Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship
Education and social environment to support disadvantaged groups improved
Support to youth provided
Activating Youth by Encouraging Them to Form Meaningful Connections, Take an Active Role in Their Local Communities and Empowering Them for a Violence-free Life
Gender Equality Research Institute Maribor
Partner 1: Municipality of Ptuj
Partner 2: University of Adult Education Ormož
Partner 3: Center for Free Time Activities Ptuj
Partner 4: Youth Council of the Municipality of Ptuj
Partner 5: Avisensa, Institute for psychology, counselling and education, Kamnica
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Norway Grants and corresponding Slovenian contribution
Total eligible project expenditure (EUR):
Project grant (EUR):
Main project results:
Results at the level of individuals: strengthening of soft skills of young people; fight against online violence among young people to reduce online violence rates, inclusion of young people in newly developed support services in Podravje to step up youth empowerment and social activation of young people in Podravje.
Results at the level of individual-to-peer relationship: strengthening of knowledge and skills of youth workers in Podravje in the field of mental health of young people; development of an integrated youth empowerment programme to prevent violence in Podravje; establishment of appropriate institutional hubs at the local level for putting in place early intervention mechanisms to help young people; implementation of local networking events based on “peer outreach” through an online platform of positive dialogue.
Results at the level of individual-to-society relationship: development of local support networks in Podravje with the aim of youth empowerment and social activation of young people; strengthening of knowledge of local officials in the field of youth policies through the establishment of an institutional hub and formulation of recommendations for political decision-makers.
The project addresses the issues and challenges of young people that emerged during the Covid-19 epidemic in the Podravje (Drava) region, namely: absence of social contacts; weak social inclusion of young people; increase in family violence (quarrels, disagreements and physical, psychological and economic abuse); increase in the level of peer violence, including online violence and youth vandalism; lack of support services for young people in the Podravje (Drava) region; lower self-esteem among young people as a result of greater exposure to online posts of peers, influencers and complete strangers who show idealized images of their lives and bodies. The abovementioned constitutes the flagship goal of the project, i.e. youth empowerment and social activation of young people in the Podravje (Drava) region. The project thus contributes both to the establishment of long-term support services for young people and to strengthening of their social and educational environment. The project pursues empowerment and social activation of young people in the region, strengthens existing local capacities and acts as an example of good practice of empowering young people in the areas of mental health, healthy (peer-to-peer) relationships by preventing online violence, and in the area of social activation of young people in the local environment, thereby stimulating young people to become more proactive as regards social issues. The project will primarily benefit young people (15-29 age group) from the Podravje (Drava) region (and beyond), youth workers and other organizations in the region that work with young people both at the institutional and systemic level.