(2018 – 2020)
The overall goal of the project was to develop, implement, and test the “Welcomeship” model” – a model of entrepreneurship learning for young people with fewer opportunities, including young migrants and local youth. The “Welcomeship” model was based on non-formal learning methods and collaborative practice. It aimed to strengthen the interaction of locals and newcomers, address the fears and prejudices and foster community spirit as an overarching goal. Local youth and young migrants developed entrepreneurial ideas to address community issues and built partnerships with stakeholders to bring about positive change in the local communities. This collaboration was intended to lead to openness, tolerance, and an atmosphere of togetherness in the community. Ultimately, the “Welcomeship” model aimed at becoming a tool for inclusive communities.
It combined four pillars:
1. Opening Minds & Doors: building trust, overcoming prejudices and fears and fostering the welcome culture in the local community through joint activities, also with local young people.
2. Community-Based Entrepreneurship Learning: strengthening young people’s entrepreneurial skills.
3. Action & Community Partnerships: building partnerships to implement entrepreneurial projects and mobilising local resources.
4. Advocacy for inclusive communities: disseminating the working approach and positive examples at the local, national and EU level through online solutions and face-to-face meetings.
This project was funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union. It was implemented by the consortium of nine partners from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and UK and coordinated by YEPP EUROPE.