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Call for Participants for European Youth Capacity Building Programme

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe invites applications from organisations active in the field of youth work for participation in a capacity-building project at its campus in Leuven, Belgium on 5 - 9 December 2016
 
Funded by the Executive Office's Central Good Relations Fund, this project offers an opportunity for a limited number of youth workers/volunteers to engage in a residential programme at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, designed to enhance their organisation's capacity to develop cross-community, international and cross-cultural activities and partnerships. 
 
Participating youth workers/volunteers will complete a week-long funded programme in Leuven from 5-9 December 2016 and co-design and co-deliver an international pilot youth programme from 26 February - 3 March 2017.
 
A nominal participation fee of £65 will apply to the organisations selected, and their nominated participants must be available and able to travel to Belgium from 5 - 9 December 2016. Travel, accommodation and programme costs are funded by the programme.
 
Programme Outline

This two-part project aims to improve the capacity of community youth organisations in Northern Ireland to achieve better cohesion and integration; engender a more developed sense of ‘community’ and active participation as citizens; to celebrate and explore the increasing cultural diversity of Northern Ireland’s younger population; and encourage a more resourceful attitude towards shared spaces and community assets.

Both elements will take place at the Leuven Institute’s residential campus in Belgium, and will be coordinated by the Leuven Institute’s Northern Ireland office.

Part i) will take place from 5-9 December 2016, and involve 20 community and youth workers/volunteers with responsibility for development of activities. These participating organisations will be engaged through advertisement on Community NI, and individuals chosen using criteria agreed with OFMDFM. The 5-day programme will focus on capacity-building, feasibility of international and EU projects, international partnership possibilities, exchange of best practice, networking and lobbying.

An outcome of Part i) will be the construction of an agreed pilot programme for Part ii) between as many of the participating organisations as possible, coordinated by the Leuven Institute.

Part ii) will take place from 27 February – 3 March 2017 and involve a group of 40 youth participants selected from the organisations involved in Part i). This will similarly be a 5-day programme based in Leuven, focused on Active Citizenship and Participation, Migration and Integration, and working across social divides. The programme will be appraised by the participating organisations afterwards.

Application
To apply, please forward:
- A one-page motivation letter
- 2-page maximum CV
- Short description of your organisation's activities
- Contact details for 2 references
 
to michaelrafferty@leuveninstitute.eu by 11 November 2016. A maximum of 3 participants may apply from a single organisation and participants must have the consent of their organisation to apply.
 
Applications are welcome from all parts of the community, especially from organisations working with minority ethnic communities.
 
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