Young Leaders for Social Change: Entrepreneurship through Volunteering

The Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project Young Leaders for Social Change: Entrepreneurship through Volunteering aims to promote creativity and a sense of initiative in young people in order to empower social entrepreneurship in keeping with the values of youth voluntary work – solidarity, civic spirit, cooperation and respect for human dignity. Social entrepreneurship can be understood as the pursuit of sustainable solutions to neglected problems and has the potential to serve community interests and support new ideas, leadership, teamwork and creativity, which address the urgent need for alternatives to dominant economic systems. Social Entrepreneurship values solidarity and democracy and engages vulnerable people, contributing to social cohesion and development of skills that support employment and reduction of inequalities.

Social entrepreneurship in youth volunteering can drive young people to creativity, initiative taking and leadership, and enhance their engagement within the local community for their own personal and professional growth and the collective growth of the community. Volunteers in this project will receive training and support in social entrepreneurship and empowered to develop and lead campaigns or actions tackling social issues.

The project includes the following activities:

Taskforce Preparation Meeting in Berlin, Germany from 1 – 3 December 2018, hosted by the ICYE International Office

International Entrepreneurship Multipliers Workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 11 – 15 March 2019, hosted by Fundación SES.

Volunteering Activities from 15 April – 15 December 2019 for 13 volunteers in the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Ecuador, Finland, Honduras, Iceland, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Campaigns or actions from 1 May – 30 November 2019 in the participating countries, developed and implemented by volunteers with the support of their respective host and host coordinating organisations.

Final Evaluation Meeting from 9 – 13 March 2020

Partners in the project:
Fundación SES, Argentina
Grenzenlos interkultureller Austausch – ICYE Austria
Wohnheim St. Martin, Austria
Fundación VASE (Voluntariado para la ayuda social del Ecuador), Ecuador
Un Techo Para Mi Pais, Ecuador
Maailmanvaihto ry – ICYE Finland
Kisälli-Harjulanmäki, Finland
ICYE Honduras
El Arca de Honduras
Althjodleg Ungmennaskipti – AUS
Rauði krossinn í Reykjavík, Iceland
ICYE Nigeria
Hope for HIV/AIDS Life Support International, Nigeria
Global Initiative For Exchange and Development Inc., the Philippines
Cebu Technological University- Argao Campus, the Philippines
FIYE – ICYE Poland
KERIC – ICYE Slovakia
Volunteer Centre – ICYE South Africa
ICYE United Kingdom
Freshwinds, United Kingdom
Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Vietnam