After launching the petition Save the EVS we realize that only few Youth Organisations are active at policy level. Even if we train young people to be active in their community we are often passive when it comes at defending the quality of youth policies and international mobility. This is not a problem if policy makers take good choices but can be dramatic if they don’t. And this could happen after the next European Elections, it’s important to start to organize ourselves now. This is probably related with the “conflict of interest” as we receive money from EU and/or public funds. But we also realized that being active requires a big effort and often doesn’t give tangible results.
What is the problem?
What can we do?
So we decided to create a space to make it easier and hopefully more fruitful to be active. This website is made to have all the elements that we need to be heard: policy analysis, interviews with policy makers and the space to launch a petition. Furthermore we need visibility and we need organisations to use it. For this reason we will post here grant opportunities, good practices and project results. The final goal is to become a benchmark in the international mobility and youth policy field so that our opinion won’t be ignored.
“One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest - a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wildfire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird. This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, "Don't bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can't put out this fire." And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, "What do you think you are doing?" And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, "I am doing what I can."
The story of the hummingbird is the story of every youth worker who believe that his voice is strong enough and his actions for his community are meaningful. You have the ability to change the perspectives of young people regarding their role in their community through advocacy processes. Here, on Youth networks, we discover how to develop our competences and know-how in order to guide the youth to design their life and their societies in a democratic and participative way.
You and your organisation are not alone. Experienced Youth nonprofits joined forces to create this platform to share their knowledge in advocacy and community building to empower the young people to live a fulfilled life and walk in the fullness of their potential. So, every time when the world will ask you: “What are you going to do?”, you will know you can’t do everything, but you can do something. To give what you can give and do what you can do. And we are here for you, to fuel your actions with energy, resources, tools, learning opportunities and step-by-step advice how to engage youth in policy making.
Afterwards, when the world will say: “There are way too many problems”, you will not be afraid to be part of the solutions. In a world of lions, be a hummingbird!
About the founders
We're a network born in 2018 aiming to change the European dynamics. We want to build with our partners an important network able to provide information and assistance to all the little European realities working in the Erasmus+ frame.
Associazione Joint , the funder of YouhNetworks has a great expertise in European projects. WE've been working on these thematics since 2003, approving more the 400 projects under the KA1, KA2 and KA3 frame.
We sent, host and involved more than 2000 volunteers in 15 years of activity. Many of them keep collaborating with us, some of us are part of our staff and many are running and working for other organisations.
Tommaso PescettoProject Manager
President of Associazione Joint and working in the field of Youth Mobility since 2003. Project coordinator.
Francesco MalsapinaMarketing Manager
Founder and Marketing Manger of Associazione Joint since 2003, he has been running all the communication strategies online and offline!
Laura Dall'OmoEditor in Chief
Editing and checking all the online contents of Associazione Joint since 2015. Editor in chief of the online newspaper scambiinternazionali.it
I work for Associazione Joint, for which I manage the online contents. There's a globe on the desk and a suitcase in my mind
Simone GuiducciWebsite Developer
Working for Associazione Joint since 2016, he takes care of all the websites development and social media strategies!
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