For a period of 30 months (starting with February 2018 until July 2010), the project “YES to Volunteering!” (official acronym YeToVo! ) will continue to develop voluntary activities inside the YesForum by organising activities belonging to the European Voluntary Service, dedicated to young people with les opportunities and by insuring sustainability of this project through 3 personnel trainings. Thus, this initiative will consolidate the results of the precedent project EVS4ALL precedent, by participating at a new EU initiative, the European Solidarity Corps. To achieve these goals, the project will be coordinated by YesForum, a network of youth and social organizations committed to helping vulnerable young people across Europe and will be based on partners who share the same commitment in working with disadvantaged young people. This action will involve a balanced mix of organizations already experienced in EVS and potential EVS organizations wishing to start volunteer programs to bring new actors with relevant expertise to work with disadvantaged young people in the field.
The project “YES to Volunteering!” will combine the implementation of EVS activities within its partnership with 3 staff trainings, these activities contributing to their mutual quality.
“YeToVo!” will focus primarily on implementing EVS quality activities through the exchange of volunteers between partner organizations. Activities will be dedicated to young people with reduced opportunities, with a mix of 8 short-term EVS mobility programs and 9 long-term mobility programs in Romania, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the Great Britain, in order to adapt each activity to the volunteers’ profile.
The implementation of these EVS activities will have two phases:
Phase 1: Experienced EVS organizations, which already possess relevant credentials, will first implement EVS activities starting with the year 2018.
Phase 2: Potential EVS organizations, after receiving relevant accreditation through training and support through first staff training, will also implement EVS activities starting with the first semester of 2019.
EVS volunteers, in addition to their activities in host organizations, will also participate in the staff training that will be organized during their placement. This way, staff trainings will also include the direct contribution of young people, as EVS volunteers will share their experiences, expectations, wishes and comments as volunteers with the personnel of partner organisations during their meetings. On the other hand, offering these learning opportunities to young EVS volunteers will have a special impact on raising awareness among young Europeans, on meeting the partners involved, understanding the concept of seminars, and developing common knowledge, by participating in the organized meetings.
Staff training will be realized in 3 trainings, over the 2 years of implementation, with the aim of:
- Strengthening the organizations capacities already involved in the EVS component of Erasmus +;
- Providing potential EVS organizations, training, and indispensable support needed to get involved in this activity.
In addition to the 3 staff training, YesForum will provide ongoing support to all partners to help potential EVS organizations in the application process of applying and receiving process for EVS accreditation and in preparing and implementing the first EVS activities in 2019 , and, on the other hand, facilitating the transition from EVS to the European Solidarity Corps, of organizations with relevant expertise in the field.
Coordinator: YesForum – Germany
- The Nevo Parudimos Association – Romania
- Go Foundation – Netherlands
- Zefiro Cooperativa – Italy
- The Inclusion Network – Great Britain
- IB Berlin-Brandenburg – Germany
- Stiftung Ev. Jugendhilfe St. Johannis Bernburg – Germany
- KEK IEKEP – Greece
This project is co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Commission.