Journey in Europe

Youth House Sliven

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Organisation:

Youth House Sliven

Country:

Bulgaria

About organisation:

Youth House is a municipal youth center in Sliven, Bulgaria. We are organizing different events and work with the young people of the municipality. Our focus is European citizenship, personal development, career consulting, soft skills and many more. Youth House is a member of the Eurodesk network and we are the only info point of Eurodesk in the region. We have different workshops, debate club, eco club, music club, trainings on leadership, teamwork, fake news and social media, volunteering, communication, and more. We have a youth council since 1998 and the young people organize events according to their needs with our support. We are working in partnership with all the schools and NGOs around that work with young people and marginalized groups and with all the institutions.

Contact person:

Ralitsa Pashova

Title of the project

Journey in Europe

Start date:

September 29, 2023

End date:

October 31, 2023

Source of funding:

The project was partially financed by the Eurodesk grant under the Time to move campaign. We also contributed from our own budget. We used the Eurodesk funding that was 485 euro to buy 85 textile shopping bags and printed the Time to move and Eurodesk logos on them. Also we bought textile paint and textile markers for painting the bags. We hired a graphics designer to make 3 workshops with young people. From our budget we bought prizes for the winners of the drawing contest and printed certifica

Objectives:

The project was a drawing contest with topic Journey in Europe. We published the contest info and made connections with different schools in the region. In the first part of the project students were supposed to draw their dream destination in Europe, where they want to go, or to imagine a trip in Europe and paint it. In the second part of the project all the winners from the drawing contest were invited to a workshop during which with the help of our mentor - graphics designer, they were able to draw their painting on a textile bag with textile paints or markers and keep it for themselves. During the workshops we were able to give information about European opportunities that those young people have. Also we gave them as prize some painting materials /pencils, water colours, scetchbooks, etc./, a certificate and info materials of Eurodesk. Wearing the bags afterwards gives us a chance to advertise Eurodesk and Time to move among other young people who will see the logos and the bags.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

During the drawing contest we managed to inspire young people from one of the schools in the city to participate. All of the kids in this school are Roma kids that live in the poorest neighborhood in the city. Most of them do not have elementary living conditions such as running water, electricity, etc. For most of them Europe is unknown territory and they cannot even dream of being outside the country. With the drawing contest we managed to give them a bit of information of the countries and the places they can visit in Europe. We managed to explain that everyone has equal opportunities to study, work and train abroad. The excitement in their eyes spoke to us a lot that there is a new dream and impetus to work hard on their education so they can manage to go and see the world. Also we managed to reach a few kids from a school that is in a village near Sliven, also from the Roma minority. Usually they are in a closed community in the village and do not come in the city often. This gave them the chance to see something different, to feel valuable and to believe more in themselves.

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

The impact in the youth community was that we managed to focus the attention of the youngsters on Europe, its principles, the opportunities that the Union is giving to the young people. We manage to give hope and dreams to those who don't believe that they have future. We offered the young people an alternative to the dark conditions they live. For our organization it is a great achievement to be able to change perspectives in that community and in the young people's minds.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

We published in our social media accounts - Facebook profile, Facebook page, Instagram. We also published information in the local online media/news web cites. We sent e-mails to all the schools that we work with. After the contest we published a post with the best paintings. After each workshop we published photos of the young people that participated and their textile bags.

How it respected the green principles:

We decided to give as prize textile bags because we would like to educate the young people to keep the nature and reduce their garbage footprint. The idea was to stimulate them to make their own bag and use it after that.

The project was a drawing contest with topic Journey in Europe. We published the contest info and made connections with different schools in the region. In the first part of the project students were supposed to draw their dream destination in Europe, where they want to go, or to imagine a trip in Europe and paint it. In the second part of the project all the winners from the drawing contest were invited to a workshop during which with the help of our mentor – graphics designer, they were able to draw their painting on a textile bag with textile paints or markers and keep it for themselves. During the workshops we were able to give information about European opportunities that those young people have. Also we gave them as prize some painting materials /pencils, water colours, scetchbooks, etc./, a certificate and info materials of Eurodesk. Wearing the bags afterwards gives us a chance to advertise Eurodesk and Time to move among other young people who will see the logos and the bags.