Our youth are our future.  Working with youth to gain their perspectives and to help them understand the world better is one of our priorities and obligations.  In our time of difficulty it is often the youth that pay the price of our mistakes and suffer the effects of our bad judgment.

Our work with youth includes:

Youth Initiatives:  Allowing the youth of today to build projects around their needs and interest and supporting them in every way possible.

Youth Exchanges:  Allowing the youth of the world to get together for common goals and exchange cultures and learn from each other.

Youth Democracy and Youth Policy:  Giving the youth a better understanding of their place in a democratic world and letting them know that individually they can make a difference.  Discussing youth policy with youth and policy makers to shape their future together.

Training and Education: Offering training and educational courses to youth and youth workers and leaders.

Anti-drug campaigns:  Working with youth to combat drug abuse and to educate them about the dangers associated with drug abuse.

Youth Unemployment:  A major issue during these times and a main priority for the current and future years.  Finding was to get youth unemployment reduced. 

Volunteerism:  A term we often take for granted.  Building our future requires a lot of volunteering and during these difficult times most people generally think of the self rather than the society but when we neglect our society we neglect ourselves.  We offer youth opportunities to volunteer on local and international levels so that they can gain more experience and implement this experience in their working environment and their communities.

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Testimonials

Thank's to the Youth Exchange „Where do i Belong?” organized in Romania, in a wonderful area, named Predeal, i would like to think that i just found out where my soul and heart feels the best. 

In the first days were more relaxed and had enough space and opportunities to get to know each other and to accommodate.

So we took baby steps at first but I feel like we learned how to communicate better with people from other cultures (develop our social skills) and the most important aspect is that we were all the time encouraged to make friends through cooperation.

Personally i feel that there was not a single person with who i didn't interact with or had a dynamic activity with. 

I had the opportunity as well to organize a first workshop regarding the asylum seekers procedure from Romania together with Mihaela which decreased my fear for public speaking and also helped me to reach full potential when i want to transmit an idea in front of a numerous people.

Each activity that we had (name games, role play, creating a video, a magazine, a song about our experience during this days, building a country together, migrating to another cultures and become minority, crocodile game, game of thrones, etc) had a moral story behind, a problem that people are facing in different situations. 

This activities helped us to synchronize as a group, to realize all the barriers that a migrant, a refugee for example needs to go through, or maybe how all the stereotypes regarding genders affects our daily life without even recognize them. 

After all, I am pleased to say that this project has been really useful to share our experience, to overcome our fears, to learn to work as a one mind group, to connect everybody with everybody. Even the hosting place was amazing and the staff has been delighted and implicated.  

I am taking a picture in my memory palace to be sure that i will never forget this experience and the beautiful people which actually made this happen.

Thank you, my friends!

Anita Toth from Romania

 

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