Erasmus+ – European Change Makers Academy [ENG]

European Change Makers Academy” (ECMA) is an international Erasmus+ funded project with 11 partner organisations. The project aims to empower young people to become changemakers in their own community, fostering active participation on the local level as well as belonging to the European community. Specifically this project is focused on:

  • Building stronger youth organising on the local community level, while at the same time reinforcing its connection transnationally and to Europe.
  • Facilitating the access to political life of young people as an underrepresented group through change ambassadors as role models.
  • Experimenting new forms of capacity building to influence policy making from the grassroots to the European level.
  • Creating a cross-sectoral and cross-target group cooperation, both in the consortium and on the different levels from local to European

 

The ECMA is envisioning to contribute to this aim by introducing a comprehensive mentoring programme where 20 activists in 6 countries (120 in total) of local communities (multipliers) are supported by a transnational team of 6 Ambassadors who are well-experienced and 30 Changemakers who through the project are, trained in local community organising, political participation with a European perspective and mentoring.

6 ambassadors will train 30 changemakers who will mentor 120 multipliers through a blended online and on-site methodology developed by the partnership with external experts. The methodology, implemented by the changemakers, will foresee a MOOC, national training courses, practice study visits and several international events, including a policy seminar, a European Youth Goals Ideathon and a Final Conference of the project. The methodology will be piloted in Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Estonia, Croatia and Germany by the local partners of the project, and will be coordinated by 3 European level organisations, to value the approach of the project of local level, empowerment, connection to EU and participation and practice sharing.

Represented associations:

  • OBESSU – Project coordinator
  • YEU – Development of methodology
  • CONFIA – Quality Assurance and impact evaluation
  • ARCI – Communications and dissemination
  • ISSU, AEGEE-Budapest, AEGEE-Zagreb, AEGEE-Tartu, AEGEE-Bamberg – Implementation
  • Impossible Foundation

 

Phases of the project:

  • Development of the methodology
  • Educational implementation
  • Policy implementation
  • Communications and dissemination

Opportunities:

Focus group: – APPLICATION IS CLOSED

  • Looking for two AEGEE-Budapest members. One member should be with more experience in active participation in the field of youth (policy), the second person would ideally have less experience.
  • For the Focus group members there will be some online meetings where 12 young people as a Focus Group member which profile will fit into the profile of a potential change maker/ambassador will be participating in a guided group discussion/conversation on topics regarding the project in order to gather some information on the reality of the project target group (young people that want to create change).
  • The meeting will be held online via ZOOM. The input from these groups will be used for the development of the methodology & the online course modules of the project.
  • The first online meeting will be on the 18th of March, 2020 with the two project partner (YEU & Impossible Foundation) from 5 – 7 pm (CET).
  • Application form: https://forms.gle/NEd3UGTks9PtfuuB8
  • Application deadline: 14.03.2020 23:59 CET

 

Ambassadors: – APPLICATION IS CLOSED

  • Looking for one person to be an Ambassador for ECMA project.

AMBASSADOR

Profile Mission
  • Experienced in youth work/organizing youth participation activities/community organizing
  • Have knowledge of best practice projects/examples in their community
  • Committed to engage in a 1,5 year process of training others, sharing knowledge, mentor & support in organizing activities
  • Between 18 – 30 y old
  • Able to speak English
  • Help shape methodology by providing feedback
  • Help organize kick-off training
  • Mentor & train Change Makers (maybe support search?)
  • Organize for Study Visits to good practice examples/projects
  • Participate in National events with CM & MULTI
  • Ambassador must do the followings:
    • testing and giving feedback on methodology
    • organise cooperation with AEGEE-Budapest and the 5 Changemakers a Study Visit and a 3 days long National Event.
    • participate in 1 transnational (organized by OBESSU) and 4 national (organized by antennas) Online Meetings.
    • participate in the “Ideathlon” (Italy in June 2021, 7 days) and the Final Conference.
  • Application form: https://forms.gle/SyezESQ8gij7Wvnj6
  • Application deadline: 12.04.2020 23:59 CET – EXTENDED

 

Changemakers: – APPLICATION IS CLOSED

  • Looking for five person to be Changemakers for ECMA project.

CHANGE MAKER

Profile Mission
  • Basic knowledge/experience with community organizing and process of mentorship
  • Committed to engage in a 2 year process of trainings & putting knowledge into practice by organizing activities
  • Motivated to learn new skills in order to create change in their local community & to pass this knowledge on to other people
  • Beta-test training according to methodology in order to develop the competences and experience necessary to trigger change at the community level and to promote civic engagement, inclusion and youth empowerment
  • Recruit multipliers
  • Apply knowledge by mentoring 120 multipliers
  • Changemakers must do the followings:
    • participate in the Kick-Off Training (Mollina – probably 14 – 20th September 2020, 7 days).
    • Beta-Testing methodology (testing the online courses & giving feedback on methodology via surveys).
    • participate or/and organise cooperation with AEGEE-Budapest and the Ambassador a Study Visit and a 3 days long National Event.
    • participate in 3 transnational (organized by OBESSU) and 4 national (organized by antennas) Online Meetings.
    • participate in the Policy Seminar (Brussels in December 2020, 6 days).
    • participate in the “Ideathlon” (Italy in June 2021, 7 days) and the Final Conference.
  • Application form: https://forms.gle/SyezESQ8gij7Wvnj6
  • Application deadline: 12.04.2020 23:59 CET – EXTENDED

 

Multipliers: – SOON

  • Looking for twenty person to be Multipliers for ECMA project.

MULTIPLIER

Profile

Mission

  • Being interested in youth participation/community organizing/youth policy
  • Being able to take part in several activities organized by antennas, CA & CM
  • Motivated to learn new skills in order to create change in their local community & to pass this knowledge on to other people
  • Between 18 – 30 y old
  • Able to speak English
  • follow the methodology in order to acquire the needed competences in community organising
  • Use the acquired knowledge to participate in the policy seminar & the ideathlon
  • become a changemaker at the end of the process and to inspire new multipliers
  • Multipliers must do the followings:
    • participate in a Study Visit and a 3 days long National Event.
    • participate in Online Meetings.
    • participate in the Policy Seminar (Brussels in December 2020, 6 days).
    • participate in the “Ideathlon” (Italy in June 2021, 7 days) and the Final Conference.
  • Application form:
  • Application deadline:

 

For application AEGEE-Budapest membership is not necessary. But being in the program requires AEGEE-Budapest membership. To became members, click HERE.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. For info: erasmusproject@aegee-budapest.hu