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FINAL REPORT OF THE SIA4Y PROJECT!

The project Strengthening civil society rights by information access for European youth” SIA4Y was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme “Europe for Citizens”

8 events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1

Participation: The event involved  31 citizens, including  23 participants from the city of Gdańsk and Elbląg (Poland), 2 participants from Helsinki, Finland, 2 participants from Brussels and Leuven, Belgium, 1 participant from Riga, Latvia, 2 participants from Tallin, Estonia and 1 participant from Verona, Italy.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Gdańsk, Poland from  10/12/2018  to 11/12/2018
Short description:  The aim of the event was to have an internal, kick-off meeting for the Project Partners to discuss the contents of the project applications, planned project activities and upcoming project events. Partners shared our views and opinions on the best practices collected in previous projects and agreed for the most exciting formats we wish to offer to our youth. On the 2nd day, Lead Partner prepared a European Debate with the representatives of the project partners and from the Pomorskie region NGOs dealing with the civic engagement, youth issues and democracy.

Event 2
Participation: The event involved  93  citizens, including  66 participants from the cities of Elbląg, Dzieżgoń, Iława, Gdynia and Gdańsk (Poland), 1 participant from Greece, 1 participant from Verona, Italy, 2 participants from Hasselholm, Sweden, 18 participants from Klaipeda and Telsai, Lithuania and additionally – as a guest of our hosts – Euroregion Baltic – 5 participants from Russia, Kaliningrad Region.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Elbląg, Poland on 07/03.2019
Short description:  The event was divided into two main workshop sessions, whose main scope was to bring the topic of “right of information access” in the foreground, also trough a synergy between SIA4Y and other youth-related projects known to the participants. etc. After the introduction to the project and Freedom of Information and Rights for the youth to access the information we had the first session was on “Responsible relationships and youth civic engagement”. The 2nd one was led by the representatives of the Transparency International Lithuania – ““Model Your Municipality: Participatory Budgeting Session”. Participants were asked to think of and create the budget for a common project that would benefit their municipalities. Afterwards, each group presented the idea they came up with and finally the audience had the chance to vote for the idea they considered most interesting and likely to be implemented.

Event 3
Participation: The event involved  25 citizens, including  22 participants from the city of Tallinn and Tartu (Estonia), 2 participants from Gdańsk, Poland and 1 participant from Riga, Latvia.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Tallin (Estonia) on 12/04.2019.

Short description:  The aim of the event was to learn about information access and gender budgeting. The event “Who wins from budgets?” was part of the project “Strengthening civil society rights by information access for European youth”. SIA4Y organisers tried to break the notion of typical political and civic engagement by asking whether the participants can name one actively or passively made political act from that morning. That discussion helped to create a feeling that it even small steps have an impact and that it is relatively fun and easy to be engaged in society. The principles and tools of information access, it was time to listen to young decision-makers. A representative of the youth in Tartu city council talked about what motivates her as a young person to be actively involved. She also introduced her job and explained a civic involvement mechanism, participatory budgeting, that is being used in Tartu. This event was also promoting the active engagement in the upcoming EU elections in May 2019 – this was in line with our website and social media campaign encouraging youth to vote in the EU elections.

Event 4

Participation: The event involved  51 citizens, including  49  participants from the city of Riga (Latvia) and 2 participants from Gdańsk, Poland.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Riga (Latvia) on 25/04/2019.
Short description: The aim of the event was to learn more about the access and freedom of information. During the first part of the day youngsters learned about various aspects of Freedom of Information – What is information? Why do we need to access it? Who can request information from public institutions? – those were among the questions that were answered during the theoretical part of the event. Participants engaged in discussions and gave their opinions, therefore making the lecture active and lively. After learning about some of the tools for presenting and disseminating informative materials in an attractive and interactive way, youngsters split into groups and worked on their own informative presentations.

Event 5

Participation: The event involved  34  citizens, including  34 participants from the city of Helsinki (Finland).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Helsinki (Finland) on 21/10/2019
Short description:  The aim of the event was to increase the level of awareness, knowledge and ability to use the right of access to public information and support freedom of information among youth. The event also aimed to increase the level of understanding and activity of young citizens regarding public monitoring of EU – level, state institutions and local government. During the event best practice on One-Stop Guidance Centers from Finland was shared and discussed with youth.

Event 6

Participation: The event involved 26  citizens, including  19 participants from the city of Leuven and Brussels (Belgium), 3 participants from Gdańsk and Elbląg (Poland), 1 participant from Riga (Latvia), 1 participant from Tallinn (Estonia), 1 participant from Paris (France), 1 participant from Madrid (Spain).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven (Belgium) on 27.09.2019.
Short description:  The aim of the event was to discuss the citizen’s control on public auction with the concrete examples and best practices from various EU countries like Belgium, Spain, France, Poland, Latvia and Estonia. Participants met also with the Ombudsman from the Flemish Region, learned about the FoI state-of-the-art in France, and the experience of Transparencia.be.

Event 7

Participation: The event involved  39  citizens from 13 countries, including  23 participants from the city of Brussels, (Belgium), 4 participants from Gdansk (Poland), 1 participant from Madrid (Spain), 1 participant from Vienna (Austria), 1 participant from Lisbon (Portugal), 1 participant from Tallinn (Estonia), 1 participant from Italy, 2 participants from the Netherlands, 1 participant from Berlin (Germany), 1 participant from Helsinki (Finland), 1 participant from Paris (France), 1 participant from Bulgaria, 1 participant from the UK.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels (Belgium) from  06/11/2019 to 07/11/2019
Short description:  The aim of the event was to present the Code of Good practice based on the discussion and questionnaires made by youth during the 5 country events – the first outcome of the SIA4Y project to the international audience. Meeting also aimed at the promotion of freedom of expression in UNESCO, Transparency International, ECAS, EAAGE and other pan-European agencies. Topics of the discussion were related to the all-European FoI rights and practices.

Event 8

Participation: The event involved  67  citizens, including  49 participants from the city of Riga (Latvia), 4 participants from Elbląg and Gdańsk (Poland),  2 participants from Helsinki (Finland), 2 participants from Brussels (Belgium), 3 participants from Lithuania and 7 participants from Tallin (Estonia).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Riga (Latvia) on 15/01/2020.
Short description:  The aim of the event was to discuss with youth form various EU countries the access to information for youth – using interactive tools for disseminating information. In the meeting there were workshops on: Right of access to information enforcement through the UN, Enhancing the right to access information in the EU through Integrity Watch, Rights and opportunities for young people to access public information in school, municipality, country and many other.

The final conference, planned as event no. 9, has to be cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic outburst. But on the 28th April Project Partners successfully realized and promoted the 3 project deliverables – documents and recommendations:

  1. SIA4Y Code of Good Practice “Youth Access to Public Information”– where we share best practices on youth policy, FoI practices related to young people and share ideas on how to engage youth to become more aware and active EU citizens. Download here: http://civicyouth.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CodeOfGoodPracticeWWW.pdf 
  2. Our final publication “Youth for a healthy democracy in the European Union” – over 100 pages filled with academic expertise on transparency and FoI in the EU, written in lively, attractive manner – your complete guide to all FoI and Access to Information in the EU

Download here: http://civicyouth.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SIA4Y-final-publication-Transparency-   FoI-1.pdf

  1. Recommendations “Priority transparency needs from a youth perspective” – concise paper with clear guidelines for the policymakers based on our 8 meetings with almost 400 young EU citizens representing 14 nationalities of the EU. Download here: http://civicyouth.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Transparency-needs.pdf

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CULTURE AND CITIES
Cultural initiatives in our local communities
COMMUNICATION
Media, design and social media
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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. 


The #BalticSeaYouthCamp#bsyc 2020 was a great success! It was a fantastic opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, have fun and celebrate the Youth! Get inspired by Baltic involvement of Julia Orluk and Martin Ruemmelein and find your own way to contribute to the #EUSBSR. 

Read the article prepared by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, representing the Let’s Communicate Interreg BSR project promoting the EUSBSR.

Youth initiatives contributing to the common goals of the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region.

June 12th, 2020

by Marta Czarnecka-Gallas, Let’s Communicate!

I met Julia and Martin for the first time almost two years ago. It was in September, at an Annual Conference of Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC) in Gdańsk. For her, it was just the onset of an adventure into the Baltic Affairs. For him, it was a big step forward. At that time Martin was in the middle of his cadency at BSSSC Board as a Baltic Sea Region Youth representative and he had already earned his reputation as an engaged and visionary lad with lots of ideas on the youth empowerment in the Baltic Sea Region.

After these almost two years and some personal and online encounters, I talk with Julia and Martin again. It is a very specific time. The Spring is at the full thrust but many in the Baltic Sea Region, Europe and the world still cannot indulge in the simple joys it usually brings. The lockdowns our societies have experienced, the social distancing on a mass scale and numerous limitations to daily life and work have changed our perception of things. It is just before the online Baltic Sea Youth Camp, the initiative which aims to use the power, vision and ideas of the young generations to contribute to a more sustainable EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

So how Martin and Julia are doing today? And what has changed in these two years in the youth empowerment and inclusion in the EUSBSR?

Full of energy, full of passion

‘On a perfect day, I will wake up before my alarm rings at about 6:00, go for a small run, get ready for work, check some social media on the bus and learn some Chinese’- starts Martin. Now a 25-year-old-student of  International Economics and Business Relationships at the University of Southern Denmark. ‘In the office, I really enjoy days on which I meet many of my great colleagues, get to work on challenging tasks and have time to move a meeting to the cafe. After work, I like to go for a longer run, meet up with friends, and cook fresh. I have many hobbies, the first of which is to get politically engaged, but I also go running, love to take photos and be part of the Young European Federalists’. Being active within many different fields is also a feature of Julia. Just like her broad and constant smile, which opens many doors, she knocks at with her ideas. Julia, who is currently a first-year student of International Economic Relations at Gdańsk University and the President of Euroregion Baltic Youth Board, is also a great fan of baking (she brings to our meeting homemade carrot muffins in a quantity that could feed a small army unit) and extreme sports.

When you see the passion Julia and Martin speak about the things, which are important for them and hear how they try to change the world around them, it seems clear that having Youth onboard EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is the key to make it work. ‘The Baltic Sea Affairs include many important issues that will decide, on how we will live in the region in the future- says Martin. ’For example, when discussing sustainability, responsible consumption and production, we can try to avoid polluting the Baltic Sea with too much plastic that will make it impossible to eat fish from the Baltic Sea in the future due to microplastic. Also, we can take action against climate change to do our fair share to ensure that our children can show their grandchildren the beautiful cities along the Baltic coast how I can experience them without extreme weather situations and food insecurities. To young people, this is all much more relevant as they will ask themselves, „in what kind of world do I want to have my future children living in one day?”. The outcome of this question is essential and needs to be taken into account when discussing Baltic Sea topics’. Julia agrees with that completely and confirms that ecology and economy are important issues for the young generations. ‘I come from Gdańsk and I am very proud of my city because of its long and inspiring history. I also observe how much Gdansk has benefitted from international cooperation, exchange of experiences and knowledge transfer. This proves that the whole Baltic Sea Region will be better off while acting together’. While being active in the Baltic Affairs, Julia got more sensitive to environmental issues and is a great advocate of sustainable development goals. She would explain to her grandmum why resigning from meat can contribute to a cleaner planet and with an unhidden satisfaction observes some changes in her diet in this respect. She helps her neighbours to understand the philosophy behind garbage segregation and inspire her parents to ask in a restaurant whether the potatoes on their plates come from a local farm. ‘For me, the realization of the SDGs simply means becoming a better person’, she concludes.

Youth involvement in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

There is much scope for Youth involvement in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. ‘I firmly believe that the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region can empower Youth to be more active’, claims Martin. ’However, this will not just happen on its own. We need to implement structures, where the Youth governs. The Baltic Sea Youth Camp, the Baltic Sea Youth Platform and the Baltic Sea Youth Declaration are a good start. Now we need to ensure that they get a fixed role in the EUSBSR, and take care that it is the Youth that governs in these initiatives.’ Julia underlines that the Youth cannot be only a nice adding to the picture. ‘We don’t want to be invited to the discussion because it’s cool to have a hashtag #Youth or similar while twitting from a conference. At one event I participated, young people were asked to present their statement but it even wasn’t brought up by the moderator. No one reacted to what we said. We felt completely ignored and this is very demotivating’. Such practices certainly won’t earn youth engagement. ‘In debates, we need to understand that young people are not better scientists but should be able to advocate their values and ideas and point of view to the discussion’, Martin adds and continues: ‘In my opinion, we do not need a culture in the EUSBSR were everyone nods and agrees to everything that the Youth proposes, and forgets about it a minute later. We need a culture where proposals of the Youth are critically discussed on the same eye-level. For this, we need a fixed role of the Youth in the EUSBSR. There are many ways that this is possible.’

The institutional culture of the Baltic Sea Region favours active citizenship. Numerous organizations from very local to transnational allow for youth involvement in various projects. The first step into being young activists on an international scale for both Julia and Martin was taken during their school years. That is why they strongly support initiatives like the Baltic Sea Youth Camp or Baltic Sea Youth Platform, dedicated to young people in their secondary and tertial education. ‘When we drafted the concept for this in Gdansk last year, we stated clearly, that it needs to be governed by the Youth, and that it should not be a one time project’, Martin explains. ‘If the Youth is not enabled to drive the platform further and ensure continuous funding, then we will not see the Youth making a significant impact. I think we can understand the youth platform as a constantly sailing boat. Now we have the sailboat. We need to set the sails, sail to the right harbours to pick up support for continued funding beyond the Erasmus project and give the command to the Youth which can choose which direction to sail and what goods to take along, which are represented by the Contents of the Baltic Sea youth declaration’.

Taking the stage at the 10th Annual Forum of EUSBSR in Gdańsk with their Declaration elaborated at the first Baltic Youth Camp, the young people in the Baltic Sea Region showed that they are engaged and they want to be involved. The Baltic Sea Youth Platform is as a step further and has probably the highest chance to make an impact in the future on the young people empowerment in the Region, being an umbrella for various initiatives (like the Baltic Sea Youth Camp and Baltic Sea Youth Declaration). So let’s keep the fingers crossed for more youth-inspired and youth-led projects and remember that the Youth will only have a voice when it is active.

For more information please check:

Julia Orluk: a first-year student of International Economic Relations at Gdańsk University. Chairwoman of the Euroregion Baltic Youth Board. Member of the Young Diplomats Forum. Youth representative of Pomorskie Region. Passionate about her home city of Gdańsk, baking and a Lhasa Apso dog, called Taker. Addicted to extreme sports. Photo: Julia’s Album

Martin Ruemmelein: currently studying International Economics and Business Relationships at the University of Southern Demark in Sønderborg and writing a thesis about IoT business models in collaboration with Danfoss Drives. Apart from his passion for politics, he is interested in business and digitalization. Former chairmen of the state students board of vocational schools and former board member of the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation. Loves jogging, taking photos and cooking with friends. Photo by Paula Graetke

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

We are happy to invite you to our 2nd microactivity in the form of a webinar on 16th June 2020 organized by our Partner, Kalmar Region County. This time we will discuss the youth issues and Agenda 2030. 

Our expert will be Ms Therese Mithander Udovcic from Sweden. Therese is an expert with advice and support on transnational cooperation and project development in the Baltic Sea Region.

On the 16th of June, we will have the opportunity to gather around initiatives and project ideas on Youth and Agenda2030.

  • Experience in designing and implementing projects
  • Idea generation on new projects
  • Open calls targeting Youth and Agenda2030
  • Curation of stakeholders

Please click here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflcTtA-oGGuwiCIShb-LWVNv1-Var0CFUL8H3RYdP3yAQdXg/viewform to register to the webinar scheduled on 16th June, 13.00-15.00 CET.

Participation is free of charge.
Right after you submit this form, you will receive a confirmation email. Link to Zoom platform will be sent to You on 16th June, 2020.

This webinar is one of the events framed into UMBRELLA project (co-financed by the INTERREG V-A South Baltic programme 2014-2020)

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.

3…2…1…#BSSSCSpringYouthEvent digital edition starts today with the discussions on Green Deal to Fight Climate Crisis in Corona Times. 🌍
💚Get inspired by Kamil Wyszkowski from Global Compact Network Poland; Katarzyna Bałucka – Dębska from European Commission; Marcin Gerwin from @Uniwersytet Gdański and Marta Wróblewska – Youth Climate Strike.

Want to know more about the BSSSC Sporing Youth Event supported by the Euroregion Baltic and Union of the Baltic Cities?

In these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, which has already changed our lives and mindsets, we believe that maintaining communication is even more important than before. We, in the Baltic Sea Region, want to speak across generations on the most important issues. On our fears and ambitions, on the problems we face and the solutions that can be undertaken.

Therefore, on behalf of the Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation, Mieczyslaw Struk – Pomorskie Region Marshal and the BSSSC Chairman, together with the Union of the Baltic Cities, Euroregion Baltic, Pomorskie youth and climate activists invite you to the very first online BSSSC Spring Youth Event to take place on June 2nd-5th 2020.

We already know that the Corona crisis is with us for longer and influences a lot of aspects of our lives. It affects, among others, the ambitions we have had to make our planet clean and safe, and the society caring and prosperous. So we want to discuss what will be the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

  • the climate crisis;
  • digital world;
  • education;
  • modern democracy.

There are lots of challenges around us, which we can try to face together! We believe that we all need to think about how to critically react to information flow selecting facts from fakes and getting to know the whole picture. And how every one of us can contribute to a better life.

Working together and across the Baltic Sea, we can be more effective. Our voice will be much stronger, so decision-makers will have to listen. It will be important to take your voice to the EUSBSR AF in Turku, the Conference on the Future of Europe launched by the European Commission and other fora dealing with the state of our Earth and condition of our lives. Acting in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals we have to find solutions.

Let’s do this together!

Programme

Date: 2nd – 5th of June 2020

Online sessions on ZOOM

  • Please join ZOOM via link before 15:00 PM

June 2nd, 15:00 -18:00 CET

  1. Welcome and opening of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting – Mr. Mieczysław Struk, BSSSC Chairman
  2.  General introduction to the idea of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting
  3.  Expert debate/Introduction to the thematic area Green Deal to Fight Climate Crisis in Corona Times
  • Mr Kamil Wyszkowski – Global Compact Network Poland
  • Ms Katarzyna Bałucka – Dębska – European Commission
  • Mr Marcin Gerwin – University of Gdańsk, Sopot Development Initiative
  • Ms Marta Wróblewska – Youth Climate Strike (Gdańsk, Sopot, Gdynia local group)
  1. Discussion
  2. Summary of day 1

June 3rd, 15:00 -17:00 CET

  1. Expert debate/ Introduction to the thematic area Digital World in Post – Corona Times
  • Ms Aleksandra Przegalińska – Skierkowska – Koźmiński University
  • Mr Timo Väliharju – The Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions
  • Mr Krzysztof Stachura – University of Gdańsk, The Foundation Center for Social Research and Analysis
  • Mr Darius Šoparas – Creative Partner
  • Mr Martin Rümmelein – former BSSSC Board Member
  1. Discussion
  2. Summary of  day 2

June 4th, 15:00 – 17:00 CET

  1. Expert debate /Introduction to the thematic area Education for the New World
  • Ms Małgorzata Bukowska – Ulatowska – Teachers Education Centre in Gdańsk
  • Mr Timo Väliharju – The Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions
  • Ms Indre Razbadauskaite – Venske – Globalkey.lt and Nepaleisk svajones
  • Mr Przemysław Staroń – psychologist,  cultural expert and teacher
  1. Discussion
  2. Summary of day 3

June 5th, 15:00 – 18:00 CET

  1. Expert debate/ Introduction to the thematic area Democracy in the Post – Corona World
  • Mr Marius Ulozas – Institute for Policy Research and Analysis
  • Mr Wietse Van Ransbeeck – CitizenLab
  • Mr Dominik Ringler – Children and Youth Participation in Brandenburg
  • Ms Ewelina Górecka – the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation
  • Ms Daniela Vanić – Democracy International
  1. Discussion
  2. Introduction of the BSYP project
  • Ms Kaarina Williams – Council of  the Baltic Sea States
  • Ms Aline Mayr – Council of Baltic the Sea States
  1. Presentation of the results to the politicians/decision – makers, debate and summing up
  2. End of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting

Download Programme as PDF

Questions and practical information

To register to the event, please visit https://bsssc-registration.pomorskie.eu

  • Make sure you send us the motivation letter (not too long! max 1 page A4 format:-)) – tell us what drives your activities in the BSR. Add graphics, a collage, a film, or a photo if you wish – be creative!

Follow the instructions in the registration form. If you need more information, contact the BSSSC Secretariat: 

e-mail: bsssc@pomorskie.eu

Find us: 

twitter.com/bsssc2019

facebook.com/BSSSCnetwork/

facebook.com/BSSSCyouth

facebook.com/groups/bssscyouthnetwork/

What is important for the young citizens of the EU?
✅Freedom of Information #FoI,
✅trust-based democracy,
✅transparency.


Read more in the final publication of our Europe for Citizens#SIA4Y project including the handbook “Youth for Healthy Democracy in the European Union”, document on the PRIORITY TRANSPARENCY NEEDS FROM YOUTH PERSPECTIVE and Code of Good practice including the best practice on youth engagement policy form the Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic.

You can download and read them all here:

In these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, which has already changed our lives and mindsets, we believe that maintaining communication is even more important than before. We, in the Baltic Sea Region, want to speak across generations on the most important issues. On our fears and ambitions, on the problems we face and the solutions that can be undertaken.

Therefore, on behalf of the Baltic Sea States Sub-regional Cooperation, Mieczyslaw Struk – Pomorskie Region Marshal and the BSSSC Chairman, together with the Union of the Baltic Cities, Euroregion Baltic, Pomorskie youth and climate activists invite you to the very first online BSSSC Spring Youth Event to take place on June 2nd-5th 2020.

We already know that the Corona crisis is with us for longer and influences a lot of aspects of our lives. It affects, among others, the ambitions we have had to make our planet clean and safe, and the society caring and prosperous. So we want to discuss what will be the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on:

  • the climate crisis;
  • digital world;
  • education;
  • modern democracy.

There are lots of challenges around us, which we can try to face together! We believe that we all need to think about how to critically react to information flow selecting facts from fakes and getting to know the whole picture. And how every one of us can contribute to a better life.

Working together and across the Baltic Sea, we can be more effective. Our voice will be much stronger, so decision-makers will have to listen. It will be important to take your voice to the EUSBSR AF in Turku, the Conference on the Future of Europe launched by the European Commission and other fora dealing with the state of our Earth and condition of our lives. Acting in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals we have to find solutions.

Let’s do this together!

Please register here https://bsssc-registration.pomorskie.euto make sure you will be a part of this game-changing activity.

Contact: (+48) 58 32 68 313 or bsssc@pomorskie.eu

Programme

Date: 2nd – 5th of June 2020

Online sessions on ZOOM

  • Please join ZOOM via link before 15:00 PM

June 2nd, 15:00 -18:00

1. Welcome and opening of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting – Mr. Mieczysław Struk, BSSSC Chairman

2. General introduction to the idea of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting

3. Expert debate/Introduction to the thematic area Green Deal to Fight Climate Crisis in Corona Times 4. Discussion

5. Summary of day 1

June 3rd, 15:00 -17:00

1. Expert debate/ Introduction to the thematic area Digital World in Post – Corona Times

2. Discussion

3. Summary of day 2

June 4th, 15:00 – 17:00

1. Expert debate /Introduction to the thematic area Education for the New World

2. Discussion

3. Summary of day 3

June 5th, 15:00 – 18:00

1. Expert debate/ Introduction to the thematic area Democracy in the Post – Corona World

2. Discussion

3. Introduction of the BSYP project

4. Presentation of the results to the politicians/decision-makers, debate and summing up

5. End of the BSSSC Spring Youth Event 2020 meeting

Download Programme as PDF

Questions and practical information

To register to the event, please visit https://bsssc-registration.pomorskie.eu

  • Make sure you send us the motivation letter (not too long! max 1 page A4 format:-)) – tell us what drives your activities in the BSR. Add graphics, a collage, a film, or a photo if you wish – be creative!

Follow the instructions in the registration form. If you need more information, contact the BSSSC Secretariat: 

e-mail: bsssc@pomorskie.eu

Find us: 

twitter.com/bsssc2019

facebook.com/BSSSCnetwork/

facebook.com/BSSSCyouth

facebook.com/groups/bssscyouthnetwork/

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.



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.