Organic C.O.F.F.E.E. - Community of Fervent, Engaged Enthusiasts: Active Volunteer and Animator Hub

Rysy Foundation

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Organisation:

Rysy Foundation

Country:

Poland

About organisation:

We are a youth social enterprise. Right now we cooperate with more than 35 young people 18-30 years old through Project Based Learning Methodology. The foundation's activities are aimed at young people and people with them cooperating in words in rural and small-town areas. We carry out specific consultancies on the management and creation of non-profit entities and European programs for young people. The strategic goal is the development of social entrepreneurship and key competencies among young people, using non-formal education methods, Project Based Learning, based on the historical ideas of Wielkopolska's organic work, integral ecology, and the contemporary socio-economic trend of creating shared value (CSV) and to create changes in thinking about cultural and social education, as well as to develop new tools for its implementation. Projects are based on the knowledge of local needs and contexts, and each of the activities can encourage participants to take an active initiative.

Contact person:

Maciej Tomkowiak

Title of the project

Organic C.O.F.F.E.E. - Community of Fervent, Engaged Enthusiasts: Active Volunteer and Animator Hub

Start date:

January 1, 2023

End date:

December 31, 2023

Source of funding:

Different parts of our project were funded by National grant, Eurodesk Brussels grant and our own resources.Official formal polish name of the project is: "K.A.W.A. organiczna. Klub Aktywnych Wolontariuszy i Animatorów pracy organicznej".For the purpose of this application we translated it into:Organic C.O.F.F.E.E. - Community of Fervent, Engaged Enthusiasts: Active Volunteer and Animator Hub

Objectives:

Main objectives of the project were to increase civic activity, engagement and participation among youth from local schools from rural areas of the Greater Poland district and better prepare them for upcoming elections to EU Parliament.We have done that by organizing a series of euroclasses about europarticipation or europrojects and similar workshops with the use of Polish Eurodesk EU on Board and Eurochances board games. Through these sessions, we didn't just educate – we inspired. After Euroclasses, youth planned together with us their projects for their school or local communities, for which they have obtained fundings: from 400 PLN to 14000 PLN (100-3000 EUR).As a result:- our program resonated across 11 schools and 4 NGOs, including 3 Eurodesk local points, creating a widespread impact.- 11 schools and 4 NGOs (among them 3 Eurodesk local points) were involved in the project;- 2300 youth from rural areas participated in euroclasses and we realized with youth local;- we have promoted https://together.eu/ webpage;- participants didn't just learn; they turned their newfound knowledge into action, conceiving and executing 11 local projects. These ranged from modest initiatives with budgets of 400-1150 PLN to substantial endeavors funded up to 14,000 PLN;- together with young people we realized 11 small local projects: 9 with the budget 400-1150 PLN, 2 with the budget 10 000 - 14 000 PLN);- we have made several interviews with youth about youth participation;

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

By organizing euroclasses focused on europarticipation and related concepts, the initiative directly educated young people on the importance and mechanics of civic engagement. This knowledge is crucial in empowering youth to take an active role in their communities and beyond.The use of engaging and interactive tools like the Eurodesk EU on Board and Eurochances board games made learning about participation and the European Union accessible and appealing.The initiative went beyond theoretical learning, encouraging participants to apply their knowledge in the real world. By planning and executing local projects with funding support, youth were not only able to practice their skills in project management and community organization but also to see the tangible impact of their efforts.Focusing on preparing youth for the EU Parliament elections, the initiative directly contributed to increasing awareness and participation in democratic processes.In summary, this initiative effectively combined education, practical application, and broad outreach to significantly contribute to the thematic category of Youth Participation and Engagement. It not only equipped young people with knowledge and skills but also actively involved them in democratic processes and community projects, thereby fostering a culture of active and informed citizenship.

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

Among many others, young people realized their local project: different workshops for their schools, common action to build wooden hangers in school, one big concert for over 500 people in Leszno, first aid training for local community, local school radio and studio etc.11 schools and 4 NGOs (among them 3 Eurodesk local points) were involved in the project.By participating in our euroclasses and workshops, young people gained a deeper understanding of democratic processes, europarticipation, and the importance of their role in shaping society. This education significantly increased their civic awareness and responsibility. The opportunity for young participants to plan and implement local projects empowered them with practical skills in project management, leadership, and community organization. The focus on preparing for EU Parliament elections directly contributed to an increased interest and participation among the youth in these and other democratic processes. The successful implementation of 11 local projects, ranging from smaller initiatives to larger ventures, directly benefited the local communities. These projects addressed various community needs, fostering a sense of solidarity and collective effort. The initiative contributed to the cultural and social development of the participating areas by encouraging young people to take an active interest in their communities.Finally, the success of this initiative serves as an inspiration and a model for future projects.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

To ensure the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk, we implemented a multi-faceted strategy.We seamlessly incorporated Eurodesk resources and information into our euroclasses and workshops. We've informed school and Youth about Eurodesk in our emails, by phone calls, in our dedicated and specified offer of workshops and on our webpage and social media. We actively promoted Eurodesk on our website, social media platforms, and through digital newsletters.Utilizing engaging Eurodesk tools such as the EU on Board and Eurochances board games in our sessions provided a hands-on experience with Eurodesk resources. This interactive method proved effective in capturing the interest of young people and promoting Eurodesk in an enjoyable and memorable way.Finally, we've got partners (2 Eurodesk local Points - Centrum Aktywności Twórczej CAT Foundation, ZSBIN Konin school, plus us as the 3rd Eurodesk point) and patronage: Polish Council of Youth Organizations and mayor of the Czerwonak commune.

How it respected the green principles:

To minimize paper use, we prioritized digital communication and documentation. This included electronic distribution of educational materials, online registration for projects, and digital reporting. In our physical workshops and euroclasses, we ensured the use of sustainable, recycled, or recyclable materials. We have used eco-paper. For local projects we made conscious decisions to procure goods and services from local suppliers with proven eco-friendly practices, reducing carbon footprint associated with transportation.

Main objectives of the project were to increase civic activity, engagement and participation among youth from local schools from rural areas of the Greater Poland district and better prepare them for upcoming elections to EU Parliament.

We have done that by organizing a series of euroclasses about europarticipation or europrojects and similar workshops with the use of Polish Eurodesk EU on Board and Eurochances board games.
Through these sessions, we didn’t just educate – we inspired. After Euroclasses, youth planned together with us their projects for their school or local communities, for which they have obtained fundings: from 400 PLN to 14000 PLN (100-3000 EUR).

As a result:
– our program resonated across 11 schools and 4 NGOs, including 3 Eurodesk local points, creating a widespread impact.
– 11 schools and 4 NGOs (among them 3 Eurodesk local points) were involved in the project;
– 2300 youth from rural areas participated in euroclasses and we realized with youth local;
– we have promoted https://together.eu/ webpage;
– participants didn’t just learn; they turned their newfound knowledge into action, conceiving and executing 11 local projects. These ranged from modest initiatives with budgets of 400-1150 PLN to substantial endeavors funded up to 14,000 PLN;
– together with young people we realized 11 small local projects: 9 with the budget 400-1150 PLN, 2 with the budget 10 000 – 14 000 PLN);
– we have made several interviews with youth about youth participation;