Here you can read about approved Group Initiative Projects, and maybe get
inspiration for your own projects!
Organization: The Kristinestad’s Youth
Council Contact Person:Jessica
Bardsnes Number of participants: 12 Activity dates: January 2003 - 30 November 2003 Place of the realization: Kristinestad, Finland
Some youths in Kristinestad
wanted to make a youthpaper in order to give everyone in Kristinestad a
chance to increased influence and empowerment. The youth should be given the
chance to give their own opinion about things that concerns them. We also
wanted to create solidarity between the two groups in Kristinestad (Finnish
The youthpaper group consists of 12. Everyone in the youthpaper group are
interested in writing and many of them dreams of a career as a journalist.
We began with the planning already in autumn 2002, where we on meetings
discussed about the idea and what contents this paper should have and so on.
We applied for money to the National Agency in Finland (CIMO) and to
everyone's joy we got 7500 Euros for carrying out this idea!
We started the realization in January 2003 and in April we published our
first youthpaper which was given out to every household in Kristinestad
(approximately 4000 households). Now we are working with the second paper
and we hope to secure more youths to be involved in this project. One goal
is to finance the second paper with help from enterprises in Kristinestad in
form of advertisements.
This youthpaper- project will have it’s end this November, but we hope to
get financial support in the future, so we could continue with our work.
Why our project is a good practice...
With this paper we aspire to improve the youths everyday life in a positive
way and take up questions like education, work and leisure time. We aim to
give the youths possibility to:
- learn to write and to work with a paper,
- write about their opinions (family, love, friends problems, sex, drugs,
- take responsibility,
- increase the engagement in writing and reading,
- make better contact between the Finnish and Swedish speaking youths,
- increase own tongue and the second language,
- decrease the distances between the villages in Kristinestad,
- big local signification,
- will give opportunities for exchange in Europe.
The newspaper is in favor not only for the youths, but also adults, pupils,
teachers, workers and enterprises.
Organization: ZAK Tarxien Contact Person:Jeannete Vella Number of participants: 25 Activity dates: 1st December 2001 – 30th April 2002 Place of the realization: Tarxien, Malta
Daily Life Around the Temples
This project aimed to enhance awareness of the importance of the Tarxien
Neolithic Temples as a world heritage site and the need to protect them
against all possible dangers. This project was carried out with four age
groups: 5 to 10 year olds, 11 to 14 year olds, youths and adults. Throughout
the period of their project the young people developed an activity book
which they used in fieldwork with one of the groups. A website including
photos of the temples and information on how we can preserve the temples was
set up. Among other things the Tarxien group also produced leaflets and a
video related to their project. The young people themselves managed the
entire project and involved themselves in research, artwork, and all the
necessary preparations for such a project to be a success.
Organization: Inizjamed Contact Person:Jeannete Vella Number of participants: 14 Activity dates: 1st May – 31st October 2002 Place of the realization: Malta
Re-Creation – putting discarded material
into creative games
This project aimed to foster the concept of
re-using discarded material creatively, in such a way as to encourage
sustainability, co-operation and team spirit among young people with less
opportunities and other members of the community. Inizjamed encouraged a
group of young people to co-ordinate a series of sessions dealing with the
creation of traditional and original games using discarded material. The
project aimed to allow young disadvantaged women to make full use of their
potential. The young participants had the opportunity to meet and work with
other young people and be responsible for the research and planning process
of the project.
Organization: Zurrieq Scouts
Group Contact Person:Jeannete Vella Number of participants: 70 Activity dates: 1st December 2001 – 30th November
2002 Place of the realization: Zurrieq, Malta
Participation of Youth in Maltese Village
The Zurrieq Scouts Group related their project to the aspect of
feasts in their village. Youth participation is very crucial for the two
feasts organized and sometimes this brings some conflicts between the
different groups. The aim of Zurrieq Scouts was to bring together these two
groups and other youth groups in the village to organize a form of street
theatre based on traditional Maltese Easter celebrations. This helped the
young people involved to work for the same aim together and be aware of each
other’s abilities. The project was spread over a year in which the young
people involved worked on the costumes, the script and the props among other
things. The group also worked on the production of a newsletter and a
website related to their project.
Organization: Third World
Group Contact Person:Jeannete Vella Number of participants: Activity dates: 1st December 2001 – 31st May 2002 Place of the realization: Valletta, Malta
Rhythms for Life
Through this project
the group involved adolescents and young children, coming from an
economically and socially deprived environment in Valletta, to participate
in several drum circle workshops. The project was run and completely managed
by a group of nine young people working as volunteers in the organization
among which some of them coming from the deprived area in Valletta. The main
objective of this group of young people was to encourage the disadvantaged
youths to identify new strategies to improve their lives and at the same
time empower them to become leaders within their own community. After the
preparatory phase the managers of the project accompanied the appointed
musical director in implementing the workshops and helped the children and
youngsters to play the drums. Following the drum circle sessions the
participants made a performance in St. Joseph Street in Valletta.
Organization: Hienet Contact Person: Dimitris Psoras Number of participants: 80 Activity dates: 2001 - 2002 Place of the realization: Pireas, Greece Web Site:http://www.tes.gr/comics/
Youth Comics was a Youth
Initiative where we made short stories about actual themes of society like
drugs, aids, sport, racism, etc.
Organization: Hienet Contact Person: Dimitris Psoras Number of participants: 120 Activity dates: 2000 - 2001 Place of the realization: Pireas, Greece
Web Site: http://www.tes.gr/magazine/
Youth Magazine was a
Youth Initiative where we published with our youngsters 4 issues with the
actual news about our Organization and the Programs we are working with and
raziskovalni zavod 2010 Sevnica Contact Person: Number of participants: 25 Activity dates: 1st May 2001 – 19th April 2002 Place of the realization: Sevnica, Slovenia
Promotion of Ajdovski castle
Short description of the project: 5 young people from 18 to 25 years
old (3 boys, 2 girls) decided to promote Ajdovski castle with the intent to
attract tourists and young people and to show them living style as it was in
the 5th and 6th century, to visit different villages around Ajdovski castle
and to get to know people and culture from the region. They hoped also that
it will make young people to stay in the region where they were growing, to
employ themselves and to develop local environment.
The mean of promotion was the internet.
Outcomes: Firstly the group of young people found the appropriate
place for computer room and signed a contract for the rent of the premises.
The room was equipped with electricity, telephone lines, ISDN, desks and
chairs. Security was put on the windows of the computer room, 4 computers
were purchased and literature about Ajdvski castle started to collect. Funds
from the YOUTH program was not the only support for this projects, there was
a constant search for additional funds from local authorities and other
Project was promoted on the local radio, people were trained to make
webpages and webpages were developed.
Why it is a good practice?
- development of local environment,
- direct inclusion of young people with less opportunities,
- project continues – other young people are using computer room for
Internet, to make different reports and many of them are thinking to make
their own homepage.
Organization: DZMP Krsko Contact: http://www.drustvo-dzmp.si Number of participants: 6 Activity dates: February - September 2002 Place of the realization: Krsko, Slovenia
Krsko is not the town
where young people would have a lot of possibilities to realize their
interests. We are definitely not pleased with the situation we are living
in, so we decided to influence on the world around us with the use of the
media. Usually media is attracted by the "big" themes and events as
spectacular as possible, but at the same time they are the only weapon of
the small and the weak. If existent media is not interested in our "small"
problems, we have one possibility: to create our own media in which we will
create the themes by ourselves. Most members of our group are interested in
the film and video, but the strongest medium is still television, the
broadcast on television.
The elementary idea about the youth television was developed during the film
and video seminar in the beginning of the year 2001. We soon made the
concept of the broadcast, but we also soon saw that it is not going to be
easy, because we had neither the knowledge nor the equipment.
We found out about the Youth program, with which it is possible to carry out
also the initiatives like this. We almost changed our minds when we saw the
application forms. They wanted a lot of argumentations and details about the
project. The more experienced members of the Society of Soft Landing helped
us and also the employees from National Agency answered some questions. We
found out later, that filling in the application form was very useful,
because we knew better what we wanted and needed.
After few months of preparations we began carrying out the project in the
beginning of February 2002. We started with extra education in the field of
film, TV journalism and creating web sites. We invited several professionals
who presented their knowledge to us in different lectures, workshops,
supervision and practical advices. We used this knowledge for creating our
own broadcasts. In the period of this project we carried out more than 200
hours of education and over 500 hours of practical work. In this time we
created 18 feature and documentary films and the number is still rising.
These films were shown on the local television in Krsko and Brezice and on
different public projections. We also distribute them on the VHS tapes,
video, CDs and the Internet.
With these broadcasts we want to influence on the awareness of the problems
in the society, especially the problems that the young people and marginal
society groups have. In our broadcasts we critically present the people,
events and organizations in our surroundings. At the same time we want to
help young creators and organizations, which we believe are working in the
positive direction in the same field. We do not limit ourselves
geographically and with presentations of the positive examples from abroad
we want to make changes at home.
With public presentations (especially on television) we achieved better
notification of the young and other people about the real things around us
and released reflections and discussions about certain themes. This
certainly has the influence on the relationship between the majority society
on one side and the problems of the young and the marginal society groups on
We obviously poked deeply in the problematic of the young in Krsko with the
short film Hunting Young People, which was shown with several (also very
stormy) comments, which followed public broadcasting. Comments were from
praises (in majority) to (some) threats with a lawsuit. The proof for
reaching our goal is a statement of one viewer, who doesn't agree with this
kind of (critical) showing of the problematic, because in this way people
can find out that something is wrong in this surrounding. But on the other
hand we showed some positive examples (Art of Tolerance, Seminar Guerrilla
Production, Mocvara...) and proved, that the young are capable of taking
care of ourselves, that we know what we want and we don't use our free time
only for strolling and drinking. We also succeeded in presenting the
situation of the young in different surroundings and their programs and
activities (Mocvara, Otokultivator...). We deal with marginal society groups
in the short film "Gadjo Hike", in which we illuminate Roma problematic and
present the programs of The Society of Soft Landing in the biggest Roma
settlement Kerinov Grm.
We also show our broadcasts abroad. After the projections during the
Peacefest in Wales we contacted a Dutch group, with which we carried out the
project of youth exchange in February and we are also discussing the
creation of European network of allied organizations or groups, which would
relieve mutual cooperation in the future. With the exchange of this kind of
projects and carrying out of mutual projects the young from different
surroundings will have extra opportunities for getting to know each other
and learning about other cultures.
Why our project is a good practice:
With the help of this project we stimulated considerations and discussions
about the themes, which are usually left out of the media. Besides that we
made filming and making a broadcast popular among the young and we are happy
to find out that there are more and more people who want to do this. We will
use the knowledge and experience we got in our behalf and it will also make
our profession decisions easier.
Organization: NGO JUVENTAS Contact Person: Ave Henberg Number of participants: 23 Activity dates: 15th Mai – 30th November 2002 Place of the realization: Tartu, Estonia
Know how to act: Development of social skills of children
and youth in orphanages
In our group there are altogether 23 young people. Most of
us met each other during high-school days and about 8 joined during 1st year
of university. Now we are all university students from different fields.
Since high schools most of us have been implementing several youth projects
- mostly concerning drug prevention, children's' rights, social skills
education - peer education projects. Since 2002 we are concentrating on
social skills and child rights development programs and our main target
groups are orphanage children and other children in need.
The project, initiated by 6 of us, aims to prevent drug usage among children
in orphanages, it also aims to develop their social skills and teach and
motivate them to carry out their own projects. We plan to organize social
skills training for 20 orphanage children and youth in the age of 9-17.
Before that we compile materials (appropriate leaflets, CD-ROMs) for these
In all our activities we always include the direct target group in the
preparation work as then they feel themselves comfortably in the main part
of the projects, which increases its effectiveness.
Outcomes and what makes it a good practice:
By raising young people's consciousness about their rights and duties and by
developing their social skills we hope to prevent drug usage among them and
raise their motivation to initaite their own projects. By now all the
preparation has been completed, needed materials compiled and in September
2002 also the training sessions started.
According to the Estonian National Agency this project is one of the good
examples being the youth led initiative in the field which is really urgent
need in Estonia. Also to, it is good to admit that some of the members of
the core group have been implementing group initiative projects also before,
which definetely supports the quality of the current project. Even though
the project is not finished yet, the youth group is interested to develop
further perspectives of their project by looking for partners and developing
an idea for networking project in the frame of Action 3 (please see the
initial idea below).
Materials worked out in the frame of the project: CD-ROM with
training materials compiled by the core-group
Additional information and proposal for future co-operation: The
planned target groups in our follow-up activities are orphanage children and
other children in need. The content of our next projects, incl. networking
project, would be child rights and social skills issues. In our view within
coming networking project, we could work out thorough booklet, which could
be used in social skills trainings for children and youth in need (street
children, children in orphanages). We could also exchange ideas how to
organise the trainings and brainstorm, how to motivate young people to carry
out their own projects.
Organization: Akrites Youth
Group Contact Person: Number of participants: Activity dates: 1st September 2001 – 31 December
2002 Place of the realization: Nicosia, Cyprus
Campaign against the use of plastic bags from
In the framework of the awareness campaign a series of
actions took place:
(a) A survey was carried out in the local community and supermarkets in
order to identify the size of the problem and to identify European applied
practices and solutions.
(b) Information material (leaflets and posters) were produced focusing on
the impact of plastic bags on the environment and offering alternative
solutions for their use. The information leaflets were forwarded to the
consumer’s association supermarkets, schools, the relevant governmental
departments, local authorities and media.
(c) A day on the road was organized by our members to disseminate the
information leaflets to the public from certain central points of Nicosia
(d) An info-day open to the public was organized which included
presentations, video and etc. The information material along with cloth
shopping bags was also available for the participants.
(e) During the whole period of the campaign, signatures against the use of
plastic bags by the supermarkets were gathered to be send to the community
and town supermarkets and also an website for presenting the activities was
Outcome: With the activities of the project there was a great impact
in the community in the use of plastic bags. There was also printed leaflet
and posters with statistical information of the use of the plastic bags and
the negative affects of it on the environment.
AMAVET Nitra Contact Person: Number of participants: 26 Activity dates: Place of the realization: Nitra, Slovakia
Protection of the area of the Nitra river
Project is organized by the group of 26 young people -
members of the Enviro-club AMAVET Nitra, who are interested in a clean
environment and in helping by removing the ecological damage. The applicants
prepared various activities such as cleaning and adaptation of dead river
branches in the city park, eco-educational campaign for youth from the local
community connected with the competition, installation of information labels
and foundation of the educational environmental path, which will be further
used in the further activities after the completing of the project.
Organization: SUR LE MOTIF –
Paris Contact Person: Alice Muller
Feuga and Audrey Folacci Number of participants: Activity dates: 2001/2002 Place of the realization: Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain
Artissants d'Europe, European « cafes »
Alice, Audrey and the other members of the Parisian
association « SUR LE MOTIF » wanted to organize « cafes » in a different
style in which people could talk about European identity and cultures. These
European « cafes » took place in different working class parts of Paris and
Barcelona (Spain). In Barcelona they realized a photo exhibition with the
title « three word about Europe ».They invited immigrated journalists,
artistes, cookers, dancers, musicians, singers… from all over Europe. These
cafes became intercultural meeting places.
A good local initiative to discuss about European cultures which could be
developed in other countries. In 2002, the organization decided to apply for
another Youth Initiative project in order to create and develop network of
European cafes in Spain, Poland, Ireland, Germany…