The project is expected to have both short-term and longer-term impacts on a range of key actors involved in youth associations, schools and any educative bodies, local authorities, both in participating countries and Europe-wide.
Jucivol will contribute to:
- Raising consciousness among the general public, policy makers, and employment actors.
- Identification and evaluation of existing activities of various actors (informal education programmes, youth associations, etc.), including potential employers. The interactions in themselves are designed to increase and promote volunteering & citizenship awareness and contribute to long-term, and broader-scale engagement in citizen-friendly behaviour and attitudes.
- Identification and evaluation of pedagogical approaches for young people, aged 15-30 years old, involved in various official and unofficial education programmes, dedicated to democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship themes. Analysis of their cooperation with mentors, as well as their perceived and actual benefits in terms of improvements of their career chances, will provide us an insight into methods and optimal approaches for motivating young people.
- Designing concrete yet flexible solutions for tutoring/mentoring to support professionals working with young people (indirect public of the JuCiVol) by designing guidelines, protocols and on-the-ground training sessions, aiming at helping them to overcome challenges and obstacles to encourage volunteering, inspire voluntary activities and support entrepreneurship.
- Supporting education and training of young people in order for them to take the lead in voluntary activities, and jointly transform their ideas, where possible, into actions that can facilitate longer-term funding and success. Building on the principles of co-design and co-production, we will thus demonstrate the longer term legacy in terms of both data collected by volunteers, and generating incomes, jobs, or other benefits to the career of participants in voluntary activities.
- Creating a national and culturally adapted set of methodologies for encouraging young people living in sensitive areas and/or sharing a migrant background to volunteer.
- Improving the reputation of participating volunteers, to allow young people to exploit their engagement for gaining work experience and increase their chances for employment or further education.
- Identification of possibilities to engage other young people to get involved in voluntary activities and monitoring beyond the project span (e.g. through crowd-funding).
- Expanding the range of volunteers who, beyond participating in (short term) voluntary activities, will collect longer-term data, generate new forms of active citizenship, adhere to democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding knowledge –thus promoting to the rapid expansion of volunteering in Europe and its usage to promote the EU’s sustainability goals.
- A low level of basic skills in vocational schools produces serious constraints to obtain competitive knowledge in life-long learning process. There is a need to improve not only the sense of initiative but also a development in the areas of other key competences. With higher sense of initiative and engagement more young people will start their own volunteer projects related to citizenship and Volunteering.
- Volunteering will be, therefore, beneficial to acquire key competences for personal, professional and social development for youngsters living in sensitive areas and/or sharing a migrant background.
- Teachers and educators working with these youngsters will be better equipped to propose alternative educative learning process with a relevant pedagogical strategy to answer the many questions raised by youngsters and to enhance solidarity and democratic values in order to struggle against a negative feeling – such as loneliness and exclusion.
Offering youngsters living in sensitive areas and suffering from social and economic exclusion an opportunity to get in contact with these networks is also a way to struggle against discrimination and to promote democratic values and spread the word on fundamental rights and active citizenship.