Our organisation, through the Erasmus+ KA3 Networking project GET THE NET, gives the opportunity to young people to work together and express their creativity, motivation and ideas, in order to create small changes in them and into the society.
During 2023, we organised 4 events where youth were given the space, the time and the recourses, to come together, work togegher and contribute to a better reality.
A dynamic group of local youngsters gathered on May 2023, in order to brainstorm, discuss, design and prepare a series of artistic activities that would take place in Nea Moudania during summer 2023.
Wanting to take an active role in the artistic reality of our city this summer, most of them students of artistic courses (musicians, painters, video-artists) they reacted positively in our call, in order to co-design a series of artistic events that would address to local youngsters, and to people of all ages too.
To facilitate the process, we divided the participants into smaller groups, each entrusted with the task of proposing ideas for a specific art event. Then they had to decide the date and the place, to discuss about the composition of the final program, the resources that would be needed, how we could find sponsors or involve successfully the local stakeholders, and finally how they could be involved in the dissemination and communication of the events.
At the end of project, we had a short evaluation of the meeting, making sure each one of them was heard and expressed as wished, and renewed our meeting for the next phase of the preparation.
The second youth working group meeting was about animals’ day, on 4th of October!
A motivated group of youngsters that live in our city, most of them high school and university students, wanted to raise their voice against animal’s abuse, and talk about the protection of animal life, with the occasion of the Worlds Animal Day, on 4th of October. They organized everything by themselves, and were actively involved in every step of the process.
They decided to host a big event in the central square of our city, and invite kids and adults to engage in games, quiz, and interactive workshops, all focused on animals’ rights.
They were divided into smaller groups, each entrusted with the task of proposing ideas for a specific workshop. Then they had to decide what games they would include, the duration, the target group, and organize the promotion of the event, the resources that would be needed, how we could find sponsors or involve successfully the local stakeholders, and finally how they could be involved in the dissemination and communication of the event.
The event was really successful, with a lot of kids and adults, and many passengers stopping by and participating voluntarily. The youngsters expressed their satisfaction and happiness for the good collaboration they had between them, and for the successful implementation of the activities.
The third working group was about youngsters teaching other youngsters on how to create their own web-radio show. Our volunteers visited Redditus, a Non-Profit Organization in Thessaloniki, that work with disabled people, and educated its volunteers on creating a web radio station from scratch.
The group was really excited for this new knowledge and after learning everything about the technical part, they started working in groups, in order to decide the shows, they want to produce, the topic, the duration, the platform from which they would broadcast, their target groups etc.
We had a short evaluation at the end of the meeting, and all the youngsters expressed their satisfaction for this new tool of non-formal education, that can help them spread their message about inclusion of people with disabilities, and make more sensible the people towards it.
The fourth working group was about a workshop that led to a series of teambuilding activities! Our youngsters wanted to explore more on the topic of team dynamics and how you can create a successful team building session, so they gathered in order to explore possible team building activities and other tools of NFE education, useful to activate engagement, create cohesion in the group and team bonding.
Later, they had the opportunity to test this games and activities in a group of ESC volunteers that we hosted during the summer.