European Platform for Youth Development (EPYD)
EPYD is the association that has grown out of the project
"Networking for Tomorrow" begun in 2005.
NICE - Network Involving Citizens of Europe
"Networking for European Citizenship" - Centraliezed EVS project
Methods of the disabled
peoples “integration with the united europe's society in the youth exchanges”
History? Live it up!
Project: Networking for Tomorrow
Press Release: Launching of the EPYD
Purpose and Mission of EPYD
Download: Platform Diagram
Project: Seminar on Active Citizenship
Title: NICE - Network Involving Citizens of Europe
Period: 3 – 7th April 2007 (arrival date 2nd of April)
Location: Targu Jiu. Romania
NICE - Network Involving Citizens of Europe aims at promoting volunteerism, with an accent on European Voluntary Service, as a means to provide opportunities of self awareness and intercultural learning as well as to provide the space for opportunities to act as multipliers for spurring European awareness and active participation and establish bridges of cooperation amongst participating NGOs.
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Title: Networking for European Citizenship
Type of Project: Multilateral EVS Project – Centralized Level.
Period: 15th August 2006 – 15th August 2007
Romania – Targu Jiu and communities from Gorj County
Denmark – Baaring – Asperup commune
Portugal – Oeiras – close to Lisbon
Partners involved and their role:
Youngsters without Borders – Romania – Coordinator and hosting association
Baaring Folk High School – Denmark – Hosting Partner
Pro Atlantico Juvenil – Portugal – Hosting Partner
Beyond the Barriers – Albania – Sending Partner
PEL – Macedonia – Sending Partner
Centre for Youth Integration – Sending Partner
Volunteers involved in the project.
Volunteers hosted by Youngsters without Borders – Romania
Irena Boras – Serbia
Stance Mickov – Macedonia
Afrim Gërbeti – Albania
Milena Ristovska – Macedonia
Volunteers hosted by Baaring Folk High School – Denmark
Igor Sivacev – Macedonia
Valbona Kraja – Albania
Volunteers hosted by Pro Atlantico Juvenil – Portugal
Ervisa Dervishi – Albania
Financing Body:European Commission through YOUTH programme
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name : The born leader, Action 5-6
Period and location: 23-30 JUN 2006 –Ankara, Turkey
Organizers: “Yomra Youth Council” organization from Trabzon, Turkey
Bulgaria, Romania, Moldavia,
Poland, Belgium, Turkey.
Goal: instructive, training for the futures leaders
description: the training program
was a dynamic one: presentations, debates, workshops, visiting different
cultural locations in Ankara,
and regarding the evenings : parties or
Activities: usually , the project took place in the Regency Hotel, where we were hosted
and the main activities were:
of the participants’ country and of some leaders from their country.
different energizing games, ice-breaking games, how to work efficiently in
a team and how to make projects together.
time: visiting different locations in Ankara
(caves, cherry festival, Memorial Ataturk –one of the leaders from Turkey)
swimming pool (in one afternoon), few hours for shopping, parties and one
Results: in my opinion the project was a success, an
opportunity to meet people from different youth organizations, friendship
and a unique life experience.
Comments: only positive thoughts J
title: Methods of the disabled peoples “integration with the united europe's
society in the youth exchanges”
Date and place: Gdansk – Poland /
20-28 May 2006
Organization: Centre for Youth Co-operation and mobility
of Poland, Romania, Bulgaria,
The methods are especially worked-out to be used in the
projects that involve the disabled youth
A visit to the Occupational Therapy Workshop – Workshop: a practical use of ceramics as a therapeutic tool- work
A technological excursion- burning the ceramic objects.
A visit to the Occupational Therapy Workshop which helps the disabled to
organize everyday life, teaches them housekeeping and the workshop of
hand-made paper. – Workshop:
Intercultural historical workshop: Teutonic Knights, Poles, the Swedes;
an example how to make an interesting intercultural study classes out of a
common tourist attraction
Workshop concerning such problems as: Learning of cooperation in the
group, respecting rules and principles created by the whole group;
Destroying the behavioral disorders, acquiring the skills and competence
indispensable in the European society; Discovering various creative and
organization skills, talents and aptitudes in yourself, possibility of
self-fulfillment through taking up positive activities and roles in the
group; Raising self-respect level of the participants coming from
discriminated societies- work in
groups, creative games.
Visit to the disabled people’s centre, presentation of the disabled
occupants of the centre and their everyday work, discussions, a meeting
with volunteers, games.
Each workshop was followed of a discussion about what one did.
The contact with the disabled people was very interesting, it was the
first time for me, and I’ve like it. And to meets with people of all of Europe.
Live it up!
11-16 Mai 2006- Nea Makri-
Organization: Hellenic Association of Informatics
Partners: Hellenic Youth Council, Euro-Mediterranean Youth
Participants: Asociacion Cultural Marineda / Spain, Legabiente Circolo Partinico/ Italy, Semper Avanti / Poland, Kocaeli Social Development / Turkey, Krantas / Lithuania, Youngsters Without Borders /
Romania, Kikoto Youth Culture Club / Hungary.
Goal: The aim of this project was to give the youngsters the
opportunity to live their cultural identity by discovering others way of
living, from the past Greek civilization until now.
Short description: The activities could be divided among 3 main
topics: the antic Greek history, the local community of Nea Makri and Athens
and the presentation of the different cultures participating. The historic
part with the acropolis, the archaeological museum, the islamic
museum,.. could offer us
a real feeling of what we all learned at school and in books.
The activities: See the program attached.
Results of what was planned:
-No presentation of the project in itself and of the global sense.
-No expression of the different expectations of the participants.
-Presentation of the NGO’s
-Small game to present the participants.
-The Tree of history: By group, we had to find 1 or 2 topics which
according to us had influenced the large history of the societies. After we
had to extend those topics with examples. It gives a shape of a tree.
It was an opportunity to think about the various human activities and
decisions which have such an historic influence.
The idea was really good, the team work also but unfortunately almost no
common discussion followed.
-Visit to some archaeological curiosities around Nea-Makri.
Guided visits. Interesting.
-Visit of the fire station. We didn’t understand the purpose of this
-Touristic tour in Nea-Makri
with the local little train, Funny
-Half an hour devoted to the strangers’ point of view about the city of Nea
makri through pictures. The idea was to
express our feelings of
beauty, strangeness, ugly,.. with
photos, for an exhibition which will
happen later in the week. Good idea but with no following as the exhibition
never happened without explanations. The confrontation with the local team
would have been interesting.
-Presentation of the music of the different countries: A good
opportunity to share but the groups weren’t good prepared. One of the
reasons is that we were aware rather late about that session, with uncleared instructions.
No time to hear to everybody.
The very good point was the course given by a folkloric Greek dancer,
invited by the hosting organization.
-Visit of the archaeological museum: really good and interesting but too
long, comparatively of the really busy program of that day. A lot of
participants didn’t follow the all guided visit.
-Visit of the Acropolis: ok!
One hour and something of introduction before entering in the place, we
could analyze deeply that our guide could perform her job, much more than
-Shopping in the old city.
-The visit of the marble stadium was cancelled because the time was
-Visit of the museum of Islamic art: really good museum!
-Naval Park: Stefanos’s explanation concerning
the ships used in the antic Greece
to fight was really interesting.
-The coast by bus, really beautiful.
and the Poseidon’s temple. Interesting, beautiful.
The energizing game prepared by the Romanian team was cancelled, no
necessity to do such a game at that moment. No feed back from the
organization to offer us the possibility to do it later.
-Evening with some Greeks musicians. The occasion for the guitars
players, singers and dancers to share their traditions. Great.
-Speech: the importance of the institutions promoving
the crossing intercultural.
-Ceramic session: art part of the program. Good prepared regarding the
material we had at our disposal.
-Speech about the Greek language in the world
-Presentation of the music of the countries that didn’t had time to do
it on Friday.
-Presentation of the different countries through DVD’s, power point presentation,..
It wasn’t included in the program.
-Presentation of the action 2, EVS program. No presentation of the rests
of the youth program.
-Preparation for the intercultural night: mainly cooking activity.
-The intercultural night: First, Greeks dancers of folk offered us a
spectacle. Secondly, we shared the foods, the drinks we brought from our
countries. Some teams were dressed with popular clothes.
The ambiance was really good!
Impressions and suggestions:
-The accommodation, the food and the service of the hotel were perfects.
-We received the program one week before. It’s really too late if we
discovered at that moment that some sessions were depending on our
-Lack of global sense, we would have appreciate an introduction to this
project, not only for the leader and based on the program but an
explanation of what we want to develop during one week together.
-Lack of ice breakers and games to learn to know each others. For a
short period of time, they are really useful in order to give to the group
an identity and a biggest power of exchanges and creativity.
Anyway those exchanges between youngsters from different cultures remain
Name of the project:” ruraLearn”
Period and venue: 12th-19th of may 2006, Nava de Ricomalillo, Spain.
Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Turkey
Participants: Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania,
Aim: The aim of the „ruraLearn”
Training Course was to address the needs of youth workers developing
activities with youngsters from rural areas, by providing them with the
necessary tools and posibilities to effectively
make use of the European Youth Programme to open
doors for young people to active participation in society.
Short Description: „ruraLearn”
training course was addressed to youth workers who develop activities with
youngsters from rural areas. The training course was held in Nava de Ricomalillo – a small village situated in the Region of
Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
The training course was organised by LA CUMBRE
Association with the contribution of experienced youth workers and
trainers. Participants brought their contribution to develop a long term
strategy in terms of youth development within Nava de Ricomalillo.
Activities: During one week the youngsters participated in
activities such as workshops, information sessions, workshops, observation
The main elements of the training course were:
-Presentation of the European Youth Programme;
-Project development within the European Yoth Programme;
Personal thoughts: This Training Course represented a
unique experience which I strongly recommend to all youngsters interested
in active participation in their communities. Such an event provides new
perspectives on life and gives the possibility of development both from a
personal and a professional perspective. I advise all those that are given
such an opportunity to take it and make the best of it.
Networking for Tomorrow
Networking for Tomorrow is a program developed by a multilateral
team of Youth NGO’s looking to assist Youth NGO’s in overcoming the economical, cultural, and geographic
barriers that serve to divide not only persons working in the Youth NGO
field, but the European Youth community as a whole.
As the EU is increasingly focusing on neighbouring countries not yet
in the EU, we believe it is crucial to bring together Youth Organizations
from EU member states, Eastern European and Caucasus
states in order that we may all move forward together and leave no country
Therefore, Networking for Tomorrow will bring together Youth NGO’s in seven different regions and in various stages
of development in order to:
Exchange best practices in terms of methods and
ways for youth development
Foster understanding amongst partners with
different cultures and viewpoints
Build bridges of communication based on diversity
Construct the European Platform for Supporting
Youth Initiatives in the EU and Neighboring
Promote goals and objectives of the Youth
Contribute to the inclusion of countries and
regions with fewer opportunities with regards to youth development
Improve teamwork and project development skills
The development and implementation of this project directly benefits
not only those persons intimately involved with the project by exposing
them to a culturally diverse team-work environment, it also benefits the
youth in all the partners’ countries by strengthening the NGO’s that work to improve youth development.
Indirectly, Networking for Tomorrow benefits the EU by increasing
the skill level of persons in countries that will someday become member
states and exposing persons in current member states to future members. It
benefits all countries in Europe by
increasing youth participation in civic society thereby preparing them for
their future roles as leaders on the local, national and international
scene. Finally, it benefits the general public by raising public awareness
of youth issues.
By focusing on building cooperation at the European, interregional
and local levels, Networking for Tomorrow will benefit all.
Our vision includes the development of workshops that will bring the
participants together in order to learn to work as team, exchange
information, knowledge, and experience, and to discover new skill, abilities,
attitudes and values. The workshops will be constructed around the central
themes of networking, exchange of best practices, and methodological
approaches to diffusing inter-nation clashes
Through study tours, participants will get an onsite perspective of
the working environment at the European level, and also in countries such
as Macedonia and Serbia.
Another key element will be the opportunity for participants to make
connections between discussions taking place within the program and the
realities in their home countries by participating in round table
discussions focused on themes such as networking, opportunities and
challenges in the international arena, and financial constraints that
affect the Youth NGO sector as a whole.
Networking for Tomorrow aims to become the place that any Youth NGO
can turn to for advice, consultation, and practical solutions for problems
facing Youth NGO’s in the EU, Eastern
Europe and the Caucus’.
We will become a depository for information regarding networking,
youth issues and policy and, consequently, a large disseminator of such
information to the youth, Youth NGOs, and the general public and work to
overcome prejudices, facilitate understanding between cultures, and break
down the tangible and intangible barriers that divide us.
March 8, 2006
Plans made to launch the European Platform for
) – Partners from every corner of Europe gathered in Stip , Macedonia
to finalize plans for the launching of the association
European Platform for Youth Development (EPYD).
EPYD is a non-governmental, non-profit, apolitical body based on
regional cooperation between the European Union and partner countries. The
founding fathers are organizations from Albania
, Azerbaijan , Italy
, Macedonia , Malta
, Romania , Serbia
, Turkey , Denmark
, Georgia .
EPYDs mission is to increase
the quality & accountability, support the development, lobby for the recognition,
and advocate the active participation of organizations working in the youth
In between May 21-25th, 2006 there will be the first General
Assembly in Brussels followed
by meetings at the European Commission, European Parliament and Mission of
Romania to the European Union.
The setting up of the European Platform for Youth Development (EPYD)
is the fruitful outcome of the project Networking for Tomorrow coordinated
by Youngsters without Borders ( Romania
) and co-financed by the European Commission through the Youth Programme
managed by the National Authority for Youth in Romania
Mission of EPYD
EPYD is a non-governmental, non-profit, apolitical body based on regional
cooperation between the European Union and partner countries
EPYDs mission is to increase
the quality & accountability, support the development, lobby for the
recognition, and advocate the active participation of organizations working
in the youth field.
Pictures: Stip, Macedonia,