Heverlee (Belgium), 24/05/2022, Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw, the European network of Salesian youth organisations, and its partners announce their 2-year project on the topic of volunteering: “The future is Europe: Voluntary service and social change”.
“The Future is Europe” is an Erasmus+ small-scale partnership in youth Key Action 2 project starting in spring 2022 for the duration of two years. It was written and applied for by the Don Bosco Youth-Net Working Group on Volunteering and is aimed at young volunteers.
The project’s aim is to help define a vision for voluntary service for the next years in setting long-term goals helping all partner organisations to develop concrete actions.
All activities implemented for this project are built around four pillars: digitalisation, solidarity, employment and sustainability. These activities aim to raise awareness of young people on issues such as European citizenship, civic engagement and common values. They will connect young people from various countries and help them develop their soft skills, competences and their employability. This will help all partner organisations to create a model of education for active and European citizenship to be implemented in all countries involved and beyond.
Presentation of the project and expected impact
The project “The Future is Europe” consists of four activities build around an online preparatory meeting, an in-person seminar and an online follow-up meeting for each topic:
● “Volunteers for digital transformation” – Benediktbeuern (Germany), 29/08-01/09/2022
● “Volunteers for solidarity” – Leuven (Belgium), 20-23/10/2022
● “Volunteers for employment” – Campello (Spain), 27-30/04/2023
● “Volunteers for sustainability” – Mogliano V.to / Venice (Italy), 03-06/08/2023
Expected project results include the strengthening of the voluntary service at European level for all partners involved, in order to reach more young people through quality projects, to have a strong impact on employability of young people through recognition of competencies gained during the experience, to provide digital solutions for networking and learning environments, including mentoring and general support during all the stages of a project.
A final document, implemented during the whole duration of the project in the form of a policy paper, will be then disseminated at international, national, regional and local level, aiming to inspire other organisations active in the field of volunteering service and international youth mobility.
About the project partners
Don Bosco Youth-Net (DBYN), based in Belgium, is the lead partner and coordinator of this project. It is the network of European Salesian youth organisations. Its own working group on Volunteering has made this project possible.
Aktionszentrum Benediktbeuern, based in Germany, is a youth centre for young people providing activities in the field of non-formal education, training of youth leaders and voluntary service.
Confe Don Bosco, based in Spain, is a youth organisation that works to defend and promote children and young people, offering volunteering experiences, training opportunities and international camps.
Jeugddienst Don Bosco, based in Belgium, is a non-governmental organisation offering participation in youth-led events and youth participation activities, providing activities in the field of non-formal education, training of youth leaders and voluntary service.
Salesiani per il Sociale (SxS), based in Rome, Italy, is a network of more than 100 organisations engaged in the protection and support of minors and young people throughout Italy.
Turismo Giovanile e Sociale, based in Rome, Italy, is a network of groups and associations actively promoting youth and social tourism all over Italy.
TGS Eurogroup, based in Mogliano V.to / Venice, Italy, combines youth training activities in its home country as well as abroad with a concept of active, social and sustainable tourism.
Salesian Pastoral Youth Service, based in Balzan, Malta, accompanies young people to discover authentic life values through local and international volunteering and training activities.
Youth to Connect, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a youth-led project offering young people a volunteering experience within Europe, including guidance, preparation and evaluation.
Group picture of the Working Group on Volunteering in Benediktbeuern, Germany on 17-18 May 2022
Don Bosco Youth-Net is looking for a volunteer to support the ‘Summer Exchange of Animators’-project. The volunteer would start the voluntary service in January or February 2017. The voluntary service would last between 8 and 12 months. The volunteer will help with the preparation of actions which support the summer exchange (training course, publications …). The volunteer will have the chance to be active on at least one summer exchange itself. The volunteer will help with developing communication and promotion tools to increase the visibility of the summer exchange of animators. For more information on the summer exchange of animators: www.summerexchangeofanimators.eu
The EVS project offers a unique opportunity to live in another European country and work for an international youth organisation. Apart from learning on-the-job, EVS includes different training activities for the volunteer. The volunteer will take part in the EVS training cycle: on-arrival training, midterm evaluation and final evaluation. The volunteer will also have the opportunity to learn Dutch and take part additional relevant trainings in support of the EVS.
DBYN aims to apply for the voluntary service the 1st of October 2016. In order to do so, we would like to plan the interviews with candidates before the 20th of September 2016. If you are interested please send an email, together with a motivation and curriculum vitae to email@example.com.
The deadline for applications is the 1st of September 2016.
After almost 8 years, DBYN is soon to release its new website. The previous website was developed in a time when social networking and other web 2.0 applications were in full development. In this time we worked together with a Belgian youth work organisation, specialised in web development for the youth work sector. We were ambitious, integrating many web 2.0 applications allowing us to make simple mash-ups and personalized mailing lists. However, we were surpassed by the rapid development of the internet itself. Many of the functionalities of our website, were soon taken over by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google apps.
Since 2012 DBYN started to develop dedicated project websites. First with web-application EDICY, but when this European platform changed their business plan, we moved to the WEEBLY platform. After a few years of experience with project websites, we decided to transfer also our homepage to this platform.
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