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.
This international internship has been great for the end of my university studies. I believe that this experience has been probably one of the best things that has happened me in my life.
I have worked in Don Bosco Youth-Net as an intern assisting the communication of the network. I helped to strengthen Social Media and communication structure. I am proud of my work here. You can see the impact of my work in this infographic.
Erasmus+ gives me the opportunity to use my professional skills but I grow as a person too. I have learnt new cultures, new ways of thinking, new food, becoming independent,… Erasmus+ has made me feel more part of European community. I met people who inspire me to have a very open mind and I made friends who have made me life abroad easier.
I would like to thank Erasmus+ for giving the opportunity of living this internship, ESN for helping to meet people and to have a great experience, Salesian community of Heverlee for giving me all I needed, Jeugddienst Don Bosco for making me feel part of the work team and Don Bosco Youth-Net for giving me the opportunity of develop as a professional and launch my career. I have learnt a lot from all of you.
This internship has been a beautiful, exciting, great and different story. I go back home being a better person.
Salvi Macías Parrado, the intern.
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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