17 February 2014

SMARTER project -
Social Media Academy: Raising Teen Employability Resources

Social Media Academy: Raising Teen Employability Resources (SMARTER) is an intensive 9 days training course for 34 participants from 14 countries (Romania, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Lithuania, Iceland and Turkey) and 16 organisations (non profit, bodies active at European level, informal groups). 
The project will take place in Bucharest, Romania from 22th to 31st of August 2014.

The project aims to empower the participants to implement employability projects at local level by using social media tools.

Project objectives:
O1. Enabling participants to use social media tools for the communication, promotion and management of their projects aiming to raise employment of young people;
O2. Stimulating participants to share their personal and professional practices in using social media in youth work through teamwork and networking;
O3. Raising the employability of the participants through improving social media skills and through personal branding;
O4. Promoting the European cooperation in the youth field by the use of social media;

The training will be based on non-formal education. Methods used: icebreakers, name games, teambuilding games, energisers, working in intercultural subgroups, intercultural evening, debate, e-workshop, international cafe, brainstorming, case study etc.

Pedagogical team
Gabriel BREZOIU - General Manager at GEYC
Gabriel is a Romanian trainer and project manager specialised in the non profit field at national and European levels. He has over 7 years of experience in youth projects focusing on social media, project management and communication. He is a Founding member of GEYC and the initiator and Program Manager of GEYC Resources Center. He has been trained in over 10 European countries on various topics.
Ramona CHIVU - Deputy Project Manager at SMARTER
Ramona is a sociable person, always ready for new challenges and passionate about working with people from different cultures. Having studies in the International Business field, she is aiming to make a change through volunteering. Being also a founding member of GEYC, she is confident that its activity will make a positive change at national and European level.
Amelie JOHANSSON - Project Coordinator at AMSED
Amelie was born and raised in Sweden. She currently lives in France, where she works as a project coordinator at AMSED. She has been involved in a number of international youth projects throughout the years as a trainer and facilitator. Amelie holds a masters degree in political and social sciences from the University of Strasbourg.
Simone LIMBURG - (ex)EVS Volunteer at AMSED
Simone is 21 years old and from Germany. As a participant in various exchanges and workshops within the Youth in Action Program, she got interested in the field of European issues, methods of non-formal education and intercultural communication. Her European Voluntary Service with AMSED in 2012 gave her the chance to deepen her knowledge in these fields, to get to know the organizational and logistical aspects and to promote the program to other young people. Simone is currently studying political sciences in Lille/France.


The dissemination activities have already started or are about to start, emphasizing the importance of social media in the employment process:
  • SMARTER DEBATE (How can we use social media in our professional life?) with GEYC Resources Center help;
  • SOCIAL MEDIA AND ETHICS: New Media Ambassadors will write an argumentative essay of about 500 words on the following topic: Is it ethical or not for organisations to use social media in the recruitment processes?. The most original ones will be published to the GEYC site;
  • SMARTER Campaign: to disseminate the results at local level (more than 1000 young people of 13-30 years old from Romania will be targeted in this campaign);
  • European Digital Youth Summit - a one day event in Bucharest, Romania on the topic of how digital tools are influencing young people; 100-150 specialists and representatives from schools, public institutions, companies, NGOs and media will attend the event;
  • OFFLINE EVENT: in September-October 2014, 20-30 participants will take part to a seminar, where organizers will present the results of the project

SMARTER project (RO-43-E107-2013-R3) is co-financed by the European Commission through ”Youth in action” program (4.3). The content of this material does not necesarely reflect the official position of the European Union, the entire responsibility being taken by its author (GEYC association).