Hi There! is a play project focused a young refugees and asylum seekers in Brussels. The project aims at developing the soft skills and competences the young refugees and asylum seekers need to successfully integrate in their local community. By the summer of 2018 the project aims to engage several as volunteers in the project as well.
Hi There! was initiated by Belgian participants of DBYN activities. During the "Speak up" training course they developed the motivation to do something for young refugees in Belgium, during the "Travel Beyond!" training course they developed the project management skills required to set-up such a project. The volunteers looked for peers who wanted to join the project, resulting in a larger team of volunteers which is still growing. They applied for funding at Droomfonds of the Don Bosco Foundation, for the necessary funding to start the project.
At the same time this project shows how institutional funding by the Council of Europe's European Youth Foundation (Speak up) and the European Union's Erasmus+ programme (Travel beyond) can lead to a longterm impact on local level. However, it still requires local financing and a huge effort of volunteers to actually implement the project.
In 2015 Don Bosco Youth-Net organised the "En Route: Don Bosco volunteers for HRE" project. This project consisted of 3 training courses, introducing human rights education to our core groups of volunteers. As this project had a clear aim to impact the local communities of the volunteers, we decided to use the system of Social Return On Investment to calculate the generated impact. The study show that for each euro invested into this project, DBYN generated a social return for the value of 3,48 euro. The report informs you about the project as well as how the impact was generated and calculated.
DBYN is developing a method for measuring the social impact of its projects. As a first step in this process we carried out a "Social Return on Investment" research on the "All Alien! " training course. The results of this research are published in report "Social Impact Measurement - Case study: All Alien! STEP 1 training course and its social return on investment".
This publication was made by Ms. Margaryta Buliy, in the framework of an European internship programme she was carrying out in the international secretariat of Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw. If you would have general questions on this publication, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have more specific technical information on how the SROI method was implemented, please contact Ms. Buliy at email@example.com.
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