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One week project, started on 19th and ended on 27th of November, in a small town called Asnaes in Denmark. In this project, 56 youth representatives from organizations participated from 7 different countries: Denmark, Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey.
In those 7 days, participants got to know each other, they worked on exploring the positive and negative sides of social media, and they were part of fun sessions where they had opportunity to show their acting skills, their opinion and to express their creativity.
In relation to the negative sides of social media they worked out the theme “Cyberbullying, violation of privacy on the internet, addiction of social media, violation of mental health, spreading hate speech etc. They watched two films “Nosedive” and “Cyberbully” which the participants analyzed them deeply and discussed about the theme of the negative effects of the of social media.
But after that they were focused to the positive sides that social media can bring like: create campaigns for positive changes in local community and society, raising awareness for certain problems and events, collecting donations, promoting civic engagement, improved telecommunications, inspiration for opening new businesses etc.
Every day was starting with fun energizers, after which the participants participated in sessions with a good concentration in a mixed groups. The sessions contained examples of young people everyday life, where they exchange different ideas from their countries.
The main thing that the participants learned during the sessions that even if they are coming from the different countries, cultures and nationalities ,they are facing similar problems after which they focused on same ideas for resolving those issues.
In the end of every day they had fun activities like intercultural evenings where each country presents part of their history, traditions, music, dances and food, and after that they had competitions in dancing, karaoke, and night for social games where mobile phones were forbidden for few hours.
In the end of the project participants went away with good memories, new knowledge, increased presentation skills, improved English language, new friendships that will last so many years, but also new love.
The prize “Young European of the Year” is awarded to young Europeans aged between 18 and 26 years who have distinguished themselves in an exemplary manner concerning their honorary commitment and dedication in the support of international understanding and/or the integration of Europe.
If you would like to propose someone who should get this price, use this link. Deadline October 15th 2013.