Creating opportunities with NEETs: Nice, Entrepreneur, Eclectic and Talented Young People!
During the Technical Meeting 2012 in Parent (France) the Access 4 All Working Group decided, with the support of the Executive Committee, to apply again in 2012 for a new ALLIANCE “EVS in workcamps” centralised project.
The project was approved and was eventually implemented since the end of 2012, thanks to the financial support of the European Union through the Youth in Action Programme.
“Go for the NEETs” aimed to develop a wide scale EVS short term project that permitted to 23 youngsters with fewer opportunities to live a first voluntary and mobility experience by participating in an international workcamp in the course of the year 2013.
This project was designed for young people with fewer opportunities aged 16 to 30 years old facing economical, social and educational problems, who are not in employment, education and vocational training (NEETs) and who have no prior experience in participating in international voluntary actions.
“Go for the NEETs” is related to the theme of social inclusion, but it also aims at promoting environmental awareness and sustainable ways of life amongst the volunteers and their different hosting organisations
The whole project was prepared by the Access4All Working Group in participatory way since the General Assembly 2012 in Mozet (Belgium), when the preparation steps of the project were defined. At the TM 2013 in Piestany, Slovakia, a session about the NEET’s project was organised during the Alliance Day in order to update all the promoters about the last information received as well as gather all the questions they might have. In April 2013, a checklist was sent to every member being part of the project. This checklist was listing all the different documents needed and the profile of the volunteer. In May 2013, a project assistant was appointed.
The exchanges started in June 2013 and ended on the 31st of August of the same year, with the participation of 23 volunteers and 23 organisations members of the Alliance.