“YEP! Youth Enterprises and Public sector for a sustainable society” is a “Partnership” project under the Key
Action 2 of the ERASMUS + programme. It will be realized in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Slovakia and it will involve at least 1000 youngsters.
It aims at encouraging the cooperation among the 3 basic sectors of the society (private sector, public sector and civil society) to promote its sustainable development as a whole.
It is based on the idea that the implementation of socially responsible actions (as foreseen by the corporate and social responsibility (CSR) and social entrepreneurship (SE) concepts can help to develop positive synergies leading to the establishment of sustainable partnerships between the private sector, the public sector and the civil society.
As a continuum, these partnerships will lead to the creation of new opportunities for personal and professional development of young people facilitating their entrance in the labour market and fostering youth employability.
The project foresees a series of activities that will contribute to reinforce the knowledge about CSR and SE among the target groups of the project in the 4 selected countries.
At the same time different activities for youth empowerment will be organized at local and international level. In this frame youth workers and young people directly involved will gain competences, ability and authority to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and to be of guidance for other individuals and/or organizations. The activities implemented at local level will be leaded and managed by the selected youngsters that would have been trained beforehand.
The meaning and importance of “cooperating” will be emphasized also by a phase of the project when, during the implementation of one of the local activities, a selected group of youth from each of the countries involved will cooperate in each country of the partnership for researching, analysing and collecting data on CRS and SE creating the content of the outputs of the Project:
1) Social entrepreneurship and corporate responsible map: mapping CSR and SE in our countries to provide an overview of the current level of socially responsible conducts and related activities of the private and public sector in our countries
2) Toolkit for social entrepreneurship
3) Report on CSR effectiveness
4) Booklet about possible policies and strategies for SE and CSR that can be undertaken in the future
The project will last 18 months from 1st February 2018 to 31 July 2019
The planned activities – to be implemented in Istanbul (Turkey), Trikkala (Greece), Cagliari (Italy) and Nitra (Slovakia) – will actively involve a variety of partners coming from different sectors, such as regional authorities, municipalities, training institutions, civil society actors and enterprises. The stakeholders will be mainly involved in the youth work or working under CSR and SE criteria. The project wants to involve directly over 400 young people in the 4 countries and thanks to the multiplier effect we aim at involving over 1000 youth.