I CAN: Imagination and Creativity for Active participation and iNclusion of young refugees and immigrants

Programme and action: Erasmus+ KA1 mobility of youth workers - training course

Dates: 02.04.2017 - 09.04.2017

Venue: Kalamata, Greece

Number of participants: 18

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal and Romania

Project background: Europe is nowadays facing a refugee and migration crisis without precedent, affecting directly all of the European Union and the wider Europe region. The high numbers of young refugees and immigrants, combined with the intensification of stereotypes (promoted also by the media) and the increased marginalization and intolerance towards certain groups of people (Roma, immigrants, people living in extreme poverty, etc), lead to a negative self-image, mistrust of the society and social vulnerability, especially among the young people that belong to those groups.
Imagination has a great role and value in each one's life. The creative power of imagination has an important role in the achievement of success in any field. What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. It is the important ingredient of creative visualization, positive thinking and affirmations. Imagination and Creativity can give young people what they need in order to regain their optimism, be empowered, participate more actively involved in the society they are living in.
As youth workers, we need to foster active participation and inclusion of young refugees and migrants, using tools and methods that will foster their imagination and boost their creativity.

Objectives:
- Define imagination and creativity and their importance for young people, especially young people belonging to marginalized groups
- Explore how imagination and creativity can be used to foster social inclusion and empower young refugees and migrants to be more active in the communities they are living in
- Promote the exchange of best practices and the transfer of innovation.
- Discover and create tools and methods that support the development of imagination and creativity of the young people
- Enable participants to reflect on the already successful good practices and develop new
- Share knowledge about the ERASMUS+ programme and create a network for the development of common projects in the near future

Participants: Candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

- 18+ years old;
- Educator, volunteer, social worker in the youth field;
- Be interested in the topic;
- Have a good conduct in English;
- Be able to attend the entire programme;
- Be committed to disseminate the results of the project as widely as possible;
- Be committed to multiply the results of the project in the local communities;
- Filled in the application form and agreed on the terms of Participant’s Declaration.
- Each participant is required to write a short summary and/or create a video after the project that will be published on the ICRP’s website and social media sites.