08/01/2016

EQYP: Project description

"European Quality in Youth Projects (EQYP)" is a mobility of youth workers under Erasmus+ (Eastern Partnership), KA1, Youth aimed to train youth workers in the quality management field and to develop a quality standard for youth projects (called "EQYP"). The project will include a training course aimed to tackle the main fields of focus regarding youth project quality and a seminar during which a European Quality Standard will be created. The project is implemented by 11 organisations leaded by GEYC and is co-financed by the European Commission through Erasmus+ programme.


Context/background:
Youth works lacks quality in certain cases due to the low level of expertise in some fields of the people working with youth. We have identified 5 key areas of focus in youth projects: 
  1. non formal learning, 
  2. projects management, 
  3. partnerships, 
  4. PR & Communication (visibility and dissemination of results) and 
  5. financial planning.


Objectives:
O1: to improve the quality of European youth projects, especially in Erasmus+ context by focusing on 5 key areas: nonformal learning, projects management, partnerships, PR & Communication (visibility and dissemination of results) and financial planning;
O2: to enhance digital dimension of youth work through ICT tools;
O3: to enforce European cooperation in the youth field, specially in Erasmus+ context; 
O4: to raise awareness regarding European cultural diversity;

Participants:
- 33 participants (A1), 15 participants (A2), 3 participants from the countries below (Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey, Romania) and 11 youth organisations;
- profile: youth workers, youth leaders, project managers, youth trainers etc.;

Activities:
- A1: 9 days training course in Bucharest, Romania (May 2016) with the aim of making participants understand which are the project management theoretical aspects related to the quality;
- A2: 4 days seminar in Yerevan, Armenia (September 2016) aimed to train the participants in Total Quality Management (TQM) and aimed to have as an output the European Quality Standard;
- multiplication campaign at local level;

Methodology:
The project will use non formal learning methodology including methods such as: ice breakers, energisers, name games, reflection groups, working into intercultural subgroups, facilitated discussion, creative presentations, simulation, case study, e-workshop, debates etc.

Impact:
The projects aims to empower the participants to raise their projects quality and to produce a sustainable effect on young people. The following outputs are foreseen:
- innovative non formal methods (uploaded to SALTO database): Hunger games;
EQYP standard is created in order to inspire and stimulate other youth organisations to raise the quality of their projects, but also to support them throughout this process.

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