Start date:

November 6, 2023

End date:

December 14, 2023

Source of funding:

The main source of funding were our own resources.

Objectives:

This is a completely new educational program developed by our team. It targets students in their final years of vocational high schools, apprenticeships, higher vocational schools, and universities. Nonetheless, our primary focus was on students from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not plan to pursue further studies at the university level, for whom information about mobility and youth opportunities is particularly crucial. These students were introduced to the various opportunities that the EU offers them upon completing their schooling, including job opportunities, volunteering, further education, and travel options, such as the European Solidarity Corps, youth exchanges, DiscoverEU, and more. The two-hour program also incorporates hands-on activities and aligns with the objectives of the European Year of Skills.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

Our workshop, titled "School is ending... and what does the EU offer me?" aligns with the objectives of the Creative Youth Information Award category by employing innovative and engaging approaches to provide information to young people. Our aim was to heighten awareness of European mobility opportunities among youth. We utilized interactive workshop methods and digital platforms such as EURES and EUROPASS. Additionally, we encouraged active participation, for instance, by informing about solidarity projects among young people.

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

Thanks to our project, young people obtained an overview of the opportunities that the European Union offers them after high school. As part of the workshop activities, students enhanced their digital skills through a job search on the European Employment Service (EURES). Additionally, students had the opportunity to participate in our competition, where they submitted their CVs created using the online EUROPASS template (we provided guidance on using this template during the lecture). Undoubtedly, the main benefit and impact on the students were gaining information about mobility opportunities for young people.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

During high school lectures, we distributed official informational materials from Eurodesk to the students. Information about the European youth information network Eurodesk was also incorporated into the PowerPoint presentation. Lastly, we promoted the project on our Facebook page (https://1url.cz/Zu5J2; https://1url.cz/Vu5JE).

How it respected the green principles:

Our activities did not require printing or creating materials in paper form, which would burden the environment. Teaching was conducted in digital form. Environmentally friendly means of transportation, such as trains, were utilized in the project implementation.

This is a completely new educational program developed by our team. It targets students in their final years of vocational high schools, apprenticeships, higher vocational schools, and universities. Nonetheless, our primary focus was on students from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not plan to pursue further studies at the university level, for whom information about mobility and youth opportunities is particularly crucial. These students were introduced to the various opportunities that the EU offers them upon completing their schooling, including job opportunities, volunteering, further education, and travel options, such as the European Solidarity Corps, youth exchanges, DiscoverEU, and more. The two-hour program also incorporates hands-on activities and aligns with the objectives of the European Year of Skills.