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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

The Born Leader

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

Pictures: Macedonia February 2006

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.

More info here.  

Title: Networking for European Citizenship

Type of Project: Multilateral EVS Project – Centralized Level.

Period: 15th August 2006 – 15th August 2007

Hosting Placements:
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
Nikola Bajić

Volunteers hosted by Pro Atlantico Juvenil – Portugal

Ervisa Dervishi – Albania

Financing Body:European Commission through YOUTH programme

More info here and here.


Project name : The born leader, Action 5-6

Period and location: 23-30 JUN 2006 –Ankara, Turkey

Organizers: “Yomra Youth Council” organization from Trabzon, Turkey

Participants: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldavia, Poland, Belgium, Turkey.

Goal: instructive, training for the futures leaders

Short description: the training program was a dynamic one: presentations, debates, workshops, visiting different cultural locations in Ankara, and regarding the evenings : parties or receptions.

Activities: usually , the project took place in  the Regency Hotel, where we were hosted and the main activities were:

-Presentations: of the participants’ country and of some leaders from their country.

- Workshops: different energizing games, ice-breaking games, how to work efficiently in a team and how to make projects together.

- Daily evaluations.

-Free 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 intercultural night.

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




Project title: Methods of the disabled peoples “integration with the united europe's society in the youth exchanges”


Date and place: GdanskPoland / 20-28 May 2006


Organization: Centre for Youth Co-operation and mobility


20 participants of Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Grecian, Turkey, Italia, Portugal, and Ireland


Scope: 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 with clay.

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: hand-made paper.

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.



History?  Live it up!


11-16 Mai 2006- Nea Makri- Athens- Greece


Organization: Hellenic Association of  Informatics

Partners: Hellenic Youth Council, Euro-Mediterranean Youth Platform

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:

Tuesday 11/05:


-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.

Friday 12/05:


-Visit to some archaeological curiosities around Nea-Makri. Guided visits. Interesting.

-Visit of the fire station. We didn’t understand the purpose of this visit.

-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 of Greece 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.


Saturday 13/05:


-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 expected.

-Shopping in the old city.

-The visit of the marble stadium was cancelled because the time was missing.

Sunday 14/05:


-Visit of the museum of Islamic art: really good museum!

-Planetarium: ok.

-Naval Park: Stefanos’s explanation concerning the ships used in the antic Greece to fight was really interesting.


-The coast by bus, really beautiful.

-Cape Sounion 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.

Monday 15/05:


-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.

Tuesday 16/05:


-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 preparation.

-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 unforgettable.



Name of the project:” ruraLearn
Period and venue: 12th-19th of may 2006, Nava de Ricomalillo, Spain.
Partners:Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Turkey
Participants: Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Turkey
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 visits.
The main elements of the training course were:
-Community development;
-Presentation of the European Youth Programme;
-Intercultural learning;
-Project management;
-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 behind.


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 and multiculturalism

·         Construct the European Platform for Supporting Youth Initiatives in the EU and Neighboring Countries 

·         Promote goals and objectives of the Youth Programme

·         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 Youth Development


( Stip , Macedonia ) – 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 field.


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 .



Purpose and 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, February 2006


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