Results

Future Shapers from Denmark – Presentation of the 5 awarded youth civil initiatives and their impact.

Find out more about:

– Biophilia: Bringing nature to the city (through a barefoot running club, meditation club, a singing club, planting seeds, re-purposing, language club), created an NGO- REWILD (Capucine Chandon and Angela Herengt)
– Open the Kimono: A platform for co-creating, crowd-funding and crowdsourcing cultural initiatives (Jonatan de Regt and Lilla Torok)
– Food Sharing Aarhus: volunteer association to tackle the problem of food waste through innovative ways to use the excess (Lina Staskeviciute and Mafalda Nunes)
– Creative Tenants- Workshops on multi-disciplinary topics for all new tenants of a Cultural Center, creating an eco-system for Culture workers in Aachus (Javier Esteves and Karina Kovács)
– Solitate Chai Bar: Creation of a Socio-cultural space for exchange of ideas and  Culture Festival: (Shubdeep Singh Parwana)


Future Shapers from Spain
– Presentation of the 5 awarded youth civil initiatives and their impact.

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– Queer identities and gender empowerment: Drag King workshops for LGBTQ community (Elena Ramírez González)
– Seripheria Workshops: Active creation of clothing and workshops at the Santaco community social centar to promote self-expression (Dídac Espí Vallvé)
– Kanoa: Emotional education through therapeutic theater and yoga workshops for young people (Lidia Fernández Rodríguez)
– With languages, your home is anywhere: A Spanish and Catalan Language course for immigrants to Santa Koloma (Laia Cuadro Segarra)
– La Comuna Colomense: Art Association for promoting community arts through exhibitions on plastic arts, the new generation arts, my community, graffiti and murals, etc (Daniel de Gracia Morales and Gordillo Río Cristina)

 
Future Shapers from Cyprus – Presentation of the 5 awarded youth civil initiatives and their impact
 
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– What’s your story- Artistic workshops on storytelling and exhibition of young international adults in Cyprus (Mariana Parmatzia) 
– Capacity Building of Medical nd paramedical students: Learn, explore and develop skills during a global pandemic (Hadjiandreas Christoforos & Irine Yerolemidou)
– Religion gives back: E-shop for religious items (thriskia.com) created to donate proceeds to charity (Limnatis Marios)
– The Plastic world: microplastics and plastics are in everything, so let’s do our part: Recycle Fish at a beach in Cyprus (Georgiou Michalis)
– Re-design Fashion: From fast to sustainable fashion: what can we do as consumers? (Xristou Antreas)
 

 
Future Shapers from Romania – Presentation of the 5 awarded youth civil initiatives and their impact

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– Revama- a new NGO focusing on promoting youth participation and non-formal learning (Krystina Kerekes)
– ASE brought us together: Program for international students at Bukurest Academy for Economic Studies (Vera Romanu)
– Live above Status: awareness about mental health issues aimed to reduce the suicide rate of youth in Hargita Country (Daniel Oprea)
– Let’s row together- Promoting water sports and activities on lake Mesteacanul in Balan (Bard Dudan Ionut)
– Creation and promotion of a mountainbike trail in Balan (Razvan Cimpean) 
 



Future Shapers from 
Macedonia – Presentation of the 5 awarded youth civil initiatives and their impact
 
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– Eco-Initiative: “For cleaner Macedonia”: Promoting awareness and change in environmental habits and littering (Petar Stevanovik)
-KavInAction: Planting trees and raising environmental awareness in Kavadarci and lake Tikves area (Marija Ristova)
– Autism in Scouts: Guide for for better integration of autistic young scouts in the programme (Jana Oltovska)
– The influence of transpolarization and substitution of emotions on stressful situations: workshops on dealing with stress (Stefania Stefanovska)
– Documentary: The cultural & natural world heritage of the city and lake Ohrid- Why Ohrid has a UNESCO protection status? (Sara Jazadjiska)

 

3rd of September –  Media Coverage by a Macedonian national TV station of one of the awarded projects focusing on raising environmental awareness and inspiring behavioral change about polluting habits

9th May- Europe Day discussion

 

To commemorate Europe Day, VCS with its partners (Young Europe Society Romania, EUCMC Aarhus, Citizens for Europe Cyprus, MUNDUS Spain) organized a zoom discussion with the changemakers in this project about what we want the future of Europe to look like. At a time when everyone is uncertain about “the new normal”, we now have a unique opportunity to shape what happens once all of this is over, by thinking how we want to re-construct and re-open our societies, and what can be done better. We discussed what do we miss the most, what are we looking forward the most and how the pandemic will affect the initiatives throughout Europe.

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9th May- Europe Day discussion

To commemorate Europe Day, VCS with it’s partners (Young Europe Society Romania, EUCMC Aarhus, Citizens for Europe Cyprus, MUNDUS Spain) organized a zoom discussion with the changemakers in this project about what we want the future of Europe to look like. At a time when everyone is uncertain about “the new normal”, we now have a unique opportunity to shape what happens once all of this is over, by thinking how we want to re-construct and re-open our societies, and what can be done better. We discussed what do we miss the most, what are we looking forward the most and how the pandemic will affect the initiatives throughout Europe.

It is the enthusiasm of these changemakers with their projects and initiatives for a better world that are currently leading the way for social change in our societies by being at frontlines of active citizenship across Europe. Great job everyone, keep up the amazing work and let’s re-build an even better Europe for all of us!

Online Discussion: Europe Day 2020

4th March 2020, media post about the Project (in English).

Read more about this Project in Voices Magazine: https://voiceskopje.org/2020/03/03/voices-march-2020/

27th February 2020; Media Post about the Project (in Macedonian)

24th February; Media post about the project (in Macedonian) https://hashtag.mk/za-mladite-koi-sakaat-da-izlezat-od-demokratskata-apatija-nov-proekt-na-volonterskiot-centar-skopje

 

In many programs young people are just beneficiaries of the work of others, but this project will give them skills and support to foster creative solutions and approaches to issues they are facing with, and inspire their social participation by letting them take the lead. The rationale for this approach is that they don’t need to be specifically told how to influence policy makers or stand up for a cause, but rather be given directions for critical thinking, which is a key precondition to active participation in civil processes.

This project will encourage and train the young multipliers to think critically and systematically using the Roadmap for civil activism provided through the activities of this project.

Together, we plan to work with the young people who will take part in this project to empower them to engage socially by leading initiatives and connect nationally and internationally in order to create a joined momentum for a youth awakening in the countries participating in this project. Their engagement will continue to resonate and have a ripple effect across our countries located at the North- South and West- East axes of Europe that will impact our societies as a force for good.

As a long-term benefit, the participants will come to one key realization: that anything can be achieved by citizens joining hands and helping each other.