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2018: YOUTH, ART AND SOCIAL INCLUSION In 2018, Youth Express Network reached a new milestone. Together with all of our network, we celebrated 25 years of work towards social inclusion for young people. And this year was no different: throughout the year, we worked on more than 40 acPviPes at internaPonal, European and local level, all of which focused on providing European youth with more opportuniPes. Our Work Plan in 2018 was called « ArtSI: The Art of Social Inclusion ». Composed of 4 internaPonal acPviPes (2 trainings of trainers and 2 youth exchanges), this work plan contributed to develop the competences of all actors involved in the youth field: youth workers, social workers, facilitators, youth leaders and young people themselves. It aimed at empowering young people to take acPon towards social inclusion through the medium of art. Y-E-N also coordinated two KA2 projects: the capacity building project « Entrepreneurship for CultYOUre » (EU4YOU) focusing on social and cultural entrepreneurship, and the strategic partnership « Digitalise it », on Digital Storytelling. AddiPonally, we took part in 4 more internaPonal projects, this Pme coordinated by our partners: a training course on youth work with Roma people, a youth exchange to promote LGBTQI+ rights, a social media campaign on migraPon and a training on the EU elecPons and youth parPcipaPon. Our cross-border and local work conPnued with our long-Pme partners Arbeit und Leben, the Eurometropole of Strasbourg and many others. The Network grew bigger at this year’s General Assembly (GA) as we welcomed Parcours le Monde Grand Est, French youth organisaPon aiming at supporPng youth in their mobility projects. The GA also elected a new Board of 6 members. At the end of 2018, on the side of the coordinaPon office, we warmly wished a good rePrement to Brigiee Ludmann.

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we gathered our community from the past and present Pmes, from some of our founding members, to the hundreds of parPcipants that once shared some beauPful memories with us. We did that through a year-long social media celebraPon: 25 video-stories and 12 acPon days. The work of Y-E-N would not be possible without the involvement of all. We would like to thank and congratulate all of you for your hard work: young people, youth/social workers, Board members, volunteers, staff, partners, funders, supporters and friends.


TABLE OF CONTENT About Youth Express Network ExecuPve Board Members CoordinaPon Office Vision 2020 AcPvity Plan 2018 Work Plan 2018: « ArtS.I: The Art of Social Inclusion » Training of Trainers: « The Art of Togetherness I » Youth Exchange: « All Inclusive #1: Georgia » Youth Echange: « All Inclusive #2: Poland » Training of Trainers: « The Art of Togetherness II » Strategic Partnerships « Digitalise it » « EntreprenEUrship for CultYOUre » (EU4YOU) CelebraPng 25 years 25 stories of Youth Express Network 12 AcPons Days Partnership AcPviPes « Rlocal - Improving local work with Roma youngsters » « Don't be afraid to show your true Colours » « MARSA - Move Against Rash Statements and AcPons » « VOTE EU - Encouraging Young Europeans to Vote » Local AcPviPes Other representaPons Statutory MeePngs PerspecPves 2019

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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT YOUTH EXPRESS NETWORK

Mirela Lupu President

Ramiz Aliyev Vice-President

Sirarpi Manyan Treasurer

Olya Kravchenko Secretary

Gaia Ciccone Board Member

Nino Tsulaia Board Member

Y-E-N / R-E-J is a European network of grass-root youth organisaPons. Our vision is to reach an inclusive society, where young people, their needs and parPcipaPon are recognised, valued and appreciated. Our 31 member organisaPons in 22 different countries all work at local, regional or European level on social inclusion of young people. Our Board is pan European (6 volunteers) and our coordinaPon office is based in STRASBOURG, France (4 paid-staff). Since 1993, we have organised more than 110 internaPonal training courses, seminars, cross-border and mobility projects bringing together social/youth workers and young people with fewer opportuniPes. We also have conducted researches on youth and social issues and have been trying to be the voice of young people with fewer opportuniPes in local, regional and internaPonal insPtuPons, either by represenPng them or supporPng them to create and be part of youth councils. We are member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and the INGO conference of the Council of Europe.

COORDINATION OFFICE

In 2017, Y-E-N was financed by: • European Commission (Erasmus+ programme) • Council of Europe (European Youth FoundaPon) • Municipality of Strasbourg • Local Council of Bas-Rhin • Région Grand Est • French NaPonal EducaPon and Youth Ministry

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Véronique Bertholle Secretary General

Brigiee Ludmann Mobility project coordinator

Emmeline Kuhn Network Coordinator

Margaux Dos Santos CommunicaPon Officer


Goal 1. Social inclusion of young people with fewer opportuniPes

VISION 2020

Through this goal and the objecPves that subsides it, we wanted to conPnue to involve in our acPviPes young people with fewer opportuniPes, youth workers and social workers and to keep the focus on creaPng opportuniPes for young people with fewer opportuniPes to parPcipate in internaPonal youth work acPviPes. • ObjecPve 1. CreaPon of a definiPon of social inclusion and young people with fewer opportuniPes inside Y-E-N • ObjecPve 2. Direct work with young people with fewer opportuniPes on local and internaPonal level • ObjecPve 3. Direct work with social workers and youth workers who work with young people with fewer opportuniPes • ObjecPve 4. CooperaPon with other insPtuPons and organisaPons who work on social inclusion of young people

Following the decision of the General Assembly of Youth Express Network held in OsPa, Italy in June 2013 to research the needs of our member organisaPons and the young people they work with, the Board decided to create a quesPonnaire. In September 2013, we asked our members to complete this quesPonnaire, assess the needs of the youth of their country, and propose topics that Y-E-N should focus on tackling in the future. During Youth Express Network’s Board meePngs in Strasbourg in November 2013 and in Gdansk in March 2014, the Board members compiled and worked on all the input from member organisaPons, the results from the General Assembly working groups and past strategic documents and produced a paper called “Vision 2020”.

Goal 2. AcPve sociePes towards social inclusion

This strategic document sets our goals unPl 2020. It is updated each year at the General Assembly and approved by vote by the aeending members. The “Vision 2020” paper is founded on the values of human and social rights and the principles of non-formal educaPon, acPve parPcipaPon and interculturality. It helps us bring more impact and quality to our work while maintaining the focus on social inclusion of young people. The following version was approved by member’s vote during the General Assembly of 2016, in Strasbourg, France. It was implemented through the acPviPes and iniPaPves of Y-E-N and our member organisaPons in 2017.

Through this goal and the objecPves that subsides it, we wanted to focus our aeenPon to the outside, towards the communiPes that we live in, towards our sociePes. We want them to be aware of the disadvantaged young people and to react towards social inclusion. • ObjecPve 1. Raising awareness about the issue of socially excluded young people • ObjecPve 2. Advocacy and lobbying for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportuniPes at local and European levels • ObjecPve 3. Advocacy and lobbying for recogniPon of youth work and non-formal learning • ObjecPve 4. CommuniPes take acPon

Y-E-N Vision 2020 Inclusive society for young people

Goal 3. Strong network Through this goal and the objecPves that subsides it, we wanted to focus our aeenPon towards the inside of our network. In order to be able to reach all of our goals and objecPves we need to be a stronger network, a network where the quality of our acPviPes is high, where we share experience and competences and where we can collaborate with each other. • ObjecPve 1. Increasing the sense of belonging of our member organisaPons in Y-E-N • ObjecPve 2. Expending the network geographically in order to reach more young people • ObjecPve 3. Building the capacity building of our member organisaPons • ObjecPve 4. Improving the quality of Y-E-N services • ObjecPve 5. Improving the visibility of the network • ObjecPve 6. Improving the sustainability and financial stability of the network.

« Youth Express Network considers inclusive a society where young people, their needs and parPcipaPon are recognised, valued and appreciated. » Goals When establishing the goals to our vision we decided to work on 3 different levels that we idenPfied in our strategy: young people with fewer opportuniPes, society and our network. We turned the 3 levels into 3 different goals, each of them having different objecPves focusing on reaching the needs idenPfied by our member organisaPons. Every goal has specific acPviPes through which we will reach the goal and fulfill our vision.

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WORK PLAN

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WORK PLAN 2018 Our long term programme for the year 2018 was called “The Art of Social Inclusion“. Financially supported by the European Youth FoundaPon of the Council of Europe, this one year programme focused on developing the competences of all actors involved in the youth field: youth workers, facilitators, social workers, youth leaders and young people themselves. It mainly aimed at empowering young people to take acPon towards social inclusion, all of that through the medium of art. Two acPviPes were co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union: the youth exchange « All Inclusive #2 » and the training of trainers « The Art of Togetherness II ».

COUNTRIES

The objecPves of the Work Plan were: • •

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Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Po l a n d , Po r t u ga l , Ro m a n i a , R u s s i a n FederaPon, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey.

To understand the process of social inclusion nowadays; To develop competences of youth workers, facilitators and social workers in facilitaPng local and European acPviPes for social inclusion; To try out and experiment different tools and methods to work on social inclusion; To support and valorise young people’s acPons at local level; To learn / become acPve and inclusive.

LIBRARY

In the frame of this long-term project, 4 acPviPes were organised: “THE ART OF TOGETHERNESS” Training of Trainers - Strasbourg, FRANCE (May 2018) “ALL INCLUSIVE #1” Regional Youth MeePng - Rustavi, GEORGIA (July 2018) “ALL INCLUSIVE #2” Regional Youth MeePng - Poronin, POLAND (August 2018) “THE ART OF TOGETHERNESS II” Training of Trainers - La Claqueee, FRANCE (November 2018)

GRAPHIC REPORT

SUPPORT

113 PARTICIPANTS - 26 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS - 20 COUNTRIES

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VIDEOS

BLOG POSTS


THE ART OF TOGETHERNESS I Training of Trainers 11th to 17th of May 2018 Strasbourg (France)

31 PARTICIPANTS 23 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 19 COUNTRIES

HOST ORGANISATION:

ABOUT The training of trainers “The Art of Togetherness I” brought together 25 parPcipants (youth/social workers), 3 trainers, 2 staff persons and 1 graphic reporter. It was the first acPvity of our Work Plan “ArtSI: The Art of Social Inclusion”. The aim of this acPvity was to grow and train a new generaPon of Y-E-N trainers and facilitators, able to make an impact on young people’s lives using arPsPc expression as a tool to promote empowerment, full access to social rights and a sense of togetherness. The results of this training include: - 25 newly trained trainers on social inclusion - 1 graphic pedagogical report (Link report) - 1 Vlog (Link video) OBJECTIVES - Develop parPcipants’ competences in planning, implemenPng and evaluaPng non formal educaPonal acPviPes on the topic of access to social rights of young people ; - IdenPfy and consolidate specific and essenPal knowledge, skills and avtudes for trainers/facilitators using non formal learning and arPsPc expression as tools to promote togetherness and inclusive sociePes; - Build the capacity of our network by training 25 new trainers and facilitators coming from our member organisaPons. GRAPHIC REPORT

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VIDEO

BLOG POSTS


ALL INCLUSIVE #1 Regional Youth MeePng 21st to 28th of July 2018 Rustavi (Georgia)

24 PARTICIPANTS 6 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 6 COUNTRIES

HOST ORGANISATION:

ABOUT The regional youth meePng “All Inclusive #1” brought together 17 parPcipants (young people), 6 facilitators, and 1 coordinator. It was the second acPvity of our Work Plan “ArtSI: The Art of Social Inclusion”. The aim of this acPvity was to to empower young people from the Caucasus countries through arPsPc expression on social inclusion. The results of this training include: - ArPsPc producPons made by the parPcipants and diffused on Y-E-N Social Media and on spot: magnets, 2 cartoon videos using digital storytelling techniques and arts & craxs (Link video 1 - Link video 2) - 1 Vlog (Link video) OBJECTIVES - Give the opportunity to young people in vulnerable situaPons to meet and discover other realiPes, to parPcipate in a collecPve creaPon to feel empowered and become aware that they belong to a community; - Give the opportunity to youth/social workers and facilitators to pracPce their training skills on topics such as social inclusion, arPsPc expression and experience innovaPve methods; - Use art as a tool to encourage young people’s expression and to facilitate peace building between communiPes and conflict transformaPon. VIDEO

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BLOG POST


ALL INCLUSIVE #2 Regional Youth MeePng 21st to 29th of August 2018 Poronin (Poland)

41 PARTICIPANTS 8 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 7 COUNTRIES

HOST ORGANISATION:

ABOUT The regional youth meePng “All Inclusive #2” brought together 31 parPcipants (young people), 8 facilitators, 2 coordinators. It was the third acPvity of our Work Plan “ArtSI: The Art of Social Inclusion”. The aim of this acPvity was to empower young people from Western and Central European countries through arPsPc expression on social inclusion. The results of this training include: - 1 arPsPc performance in the city of Krakow (Link video) - 1 vlog (Link video) OBJECTIVES - Give the opportunity to young people in vulnerable situaPons to meet and discover other realiPes, to parPcipate in a collecPve creaPon to feel empowered and become aware that they belong to a community; - Give the opportunity to youth/social workers and facilitators to pracPce their training skills on topics such as social inclusion, arPsPc expression and experience innovaPve methods; - Use art as a tool to encourage young people’s expression and to facilitate social inclusion of young migrants and refugees. VIDEO

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BLOG POST


THE ART OF TOGETHERNESS II Training of Trainers 26th of Nov. to 2nd of Dec. 2018 La Claqueee (France)

24 PARTICIPANTS 19 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 16 COUNTRIES

HOST ORGANISATION:

ABOUT The training of trainers “The Art of Togetherness II” brought together 18 parPcipants (youth/social workers), 4 trainers, 1 staff persons and 1 graphic reporter. It was the fourth and last acPvity of our Work Plan “ArtSI: The Art of Social Inclusion”. The aim of this acPvity was to increase the capacity of youth/social workers & facilitators by complePng their learning process started during the first training of the year: « The Art of Togetherness I ». The results of this training include: - 20 newly trained youth workers and facilitators - 1 graphic report (Link report) - 1 vlog (Link video) - 1 toolkit on how to work with vulnerable young people (published soon) OBJECTIVES - Deepen the knowledge & understanding of parPcipants on social inclusion and youth work with young people with fewer opportuniPes (with special focus on migrants and refugees); - Give value to youth work as an instrument for the inclusion of young people with fewer opportuniPes using arPsPc expression; - Design a toolkit for the access to social inclusion of young people with fewer opportuniPes (with special focus on migrants and refugees) based on the experience of parPcipants; - Evaluate the pracPce phase(s), the whole Work Plan and the parPcipants’ process.

GRAPHIC REPORT

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VIDEO

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

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DIGITALISE IT

KA2 - CooperaPon for innovaPon 
 and the exchange of good pracPces

41 PARTICIPANTS 
 6 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 6 COUNTRIES

ABOUT This 2-year strategic partnership started in 2018. It will be over by October 2019. In 2018, « Digitalise it » brought together 28 youth workers and 13 young people, through 4 different acPviPes. The aim of this capacity building project is to experiment, share and confront pracPces on innovaPve, digital and creaPve methods and tools to foster youth empowerment and social inclusion of young people with fewer opportuniPes / in vulnerable situaPons. ACTIVITIES - Kick-off MeePng - 23-25 of February 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE - Training course for Youth Workers - 4-13 April 2018 - OsPa Rome, ITALY - Training course for Young People - 2-11 July 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE - Mid-term MeePng - 9-11 December 2018 - Thessaloniki, GREECE RESULTS The results of this project for the Pme being include: - 10 videos of Digital Storytelling published on Y-E-N’s social media pages (Link playlist) - 1 video of the Training course for Young People (Link video) OBJECTIVES - To explore the benefits, challenges, and ethical consideraPons of digital tools when working with young people with fewer opportuniPes and in vulnerable situaPons; - To promote the added value of digital tools in youth work; - To develop digital competences of youth workers by training them on the use of digital storytelling and talent approach with young people with fewer opportuniPes; - To create a safe space for young people with fewer opportuniPes to reflect on their own life story, train them to storytelling techniques and media literacy and empower them to show their potenPal; - To inform young people with fewer opportuniPes about their rights, empower them to stand for these rights and get moPvaPon for change; - To build capacity of the parPcipaPng organisaPons and provide networking and peer-learning opportuniPes between them.

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VIDEO

BLOG POSTS


“EntreprenEUrship for CultYOUre” (EU4YOU) KA2 - CooperaPon for innovaPon 
 and the exchange of good pracPces

56 PARTICIPANTS 
 8 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 8 COUNTRIES

ABOUT This 2-year strategic partnership started in 2018. It will be over by September 2019. In 2018, « EU4YOU » brought together 56 youth workers, through 2 different seminars and 16 job shadowings. The aim of this capacity building project is to develop innovaPve complementary pathways for boosPng employability of young people through social youth entrepreneurship and providing them with tools for cultural entrepreneurship in parPcular. ACTIVITIES - Kick-off MeePng and 1st Seminar - 19-27 of January 2018 - Blagoevgrad, BULGARIA - 2nd Seminar - 9-18 June 2018 - Cancun, MEXICO - 16 Job shadowing phase - October-November 2018 RESULTS The results of this project for the Pme being include: - 2 videos of the meePngs (Link video 1 - Link video 2) - 1 toolkit on Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship (in progress) - 4 workshops to be developed at local level (to be implemented) OBJECTIVES - To build capacity of consorPum in the field of SE and CE and to enable transfer of good pracPces among the partnership; - To provide youth workers with specific knowledge on approaching youth with fewer opportuniPes and tools for boosPng youth employability throughout educaPon on cultural management; - To create, test and disseminate an innovaPve toolkit on cultural management educaPon targeted at peer organisaPons and cultural insPtuPons; - To provide youth with fewer opportuniPes with the chance to enhance exisPng knowledge and gain new transversal skills in the field of cultural management and thus posiPvely influence their employability potenPal; - To create a sustainable online plazorm that will serve as a space for idea and experience sharing among youth interested in SE and CE; - To promote CE as an innovaPve way of tackling societal problems; - To encourage cooperaPon between youth organizaPons and social business sector; - To promote EU policies in the field of SE and Erasmus+ on global level.

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VIDEOS

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

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25 STORIES OF YOUTH EXPRESS NETWORK A 25 CHAPTERS TALE ON THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THE NETWORK

PROJECT STORIES - Stories of some projects organised by Youth Express Network through the past 25 years: a Digital Storytelling training, an intergeneraPonal-family workshop, a mulPlingual project, and 2 mobile seminars (a bus tour through some of the Balkan countries, and a train seminar going from Moscow to Baikal).

FAMILY STORIES - 6 interviews of people who shared their Y-E-N journey with their family member-s: two parents and their two children, two sisters, a woman and her mother, a woman and her daughter, and two couples who met during a Y-E-N project and are now happy parents!

FROM YOUTH TO YOUTH - We asked young people and youth workers their opinion on 3 topics: being young in 2018, European youth projects and alternaPve ways of youth parPcipaPon.

ABOUT 2018 marked the 25th Anniversary of the creaPon of Youth Express Network. A quarter of a century! To make this one count, we decided to tell our story and recorded 25 videos of the people who contributed to build the network, family stories, stories of our projects and stories of Youth, from 1993 unPl now. They are available on our YouTube channel and Facebook Page. •

HOW IT ALL STARTED - Interviews of founders of Y-E-N and documentary on « Youth Expression », the 1992 gathering of European youth workers that sparkled the idea for Youth Express Network.

VIDEOS

PIECES OF A BOARD STORY - Interviews of former Board Members and the current President of Youth Express Network.

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12 ACTION DAYS YOUTH ORGANISATIONS AND THE ENTER RECOMMENDATION

ABOUT Aside from our 25 videos, we also wanted to put a spotlight on some of the beauPful acPons of our member organisaPons, partner organisaPons and funding insPtuPons. Each month, we published an arPcle showing how our members, partner organisaPons and funding insPtuPons work towards social inclusion for youth. Here is a recollecPon of all the acPons we talked about.

ARTICLES

Month

ENTER RecommendaPon

January

ParPcipaPon & OpportuniPes

European Youth Forum European Commission

February

Healthy Lifestyle

Common Sense Youth Org

March

Employment & OccupaPon

Youth Express Network

April

InformaPon & Counseling

Associacion Youropia Parcours le Monde Grand Est HOP

May

EducaPon & Training

European Youth FoundaPon Council of Europe

June

Housing

L’Etage

July

Sport, Leisure & Culture

Asociacion Youropia InsPtute for DemocraPc Change Plus East

August

IsolaPon & SegregaPon

Nevo Parudimos

DiscriminaPon

Strasbourg Eurometropole Volunteers for All AssociaPon

Youth Work

Erasmus+ Region Grand Est

November

Gender Equality

AcPve Youth

December

Violence

Proni United SociePes of Balkans

September October

OrganisaPon/InsPtuPon

In total, 180 people and 26 youth organisaPons and insPtuPons took part in this online celebraPon:)

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PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES

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RLOCAL - Improving local work with Roma youngsters Training Courses COORDINATING ORGANISATION

56 PARTICIPANTS 6 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 6 COUNTRIES

ABOUT The project “RLOCAL - Improving local work with Roma youngsters » brought together 56 parPcipants (youth workers). It was composed of two separate training courses The aim of this project was to enable and develop the capaciPes of Roma and Non-Roma civil society to work with Roma youth. ACTIVITIES - 21-31 of August 2018 - Training Course - Struga, Macedonia - PracPce phase - 7-14 of December 2018 - Training Course - Berlin, Germany OBJECTIVES - To improve the capacity of the 7 partner NGO’s in working with young Roma; - To increase the parPcipaPon of young Roma in European educaPonal programmes and mobility; - To promote non-formal educaPon and pracPcal life learning for young Roma.

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DON'T BE AFRAID TO SHOW YOUR TRUE COLOURS Youth Exchange 40 PARTICIPANTS 31st of Aug. to 7th of Sept. 2018 Milcoveni (Romania)

7 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 7 COUNTRIES

COORDINATING ORGANISATION

ABOUT The youth exchange “Don’t be afraid to show your True Colours” brought together 32 parPcipants (young people) and 8 youth leaders. The aim of this acPvity was to break stereotypes and prejudice and to promote acceptance and inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community in Europe. RESULTS - A public event to raise awareness about the situaPon of the LGBTQIA+ community nowadays and about the hate speech against this community. The public event included: a dance performance, impaczul posters, a live and online survey and an info point. OBJECTIVES - To create a safe environment, where 32 parPcipants from 8 countries were free to express their own sexual idenPty during the project; - To gather 32 parPcipants to beeer understand the differences and similariPes of LGBTQIA+ people; - To idenPfy the key factors increasing homophobia and transphobia in each country and find innovaPve tools to fight against discriminaPon; - To enable the 32 parPcipants to raise awareness about human rights regarding LGBTQIA+ community in their own communiPes; - To develop the civic spirit, iniPaPve sense and organisaPonal skills of all 32 parPcipants, in order to take acPon against LGBTQIA+ discriminaPon in their countries. VIDEOS

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MARSA - Move Against Rash Statements and AcPons Kick-off MeePng 20th to 26th of October 2018 Malta

19 PARTICIPANTS 5 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 5 COUNTRIES

COORDINATING ORGANISATION

ABOUT This kick-off meePng launched the « Marsa » KA2 project, which stands for Move Against Rash Statements and AcPons. It brought together 19 parPcipants. It was the first acPvity of the project. The project will conPnue in 2019. The aim of this project is to counter uninformed opinions about migraPon through creaPvity and young enterprise and engage young people in discussions and a social media campaign of public educaPon on the subject of migraPon RESULT - 1 social media campaign defining some of the vocabulary of MigraPon.

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VOTE EU - Encouraging Young Europeans to Vote Seminar for Youth Workers 27 PARTICIPANTS 5th to 11th of November 2018 Eforie Nord (Romania)

9 YOUTH ORGANISATIONS 9 COUNTRIES

COORDINATING ORGANISATION

ABOUT The Seminar “VOTE EU” brought together 27 parPcipants (youth/social workers). The aim of this acPvity was to encourage democraPc parPcipaPon and acPve European ciPzenship of young people by developing a strategy with integrated acPons and training 27 youth workers to help strengthen young people's membership in the European common area and to understand the legislaPve procedures and funcPoning of EU insPtuPons. OBJECTIVES - Improving EU-related knowledge (European legislaPve process) and developing key competences (civic, intercultural) among 27 parPcipants; - Consolidate the insPtuPonal capacity of the 9 partners by developing an acPon strategy / specific tools, training of 27 youth workers and exchange of know-how - creaPng a network; - Encourage the democraPc and civic parPcipaPon of at least 900 young people from the 9 communiPes through a beeer understanding of the funcPoning of EU insPtuPons.

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LOCAL ACTIVITIES

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CROSS-BORDER PROJECT MARKET

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

13 of November 2018 - 70 participants

We coorganised this cross-border event together with the Eurodistrict Strasbourg-Ortenau and gathered 70 French and German organisaPons for them to share ideas and experiences.

CROSS-BORDER INTERNSHIPS 
 AND WORK PLACEMENTS All year - 6 German trainees

Supported by the Erasmus+ Programme, these work placements and internships aimed at promoPng the employability of young people, and the development of their skills and competences.

SEMINAR ON YOUTH MOBILITY 14-16 of November 2018 - 120 participants

This 3-day seminar, called « Youth Power and Youth Mobility », was organised by the Regional FederaPon of Social and Cultural Centers.

LEARNING MOBILITIES AND EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES
 FOR VOCATIONAL SCHOOL
 STUDENTS

All year - 76 French and German vocational school students

In partnership with Arbeit und Leben and supported by the OFAJ/DFJW, Youth Express Network hosted groups of young German vocaPonal school students all throughout the year in Strasbourg for themaPc visits according to their field: gastronomy, educaPon, electrotechnics etc. SEMINAR ON YOUTH POLICIES 16-19 of March 2018 - 40 participants

We were invited to present our work during the seminar “Shaping European Youth Policies in Theory and PracPce”, co-organised by the French and CroaPan agencies and supported by the EU-CoE youth partnership. ERASMUS DAY 5 of May 2018 - 450 participants

In partnership with ESN of Strasbourg and the Eurometropole of Strasbourg, this day aimed at celebraPng Europe and introducing the various opportuniPes of European mobility to the public. TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEERING 14/06/2018 and 1/12/2018 - 175 participants

We took part in the trainings « My Way of Volunteering for Europe » organised by Alsace Mouvement AssociaPf. It aimed at promoPng volunteering.

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OTHER REPRESENTATIONS

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PARTICIPATIONS AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATIONS


 ENTER EVALUATION SEMINAR - STRASBOURG, FRANCE

MARKET PLACE « DIGITAL SOCIETY » - STRASBOURG, FRANCE

19 of June 2018 - 25 participants

25 of January 2018

In June, we were invited to present our work in link to the ENTER RecommendaPon at the ENTER EvaluaPon Seminar.

We presented our projects on Digital Storytelling during the winter session of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY - STRASBOURG, FRANCE

EU YOUTH CONFERENCE - SOFIA, BULGARIA

20 of June 2018 - 26 participants

17-19 of April 2018 - 250 participants

On World Refugee Day, Youth Express Network took part in a meePng organised by the city of Strasbourg.eu and the organisaPon Makers For Change to develop and implement together inclusive local projects. The group of work came up with a project: a contest on campaign videomaking.

Youth Express Network took part in the 2nd EU Youth Conference of the VI cycle of structured dialogue. As a result of this conference, 11 Youth Goals were created to be included in the EU Youth Strategy 2019+. MEETING WITH ITALIAN MEP B. BENIFEI - STRASBOURG, FRANCE 18 of April 2018

YOUTH FORUM ACADEMY - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Y-E-N’s office met with the Italian MEP Brando Benifei to get his advice on how to reach MEPs within a European Youth Project.

26-29 of June 2018 - 42 participants

We went to the Youth Forum Academy organised by the European Youth Forum in Brussels, Belgium. This training aimed at strengthening the organisaPonal and advocacy capacity of the YFJ’s Member OrganisaPons.

STATUTORY MEETINGS OF THE EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM Youth Express Network aeended the statutory meePngs of the YFJ: the Council of Members took place in Brussels (Belgium) between 27-28 of April 2018, and the General Assembly gathered between 22-25 of November 2018 in Novi Sad (Serbia).

« AU BOULOT A VELO » BIKE CONTEST - STRASBOURG, FRANCE 9 of July 2018 - 771 participants

Y-E-N’s office won the photo challenge Auboulotavelo thanks to the numerous votes of its online community!! During the month of June, YE-N’s office parPcipated in the biking challenge « Biking to work », a challenge organised by the organisaPon CADR 67 and the city of Strasbourg to promote biking as a daily means of transportaPon!

STRATEGIC MEETING - YOUTH SECTOR OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE STRASBOURG, FRANCE 15-16 of May 2018 - 50 participants

In the middle of May, Y-E-N parPcipated in a ConsultaPve MeePng of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. The aim was to discuss on the « Council of Europe Youth Sector Strategy from 2020 to 2030 ». The meePng took place at the European Youth Centre of Strasbourg.

EU YOUTH CONFERENCE - VIENNA, AUSTRIA 2-4 of September 2018 - 250 participants

We aeended the 3rd and final conference of the 6th cycle of the Structured Dialogue. The topic was “Youth in Europe: What’s next?”. The Youth OrganisaPons discussed on how to make the best use of the Youth Goals.

EUROPEAN YOUTH EVENT - STRASBOURG, FRANCE 1-2 of June 2018 - 9 000 participants

At the European Youth Event, Youth Express Network took part in a panel organised by the Youth Department – Council of Europe. The topic was « Is access to rights the key to tackling Populism? ».

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BOARD MEETINGS • • • • • • •

17-18 of February 2018 - OsPa, ITALY 7-8 of April 2018 - OsPa, ITALY 9 of May 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE 11 of May 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE 4-5 of August 2018 - Warsaw, POLAND 21-22 of September 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE 4 of December 2018 - Strasbourg, FRANCE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY Our General Assembly for 2018 took place on the 10th of May in Strasbourg, France. There were in total 23 people aeending the meePng, among which 19 represented member organisaPons and 3 observers. The meePng was kindly hosted by our French member organisaPon, l’AssociaPon l’Etage, and facilitated by former Board Member Wima FARZAN. NEW MEMBER ORGANISATION This year, we welcomed one new member organisaPon: Parcours le Monde – Grand Est! This French organisaPon founded in 2015 works in the field of internaPonal mobility. Its aim is to promote, develop European and internaPonal mobility, intercultural dialogue and youth parPcipaPon through formal and non-formal educaPon. BOARD ELECTION Like every year, the General Assembly elected a new Board: • Mirela Lupu – President • Ramiz Aliyev – Vice-President (re-elected) • Sirarpi Manyan – Treasurer (newly elected) • Olya Kravchenko – Secretary (newly elected) • Gaia Ciccone – Board Member • Nino Tsulaia – Board Member (newly elected)

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PERSPECTIVES 2019

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SHAKE THE BOX: ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF PARTICIPATION 


When one talks about parPcipaPon, one assumes that vulnerable youth is not acPve, their contribuPon to society being denied or invisible. However, in Y-E-N, we believe that vulnerable youth has a lot of potenPal. Through our 2019 Work Plan, we want to bring together different layers of society together to claim that vulnerable youth’s parPcipaPon is real, effecPve and promising.

OTHER PROJECTS Youth Express Network will also conPnue the coordinaPon of its 2 Strategic Partnership projects within the Erasmus+ programme: “EU4YOU” - Social and cultural entrepreneurship.
 Next steps: 1 toolkit on Social and Cultural Entrepreneurship, several workshops implemented at local level, a final evaluaPon meePng.

AIM The main aim of the Work Plan will be to empower young people from vulnerable groups in making their parPcipaPon in European society recognised, valued and appreciated.

“DIGITALISE IT!” - Digital storytelling in youth work. Next steps: 3 study visits and a final evaluaPon meePng.

OBJECTIVES • To develop the capacity of member organisaPons in supporPng parPcipaPon of young people from vulnerable groups in European society; • To engage young people from vulnerable groups in local and European acPviPes in order to become more acPve and confident; • To develop competences of young people from vulnerable groups in advocaPng for the recogniPon and value of their parPcipaPon; • To inspire young people from vulnerable groups, member organisaPons and stakeholders to work together by discovering best pracPces, local realiPes and alternaPve ways of parPcipaPon in society; • To involve stakeholders to acPvely take part in all stages of the project in order to raise their awareness about the value of parPcipaPon of vulnerable young people in European society.

PARTNERSHIPS « MARSA - Move Against Rash Statements and AcPons » The MARSA project, coordinated by our partner VisMedNet, will conPnue in 2019, creaPng a social media campaign using visual communicaPon tools to encourage discussions on the topic of migraPon. « You and Me » The training course « You and Me », organised by our partner organisaPon AcPve Youth, will take place in Lithuania between the 14-22 of May 2019. It will aim at enhancing youth’s ability to make conscious decisions about their sexuality and realPonships, as well as their wellbeing and health.

ACTIVITIES 1- PARTICIPATION OUT OF THE BOX! A seminar for youth/social workers; 2- PARTICIPATION TOOLBOX! A training course for young people from vulnerable groups; 3- TAKE A WAY BOX! An evaluaPon meePng for youth/social workers, young people from vulnerable groups and the stakeholders involved in the project.

« Democracy Builders - Tools & Skills for ParPcipatory Democracy » The project « Democracy Builders », organised by o u r m e m b e r o rga n i s aP o n Yo u t h V i s i o n AssociaPon, will be composed of a training course and a youth exchange.

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This report has been wrieen by Margaux DOS SANTOS from the coordinaPon office of Youth Express Network. It shows all the different aspects of our acPviPes in 2018. It does not represent the official point of view of our funders. RESEAU EXPRESS JEUNES YOUTH EXPRESS NETWORK Maison des AssociaPons 1a Place des Orphelins 67000 Strasbourg France Tel: +33 (0)3 88 35 37 45 Email: com@youthexpressnetwork.org Website: youthexpressnetwork.org LINKLI NKLINK

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