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FAQ

FOR WHOM? 

Everyone is welcome, there are no special qualifications needed. You just have to be enthusiastic to work with others in our region. 
Do not worry about your level of English, this is a great way to improve your own skills. 

HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE? 

This is up to you and your schedule. As we are all volunteers, there is no pressure. Yet, you should bring a bit of time for our bi-weekly meetings and to work in between. 
Please be honest about the time you have and do not take over responsibilities you cannot fullfil. 

IS THERE ANY SUPPORT AND MENTORSHIP? 

Absolutely. We won’t leave you alone. Even though the groups will be youth-led, there is always support available. Our region has a lot of mentors who are eager to help and support you whenever necessary. 
Our Project Assistant, will be present at the meetings and coordinate the work of the groups. 

You can count on the support of all project partners, especially the Council of the Baltic Sea States. 

WHY SHOULD I JOIN? 

This is a great opportunity to enhance your own skills in teamwork, international cooperation, English language and in the topic you will be working in. 

You can learn a lot and share your experiences with others, while working for a much bigger purpose: real youth-participation in the region. 
You will be the one driving the change, engaged in all our activities and getting all latest information before anyone else. 

You have the chance to work with mentors and experts in various field and you can build a network that will help you throughout your life. 

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE WORKING GROUPS? 

The aim of the Baltic Sea Youth Platform is to become obsolete at some point. We will work to enhance youth cooperation in various spheres and throughout all levels of decision-making in the Baltic Sea Region.

IS THERE A DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION? 

Yes, we will close the application on 28.06.2020 at 23:59 CET. 
But do not worry if you missed it, we will have an open-call every 6 months to recruit new baltfluencer for our talent pool. 


We start tomorrow at 15.30 CET. Please create your

Hi

We’re happy to announce that tomorrow at 15.30 CET we start the Baltic Sea Youth Camp 2020, digital edition.

We kindly ask you to register at your earliest convenience so that we do not experience any delays during the event.

After your registration you will receive 2 reminder emails from HOPIN – one email 24 hours and one email 1 hour before the event begins. This is unfortunately not something we can turn off.

On the day of the event, please just go to: https://hopin.to/events/baltic-sea-youth-camp-2020-digital-edition where you will enter our reception and wait until the event starts.

There are many breaks for you to recharge your batteries, but please attend and be active in all the plenaries and one workshop per session to get the most out of the Baltic Sea Youth Camp.

We will provide Certificates of Attendance after the event.

Clarification of platform concepts

•                          Reception – waiting area before the event. Nothing happens here.

•                          Stage – is the big stage, where we broadcast presentations and have plenary sessions. Here you can only listen & watch. You can comment and ask questions using the chat function.

•                          Networking – an area where short ONE-on-ONE meetings takes place to get to know each other. Use coffee and lunchbreaks to meet other participants.

•                          Sessions – are used for the smaller workshops with a maximum of 20 participants (sharing audio and video) and 100 participants who can listen and watch.

FYI: Only some plenary sessions will be recorded, you are encouraged to actively participate with your audio and video in the workshops and you can be sure these sessions won’t be recorded.

You can find an updated program on our website, visit: https://www.balticyouthcamp.org to check it.

Apart from the sessions we want you to get in touch with Baltic Sea food culture, therefore we have prepared a recipe booklet, please feel free to check it out and choose your favorite recipe for the weekend and buy the ingredients to get the full Baltic Sea experience.

We would also like to let you know that there will be a movie night on Friday starting at 20:00, the Nordic Pulse Documentary will be screened and you get the chance to ask questions from two of the protagonists from the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic.

If you still have some friends who would like to join the event, please let them know to get in touch with us, through sending a mail to: info@bsryc.eu

We are also happy to answer any of your questions.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all on Friday and Saturday.

Kind regards

BSYC team

Project leader: KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS Lithuania

Partners:

  1. Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic
  2. Kristiansand katedralskole Gimle Norway
  3. Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs, Poland
  4. SOCIALAS INOVACIJAS CENTRS Latvia

Project duration: 1.04.2020 – 31.03.2022

EUROPE 2020 states that growth has to be delivered through a strong emphasis on job creation and poverty reduction. Social entrepreneurship (SE) is a precisely new method to be used to overcome existing challenges as the primary aim of social entrepreneurship is to bring – positive impact in the youth sector. In the “Social economy and social entrepreneurship”‘

Social Europe Guide Volume 4 ( 2013) it is said that several key challenges of the Social economy (build be SE) are found, and those are: lack of visibility; lack of specialized training; lack of support network and infrastructure; access to finance.

NGOs working together in Interreg BSR Seed Money Facility project “BSR youth social entrepreneurship development BYSED” developed the idea to have a better educational and overall support for youth SE in Baltic Sea Region (BSR) states for the social business youth sector in line with the EU Strategy for the BSR objectives.

Specific OBJECTIVES:

– Delivery of youth-oriented, innovative educational tools to develop the entrepreneurial competence in the field of social economy and engage youth within social entrepreneurship;

– To spread the idea of social entrepreneurship in the Nothern European Region (LT,LV, PL, NO) within the youth sector;

– Provide the necessary competencies, and support tools enable young people to develop social business ideas;

–  promoting the concept of SE and supporting BSR social enterprise start-ups by maintaining an Open Education Resource platform socialenterprisebsr.net

– Encourage young people in innovative and creative thinking, collaborate and take the risk via InnoCamps;

– provide InnoCamp Methodology Handbook – step-by-step replicable and transferable tool for youth, schools, NGOs, educators etc.;

– To promote good practices among local and international partners to achieve sustainable, collaborative, social business support within the youth sector.

TARGET GROUP:

The project intends to work mainly with the youth target group (16-25 years) to maximise the effect, ensuring that a sophisticated approach towards SE stimulation in the Northern Europe region is efficient. We precisely aim at local youth from secondary schools and universities and youth active in the Youth Boards. Youth centres and NGO’s are the secondary target group. The public sector will be involved to get in policy formation sense.

ACTIVITIES:

ACTIVITY 1: “Promotion of youth social entrepreneurship by digital tools”.The gained results of the project will be presented and distributed throughout Northern Europe, to point out the most efficient SE support in the youth sector. The continuation and development of the digital environment and tools to support and promote social entrepreneurship in the youth sector

within the Nothern Europe region countries including platform www.socialenterprisebsr.net which will continue to function as an OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCE and networking tool to strengthen cooperation in between SE start-ups and foster up BSR cross-border SE ideas, but from now on also with youth related orientation and impact.

ACTIVITY 2: Guidelines for youth centres and youth organizations “How to stimulate social entrepreneurship via informal learning methods including gamification methods”.

ACTIVITY 3: InnoCamp Methodology Handbook followed by two InnoCamps in Norway and Lithuania;

ACTIVITY 4: 4 Forums organised in PL, LT, NO and LV, gaining participants from the youth sector to promote the guidelines, InnoCamp Methodology handbook and OER platform.

RESULTS:

– training on informal ICT tool to improve the level of entrepreneurial skills for youth, to foster the entrepreneurial attitudes and transversal skills of individuals interested in setting up a social economy enterprise or youth running a social-economy company in the BSR;

– Supplying the existing and prospective social entrepreneurs from Baltic Sea Region countries with a training programme, training material and guidelines focused on the development of entrepreneur’s competencies to start, run and further develop their social-economy enterprise

BENEFITS.

We foresee that at Northern Europe region benefits will be:

– Improvement of SE support and promotion of notion in the youth sector;

– Development of networking facilities to allow more efficient co-operation between organisations involved in work with SE;

– pilots and new cross-border partnerships growing in the region and informing more extensive practice;

–  better supported methods of SE from youth centres and youth NGOs, after proper use of guidelines created on informal learning methods of SE incl. appropriate use of guidelines

established on friendly learning methods and ICT tools;

– a transferable and replicable step-by-step guide for schools, HEIs and NGOs on how to organise InnoCamps on Youth SE in all EU countries;

– increased recognition from decision-makers of the value of young social entrepreneurs in a co-creating active and healthy community.

Kick-off meeting: 15-16.04.2020, Klaipeda.

The InDigiSE project, funded by Erasmus+ programme, aims at delivery of youth-oriented, innovative educational tools to develop the entrepreneurial competence in the field of social economy and engage youth within social entrepreneurship.

Its duration will be 24 months starting from April 1st 2020 and closing on 31th March 2022, and the total amount received from Erasmus+ fund is 143.307€.

The project is led by Klaipedos Universitetas from Lithuania with the joint efforts of Kristiansand katedralskole Gimle (Norway), Baltic Institute for Regional Affairs (Poland), Socialas Inovacijas Centrs (Latvia) and Stowarzyszenie Gmin RP Euroregion Baltyk (Poland).

In the project we will present information on social entrepreneurship and social innovation from
www.socialenterprisebsr.net adressed to young people.



Euroregion Baltic, CBSS and our project partners are happy to announce that the project “Baltic Sea Youth Platform (BSYP)” has received funding from Erasmus+.

The platform will empower youth in the Baltic Sea Region starting 1 February 2020. The project period ends in August 2022, and the total amount received from the Erasmus+ fund is 240.000€.

The project has 3 focus areas:

  • To improve the political impact of youth on decision-making in the Baltic Sea Region.
  • To develop tools for better knowledge transfer, as youth involvement in policy making is subject to high fluctuation in human resources. 
  • To serve as a facilitator for various innovative projects relying on the interests and capacities of youth in a broad range of policy areas.

All current information can be found in the Slack workspace and will soon be published on the CBSS website.

If you want to be part of shaping the platform, or stay updated on the project development, you can do so by providing your contact information here.  

For a brief overview of the platform, see our brochure.

 

 

 

WHAT’S IVY?

IVY stands for “Interreg Volunteer Youth” and is a pilot action to offer 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. Being solidarity and volunteering at the heart of IVY, this initiative is part of the European Solidarity Corps. Every participant is financially supported with a daily allowance.

 

Hey! My name is Onisor Ioana and I am coming from Romania. Eternal volunteer and student, sometimes both at the same time, I simply cannot say ‘no’ to new challenges. Studying International relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I have managed to put in practice my knowledge by studying in three different countries and adding two more for volunteering purposes. I love to help and work for different social issues, especially for the youth of today and tomorrow.

I have managed to live in these countries not only thanks to my motivation but also with the help of the European Union programs targeted to youth mobilities. Two Erasmus scholarships, one in Groningen, Netherlands and the second one in Rabat, Morocco, one European Voluntary Service completed a year in Bordeaux, France made me more aware of the challenges we face today in the Union. This is why I believe that all my international past has served me as a stepping stone for what was going to happen next – being recruited to volunteer in the CaSYPoT Project in Kalmar, Sweden for the next five months.

When borders are significantly less important, the differences between regions stand out and this is where we step in. Following the surveys focused on youth issues around the South Baltic Region, I will be dealing with social media related activities, the results of the surveys and the follow-up discussions and meetings. Daily, I am getting accustomed to the vast and diverse CaSYPoT project, acquiring new information at the Regional Council in Kalmar. Life is for learning and for fully experiencing all that it gives. Have I mentioned that I have been given the opportunity to live on an island in Sweden? Öland is an amazing place to visit and explore.

 

Hi, folks! My name is Domenico Misurelli from Italy.

But…what does a Mediterranean guy do in Poland?

It’s safe to say that I’m here because of an amazing experience called European Voluntary Service. Indeed, in 2015 I spent 6 months in Limassol (Cyprus) serving as a volunteer for an NGO named Key – Innovation in Culture, Education and Youth. Over there I worked to promote volunteering among locals and to raise awareness on the importance of active citizenship organizing intercultural events, seminars and exchanges. In the morning I used to help in the charity centre managed by the local Orthodox Church. Among French and Cypriots, Spanish and Romanians, Greeks and Poles I learned that if your native culture determines who you are, it’s only through the exchange of knowledge and feelings that you come to realize that there’s a vast world beyond every single border.

And what does this have to do with the fact that I’m in Poland now?

Well, I couldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for such an enlightening experience: I can talk in public without feeling my heart is going to blow up; I am aware of my limits but I do know that they can be overcome; I can handle my workload without panicking if something goes wrong. As simple as that. This personal development boosted by the experience in Cyprus – combined with my studies in International Relations and General Management – made me able to apply successfully for this position.

So, why am I here?

I am here to work in the CaSYPoT Project at the Euroregion Baltic – International Permanent Secretariat in Elblag where I’ll be dealing with communication and dissemination related activities as well as the capitalization of the results of the surveys carried out in the South Baltic Region. Obviously, only if the glacial Polish winter will not tear this Mediterranean guy down!

 

If you’re interested in expanding your team with skilful and motivated trainees, do not miss this opportunity to engage international students able to add value to your organisation.

“European Universities for EU projects” awards students from several European Universities with scholarships for internships focusing on EU projects’ development. Trainees with different academic backgrounds – i.e. International Relations, Economics and Business, Human Rights, Translation – will receive a scholarship and an insurance from the Erasmus+ programme over a period ranging from 2 to 4 months throughout 2018. Eligible receiving organisations such as public bodies, NGO, private enterprises, educational centres must be based in one of the Erasmus + Programme Countries.

Applications for hosting organisations are open from 9th October to the 3rd November. If you need more information, please check EUGen – European Generation website.

 

 

 

The transnational meeting between young people and decision-makers in the youth field will be held in Rome, in October 2017. It is organized by SOS EUROPA, a non-profit independent association of social promotion based in Italy (Rome), that was established to spread out the European cultural values and with the scope to improve the integration processes inside and outside Europe, favouring youths’ mobility, cultural and knowledge exchange, active citizenship, participation and networking. (more…)

Taking part in a highly qualifying international experience in the cross-border cooperation has become a real opportunity for me. I am Valentina Scandola, I come from Italy and on 1st April I started my experience as an intern at Euroregion Baltic.

I found the opportunity to join this organization thanks to Erasmus + & Universities for EU projects culture, managed by SEND Sicilia, an Italian non-profit organization whose aim is to create new job opportunities for the local territory, through vocational training and mobility. A consortium between SEND Sicilia, Eugen, and 9 Italian universities give the possibilities to young students to have a high professional experience abroad. A well-structured database and the detailed description of the hosting organizations facilitate students in the choice that best fit their interests.

Furthermore, the grants provides the students with an On line Linguistic Support, a practical guide to the 2014-2020 European Funds for a technical and professional preparation, and finally the possibility to follow some courses on Project Design, organized by European Academy.

Universities for EU projects culture focuses on European Project Design, and what made me decide to apply is that I find it essential for the completion of my current studies in Local Development at the University of Padova. Local development is a quite new interdepartmental course that has been activated in the academic year 2011/2012 by the university of Padova and aims at tackling specific knowledge about what concerns social, economic, territorial, and institutional dynamics in the processes of local sustainable development. The courses provided by this Master’s degree deal with political economy, governance, social dynamics, social and environmental responsibility, project planning and evaluation, and geography and focuses on development cooperation in different social and territorial contexts. Finding a qualified internship in this field is fundamental for a professional career and Universities for EU projects culture has simplified my research, since it can count on reliable organizations.

I sent my application to Euroregion Baltic because it is a non-governmental organization and I was searching a professional experience that could provide me with a knowledge that could be spendable also in my country, once come back. I am really interested in the INTERREG programs and I think that the cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region can be used as a good example to understand which are the dynamics in the INTERREG as Cohesion Policy. I think that doing an internship in this field will be a good opportunity for me.

Meanwhile, since I am going to spend six months in Elblag, being involved in different Interreg projects, both concerning the South Baltic programme, and the Baltic Sea region programme, I will have the possibility to choose some case studies as starting point to write my Master’s thesis on Multilevel governance and the EU Cohesion Policy.

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union, the Managing Authority or the Joint Secretariat of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. The project UMBRELLA is partly financed from the Interreg South Baltic Programme 2014-2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.