Friday 26 September with the presence of more than 75 participants from the Euro-Med region, the opening session of the Anna Lindh Foundation – ALF Youth Event “Creative Entrepreneurship, Active Citizenship: Opportunities for Euro-Med Youth” took place in the Byzantine museum, followed by a press conference in the municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece.
This Networking event is organised by the ALF in the framework of the European Youth Capital, Thessaloniki 2014, in cooperation with the ‘Hellenic Foundation for Culture’ and the ‘United Societies of Balkans’ – ALF Greek co-Heads of Network. The educational programme is designed in collaboration with Ashoka Greece, ALF member 180 Moires and PYE Global– Partners for Youth Empowerment Global, to gather Euro-Med youth from ALF Networks in the European Capital of Youth; Thessaloniki.
During the last five years, the Euro-Med region has experienced major crises affecting North and South alike, leading to structural and overall transformation of their local context. In this process, on both shores of the Mediterranean, the youth has been at the heart of the developments and changes, either by being – as a social group – dearly affected by unemployment, lack of opportunities as well as by being the target of xenophobia and racism, or by leading the developments and uprisings for a new political reality. Hence, new conditions, needs and challenges have emerged, together with new social phenomena and movements to understand, and new opportunities for action.
Through an interactive and youth-friendly process, this event is tackling the concept and process of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ by providing the participants with the entrepreneurial skills needed to develop innovative ideas and projects to face the current difficult economic conditions and contribute to positive societal change in their communities and in the world.
On the other hand, the event encourages youth to become more community-oriented and locally engaged, hence taking the responsibility of their future into their own hands by becoming active citizens and change agents of their societies.
The sessions continue till 28 September in different important and historical venues of the Youth Capital.
In the framework of the Thessaloniki Youth Event, the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris in a meeting with Andreu Claret, Executive Director of ALF, agreed on strengthening the collaboration between the Anna Lindh Foundation and the City of Thessaloniki in the near future.
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