START OF ERASMUS + INTERNATIONAL FUTURE PROJECT
On March 4-7, 2019, the Dnipro University of Technology, which is the coordinator of the international FUTURE project "Shaping the diverse common FUTURE - Wide dialogue to create and methodologically support a network for involving migrant youth into a civic society - of the EU ERASMUS + program, hosted a meeting of representatives of consortium organizations from Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Italy and Georgia. The project belongs to the K2 category - Capacity Building in the Field of Youth and aims to bring together experienced higher education professionals (teachers and managers of higher education institutions) and representatives of youth NGOs to strengthen everyone's potential by sharing best practices in involving and adapting young migrants into and for the civil society through formal education and civic engagement beyond the learning hours.
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HOW TO DEVELOP INCLUSIVE SOCIETY
It was the title of the training course that took place in a picturesque location not far from Kaunas (Lithuania) at the beginning of June under the international FUTURE project "Shaping the diverse common FUTURE - Wide dialogue to create and methodologically support a network for involving migrant youth into a civic society - of the EU ERASMUS + program.
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Press Conference for the Inspirational Portal

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The conference day 1 were parallel penultimate training day and gather youth workers from around Ukraine to share best practices of migrants’ involvement. The conference day 2 matched the final day of the training 2 so that trainees disseminated the results among conference community, which will enjoy international discussion. European countries are taking in people fleeing wars. The most vulnerable part is youth seeking social integration and career advancement but facing obstacles to the involvement into local community. Thus, the project addresses a need of better social adaptation of migrant youth through the strong network of youth organizations (NGOs + university) using new methodology of mixing non-formal and formal education tools for involvement across Europe. Inspirational Portal Mission: the portal is an open e-space for those young people who need help and support in adapting in local communities after having migrated from their native countries as well as those who are ready to give a shoulder and provide assistance in this. The portal contains specific materials (supportive articles and addresses, videos, announcements of topic-specific events, photos and etc.) aimed at motivating and giving young migrants hope for better future featured in good relations in community, having families and receiving well-paid jobs. The portal is open for thematic contributions for anyone. Young migrants may find friends and business contacts there and receive useful information related to their living.Inspirational Portal Main Contributors: Dnipro Univeristy of Technology (Ukraine); Non-governmental, non-profit organization INCEPTUS (Lithuania); Foundation Institute of Innovations (Poland); International Center for Peace and Integration (Georgia); Association Connecting Europe (Italy).
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TRAINING COURSE: "Shaping the Future"
The project addresses a need of better social adaptation of migrant youth that can be made by the strong network of youth organizations using new methodology of mixing non-formal and formal education tools for involvement across Europe. Current tools for migrant youth involvement are not underpinned by principles of networking and cooperation among youth organizations of various profiles. Local youth communities are not guided on how to put mutual efforts into adaptation of young migrants from a perspective of their social communication and career pathways. Project cross-sector network will disseminate best practices among various actors, expanding their understanding of diverse future and creating common vision of values of inclusiveness in education and society.Project teams from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania require experience of adapting migrant youth had by partners from Georgia and Italy. All partners will benefit from shared EU values and expanded network with common EU vision. The methodological pillar of the project is a combination of expertise of various social actors from NGOs and university – young activists, teachers, students, sociologists, psychologists, managers and governors.
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“SHAPING THE FUTURE - YOUTH CONFERENCE” IN THE ERASMUS+ PROJECT
Since the first shootings in eastern Ukraine and the launch of an anti-terrorist operation, our country has faced evacuated universities, enterprises and organizations from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to other areas, as well as the problems of social adaptation of internally displaced persons, among whom the youth has occurred to be the most vulnerable part.Therefore, discussions with regard to the social adaptation of young migrants were perceived with particular concern and sometimes personal pain by the participants of the international youth conference "Shaping the Future", which took place on December 4-7, 2020 in Dnipro and was a part of the two-year FUTURE “Shaping thediverse common FUTURE – Wide dialogue to create and methodologically support a network for involvingmigrant youth into civic society” under the EU ERASMUS + programme.Approximately 40 activists of Ukrainian youth NGOs and displaced universities from Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Vinnytsia, representatives of the Dnipro Youth Council, representatives of the youth and sports department of the City Council and students who are internally displaced discussed problems and instruments to address them and reach better adaptation of internally displaced persons and young migrants in the most emotional way. Debates and roundtables have shown that the conference has won and had a significant impact by bringing together participants in a variety of their functions in society. And it was this that made it possible to consider the issue of involving migrant youth in civic activism and preventing its radicalization from different perspectives: university formal education, informal experience of participation in public organizations, support with paperwork, inclusion of young migrants in local youth councils and etc. During the hours of discussions and presentations of their own scientific and practical work results, the participants of the conference developed into partners of the newly created Ukrainian network for involvement of young migrants in civil society. The 1st conference day resulted in the development and approval of the Conference Resolution – a document stating clear steps needed to be taken by each person or organization interested in helping the refugees. For example, an important concept of the resolution was the proposal of the participants to develop a program of training young volunteers to work with youth who experience socio-civic activity constraints through forced migration on the platform of the “NGO-University-Government” interaction triangle.
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