On December 11-13th CaSYPoT project partners met in the City of Słupsk. The conference saw the participation of delegates representing local and regional bodies, NGOs, universities, cultural associations from Poland, Sweden, Russia, Italy and Lithuania. Welcomed by Mr Robert Biedroń, Mayor of City of Słupsk, and Mr Per Ole Petersen, ERB Vice-President and Member of the Council of Regional Municipality of Bornholm (Denmark), participants gathered for the presentation of the cross-border comparative report and analyse its results as well as to evaluate further steps to take in order to address issues related to youth in the Baltic Sea Region.
On November 9-10, 2017 Agata Ludwiczak – Deputy Head of ERB International Permanent Secretariat – and Domenico Misurelli – IVY volunteer at ERB International Permanent Secretariat – accompanied by Marta Szuter visited 3 schools in the Bartoszyce (Zespół Szkół nr 1 im. Romualda Traugutta; Szkoła Podstawowa nr 8 z Ukraińskim Językiem Nauczania;Zespół Szkół Ponadgimnazjalnych nr 2 im. Elizy Orzeszkowej) with the aim of presenting the results of the surveys carried out over the last year in the frame of CaSYPoT project.
On November 3rd, 2017 IVY volunteers Domenico Misurelli and Ioana Onisora along with Zofia Makowska, Project Manager at the Regional Council in Kalmar Region, attended the first edition of the Klaipeda Youth Forum. Entitled “Breakthrough in youth policy: is it (un)necessary?”, the forum was held at the Lithuanian Sea Museum and saw the presence of a large number of young participants belonging to several organizations.
In order to unlock the potential of young people and their knowledge of the region they live in, with a particular focus on the need to activate the potential of local peripheries, ERB International Permanent Secretariat organized a series of two workshops entitled “Baltic Leaders – Energy, Youth, Europe”.
The first one, held on 28th September at Gymnasium 8 in Elblag, was not only a unique opportunity to address teenagers aged between 14 and 15 years old about youth opportunities designed by EU but an opportunity to listen to them and understand how they imagine life in the Baltic Sea Region. Indeed, through an activity based on the concept of non-formal education and free exchange of ideas, teenagers were able to discuss three main topics – Leisure, School, Future – expressing their needs, concerns, hopes. What has emerged clearly from the workshop is that, even though interested in the opportunity to be actively involved in the area they live in as well as to take part to EU mobility related initiative in the future, they think that it could be done more to promote them.
The second one, held 29th September at ERB International Permanent Secretariat, was a structured workshop aiming at presenting the activity of ERB to locals, future Youth Exchanges will take place in Denmark and Sweden as well as at gaining information about Leisure, School/Work, Politics/Governance. Opting for a discussion strategy based on non-formal education, the participants – aged between 16 and 40 years old – had the opportunity to talk about recreational activities, the presence of youth councils, the reason motivating them to emigrate, the way how they conceive politics.
What has emerged during this workshop and the discussion with the three experts invited – Pawel Kulasiewicz (Director of the Center for Economic, Social and Institutional Cooperation – The State Higher Vocational School in Elblag), Agata Ludwiczak (Eureoregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat), Marcin Żuchowski (Association of Polish Communes – Euroregion Baltic) – is that youth would like to receive a bigger consideration from politics – the lack of trust toward politicians is deep – and feels the need to have a stronger influence over the decision-making process of young related policies.
During the workshop Ms Ludwiczak had also the opportunity to present CaSYPoT, a project focused on improving cross-border cooperation capacity of actors in the Baltic Area through the creation of a joint knowledge-based strategic youth policy. In order to help with the implementation of the project – management, communication, promotion and dissemination of information – ERB International Permanent Secretariat is currently hosting an IVY volunteer, Domenico Misurelli from Italy. IVY – Interreg Volunteer Youth is a pilot action that offers the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects for 2-6 months. Finally, it was also a chance to introduce the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region aiming at detecting how it tackles youth-related issues and how ERB tries to be in line with it.
The meeting provided ERB with useful information about how young people conceive their role in the society they live in, the degree of engagement and opinions over opportunities offered to them. It is interesting to note that every topic faced showed the necessity for public institutions to provide them with more information as well as to give a concrete opportunity to exert influence in the decision-making process.
Two Erasmus + projects, submitted by ERB partners in Sweden and Denmark have just been approved: Youth 3.0 and Youth 4.0. They are two of the four ambitious projects submitted last April by a partnership of four organizations in Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania. The leadership is foreseen for Europe Direct Bornholm for Youth 3.0, and Kumulus for Youth 4.0, organizations both committed in the field of youth cooperation. » Read more
The BSSSC Youth Event 2017 is a series of three participatory workshops that will take place in Trebnitz (Germany) during the 25th BSSSC Annual Conference in Potsdam (20-22 September 2017) The topics that will be tackled will concern the Baltic Togetherness, Cultural Heritage and Baltic Action Plan 2030.
The event is open to everybody. However, participants will have the possibility to participate as representatives of the BSSSC’s member countries.
You can find practical information here:
Registration must be submitted by 28th August at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the following application form! Registration BSSSC YE 2017
On 12-13th June 2017, young Baltic Leaders from the Warmia-Mazury Region and the ERB Youth Board took part in the conference ‘Nothing about us without us!’, organised by the three pan-Baltic organisations UBC (Union of the Baltic Cities), BSSSC (Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation) and ERB (Euroregion Baltic). » Read more
Olsztyn, 25-26th May 2017. The branch of Polish Society of Economic (Polskie Towarzystwo Ekonomiczne Oddział w Olsztynie), sited in Olsztyn, organized with the University of Warmia and Mazury the All-Poland scientific conference “Methodology of youth work in NGOs and youth councils in Poland and other European Union countries in economic, legal and social terms.” During the meeting, Euroregion Baltic Youth Board has been presented by one of its members, Dawid Jędrzejak, representative of the Warmińsko-Maurzskie Region (Poland). ERB Youth Board can certainly be taken as a valid example of cooperation that strives for more targeted youth policies, exchange opportunities, and the promotion of education. ERB Youth Board, that could not be better represented by someone who works for it, is currently working on two new projects: Baltic Leaders and Erasmus +.
For more information about Youth Board’s actions, you can follow the Facebook page @EuroregionBalticYouthBoard
On 12th December 2017, all the CaSYPoT project partners and relevant stakeholders are invited to the city of Slupsk, Poland, for an important conference. » Read more