Partners in YOWOMO2.0

The following organisations from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey are members of the partnership.

Belgium

Thomas More Kempen (before KH Kempen) was director FP7 project INCLUSO (2008-2010) and researched if and how social media can improve social inclusion of youth at Thomas Morerisk. Thomas More Kempen is currently working on a project to support online social work with young people and integrates outcomes into the training of students in social sciences. Thomas More Kempen developed a tool to measure media literacy (knowledge, skills and attitudes) among social workers. Thomas More Kempen is well connected to a wide range of organisations working in the social sector.

Role in this partnership: Thomas More Kempen contributes to this partnership as a training and research and development organisation with broad experience in social media policy and development of online tools for assessment of competences offering a scientific perspective.

Tonuso is a government funded not-for-profit organization. Started in 1990 and constantly growing since, ‘Tonuso’ (the name means ‘resilience’ in Esperanto) does today Tonusothe guidance of 163 children and youngsters (and supports their families) in and around Brussels. Those children and youngsters are all subject of the Flemish ‘Special Youth Assistance’-act or the Belgian ‘Child Protection Law’. We aim to give a qualitative and differentiated help to children and their families. We try to organize our help in a way integrating all areas of the family/children’s life. Tonuso uses the principles of the communication-, systemic- and contextual theories to build a (better) future for the children we guide. Working with the context of the children or creating a new context is one of the important issues in our guidance.

In total, Tonuso counts over 80 staff members and is one the largest facilities for “special youth assistance” Tonuso is mainly organised for residential care and home based guidance, but Tonuso have also a project team. A part of the project team is involved in training. Tonuso gives training to their own staff and to staff people all over Flemisch part of Belgium. Train the trainer programs in Media literacy and methods in guidance with the use of ICT.

Role in this partnership: Tonuso contributes to this partnership as a youth care and training organisation that is experienced in online work and in different kinds of help for young people and families. Tonuso offers insight in the competences needed to approach and work with young people and their families in a digital context.

Germany

HeurekaNet is campaigning for new approaches and methods of lifelong learning and contributes by analysis, research, evaluation and innovative impulses to the further HeurekaNetdevelopment of learning cultures and infrastructures. The small non-profit organization was founded by professionals from further education, management consultancy, consumer protection and the non-profit-sector or third sector in the year 2000. The wide range of completed and still ongoing measures and projects shows the competency in research and managing projects in a regional and international framework. The addressees of HeurekaNet’s activities are primarily enterprises, communes and educational institutions.

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Role in this partnership: HeurekaNet contributes to this partnership as a research and development organisation, coordinating the partnership and providing a broad experience in the work with formal and informal ways of competence-building.

Silent partners of HeurekaNet:

The LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg is an institution for educational support in sponsorship of the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association. The Westphalia-Lippe LWLRegional Association (LWL) is a municipal association with 13,000 employees, who serve the 8.3 million inhabitants of this region. The LWL fulfills various responsibilities in the social sphere, provides support for young people, people with disabilities and psychiatric patients, and plays a cultural role throughout the federal state of Westphalia.

The LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg offers decentralized group homes, mother and child facilities, daypatient groups and parenting support for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. As a partner of the youth services LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg uses its expertise, its professional and personal commitment to the protection and promotion of children and youth, for the preservation of families and the elimination of disadvantages.

Involvement: Sounding board

The research group “Technology in Health Care & Social Work” is part of the Research Centre “Health, Social Work & Technology” of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, SaxionNetherlands. The group collaborates with regional organisations supporting them in the application of technology in health care and social work. The group also forms a link in the region when it comes to research, development and application of technology in health and welfare and the impact on education and knowledge transfer. The research group conducts applied research in close collaboration with the regional work-field. Furthermore the group contributes to the development of educational contributions. Programme lines of the research groups are focused on the topic of distance communication in health care and social work and the use of (social) media such as communicating through chat / msn, social network sites like Facebook, Twitter or via other media such as YouTube.

Involvement: sounding board

 Spain

The CONSORCIO PROVINCIAL DE DESARROLLO ECONOMICO DE CORDOBA CPDE is a model cooperation; It is born of the wish and the agreement of the Diputación de Córdoba and CDPEthe economics and social agents for the well-being and the progress of the province of Cordoba. Together with the bussines representation CECO and the trade unions CCOO and UGT , they formed a part with associaton of villages and town councils . It has diferents departaments: departamenta of economic promotion and creation of companies, departament for training and employment, departament of rural developement, office for economical financial administrative management and institutonal relations, recovery and start value of heritage, departament of foreing trade and european affairs. The aims are: promotion of an entrepreneurial approach, strategies to revitalize the sector, improving people’s employability, promoting a policy of equality, recovery and start value of heritage, promotion of the cordoban bussines internacionalization.

Role in this partnership: CPDE contributes to this partnership as a training and development organisation. As a municipal organisation with links to trade unions, employers, and training organisations CPDE represents the municipal perspective and adds the possibility to discuss the topics of the partnership on organisational and political level.

Silent partner of CPDE:

EPRINSA Provincial Computer Company is a public corporation created by the Province of Cordoba in order to provide comprehensive IT support, staff training and map production Eprinsafor local authorities in the province, the City Councils, County Council, its autonomous bodies, public enterprises, communities, consortia and other entities Local Public (client List).

They are a dynamic tool for coordinating and cooperating in the modernization of the local management of our province, through the design and implementation of R & D projects. For this they have the technical and human resources in the most advanced information processing and telecommunications.

Involvement: consultative advisor(s)

Sweden

Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola is one of 22 Folk High Schools in Sweden delivering education and training of Recreation leaders/Youth workers (in the following called youth workers). Schweden VHSThe youth work training programme is a two-year post-secondary education within the framework of Folk High Schools. In Sweden education of youth workers can only be found in the Folk High Schools. Skarpnäcks folkhögskola is, in addition to the two-year training programme of youth workers, profiled and active in the field of further training of youth workers.

Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola have the recent years been involved in several projects founded by The Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs. The focus in those projects has been the opportunities and working methods of online youth work. The school has been collaborating with a number of municipalities throughout Sweden with the aim to develop and disseminate working methods of youth work online. The school is also involved in KC – Knowledge centre of youth recreation leadership a regional collaboration for the evaluation and development of working methods and leadership in open youth work. The aim of the centre is to develop and evaluate methods and leadership of open youth work. KC is a collaboration of Skarpnäcks folkhögskola and municipalities nearby the City of Stockholm.

Role in this partnership: Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola contributes to this partnership as a training organisation that is experienced in online work and training of youth carers. With its link to “Knowledge Centre for open youth work” Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola also offers insight into methods of open youth work.

Silent partner of Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola:

Kunskapscentrum för fritidsledarskap (KC) – Knowledge Centre for open youth work. A regional cooperative effort for the evaluation and development of methods and Schweden KCleadership in youth activity programs. KC works with research and development projects to increase the competency in this sector, especially concerning knowledge based on academic research. Building networks and contributing to the development of recreational programs (i.e. youth clubs) and the youth work profession is the focus of the work done at KC. The main idea is to utilize and structure the knowledge held by active youth workers as well as incorporating research done in the field of youth recreation. The ultimate goal is to put together effective systems for development, documentation and evaluation of implemented programs.

Involvement: sounding board

Turkey

Hayatboyu Öğrenme Akademisi (Lifelong Learning Academy) was founded in Konya, Turkey by 16 people including University Professors, Lecturers, Representatives of Konya KonyaChamber of Commerce, Representatives of Konya Metropolitan Municipality, Representatives of Konya Provincial Directorate of National Education, Educationist, Private Education Providers, Adult Education Providers, Language Education Providers. This association has been established to do educational and social-oriented research, development, implementation and dissemination activities to equip individuals and the community with necessary knowledge, skills and competences through active participation in lifelong learning process at national or international levels.

Activities carried out by the association to reach purposes are;

  1. To carry out activities encouraging lifelong learning,
  2. To help improve education at every level formal, informal and vocational education in terms of quality and quantity,
  3. To increase the students’ participation in education by preventing early school leaving,
  4. To ensure socio-economically disadvantaged groups to be involved in the process of education and training,
  5. To develop methods, strategies and approaches that can improve the motivation of at-risk students,
  6. To work to improve the accessibility of higher education,
  7. To increase the participation of adults in lifelong learning,
  8. To develop inclusive approaches to meet the needs of all students,
  9. To develop guidance activities for students
  10. To ensure the development of language learning and literacy at an early age,
  11. To ensure the development of basic skills such as reading, writing, mathematics and science at all levels of education,
  12. To ensure the development of new skills and competencies such as media literacy, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship at all levels of education,
  13. To improve the quality of general and vocational education by ensuring the active use of information, communication and computer technologies,
  14. To support the development innovative ICT-based (Information and Communication Technology) content, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning,
  15. To help improve skills of individuals from all walks of the society to use information, communication and computer technologies in accordance with the philosophy of lifelong learning.

Role in this partnership: a broad experience in LLP projects offering an insight in the situation in Non-EU

UŞAK FATİH SULTAN MEHMET VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL is a Public Vocational School with 55 teachers and 700 students which educates students on food and beverage USAKservices, ICT, management, web-designing and computerized accounting.

Most of UŞAK FATİH SULTAN MEHMET VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL students are coming from socioeconomically disadvantaged families such as divorced, economical problems and migrants.

The role of UŞAK FATİH SULTAN MEHMET VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL in the project, as a representative of the VET sector in the project.

Silent partner of UŞAK FATİH SULTAN MEHMET VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL:

Uşak Provincial National Education Directorate

Uşak Provincial National Education Directorate is a governmental organisation in charge with the planning and coordination of all kinds of educational and training activities from pre-school to secondary and adult education in Usak Province. The institution will support the project especially implementation and dissemination stages of the project.

Involvement. sounding board

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