With the different challenges faced by most of MENA region countries, young people are witnessing the highest youth unemployment levels in the world which is explained mainly by a lack of adequate job skills needed to contribute to the development of their countries. Along with its partners, EL Space is engaged to support youth driving social change by educating them around social innovation and technology concepts. This is achieved through creating SOLID Platform, a social innovation and digital learning platform that empower youth to learn about social Innovation and its practices as well as to exchange experiences and network together. In addition to That, SOLID platform project will be an opportunity to share knowledge between the European and MENA region countries which will boost the international collaboration capacities among the involves Organizations.
PROJECT LEADER EL Space
EL Space Social Innovation Hub is dedicated to making a leading sustainable community through entrepreneurship and innovation. In fact, the hub is composed by active change drivers who share a common space, common interests and common values working towards a better Tunisia, and a better world. Acting as a catalyst for social entrepreneurship and innovation within the ecosystem, EL Space is committed to empower inclusive entrepreneurs and innovators by hosting, training and offering networking opportunities as well as designing integrated and impactful programs. Mission: To build and empower thriving and resilient communities based on sustainable collaborations. Vision: Building resilient and empowered communities by helping local communities develop themselves in an innovative and self-sustaining way.
PROJECT PARTNER EYA European Youth Award | ICNM (International Center for New Medias)
EYA is organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM), a non-profit organisation located in Salzburg, and has been officially established since 2012. But the idea of EYA began one year before that, when another, quite similar and global initiative held a festival in Graz, Austria. That event sparked the idea to create a local contest: an European award, which would hold their final event/festival in the same place every year. And so continue to bring young creative minds and international experts together to Graz, Austria.
PROJECT PARTNER Younclusion
The Participatory Youth Association is a non-profit non-governmental organization. Mission: Carry out studies aiming to improve the position of young people, women and disadvantaged groups in the society together with Local Administrations, Universities and NGOs. Vision: Ensure that every child, woman and young person in our society enjoys the equal opportunity to recognize the socio-economic transformation, participation and full potential.
PROJECT PARTNER Think Tank – GT Development Solutions
“Think Tank – GT Development Solutions”, is a social venture acting as a knowledge hub for social development innovations introduced by young people. Think Tank aims at providing a space for young people to share their innovative and creative ideas for social development, while supporting them to make their ideas come true. Think Tank’s mission is to work to provide a supportive environment for young people to be change agents in the development of the Egyptian community, through adopting diverse tools of non-formal education techniques, experiential learning approaches, and close coaching and mentoring.
PROJECT PARTNER Jordan Youth Innovation Forum
The JORDAN Youth Innovation Forum is a Private Non-Governmental Organization Licensed by the Jordanian Ministry of Culture. Our work is on the National level, not focusing on a specific city or region of the country. Our target group is made up of young people living in Jordan between the ages of 13 and 30, which includes Jordanian citizens as well as non-Jordanians living in the kingdom. Our focus has shifted over the years, having focused on different priorities and areas of work, but we have never strayed from the desire to serve Jordan’s Youth. Mission: To inspire the youth of Jordan to realize their true potential by empowering them vocationally and educationally, instilling in them a sense of social responsibility, and assisting them in the development of a global perspective. Vision: A future where youth are the priority, carefully invested in, and given every opportunity to accomplish their dreams and succeed in their endeavors, leading to an over-all more prosperous society.
PROJECT PARTNER Global Shapers – Bucharest Hub
Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 369 city-based hubs in 171 countries. In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change.
PROJECT PARTNER Mladiinfo International
Mladiinfo International was established in 2003 with the name Mladiinfo FEJS MK (Forum of European Journalism Students Macedonia) as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to help young people to fulfill their educational potential as they are challenged by many educational disadvantages caused by either personal, social, cultural or economic circumstances. As a logical result of this mission was the founding of the web portal www.mladiinfo.eu, updated and supported by young local and European volunteers, with the goal to bring international opportunities: scholarships, internships, conferences, volunteering etc. to students in North Macedonia and all around the world. What started as a portal, expanded in an international network of young enthusiasts, where young people are not only informed about the opportunities for personal and professional development but also trained to make an impact in their communities and transform their societies. Today, the network has branch offices in 5 countries of Central and East Europe (Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic and Montenegro) as well as a seeding office in Skopje, North Macedonia. Mladiinfo International has also developed important partnerships and collaboration platform connecting three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa (mostly regions of Central and Eastern Europe, MENA, South-East Asia, Southern and Eastern Africa), to impact lives of youth all around the globe.
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The SOLID Platform is a project leaded by EL SPACE Social Innovation Hub and Co-Financed by the EUErasumsPlusProgramme. This Project will gather change-makers from Tunisia, Egypt, Romania, Jordan, Turkey, Austria, and Macedonia and will be the beginning of a fruitful collaboration to drive change towards an effective and inclusive global community of social innovators.
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