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Series of local trainings on youth unemployment - “Let me lead you(th) to success” in Romania!
Date: 21.12.2015

We continue the series of articles on the final phase of our annual work plan "Let's build our future together! - opening the door to the labor market", which if co-financed by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation . After taking part to our international training course "Let me lead you(th) to success" and after learning about youth unemployment, the participants went back in their countries and acted as multipliers, organizing a local training course on youth unemployment for young people in their movements.

“Let me lead you(th) to success” in Romania!
The one year initiative developed by MIJARC Europe was spread all over the continent through the new network of European multipliers on the topic of youth unemployment. If there were any request to describe this process, I would say “wonderful peer-to-peer chain”. Why? Because the whole initiative endowed youth from all the corners of Europe with the necessary knowledge and abilities in order to become multipliers of education in their countries. In Malta youth were trained by youth and, coming back home, they continued to develop this chain in their countries by creating an educational framework which targeted other youth. All this was possible thanks to the support of the Council of Europe, through the European Youth Foundation.

In Romania, the local workshop was very well welcomed by 16 young people from a rural area, very close to Bucharest. Since they were very young, aged between 15 and 17 years old, the workshop was designed according to their needs as future high schools graduates. In order to introduce them in the topic, the first session of the workshop aimed at presenting the best practices in tackling youth unemployment around Europe. The challenging part of this session was that they had to think critically about them and assess if they were suitable for the Romanian situation.

The next sessions of the workshop aimed at promoting volunteering activities as possibilities to gain knowledge and enhance their chances to enter the labor market, but, on the top of all, they aimed at encouraging volunteering attitudes towards people around them, towards their communities. The final part was designed in order to show to the young people the practical aspects of being volunteers. According to the Romanian Law of Volunteering from 2014, the persons who are involved in volunteering activities can have their experience recognized as working experience. Also, since they were very young, they had a first lecture of the Law of Volunteering and got to know their rights, duties and benefits as volunteers.

The whole experience was an opportunity to explore new realities, to get and share knowledge and, last but not least, to learn new things while having a lot of fun!