Get Inspired, Get Involved, Get Skilled

WSTCYS

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Organisation:

WSTCYS

Country:

Ireland

About organisation:

WSTCYS has over 50 years’ experience working with communities in the area,and operates many types of Project, varying from Community Youth Projects toGarda Youth Diversion Projects to Community Based Drugs Initiatives.The organisation operates 40 Youth Projects, has over 120 staff, 300 volunteers,and works with over 10,000 young people each year.We‘ve been working in European Youth Work since the 1980s and are involvedin many aspects of Erasmus+, including Youth Worker Mobiliries, YouthExchanges, Cooperation Partnerships, ESC, Discover EU, and ERYICA YouthInformation Centres

Contact person:

Amy Doherty

Title of the project

Get Inspired, Get Involved, Get Skilled

Start date:

June 30, 2023

End date:

December 17, 2023

Source of funding:

This was a collaborative piece of work with our local Europe Direct Centre.Europe Direct contributed half of the funding and Eurodesk Waterfordcontributed their own resources

Objectives:

2023 was the European Year of Skills. We wanted to use the opportunity tohighlight the skills that can be obtained through involvement in differentEuropean Opportunities. The Event was Mc'd by a young person with all thespeakers and performers being young. There then was a panel with theprofessionals that could help young people to also have these experiences.There were a number of speakers who focused on the skills they obtained aswell as musical performances and short videos.Our local European MEP also spoke at the event about the importance ofvoting in the Elections and her role as a MEP in Europe.Some young people spoke about their involvement in Erasmus+Youth Exchanges, Semesters abroad, their ESC adventure. There was alsothree musical performances from a solo act, a band, and a rapper. Young people spokeabout the skills they acquired through their apprenticeship. Videos were shownabout Eures. Two young people from Ukraine also spoke abouttheir journey to Waterford and how they linked with local youth services and Youth Information andgot involved in life in Waterford - at 19 years of age this showcased the skill ofResilience.An expert panel then took questions from the audience on how they could getinvolved in Erasmus+ , ESC and Apprentices.About 300 young people attended the event in our local Theatre and wereprovided with some Merch and information on European Opportunitiesavailable to them.The event reached about 300 young people.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

The event gave young people the opportunity to hear from other young peopleabout their lived experiences. All those who spoke had been involved in projectsover the last year. They also met with their local MEP and were able to humaise the importance of voting and the role of the MEP and how it affects their life in Wateford They also found out who to contact if they wanted to getinvolved in a range of European Opportunities. The music, venue, and quick speakers was fast-paced and interestingto keep their interest.

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

Young people from schools, youth centres, early school leaving programmesattended the event. The Mayor of the city opened the event with our local MEP speaking at the event. We did it in conjunction with our local Europe DirectCentre. The event promoted our services throughout the city to young people and adults.Young people were given the opportunity to highlight their successes and talk about the skills that they have obtained.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

Eurodesk logos were used throughout the promotion of the event. We had a Eurodesk pullup and it was mentioned throughout the event. The eurodesk multiplier sat on the expert panel to take questions from the audience. Promotional material was also placed in all the Merch bags given to each of the young people

How it respected the green principles:

Young people travelled to the event on foot or by bus. All our promotion wasdone online with few posters printed. We ensured that all materials used werealready in our services and we promoted engagement online .

2023 was the European Year of Skills. We wanted to use the opportunity to
highlight the skills that can be obtained through involvement in different
European Opportunities. The Event was Mc’d by a young person with all the
speakers and performers being young. There then was a panel with the
professionals that could help young people to also have these experiences.
There were a number of speakers who focused on the skills they obtained as
well as musical performances and short videos.
Our local European MEP also spoke at the event about the importance of
voting in the Elections and her role as a MEP in Europe.
Some young people spoke about their involvement in Erasmus+
Youth Exchanges, Semesters abroad, their ESC adventure. There was also
three musical performances from a solo act, a band, and a rapper. Young people spoke
about the skills they acquired through their apprenticeship. Videos were shown
about Eures. Two young people from Ukraine also spoke about
their journey to Waterford and how they linked with local youth services and Youth Information and
got involved in life in Waterford – at 19 years of age this showcased the skill of
Resilience.
An expert panel then took questions from the audience on how they could get
involved in Erasmus+ , ESC and Apprentices.
About 300 young people attended the event in our local Theatre and were
provided with some Merch and information on European Opportunities
available to them.
The event reached about 300 young people.