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JA-YE Alumni Europe Annual Report 2013


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n 2013 we broadened the achievements map of JA-YE Alumni Europe - Jerusalem, Oslo, Liege, London, Tallinn, Brussels are some of the locations which allowed us to put focus on entrepreneurship and leadership amongst Europe’s youth. This year was special also for the successful Changing Lives campaign which engaged 341 JA-YE alumni from 28 countries around the globe. They reached to 134 00 young people with the purpose to inspire, empower and challenge them. This awareness campaign successfully grew from a European initiative into a global movement. The growing network of JA-YE Alumni proves to have an important role for developing the entrepreneurial mindset of the generations to come. We are thankful to JA-YE Europe for the continuous support, to all our partners and all dedicated members who contribute to the expansion of our reach.

Elena Tosheva

JA-YE Alumni Europe president


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CONTENTS

04 22 06 12 34 14 38 Map

The Board

Changing Lives


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ABOUT US J

A-YE Alumni Europe is a non-profit network consisting of young Europeans who share a passion for entrepreneurship and leadership. The network spans across 21 active member countries, with over 4000 members and counting. JA-YE Alumni Europe is the official alumni organization of JA-YE Europe, and all members are former participants of JA-YE programmes. The mission of JA-YE Alumni Europe is to inspire and motivate young people to develop and succeed. The organisation provides all Alumni members the opportunity to:

Each year, JA-YE Alumni Europe organises events for our members. The National Coordinators Meetings are held yearly with the purpose of gathering representatives from all member countries and giving them the opportunity to meet, share ideas and plan future projects together. The Annual Conference is another international event, in which all Alumni members are provided with the opportunity to meet, discuss and network in an inspiring setting. In 2013, the National Coordinators Meeting took place in Oslo, Norway and the Annual Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Participate in JA-YE Europe and JA-YE Alumni Europe events

Our mission is to inspire and motivate young people to succeed

Share knowledge, build relationships and network across borders Develop leadership skills and gain entrepreneurship experience Work towards a common goal in an inspiring volunteer environment

JA-YE Alumni Europe is also responsible for the Alumni Leadership Award. The award was founded in 2011 and is given to 15 participants that stood out as individuals during the Company of the Year Competition. The winners are those who have showed great leadership skills, role model behaviour, team solidarity and the true Alumni spirit.


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How we changed lives


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CHANGING LIVES I

n 2012 JA-YE alumni launched the largest awareness campaing in its history with the aim to inspire, empower and challenge youths in Europe. The campaign meant to encourage JA-YE alumni to reach out to schools sharing their own personal stories. The idea for a joint alumni initiative was first hatched at the 2011 alumni conference in Munich. “The idea was for us to do what we do best, namely, share our story and inspire others to become achievers, we just wanted to do it together and to quantify this for the world to see� - Louise Edwards, campaign initiator and Co-Campaign Manager. JA-YE Alumni Europe set itself an ambitious goal: reach 100 000 students with a little bit more than one year.

134 362 young people

were reached by JA-YE alumni

In the middle of 2012 the campaign went global as a Youth in Action grant supported the expansion of the outreach initiative. China, South Korea, Brazil and Kenya joined resulting in a connection forming between alumni from four different world parts with individual alumni achieving together. The Changing Lives Campaign gave a unique platform to JA-YE alumni from all around the world to support what they believe in. Young people organized themselves, trained and motivated each other across borders. The official closure of the campaign took place at the Gala Dinner of the JA-YE Alumni Europe Annual Conference in Tallinn, August 2013 where we celebrated the impressive results:

28

countries worldwide took part in the campaign

341

alumni delivered a Changing Lives session


35 During the Final Summit awards for the best performing countries and individuals in different categories were given.

Country categories

KENYA

Highest number of students reached

ESTONIA

Highest percentage of students reached

BRAZIL

Highest number of involved alumni

Individual awards

VINICIUS TORRES

HANNA JOHANSSON

Highest number of presentations delivered

Highest number of students reached

Brazil

Sweden

On behalf of the organizers and the European Board I wish to thank JA-YE Europe for standing behind us throughout the whole campaign; Microsoft for partnering in different Changing Lives events all around Europe; Youth in Action for making it possible to go global and of course the alumni, who helped us to reach our goal!

Siret Villmann

Co-Campaign Manager European Board Member


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How we met in Tallinn


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JA-YE ALUMNI EUROPE 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

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n 2013 JA-YE Alumni Europe held its 10th international conference in Tallinn, Estonia from 21-25 of August. The conference brought together 110 entrepreneurial-minded young people from 23 countries around the world. This was the first truly global confe- rence, as besides the European alumni it also welcomed participants from Kenya, India, China and Brazil. For 5 days Tallinn became an international hub for young people representing Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Kenya, India, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland!

This year the topic of the conference was „120H Innovation Camp“ and the aim was to introduce the concept of innovation camps in the most practical way – learning by

doing. Throughout the 5 days of the event participants had a chance to participate in inspiring lectures and workshops given by professionals on their own field which helped them to follow the challenge of “120H Innovation Camp”.

The conference brought together 110 entrepreneurialminded young people

from 23 countries

around the world.

Of course networking and strengthening relationship between alumni was not forgotten. Also a brand new “24H European Innovation Camp Manual” created by Estonian alumni organization SENT was presented during the conference. For second consecutive year we had a great joy to welcome Intel ISEF participants. Intel is a good partner of JA-YE Europe and their alumni wish to start a network like ours. Also the global winners of the JA Social Innovation Relay – Young Innovators from India, participated at the JA-YE Alumni Europe conference as part of their award.


35 During the conference Changing Lives Final Summit also took place. This finalized the amazing initiative which was brought to life by our very own alumni networks. At the gala dinner of the alumni conference the most successful countries and individuals were awarded. Read more about the Changing Lives campaign on page XXXX.

On behalf of the organizers and European Board I wish to thank all our partners and participants who made this event possible!

Siret Villmann

Project Manager European Board Member


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Our leaders


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People involved in leadership* of JA-YE Alumni Europe

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14

male

female

Background:

BUSINESS

DESIGN

10

3

IT

MARKETING

7

4

ENGINEERING 5

Entrepreneurial experience:

FOUNDERS

startup / own company / NGO

* National Coordinators and JA-YE Alumni Europe Board Members

EMPLOYEES

corporation / NGO / student


ELENA President


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LINDA Member of the Board


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SIRET Member of the Board


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SARA Member of the Board


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CAMILLA Member of the Board


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TOMÁŠ Member of the Board


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RICARDO Member of the Board


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KAI Member of the Board


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BERNARDO Editor in Chief


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JULIA Copywriter


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DANIIL Graphic Designer


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Our network


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MEMBER COUNTRIES

Advanced countries Developing countries New countries


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Active members

AUSTRIA

30 TALITHA LEITNER

National Coordinator

STEPHAN HOERANDNER International Coordinator

JAAlumniAustria

My name is Dominik Hillbrand and I am an Austrian Alumni. I have been a part of the Austrian Alumni Network since the early stages and had the chance to be part of it's development. At the moment I am student in Graz. One of my peaks was the chance to give a class on creativity to an Austrian/Czech Alumni audience where I could put the rhetorical

training I received within my studies into practice and forward some of my knowledge. I appreciate the new possibilities, offered by the international Alumni family and the chance to have an impact on interesting, young people. JA Austrian Alumni positively effects the message of young students, like me and takes it to a higher level.


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BELGIUM FRENCH Active members

100 SOL SALINAS

National Coordinator

MICHEL DUCHATEAU

International Coordinator

be-next.org


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Active members

BELGIUM VLAJO

4 ERIC DE THAEY

National Coordinator

NILLS FRANSSENS International Coordinator

VlajoAlumni


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Active members

BULGARIA

20 JAMES JOLOVSKI National Coordinator

DOBROMIR IVANOV

International Coordinator

jaabc.org

One of the driving forces behind JA-YE Alumni Bulgaria has for a long time been Boris Kolev. Having not missed a single national or international Alumni conference between 2006 and 2011, he is the picture of dedication. In 2007, Boris started his own marketing business with some Alumni friends. The company, JT International, had its foundation in the JA Company Programme but grew to new heights

quickly. Currently, there are over 40 full-time employees in the company and Boris has received plenty of prizes for his dedication, including awards from Forbes Magazine and BusinessWeek. Even though Boris leads a busy life now, JA-YE Alumni still hold a special place in his heart: “I cannot forget where I started and the JA spirit still lives in me.�


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Active members

CZECH REPUBLIC

40 MATEJ KAPOŠVÁRY National Coordinator

ROSTISLAV STOKLÁSEK

International Coordinator

jaalumni.cz

The series of Alumni Coffee, an informal gathering in a local café with an external business guest, continued very successfully during 2013. JA Alumni Czech Republic managed to organise ten events in three cities, where over 100 young entrepreneurship-enthusiasts met, discussed and shared their ideas. In the end of 2013 they organised the unique Alumni Coffee: Christmas Edition in Vienna together with JA Alumni Austria.

The concept has received very good feedback from The Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic, who would like to cooperate in organising these successful events throughout the whole country. JA Alumni Czech Republic is looking forward to meeting new business guests and strengthening both their personal and Alumni network on future Alumni Coffees.


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DENMARK Active members

50 RIE HANSEN

National Coordinator

LINDA SONNICHSEN

International Coordinator

yead.dk

In October 2013, YEAD had its ten years anniversary. The whole YEAD union was geared and some international Alumni friends were also present. The day started with a reception where partners and sponsors were invited. During the reception, YEAD showed the incredibly good video with greetings from all their Alumni friends. It was very heart-warming and everybody was smiling and

taking about how great this network is. Afterwards, everyone gathered at the anniversary party. Activities during the party included some nominations, a song and a President quiz. It was a wonderful evening where the atmosphere could not be better. People were dancing until the early morning hours and everyone had a fun evening in the right Alumni spirit.


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Active members

ESTONIA

20 MAIK MÄSES

National and International Coordinator

sent.ee

Last year, the biggest and most international event in the history of the Estonian alumni organisation happened. During five days at the end of August in the lively capital city of Tallinn, Alumni from all over Europe and guests from China, India, Brazil and Kenya had the opportunity to enjoy a truly multicultural company. Altogether, 23 countries were represented, making up nearly 120 participants. The main theme of the conference “120h Innovation Camp” was inspired by the main activity of

SENT – the 24h Camp. Therefore, in addition to lectures and workshops, the participants were actively engaged in solving a business challenge, which turned out to be an enthralling competition. The gala dinner was an emotional one, as it marked the last evening together for this amazing group of people and also the final summit of the Changing Lives campaign. The Estonian Alumni hope that the bar is well set for the future conferences!


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Active members

FINLAND

10 ANNIE TALVASTO

National Coordinator

SAKU LOUKONEN

International Coordinator

jalumny.fi

During the cold winter months, JA-YE Alumni Finland had one of the nicest events of the year: a festive pre-Christmas party. A small café was booked for the occasion, with an arrangement to get some of the day’s food from the cafeteria for the guests. There were also some special Finnish holiday pastries served. The evening ended up having a wonderful mixture of Mediterranean and Italian foods

from the café, coupled with the traditional Finnish Christmas foods. In addition to that, there was an awesome group of people present: from active alumni to friends of the alumni such as business partners, senior alumni and future alumni. It was definitely a Christmas party that brought people together!


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GERMANY Active members

50 DOMINIK SCHIRLE National Coordinator

SARAH RAPP

International Coordinator

www.jenz.biz

The German National Competition of the 2013 Company Programme took place in Mainz. The winner of every state of Germany was invited to present their business model in front of a top-class jury. JENZ was there to promote the Alumni network and to get in contact with the highly professional pupils. The event was held at the football stadium of the 1. FC Mainz, the Coface Arena, and since the weather was great the location was even better. After the competition in the stadium there was an

after-show party at the MS Loreley, a big ship where the eventful day was concluded with a musical interlude and dinner. While shipping on the Rhine the pupils, their teachers, employees of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research and the members of JENZ got together, celebrated and had a really good time. These days showcased the great spirit and high potential of JENZ. JA-YE really connects and JENZ are proud to be a part of this family.


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Active members

GREECE

15 GEORGE ROSSOPOULOS

National Coordinator

GEORGE PASPARAKIS

International Coordinator

jayealumnigr

As a part of the Changing Lives campaign, the Greek Alumni network organized the Changing Lives CafÊ – their first official event as an Alumni organization! In collaboration with Microsoft, GetBusy.gr and SEN/JA Greece, the event took place in July and had thirty participants. The agenda consisted of presentations by managers from Microsoft and GetBusy.gr, discussion with managers and partici-

pants, a case study on how to be an effective young manager and teamwork on a challenge. SEN/JA Alumni Greece are very proud about this first event. Not only because it is their first event, but also because the feedback from both participants and hosts (Microsoft Hellas and SEN/JA Greece) was exceptional and boosted their morale to keep trying to make a difference, no matter what!


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Active members

ITALY

30 MARCO PELLARIN National Coordinator

IACOPO DEIURI

International Coordinator

alumni.jaitalia.org

”#L4Dit just finished a hard day that teached me how long is the road. I'm not yet at the start line! Thanks Junior Achievement” That is the tweet of Andrea Mariani, 21 years old and Finance and Fundraising Responsible for Alumni Italy, after his "Leaders for a day" experience. The event took place in Milano the 10th of December for ten young guys and girls selected directly from their Leaders. The Italian

Alumni are really proud of this first time, at first because the work-figures were very different: young entrepreneurs, CEO’s, financial officers, lawyers, social responsibility and HR. That is so important because everyone is a leader in their own way. They are also really proud because of the long and productive collaboration with the JA offices permitted the matching of young entrepreneurial people with real leaders.


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LATVIA Active members

JA-YE Latvija Alumni club

15 ZANE RADŽELE

National Coordinator

ANNA GRUZINSKA

International Coordinator

The Latvian JA-YE Alumni team have been active participants in student company seminars and trade fairs since the beginning. The year 2013 was a shift in the JA-YE Alumni Latvia activities, as they organised their first event in collaboration with the European commission, the Youth in Action Programme and JA-YE Latvia. The business idea creation challenge “1440 min Ideju Izaicinājums” took place in Riga in November, with the

goal to inspire those who are not yet involved in JA-YE activities. 28 students got the opportunity to develop a sustainable business idea connected to information technology. The event was successful and has already created interest from schools and students for a future continuation, which means: more success stories, more sustainable ideas and the fact that JA–YE Latvia Alumni can create an experience worth spreading!


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Active members

MALTA

5 LARA GAIL DOUGALL National Coordinator

FRANCESCA BORG TAYLOR-EAST

International Coordinator

www.bit.ly/alumnimalta

JA-YE Alumni Malta organised a Certificate Ceremony for the Company Programme participants, which allowed them the opportunity to meet, integrate, and network in a non-competitive environment for the first time since the start of the 2013 Company Programme. This event celebrated the highlights of their journey: pictures and videos from the

year were shown and certificates were given to all the attendees. Maltese Alumni also gave a short session about the importance of networking. This event was used to mark the end of one experience, the Company Programme, leading to the start of a new one: JA-YE Alumni Malta - a network for Entrepreneurship.


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Active members

NORWAY

40 ANNE STINE HOLE

National Coordinator

ELIN NORVE

International Coordinator

www.bit.ly/alumninorway

The National Coordinators Meeting (NCM) was held in Oslo, from 21st to 24th of March 2013. The Norwegian Alumni organization was proud to welcome both National and International Coordinators from all of the JA-YE Alumni Europe countries. It is

probably one of the biggest and most spectacular events JA-YE Alumni Norway has ever hosted, and they are very satisfied with the outcome. They will definitely keep The NCM in mind while planning future events!


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Active members

PORTUGAL

40 DIOGO MINHAVA LOPES

National Coordinator

RICARDO MARTINS COSTA

International Coordinator

www.alumniportugal.org

In April 2013, the Trade Fairs for the Company Competition in Portugal took place. JA Alumni Portugal was present in two of them: in Porto and Lisbon. Twenty teams, or around 80 students were competing for a spot in the National Competition. The Alumni presence clearly represented a huge landmark in their relationship with the students and JA Portugal. JA Alumni Portugal had the

opportunity to not only give an Alumni Award to a team, thus granting their presence in the next stage of the competition, but also to interact with them directly, play the usual Alumni games and make themselves known. As a result, they had around 40 volunteers amongst them to help new teams from this year, which was one of the biggest successes in 2013.


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Active members

SERBIA

20 DEJAN MARKOVIC National Coordinator

JOVAN DJUKIC

International Coordinator

alumnizers

2013 was one of the greatest years for the Serbian Alumni network. Alumnize.RS proudly stands on the front position in Europe when it comes to the Changing Lives campaign. They changed 23 669 lives in 2013, and are still counting. However, the crown of the year was the first National Alumnize.RS Conference that took place in August. It gathered former and current students of the entrepreneurship programs by JA

Serbia. The idea was to connect and motivate young and ambitious people who have JA Serbia experiences in common, in order to create a bigger network of future Serbian and European leaders and entrepreneurs. The project was supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Serbian Ministry of Commerce.


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Active members

SPAIN

10 FRANCISCO RUIZ

National Coordinator

LUIS MONGE International Coordinator www.jaalumni.es

Luis and Paulina, two Spanish Alumni, have a real success story from 2013 to tell. After winning the National Competition for University Entrepreneurs, they began to receive requests for budget web design and development almost daily - but they had not even founded the company yet! Luis and Paulina set up as quickly as they could, and founded Clever Consul-

ting with a start-up capital of â‚Ź0. With graduates, highlighters and their two personal laptops, they started designing and building web projects. Since then a lot has happened: the company now has 12 employees and has helped over 400 clients in various countries make their web projects a reality - and more importantly, to feel proud of them.


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Active members

SWEDEN

200 LINNEA SJĂ–DIN

National and International Coordinator

www.bit.ly/alumnisweden

In the summer of 2013, UF Alumni Sweden arranged a national event for all the members in the swedish network - Summer Camp 2013! A three-day event arranged during a festival in the city of MalmĂś. 50 Alumni from all over Sweden participated, and also a few guests from the international network.

Inspiring lectures, workshops and visits to local companies were a part of the program along with team building activities, creative assignments and lots of chill moments making new friends! The event was a great success and is now an annual event. Next up, Summer Camp West Coast Edition!


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SWITZERLAND Young Enterprise Switzerland Alumni

Active members

A member of JA-YE Alumni Europe

80 BASTIAN ZARSKE BUENO National and International Coordinator

www.yes-alumni.ch

In 2013, a mini-enterprise called Sackstarch, which was founded within the Swiss YE Company Programme, got nominated for the Top 5 of the Startups.ch Awards one of Switzerland’s most prestigious entrepreneurship awards. These six young students design bags out of the remnants of the sunblind-production and sell them all over the country. Competing

with them were four nationally well-established companies, who had already been working on their projects for several years. The young start-up won the Audience Award, with the prize of 20'000 Swiss Francs (17’000 €). Sackstarch was converted into a limited company and is still run by its original founders. For the future we wish good luck!


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INITIATING COUNTRIES


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Our partners


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n 2013 our initiatives and events were supported by a number of organisations which believe in the ambition and entrepreneurial potential of the European alumni network of JA-YE. Thank you for sharing our values and working with us towards a more entrepreneurial Europe!


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OUR PARTNERS The main partners of JA-YE Alumni Europe

JA-YE Europe A Member of JA Worldwide

The partners of NCM 2013 in Oslo

The partners of Annual Conference 2013 in Tallinn

The partners of Changing Lives campaign


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FINANCIAL STATUS 10 000 JA-YE Europe

4500

4500

JA-YE Europe

Podio (in kind)

8000

2000

JA-YE Europe

Private Sponsors

680

9430

Participation Fees

Youth of the World Fund

10 780

11 309 Private Sponsors

Private Sponsors

8840 Participation Fees

JA-YE Alumni Europe Board General Expenses National Coordinators Meeting 2013 Annual Conference 2013 Changing Lives Campaign International Alumni at JA-YE Europe events

12 500 EUR 11 460 EUR 20 149 EUR 21 430 EUR 4 500 EUR

Total

70 039 EUR


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ooking forward to 2014, we are proud to present a second annual National Coordinators Meeting. This event will be held in the autumn and give all the national coordinators the opportunity to meet and work together more often, while also strengthening the relationship between the networks even more. On European level, we are working on more interesting content and we have an upcoming surprise to present you with: the Alumni Magazine! Hopefully, we will be able to present the magazine before the Conference in the summer. 2014 is also the year that our European Alumni Network is turning ten years old, and we hope that you can help and join in on the celebrations! As an end to this annual report, we would like to let you know that all of you are the foundation of the network. The European network is all about you; therefore we hope that you will help make us even stronger in 2014!


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