• Paulo Antunes

Launching entrepreneurship with local heritage

The aim of this project is to support the young people in discovering their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship (using non-formal methodologies) and to help them analyse heir local context and cultural heritage better in order to find ideas that, through innovative techniques, can be transformed into business ideas. This project aims a bilateral international exchange with 2 exchange activities during 5 days (excluding travel days). Both exchanges will gather 48 young people (age 14-16) from Portugal and Poland, through non-formal and informal activities (such as workshops, team building, ice-breakers, role games, visits, teamwork). They will have the possibility to share and debate the situation of their community and to become better aware of business models from other parts of Europe. They will have the possibility to improve their skills and to gain new ones in an international environment through non-formal learning methods, and then, hopefully, to apply all the knowledge and learnt skills in their local communities. The main activities will be: -Sharing and discussing; -Learning through experience: a) young people's participation b) creative workshops c) role plays and simulations -Planning together and developing positive contributions for example, activities for local impact: a) analysis of specific topics/issues b) developing ideas and solutions together c) implementing ideas (for example local actions during a project) Other activities: - Team building activities - Ice breakers and warm-ups - Intercultural activities (such as intercultural dinner) - Free time and socialization - Excursions The methods to be used throughout this youth exchange are non-formal and therefore we expect to actively involve the participants in the diverse working moments, sharing opinions, cooperating amongst themselves and learning from each other . We want to simulate various cases and have the reality displayed on them, from which we can learn from. Through team building games participants can learn how to work in team and how to better communicate and present themselves, respect rules, differences, etc. Through the simulation games youngsters can also learn how to solve problems and acquire the useful information from the others. Simulation games can also improve other skills which youth can use during applying for a new job such as a presentation skills, better memorization and so. During project’s implementation we will also promote the communication between youngsters and local decision makers as a key tool for active citizenship.

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