The project „Aware and Active”  is a three-year Action supported by the European Commission in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme: Initiatives for policy innovation – Social Inclusion trough education, training and youth and will run from December 2016 till December 2019.

The main objectives of the project are preventing violent radicalization and promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship of young people; and enhance critical thinking and media literacy among young people.

The specific project objectives:

  • promote intercultural dialogue and respect and positive benefits of a diverse society among general public in Europe
  • enhance critical thinking and media literacy among young people, youth workers and educational staff
  • foster active youth participation
  • improve access to the Erasmus+ programme and social inclusion through civic participation of young refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

Project Activities

October 2017 – March 2018

Trainings and Ideas labs – 3 training activities and Ideas Labs in each participating country – participatory process which will begin with the capacity building of young people as multipliers including those with migration background. Within Ideas Labs the open process of finding ways of raising awareness about the objectives of the project will be set up. The process will culminate in the elaboration of concrete concepts on awareness raising activities in each Ideas Lab.

Each country will organise at least 3 Trainings/Idea Labs inviting 25 participants each – so in the end 75 people will have participated in this step in each country.

  The target group of the trainings/idea labs are young people themselves – most probably young people that are already rather aware and active in one way or another.

The project wishes to include young refugees, asylum seekers and in general young people with a migration experience in all activities – therefore it is an explicit aim to reach out to those groups and recruit at least 20% of participants from those groups.

The training will focus on information literacy, critical thinking and campaigning. The overall idea is that the campaign activities in each country, and later on also at European level, should target the “in between”-population – those that are not having yet strong opinions on migration, democracy, diverse societies, that are confused by the contradictory messages broadcasted by media and might turn to one or the other side of the debate.

After some basic capacity building on information literacy, critical thinking and campaigning during two days, there will be facilitated a creative process – the idea lab. The result of this process is a number of ideas for the “Aware and Active”-Campaign.

April 2018 – March 2019

European Campaign and Awareness Raising Activities –though campaign and its activities, a larger audience will be reached and will made aware of the positive aspects of a diverse society as well as the situation and needs of young migrants and refugees.The campaign and its activities will be use multiple methods and channels(online, residential activities, public interventions, arts and culture, media,etc.)

8-11 June 2018

European Ideas Lab in Slovenia – concrete ideas will be brought on the European level with multipliers per participating country taking part in a European Ideas Lab where the motivated young people can exchange their ideas and methods, find synergies and links between their activities and develop under the joint roof a European Campaign, which makes use of all the previously elaborated awareness raising activities. These activities will be developed in a participatory way to ensure active participation and ownership of the young people. There will be various activities financially supported in the fields of social media, arts and culture, media with products like brochures, postcard, movies, websites, etc.

December 2018

#YoungTogetherfor Human Rights – activity focused on the visibility of the AAA campaign. It will include the active participation of young people from the national trainings and labs (including refugee and migrant background) and youth organizations using the hashtag #YoungTogether to share about their experiences from the AAA project and their youth work in relation to migration diversity and inclusion, and their local awareness raising activities to support young refugees and migrants. This will include social media posts, blogs, vlogs and other innovative self-expression tools.

29- 30 May 2019

DEOR Fair “Aware and Active!” in Austria- after the implementation of the European Campaign comprising of all the awareness raising activities an event, the so called DEOR Fair “Aware and Active!”, will take place where the outputs and outcomes of the different activities will be presented targeting to upscale, disseminate and exploit the project results on a European level for different sectors. Among the participants will be young people, youth workers, and decision makers at the local, regional, national and European level.

Therefore the experiences made in the different project phases, identified good practises and outputs can be transferred to policy and practise.