Youth policy proposal



Policy Proposal
The participants of the Erasmus+ KA3 project
“Volunteering Youths”

With the support of:

• Harghita County Prefecture;
• City Halls:
1. Bălan, Romania;
2. Krnov, Czech Republic;
3. Banovce, Slovakia;

• Schools:
1. “O.C. Tăslăuanu” High School from Toplița, Romania;
2. SOŠ dopravy a cestovního ruchu, Krnov, p. o., Czech Republic;
3. Medgyessy Ferenc Gimnázium és Művészeti Szakgimnázium, Debrecen, Hungary;
4. Gymnásium Janka Jesenského Banovce, Slovakia;

• Nongovernmental Organisations:
1. Young Europe Society, Romania;
2. Youth for Youth, Czech Republic;
3. Ifjusagi Nomad Klub Nonprofit Kft, Hungary;
4. Obciansky Spolok, Slovakia.

Topic: “involvement of local youth in policy making process for promoting the access of young people to volunteering activities”
Taking note of the opportunities provided in the field of volunteering by the former European Voluntary Service activities within Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programmes;
Recognizing the added value of the new European Solidarity Corps programme in providing excellent volunteering opportunities;
Recalling the recent changes in the legislation of Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with regards to the recognition of voluntary activities;
Identifying a stringent need of youth from rural areas and small urban areas to access volunteering activities;
Stressing the necessity of trans-sectorial collaboration between various public and private institutions in creating safe and diversified volunteering contexts;

 

With regards to LOCAL AUTHORITIES,

1. Recalls an increase for the local budget allocated for volunteering activities;
2. Emphasizes the need to enhance the collaboration of local authorities in facilitating volunteering activities;
3. Calls for an increase of promotion of interactive activities, debates, round tables and meetings to foster volunteering in local communities;
4. Expresses its hope to involve local councils in the promotion of volunteering activities;
5. Stresses the importance of creating a framework for development of intercultural competencies through volunteering in local communities;
6. Invites the local council to provide the space necessary for the advertisement of voluntary activities;
7. Supports the positive impact of volunteering activities the local economy;
8. Encourages a more transparent system of recognition of volunteering learning outcomes;
9. Further request local authorities to recognize the skills and competences acquired through volunteering;
10. Reaffirms the necessity to tackle social problems, build social cohesion and promote local culture and sport through volunteering activities;
11. Calls upon the reduction of taxes and assurance of social security services and discounts for volunteers;
12. Suggest an increase in the volunteering opportunities within the local authority’s structures and bodies;
13. Strongly encourages local authorities to provide strong incentives for every young person to involve in volunteering activities before high school graduation;
14. Endorses the strengthening of the collaboration between local authorities, NGOs and schools in coordinating volunteering programmes;
15. Requests local authorities to provide spaces for volunteers where they can organize volunteering activities for the community free of charge;
16. Invites the local authorities to assist the volunteers and their coordinators in addressing the local administrative issues that can arise during volunteering programmes;
17. Demands local authorities to provide safe local environments for national and international volunteers;

With regards to NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS,

1. Invites nongovernmental organizations to increase the visibility of their volunteering activities;
2. Reaffirms the need for transparent selection and allocation of volunteers in volunteering projects;
3. Calls upon a boost of use of social media by nongovernmental organizations in attracting young people to volunteering activities;
4. Supports the initiative of nongovernmental organizations to provide charity through volunteering;
5. Encourages the involvement of nongovernmental organizations in raising awareness about the role of volunteering in the society;
6. Affirms the necessity for nongovernmental organizations to provide training, mentoring and support for volunteers and staff working with volunteers;
7. Emphasizes the need for trans sectorial collaboration between different actors involved in the promotion of volunteering activities;
8. Acknowledges the necessity for digital platforms and software that will ease the promotion of volunteering activities and allocation of volunteers;
9. Further invites nongovernmental organizations to apply for funding for volunteering activities;
10. Encourages nongovernmental organizations to provide the necessary space, time and logistics for volunteers to be able to perform their activities;
11. Stresses the importance of creating new opportunities for volunteering;
12. Recommend nongovernmental organizations to intermediate the collaboration between volunteers and local authorities;
13. Affirms the necessity to involve influencers in promotion activities of volunteering;
14. Advises nongovernmental organizations to increase their responsibility in the coordination process of volunteering activities;
15. Endorses rewarding and appreciative actions for volunteers;

 

With regards to SCHOOLS,

1. Urges the necessity of after school activities to promote volunteering programmes;
2. Further invites schools to recognize the merits and reward the pupils involved in voluntary activities;
3. Strongly advises schools to provide the framework necessary for the pupils to organize in volunteering teams/clubs;
4. Advises the publication of voluntary programs and assist pupils in choosing the voluntary activities;
5. Appreciates schools which empower pupils to involve in personal short term volunteering projects;
6. Recalls the role of schools in assisting pupils in the volunteering activities matching process;
7. Invites schools to actively seek partners to provide all the pupils the chance to involve in voluntary activities;
8. Designates the school staff as a valuable resource that should motivate and mentor pupils in involving in volunteering activities;
9. Further invites the schools to collaborate with other actors in providing the chance of their pupils to explore non formal learning contexts;
10. Advises schools to provide budget, places and materials for pupils interested in coordinating small scale volunteering activities;
11. Reminds schools the importance of providing access for their pupils to communicate and collaborate with active volunteers to boost pupils’ motivation;
12. Encourages schools to involve to a greater extent in European and national programmes aimed at the promotion of volunteering activities such as Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps;
13. Advises the involvement of schools in fund raising events for volunteering activities.

 


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