Through this project, the YES Forum supports the European youth networks JEF Europe (Young European Federalists), ESN International (Erasmus Student Network) and AEGEE Europe (European Students' Forum) and their local and national members with its expertise in view of making their sections more inclusive towards youngsters with fewer opportunities.
As a first step in the overall project, the 1st Training focused on identifying the barriers explaining why these networks currently lack diversity.
The YES Forum took part in this training , accompanied by a participant of its member Internationaler Bund, to share its knowledge of diversity and inclusion in the field of youth, as well as its expertise, methods and good practices with the other participants, mostly volunteers involved in the local sections of JEF Europe, ESN, and AEGEE. YES Forum and IB's support to the other participants helped them adapting their own methods and activities or developping new ones in order to reach a more diverse target group, and include their networks' diversity both through their recruitment and the audience of their activities.
The training also built stronger connections with these networks for further collaboration on diversity and inclusion in the future.
This 1st Training will serve as a basis for the project’s future activities, in particular in creating 2 operational tools for member of European-minded organisations:
- A workshop methodology to raise awareness and train local volunteers towards greater diversity
- A guide of good practices of existing initiatives and good practices towards higher diversity
For some pictures of the first training, you can have a look there!