Project Description

The power is in entrepreneurship

One of the biggest challenges the EU member states are facing is youth unemployment. This is why employment is listed as a main priority in most European countries.

Finding solutions to the problems of youth unemployment is the focus of the “I’ve Got The Power To Be Entrepreneur!” project.

The project gave the participants a better understanding of the state of youth unemployment in Europe and a broader look at the opportunities for creating youth employment in the EU. In this context, the national teams presented the current state  of youth unemployment and the problems of young people in their countries, shared good practices, increased their experience and knowledge on finding solutions, and found grounds for future collaboration and partnership.

Gaining new knowledge and skills in the field of entrepreneurship, increased awareness of new jobs and stimulating youth creativity were the main goals of the training course. The essence and meaning of entrepreneurship were reviewed through the topics of leadership and teamwork, effective communication, the participants were introduced to business modeling and making a business plan, step by step, with the help of various non formal education methods. The project gave them tools to analyze and evaluate their own strengths as an important part of young people’s personal competences – a condition for their successful inclusion in the labor market and for handling the dynamic of the market.

The power is in entrepreneurship

One of the biggest challenges the EU member states are facing is youth unemployment. This is why employment is listed as a main priority in most European countries.

Finding solutions to the problems of youth unemployment is the focus of the “I’ve Got The Power To Be Entrepreneur!” project.

The project gave the participants a better understanding of the state of youth unemployment in Europe and a broader look at the opportunities for creating youth employment in the EU. In this context, the national teams presented the current state  of youth unemployment and the problems of young people in their countries, shared good practices, increased their experience and knowledge on finding solutions, and found grounds for future collaboration and partnership.

Gaining new knowledge and skills in the field of entrepreneurship, increased awareness of new jobs and stimulating youth creativity were the main goals of the training course. The essence and meaning of entrepreneurship were reviewed through the topics of leadership and teamwork, effective communication, the participants were introduced to business modeling and making a business plan, step by step, with the help of various non formal education methods. The project gave them tools to analyze and evaluate their own strengths as an important part of young people’s personal competences – a condition for their successful inclusion in the labor market and for handling the dynamic of the market.

The training

The training course for the  „I’ve Got The Power To Be Entrepreneur“ project was held from October 8th to October 14th 2013 in the town of Dobrinishte. The training team is international, gathering trainers from Bulgaria and Italy, with experience in non formal education, experts in the field of team building, organizational development, effective communication, entrepreneurship, coaching, improvisational theatre. The project reviews the opportunities for creating new jobs and including young people in the public and economic life of their country. Entrepreneurship, as a main subject of the training, was presented through the topics of leadership and teamwork, effective communication, business modeling and planning, successful presenting, etc.

In the context of the national and European priorities and programs, the participants began by discussing the reasons and consequences, for young people and society, of the disturbingly high level of youth unemployment, shared their countries’ and organizations’ experience in handling the problem, by researching and presenting local and national employment policies.

The training aimed to give the participants new competences, necessary for a fruitful inclusion in the labor market, to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of youths, to develop personal and professional skills, to provide tools for self-analysis and self-evaluation, which can be used as a basis for more realistic planning of their future realization, to master practical business tools, through which they can turn their idea in a real business venture, as well as develop it and present a project proposal, to find financing through programs and projects.

In addition, the training aimed to raise the awareness of young organization leaders and future entrepreneurs for the EU’s policies for supporting entrepreneurial ideas, searching for and finding investors, as well as suitable programs and projects for financing, etc.

The topics of leadership as self-affirmation, effective communication and business modeling were defined by the participants as key factors for the success of future entrepreneurs and youth leaders, both at an individual and organizational level. The youth leaders shared experience from completed projects, trainings on business skills and entrepreneurship, managing social services in their places of residence, and underlined the importance of interaction and coordination between civic organizations, target groups, local governments, educational institutions, business and media for solving the problems of youth unemployment.

The training

The training course for the  „I’ve Got The Power To Be Entrepreneur“ project was held from October 8th to October 14th 2013 in the town of Dobrinishte. The training team is international, gathering trainers from Bulgaria and Italy, with experience in non formal education, experts in the field of team building, organizational development, effective communication, entrepreneurship, coaching, improvisational theatre. The project reviews the opportunities for creating new jobs and including young people in the public and economic life of their country. Entrepreneurship, as a main subject of the training, was presented through the topics of leadership and teamwork, effective communication, business modeling and planning, successful presenting, etc.

In the context of the national and European priorities and programs, the participants began by discussing the reasons and consequences, for young people and society, of the disturbingly high level of youth unemployment, shared their countries’ and organizations’ experience in handling the problem, by researching and presenting local and national employment policies.

The training aimed to give the participants new competences, necessary for a fruitful inclusion in the labor market, to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of youths, to develop personal and professional skills, to provide tools for self-analysis and self-evaluation, which can be used as a basis for more realistic planning of their future realization, to master practical business tools, through which they can turn their idea in a real business venture, as well as develop it and present a project proposal, to find financing through programs and projects.

In addition, the training aimed to raise the awareness of young organization leaders and future entrepreneurs for the EU’s policies for supporting entrepreneurial ideas, searching for and finding investors, as well as suitable programs and projects for financing, etc.

The topics of leadership as self-affirmation, effective communication and business modeling were defined by the participants as key factors for the success of future entrepreneurs and youth leaders, both at an individual and organizational level. The youth leaders shared experience from completed projects, trainings on business skills and entrepreneurship, managing social services in their places of residence, and underlined the importance of interaction and coordination between civic organizations, target groups, local governments, educational institutions, business and media for solving the problems of youth unemployment.

Results from the training

The program was designed in accordance with the concept and standards of adult education and informal learning. The first part of the program contributed towards creating a team spirit and trust between the participants through a series of exercises and games. The team building games were the next step to bring the participants closer together and reveal the group’s potential – the work rules were introduced through them, the participants shared their fears and declared how each of them will contribute to the training’s success.

During the main parts of the program, discussions in small groups were used as an effective way to foster meaningful and in-depth thematic discussions, producing significant conclusions, as well as plenary discussions, at the end of the program session, in order to summarize and clarify all questions, raised in the discussion groups. Simulations/role playing games and improvisational theatre techniques for developing creativity and self-affirming behavior in the participants, were used to better understand the essence of the training subjects of youth employment, entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, communication, business planning, etc.

The trainers included creative tasks, provoking the participants’ thinking and imagination, to get out of the frame of clichéd daily thinking. The participants were engaged in different individual tasks, one of which was to have a daily Training journal, wherein they marked the results of the training and their progress in the course.

Results from the training

The program was designed in accordance with the concept and standards of adult education and informal learning. The first part of the program contributed towards creating a team spirit and trust between the participants through a series of exercises and games. The team building games were the next step to bring the participants closer together and reveal the group’s potential – the work rules were introduced through them, the participants shared their fears and declared how each of them will contribute to the training’s success.

During the main parts of the program, discussions in small groups were used as an effective way to foster meaningful and in-depth thematic discussions, producing significant conclusions, as well as plenary discussions, at the end of the program session, in order to summarize and clarify all questions, raised in the discussion groups. Simulations/role playing games and improvisational theatre techniques for developing creativity and self-affirming behavior in the participants, were used to better understand the essence of the training subjects of youth employment, entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, communication, business planning, etc.

The trainers included creative tasks, provoking the participants’ thinking and imagination, to get out of the frame of clichéd daily thinking. The participants were engaged in different individual tasks, one of which was to have a daily Training journal, wherein they marked the results of the training and their progress in the course.

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