Please briefly present the partner organisation.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SOLIDARITY ASSOCIATION is an association, a non-governmental organization established in 2014. With the main aim to design programs for developing skills of young people, discover their talents as well as to teach them to take actions and responsibilities. We want to provide youth with adequate tools and motivation to activate their minds and bodies in order to become great leaders of 21st century. We want to support young people to adapt and integrate into a changing world, to become leaders and coordinators, to support their personal and professional development through non-formal education. We are trying to direct the young people to take action through which they will challenge themselves and gain valuable experience.
We are focusing mainly on outdoor activities and experiential learning. That is why we bring youth and offer them opportunities to grow, tasting the excitement of an adventure in the volunteering world, which is full of diversity and paths to follow.
For our organization a crucial element is non-formal education that turns knowledge into unforgettable experience. Our organization guide youth and help them be an active actor of the society, to reappraise values and to develop the necessary skills and competencies others than the ones developed in the framework of formal education.
Our work is based on 5 key values:
- together is better (collaboration with all sectors, intercultural exchange)
- development of mentoring culture (be a mentor, ask for mentor, reach for help)
- be approachable (promote, disseminate, be open-minded)
- be responsible and authentic (synchronize your thoughts, words and actions)
- challenge yourself to be a better human (learn, teach, help, train, exercise)
Main target group of the organization are young people between 17 and 30 years old. In accordance with inclusion strategy and priorities of the organization, special focus of our programs is on young people with fewer opportunities.
Regular activities of the organization are implemented under 2 basic strands of Strategy of the organization: (1) Educational Projects; (2) Social Project (3) Cultural Projects and sub-strands: (1) Activism & Youth Participation; (2) Youth Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship.
Our organization is developing and implementing projects within Erasmus+, Local and National Grants and Town Twinning projects. By implementing various programs and activities the association gained support of local stakeholders such as local self-government, public institutions (library, theater, youth center), local Chamber of trades and crafts, centre for social care, universities and schools.