Social entrepreneurship has gained significant prominence over the past decade as it supports new ideas, a sense of initiative and creativity, particularly in times of economic instability when the need for alternatives to dominant economic models and systems is growing. In youth and voluntary work, social entrepreneurship has the potential to drive young people to creativity, innovation and participation, and to engage with the local community for the volunteers’ own holistic development and for the collective sustainable growth of the community.
The 50th issue of the ICYE Federation Newsletter focuses on social entrepreneurship through volunteering. It shows how the volunteers of the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project Young Leaders for Social Change: Entrepreneurship through Volunteering are observing, learning and working with local communities to implement small projects and actions with a lasting impact on the environment and the livelihood of marginalised communities around the world.
In Volunteers Voices, we are pleased to present articles by 11 volunteers who describe their work with the local communities and their personal and professional growth through this volunteering experience.
ICYE News feature: the “Inclusion market in Vienna” for people with disabilities in which Grenzenlos/ICYE Austria participated; “Youth Work Can Unite: International Volunteering to Enhance Solidarity and Fight Nationalism” – the newly approved Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project that will involve 12 international volunteers in campaigns/actions challenging racism and supporting refugees and asylum seekers; and the ICYE’s 70th anniversary celebrations that will take place in Hoi An, Vietnam, during the 31st ICYE general Assembly. One of the key events will be the handing over of the award of the short story writing competition “Tell a Life-Changing ICYE Tale”.
Wishing you an interesting reading, we look forward to receiving articles and pictures for the next issue of “Worlds of Experience”, dedicated to “Volunteering for the Environment”. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 31 January 2020.
ICYE International Office