ENTRE YOUTH: AN ENTREPRENEURIAL YOUTH WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMME ON SUSTAINABLE & CIRCULAR URBAN FOOD ENTERPRISING
ENTRE-YOUTH: AN ENTREPRENEURIAL YOUTH WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMME ON SUSTAINABLE & CIRCULAR URBAN FOOD ENTERPRISING
01/11/2021 – 11/11/2023
Type of project
KA2 COOPERATION PARTNERSHIPS
NATIONAL YOUTH INSTITUTE (SPAIN)
Solving urban challenges of sustainability, circularity and inclusion especially in the context of food provision requires a massive cross-sectoral approach. A substantial number of programmes, trainings and initiatives can already be found around the concept of citizen education on sustainable food consumption, food waste disposal, recycling, and reusing. However, there is a clear gap in the provision of trainings and availability of trained youth workers with regards to equipping youth with enterprising skills in marginalized “alternative food networks” (informal networks of food provisioning and redistribution especially among local & vulnerable groups). Alternative food networks are traditionally seen as food chain democratization means to achieve social inclusion and food security for underprivileged groups (i.e. migrants, immigrants (OECD, 2019). Such alternative food networks have a strong community impact by providing food access, jobs and resources to such communities. However, in the countries and target groups of the entreYOUTH consortium an urgent training needs requirement has been identified via a primary and secondary research (further elaborated on in Result 1 and Result
2). NEEDS TO ADDRESS: • YOUTH (18-30 years old) lack the know-how and experience to provide added value in alternative food networks by embedding sustainability and circular economy practices. On top of this, youth coming from vulnerable groups do not possess entrepreneurial skills that would enable them to scale-up their ideas or to engage in social enterprising that would open up their opportunities beyond such alternative food. Additional skill-gaps: entrepreneurial opportunity recognition from societal pains (daily problems), selfmotivation, confidence and empowerment, operational aspects of social enterprises, understanding community-bonds and community networks and how to leverage their potential through enterprising, learning how to rely on technology for social innovation, and how to interact with stakeholders via technology (especially in times of crisis).
• Community training centres and programmes for (junior and senior) youth workers do not offer specialized training helping youth workers to boost the social entrepreneurial & sustainability skills of youth (including those from vulnerable groups). Specific gaps for YOUTH WORKERS: lack of youth worker qualification frameworks (recognition) for entrepreneurial training & learning; lack of mechanisms to inspire youth at being entrepreneurial and creative; lack of skills to handle groups at risk and foster inclusion; lack of skills to properly address NEETs’ requirements to succeed in the field of sustainable & circular urban food; lack of skills to support cross-sectoral cooperation in youth work; limited skills in guiding youth to tackle daily challenges via social enterprises; limited skills in adopting innovative (and behavioural) training techniques that would inspire youth to develop empowerment & self-motivation competences for engaging in entrepreneurship.
Consortia (coordinating and partners)
Coordination: University of Almería (UAL), Spain
Yet Astiki Mi Kerdoscopiki Etaireia, Greece
Helixconnet Europe S.R.L(Romania)
Federación Interdiocesana Andaluza del MSC (Spain)
Asociación Ítaca para el Desarrollo e Inclusión de la Infancia y Juventud (Spain)
C.I.P. Citizen in Power (Cyprus)