TC: You TOO Can 2!

We are happy to announce that we are close to the first mobility of our project
“You TOO Can 2!”. Our training course will focus on exploring methods that can reach
the desired entrepreneurial learning outcomes, evaluating them and improving them
together within our team of youth-workers and ultimately teaching them to the youth
workers and volunteers that will be involved, as support and leader for their national
group, within the youth exchange. All the activities envisioned will be a mixture of formal
and non-formal education methods, both theoretical knowledge needed to support the
learning process with facts and strategies, and practical skills required to be able to
adapt to the needs of future beneficiaries.
The main tool that we want to focus on during our project is the development and
adoption of the EntreComp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, study
published in 2016 by the JRC Science for Policy Report. It embraces different types of
entrepreneurship, including intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship, green
entrepreneurship and digital entrepreneurship.
The use of the EntreComp tool will focus on exploring and developing activities
for 32 of the subcategories presented in the framework, from all 15 competences. In
order to ensure that the project truly serves the needs of our beneficiaries, who maybe
do not possess all the terminology and specific knowledge obtained through years of
formal education, we will be focusing on reaching the first 4 levels of learning for each
subcategory, which contain elementary and intermediate level concepts, easily
adaptable and relatable to real life situation.
The main aim of our project is to develop methods for improving employability
and self-employability in order to combat youth unemployment.

The partners in this project are:
Association Evolution, Romania –
Heureka Generator, Poland –
Brno for you, z.s., Czech Republic –
La Vibria Intercultural, Spain –

SmartUp – Social Innovation Lab, Macedonia –

If you are interested to join the project, stay tuned for more information in the upcoming


Let me tell you a story- Visions of the past!

Dear friends!
We are happy to present the youth exchange “Let me tell you a story- Visions of the past”, that we implemented in the period from 13th to 21st December in Secu, Romania! Together with our partners: Heureka Generator from Poland, Brno for you from Czech Republic, Smart Up from Macedonia and EgyüttHató Egyesület / Association Co-Efficient from Hungary we brought together 30 young people from 5 European countries and focused on telling the stories of real people to younger generations that have not had the opportunity or interest to learn before. During this project we worked together with people that have suffered deportations from the Banat area during the communist period, in the 1950s, shared their stories and raised awareness on the injustices and lack of liberties that have been brought in previous times. For this we used the method of interviews with them, gathering all their stories and preparing a book that will follow specific guidelines that we will make available for our participants. This project represents the 5th part in an already coagulated concept of telling stories and creating books based on interviews with survivors and fighters of harsh moments from our not-so
distant past. Through fun days we shared in Secu, the participants organized activities such as team building, oxford debate, pattern interviews, transcript of interviews, activities with local youth from Traian Vuia high school in Resita, Erasmus + presentations, personality tests and many more…
Check it out!

YE: No Regrets! No limits! Estonia

In the period from 7th to 21st of June, the group of Romanian volunteers from Association Evolution participated in a youth exchange in a beautiful place in Southern Estonia called Marjatalu, close to small town called Torva, home between lakes. During the youth exchange, we focused on our limits and weaknesses but also our strengths and ways how to pass our limits. The youth exchange was great way to work on self development, self care and self esteem. This youth exchange brought together young people from Estonia, Romania, Spain, Greece and Portugal and the main aim was actually to help participants build their self confidence through taking change of their lives.

More concrete objectives of the youth exchange were:
– To help participants better understand themselves, map down their development needs and work on the weaknesses
– To help participants build their self consciousness and gain self-confidence
– To push participants out from their comfort zone to learning zone through experiencing new things and overcoming obstacles
– To help participants become self directed learners and be aware about their own learning process
– To foster healthy lifestyle through body and mind
– Exchange good practices how to live the life fullest between participants


As the result of the project we want to see that 33 participants understand themselves much better which helps them to succeed in life. They will be people who rather say yes to everything and experience life to fullest. They challenge themselves daily and consciously put themselves out from comfort zone to learn new things.
They are also aware what they need to overcome their fears and doubts and what conditions they need for the learning to happen.

After taking part in this project, participants are healthier as their stress level has decreased due to 2 reasons: less mental stress and more physical activity. Additionally, participants are more able to pursue their dreams, as they know better, what makes them happy, self-aware and self-confident. We used methods such as group work, role-play, adventure sports, meditation, reflection, debriefing, learning buddy, diary filling, public campaign.




TC: Let’s be game changers!

Looking at the world we live in, our youth are faced with isolation from the world around them, whether we are talking about voluntary isolation, caused by the effect that technology and social networking has on them, or isolation spurred on by social discrimination towards them, based on criteria such as gender, ethnicity, religion and other factors that they cannot control. Based on the paper “Youth Social Exclusion and Lessons from Youth Work”,
published by the European Commission ( as well as the data published by Eurostat, an estimate of 29,8% of young people in the 18-24 age group were at risk of social exclusion in the EU in 2011 (, numbers that have grown in recent years. Almost one out of three young people within that age group is in jeopardy of being socially excluded. This is a need that resonates with all young people across Europe and immediate measures need to be taken to re mediate or reduce this number.
Our project “Let’s Be Game Changers” is a training course that brings together 16 youth workers from 7 different countries in Europe, for a period of 6 days of activity, days in which we tackle the issue of social discrimination, inclusion for minorities from our local communities and we will develop competences on using Live Action Role Play as a tool in our daily struggle to create a multi-cultural and inclusive community in Europe.
Through our project “Let’s Be Game Changers”, we focus on several important aspects for the participants in this project and the beneficiaries of our partner organizations:
– The transfer of knowledge on the topic of social inclusion;
– The transfer of knowledge regarding LARP as a non-formal education method;
– The planning of concrete steps towards raising awareness and taking action in our
local communities.
The main objective of the project is to educate youth workers on the benefits and merits that Live Action Role Play can have as a tool for social inclusion. In order to obtain our main goal, we have set out a series of specific objectives that will better focus the work that we need to do in order to obtain our goal:
a) To create an environment to sustain healthy collaboration between the 16 participants
coming from 7 countries, for the duration of the project.
b) To develop the competences of the 16 youth workers on the topic of social inclusion among
c) To capacitate 16 youth workers, social workers and volunteers to work with the LARP method
through a training of 6 days.
d) To promote the cultures and traditions through the 16 participants coming from the partner
countries during the implementation stage of the project.

Read more about method of LARP at

YE: Walk in your shoes- Change the frame to change the game

It took us a while to write a project we had envisioned for some time now. Why? Maybe because of the big wish to do it in a great way, to show the existing need of the world today and to be simple in our try. Living in the present of these days and months in Europe has filled our minds with all sorts of questions. What is happening? Are we slowly but surely reaching back to dark old times where fear triumphed over tolerance, where discrimination was necessary and where people were seen only through national, social, economical, racial prism? Are we slowly and voluntarily going back to the ages against which we have fought for decades? Can we have faith in troubled Europe? In the view of current European migration crisis, intolerance and racial discrimination in Europe has drastically increased. In Europe that is becoming overwhelmed with refugee crisis, in the world beaten and tired of wars, where it seems we don’t have strength to be tolerant and embracing, young people from all parts of Europe need to be reminded of a different perspective, and they will spread this perspective, that humanity in us will triumph, that by our
positive input we will fight discrimination, we will fight stereotypes and we will fight violence. The struggles faced by the population of Europe now, whether we are talking about the citizens of the European states or about the population of migrants that had to flee their home in search of a place to survive, show us that we need a solution, we
need one soon and we cannot have a solution by turning our backs towards other human beings. This project resonates with our most human of needs, the need for protection in the face of danger and without being united with other human beings, no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other criteria that should not matter in the face of war and desolation. This exchange aims to identify the common causes of intolerance and analyze persisting cases of non-tolerance on the basis of culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation and race against various minorities, formulate good practices in order to reduce it, as well as strategies, which could help increase tolerance towards minorities in the participating countries and beyond. We bring together 36 young people from following countries: Turkey, Macedonia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain and
Romania and work together with them on specially thought out activities tackling the problem of intolerance in modern world and triggering discussions about questions of religion, gender, sexual orientation and many more with one basic idea. We want participants to analyze and understand why migrations exist and that is not a new situation we should be afraid of. It intensify participant’s cultural awareness and made them take a more active role in society. We learned how easily we can become better people just by giving a little bit of ourselves. We wanted to show these young people that they can build the society they want to live in and not to have to live in society that is imposed on them. We did those using non formal education methods and by following a learning path through experience similar to the one refugee need to follow in search for a better life. Using this method we tackle racism and foster participant’s empathy and understanding. We want to help young people of Europe „go out to the balcony“ and clear their heads when it comes to intolerance and discrimination, we want to practice morality and kindness while fighting stereotypes and together with them, we want to walk, shoulder to shoulder towards one goal. Our main goal in this youth exchange is raising awareness on the importance of accepting multiculturalism and diversity in changing Europe.


Train the trainers „It’s up to me 4“ – Braunlage, Germany (30th March- 7th April 2017)

I started my road trip towards Germany without even thinking about the name: It’s up to me. What a simple and yet, what a complex concept: it’s up to me. Just when I look back I see, how many problems could have been solved so easily. All I know is that host organization is called Naturkultur and that participating countries are: Germany, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Turkey, Macedonia and Spain. We are catching a train from Dortmund and after couple of hours arriving to Braunlage, a village like those from Grimm brothers fairy tales. We don’t have internet and every night participants are cooking dinner for everyone. I am a little bit worried, but it turns out- that is also up to me. As Bosnian group had first night dinner, we were all a little bit worried; how are we going to prepare food for 40 people, what if the food isn’t good, what if no one likes our prepared program…But, it turns out, everyone loves the Bosnian food and Bosnian customs, so this gave a great example for all future groups who, by the end of the training, organized amazing nights and prepared amazing dinners.

The objectives of the training were:

Know-how – To provide the participants with information on how some things are done, why some things are done in particular way, what is behind the scenes of a good organized project, to peek into the decision making process, in the preparation
– Improve participant’s soft skills such as public speaking, presentation skills, self-expression skills listening skills etc
– Provide methods and tools for delivery of workshops – such as different types of simulations, team building games, brainstorming, creating learning environment, creative environment etc
– Provide hard copy materials (guidebooks and written materials)
– Some of the workshops included emotional self-discovery, listening to your body and emotions. Being on the stage/spotlight requires being aware of what is going on inside of you and being able to manage yourself
Provide feedback to the participants. It is really important to receive feedback and do it again, so we would see the growth of the participants during the project
– Show different styles of trainers. There were four trainers from different backgrounds and professions that have very different styles that helped the participants see different approaches and ways of working which lead to finding their own unique style in future
Coaching and mentoring– Apart from the mentoring and feedback during the project, for this edition we are introducing 6 months mentoring process for all participants after the project until their first/next training experience
Self-assessment- Sometimes young trainers are not aware of the qualities that they have and things that they know. Sometimes they think that they know everything and there is nothing new to learn. We will provide a self-assessment opportunity for the participants to evaluate which things they know well, which things they still need to learn.
– To offer opportunities for quality training experiences. Organizing joint projects, creating pool of trainers, getting shadow-trainer opportunities

First things I have learned:

  • having each night and dinner organized by participants is an amazing team building activity       ( national and international teams)
  • not having internet in the venue is the first step towards bonding of participants and being in a „middle of nowhere“ means participants are focused on each other and group dynamics
  • stop crossing your arms if you really want to accept knowledge



Through activities like competency model, public speaking, presentation skills, self expression skills and, for me, specially, listening skills, non verbal communication and movement we had the opportunity to observe each other and ourselves, to see where are our boundaries and as my very inspiring and creative friend Slobodan said: “Needless to mention, the most important is WHAT we say, but not less valuable is HOW we do it! Participants learned about the ATTITUDE – how a speaker should stand, where his/hers hands should be, what body language is (in) appropriate etc. BEHAVIOR – how a trainer should communicate verbally and non-verbally with the audience, when and how to use jokes, how to move on the stage and keep the attention etc. and the PRESENTATION itself – which methods are the best, what we should never use as a part of our visual assistance, how to structure the ideas and be as concrete as possible!”

Through approach of trainers and their activities, we had the opportunity to see that emotions are powerful tool when it comes to moving and shaking people up, that with emotional approach, we can defeat even the toughest walls.

What have I learned:

  • Filter your words before you say them
  • If you want to be a trainer, you have to be a human being: vulnerable, sensitive and emotional
  • Take a political stand and don’t be neutral
  • We are all made of all 4 elements: earth, fire, water and air, and everyone has to find the balance inside 
  • Trainer is NOT just a person who comes for a project, makes several workshops and goes. Trainer is much more than that – someone who takes care of the participants, who possesses great management skills and is able of great improvisation in crisis situations

Some of the workshops that I found very useful were creating our own activity and being evaluated by trainers, crisis managements ( what to do in case of…) and Q/A with each trainer individually. There, we got the opportunity to learn how would someone much experienced than us deal with a certain situation or behavior. Really good thing was that trainers were very different and had a different approach, so we got more options to choose from and to try and practice in our work.

What have I learned:

  • What techniques to use if participants are being late for activities
  • How to establish authority in the group
  • How to observe participants during activities
  • How to debreif activities
  • How to reflect and teach others how to reflect on the learning process
  • Dialog partner as a good tool for reflection

When I came back home I couldn’t stop talking about what the trainers said, I got lost in my notes, I realized that I even wrote down some small observations that I found useful and can’t wait to implement in my upcoming projects. I already told my colleagues about how I want to open the project, how I want to put the chairs, what kind of food we need to have, how we should create the rules, how to set goals and expectations and that we should never, ever say that we are tired. I also learned how important is to pay attention to happiness of your team, to pay attention on personal and emotional approach, to make participants feel like someone is really taking care of them. 

What have I learned:

  • Believe that people are rooting for you
  • You should pay attention on what food you will serve, to make it stronger, more sweet, to pay attention to details like tea with ginger and honey, big bowl of cocoa (specially if the group energy is falling)
  • „Grow a beard“ – a way of building authority and respect in the group
  • How to ground myself and pay attention to details in movement
  • It is important to have the room for activities neat and clean
  • Don’t just talk about changing the world, just go and change the world
  • Everyone has different style and speed of accepting the information

I ended my journey through Germany with a sense of initiative in a way that I want to make great projects and use the things I have learned. In a way that I want to make myself a better person and with that, a better trainer, someone who will shoot for the stars and make this world a better place, and change someones life, like the people I met in Germany changed mine.

I ended my journey through Germany with a sense that this is only the beginning. 

After all, it’s up to me and it’s up to you. It’s up to us.

Amila Haračić


Progress Generators – Seminar, Motycz Leśny n. Lublin (Poland), 04-08.06.2017

Association Evolution is part of the international partnership which builds together a seminar in frames of Key Action 1 of Erasmus+ program, sector ‘Youth’. Main idea of the seminar is to exchange as much knowledge as possible in frames of: structure of organization, dealing with bureaucracy, involving local society in interesting actions, building team of people working in organization, advertising actions, working on different fields. Members of our organization also have a lot of interesting experiences in local and international work, so we hope that this meeting can be useful for all of us.
Our organization will be represented by one person from board of Evolution and one active member.

Progress GeneratorsAssociation HEureka Generator will apply with this project for nearest
deadline, which is 02.02.2017 to Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ programme.

Title: ‘Progress Generators’
Host: HEureka Generator (Poland)
Place: Motycz Leśny n. Lublin (Poland)
Dates: 04-08.06.2017
Partner organizations: Co-efficient (Hungary), Association Evolution (Romania), Brno for you (Czech Republic), Marty for you (Slovakia), Youth Club Active (Estonia), Yellow Sheep Foundation (Poland).
Grant: Erasmus+ Youth, KA1 ‘Mobility of youth workers’