ASOCIACIÓN INICIATIVA INTERNACIONAL JOVEN (SPAIN)
Asociación Iniciativa Internacional Joven (Youth International Initiative Association) is an NGO from Málaga (Spain) created in 2003 from a group of youths who after participating in international programmes and activities, concluded that these experiences had been very important to change their life. Therefore, they decided to share them with other young people, collectives and associations, to enhance the interest in participating in international programs and exchanges, learning languages, realizing voluntary work, raising awareness, tolerance and respect for other cultures, etc. thereby contributing to personal and professional development of young people and adults. The mission of the organisation is to contribute to the comprehensive development and improvement of the quality of life of citizens, especially young people. We work at local and international level in the following areas of intervention: (1) Participation and Volunteering; (2) Culture of Peace and Interculturality; (3) Gender Equality; (4) Sport and Healthy Life; (5) Art and Creativity; (6) Personal development and entrepreneurship.
INCLUSIÓN, CIUDADANÍA, DIVERSIDAD Y EDUCACIÓN — INCIDE (SPAIN)
INCIDE is a non-profit organization from Malaga (Spain), founded in 1990, whose purpose is to ensure that inclusion, citizenship, diversity and education are instruments for the development of people as full citizens. Its mission is to achieve the full development of citizenship, promoting a plural, democratic and secular education and defending values based on the principles of freedom, justice, equality, social solidarity and tolerance. To achieve their objectives, INCIDE works in four areas of activity: (1) Education, (2) Social Inclusion; (3) Equality and (4) Employability.
It intervenes in disadvantaged neighbourhoods with children, adolescents and young people in vulnerable situations through educational projects in the streets of 10 districts of Malaga and in 124 educational centres in the same city. It currently has 460 professionals, led by a team of 10 coordinators, from different fields (psychology, social work, social education, law, pedagogy, etc.) who serve more than 20,000 people each year.
ASOCIACIJA AKTYVISTAI (LITHUANIA)
Asociacija Aktyvistai is an association from Kaunas (Lithuania) founded in 2013 from a group of people who felt the need to develop their ideas and initiatives in the framework of leisure and free time. Its purpose is to contribute to the personal and professional development of people and society, in general, and of youth, in particular, through activities based on non-formal education. The main topics they work on are: healthy living, sustainable development, environmental awareness, promotion of human rights, promotion of volunteering, promotion of sports activities (basketball and canoeing) and social entrepreneurship. Aktyvistai prepares, implements and evaluates different activities and projects both locally and internationally. The main target groups of the organisation are young people and professionals in the youth field, but its activities are open to all groups and individuals. Aktyvistai is a member of the International Network for Experiential Learning, the Anna Lindh Foundation and the global intercontinental business network BNI.
COMUNE DI SAN VENANZO (ITALY)
The Municipality of San Venanzo is located in central Italy, in the Umbria region and is one of the eight municipalities of the Middle Tiber River Valley. It has about 2,200 inhabitants. Its territory is surrounded by forests and hills and the Natural Park of Monte Peglia.
The municipality promotes social inclusion, the right to education, culture and training at all levels, volunteering and equality, supports the development of people with fewer opportunities, active participation in European citizenship, sustainable development, protection of the environment and cultural heritage. In particular, it promotes citizen awareness of sustainable development, not only as an opportunity to preserve the environment but also to build a more inclusive society with opportunities to prosper and work in the territory. San Venanzo has a Youth Council that advises and stimulates the creation of youth policies in accordance with the needs of youth and a reception center for young refugees and migrants.
DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES (IRELAND)
Development Perspective is an NGO founded in 2009 with the mission of addressing poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship in order to build an equitable, fair and sustainable world.
The entity has a long history in education for development and global citizenship education through participatory, experiential and transformative learning methods in the youth and adult education sector. Other activities it carries out are related to the promotion and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), interculturality, human rights, global leadership and the promotion of debate through critical thinking and the empowerment of informed action. It has a team of 10 professionals who work in areas such as project coordination, training/facilitation, research, public participation, finance and governance. DP has participated in many EU-funded projects and it is a member of the GLEN group (Global Youth Education Network in Europe).
ASSOCIAÇÃO DE ARTISTAS URBANOS E DE TRANSFORMAÇÃO SOCIAL – AAUTS (PORTUGAL)
AAUTS is an artistic and cultural association, founded in 2019 by a group of urban artists, event promoters and teachers who decided to create their own entity after participating in local and international projects that made them see how urban art can be a valuable socio-educational tool of inclusion and development for the construction of a more just, inclusive, creative and innovative society. The organisation’s mission is to create artistic-educational environments that foster the integral development of young artists and raise awareness of the power of art, in its relationship with the city, as a tool for empowerment, inclusion and innovation. Among the main activities developed by the entity, we can mention: (1) Workshops and Training Courses for young people, artists and community leaders; (2) Production of rap music, videos and artistic performances on themes related to inclusion, community development and social transformation; (3) Interventions in public space through muralism and graffiti; (4) Activities of education in values; (5) Constitution of collaborative networks with artists, associations, schools, universities and other organisations.