About the project
The COVID-19 outbreak had tragic effects over our societies and economies, leading to the loss of a number of jobs and hindering opportunities for many young people to integrate the labour market in the near future. It also urged a worrying rise in the amount of waste disposal of single use materials such as PPE, as much as 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every month (Scientific American, 2020). And, while reduced traffic in European cities have led to a drop in air pollution, this is likely to quickly rebound unless lasting structural changes are created (Carbon Brief, 15 Apr 2020). Thus, while COVID-19 forced our societies to a halt, it also posed an opportunity to challenge systemic unsustainable practices.
But, in order to start reverting environmental degradation, our societies must implement long-term measures, which fundamentally demand AWARENESS BUILDING, MINSET CHANGING, and the CREATION OF SUSTAINABLE AND CIRCULAR ALTERNATIVES. In this matter, the CREATIVE SECTOR has the potential of offering solutions to promote circularity in the use of resources. Additionally, EDUCATION is crucial to transparently disseminating knowledge and to prompting the change of mentalities in an enduring manner. Finally, educating today’s YOUTH and involving them in the process of creatively conceptualizing circular practices is key to empowering youngsters to lead the journey towards a more circular future.
In this context, YOUCREATE acknowledges that the CCIs represents the entering sector for many young people into the labour market, and that the triggering of a green and circular economy demands creatively developing alternatives to unsustainable practices. It also recognizes the role of EU projects as innovation drivers, however identifying the wasteful character of some practices of EU project conceptualization, management and dissemination. YOUCREATE therefore builds on the notion that CREATING BRIDGES between the CCI and the CE can be resourceful to improving the future of our planet, societies and youth. The project perceives that this is especially true when targeting youth from different cultural backgrounds, given their creative and innovative potential, and when empowering them with educational tools and connecting them with the field of EU projects. This bridge is also opportune to building awareness and knowledge about CE, CCI and EU PROJECTS, while DEVELOPING SKILLS that will aid our youth’s transition into working contexts. It is also key to prompting new and transferrable perspectives among youth workers around EU project development and management. Finally, the project will deploy a participatory methodological approach in the development of its outcomes, involving youth and valorising their perspectives and needs in all of its stages.
More specifically, the project seeks to:
- Raise awareness to using the creative and digital tools within the CCI regarding the ideas of CIRCULARITY and ECO RESPONSIBILITY;
- Deliver sustainable working instruments based on innovation and CREATIVE SKILLS within project conceptualization, management and implementation;
- EMPOWER youth workers and young people and prompt their familiarity with the CCI by building their skills and capacity to make EU projects more environmentally responsible through education and training; creativity and environmental responsibility; and cooperation and solidarity;
- Encourage transnational COOPERATION and intercultural interconnections, and the exchange of sustainable practices between young people, youth workers and organizations;
Outcomes of the project
The project aims to achieve the following results:
Before and After COVID-19: The Environmental Side, the Creative Potential, and European Projects
OERs – Manual for Trainers on the Narrative-based Learning and Digital Training for Creative Training Techniques
Inspiration from Implementation – EDUcreateBAG Empowering Youth with Creative Tools for Becoming Circularity Leaders