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About Dive in Social Enterpreneurship

The youth (un)employment is one of this generation's most critical issues. The majority of European countries face high unemployment rates and significant differences between countries exist. The unfavorable employment situation (long job search periods, poor job quality and searching instead creating job opportunities) and the destructive influence from the societies contribute to an increasing number of demotivated and invisible youngsters in the SEE region. In this context, Dive in SE project will contribute towards fighting high rates of unemployment by capacity building of youth organizations in the field of social business through transnational cooperation and developing competencies of young unemployed people to create new social businesses. Moreover, what this project intends to do is to provide a way for active development of human capital, practical encouragement of social entrepreneurial activities and establishment of effective pathways to youth employment in strategic cooperation with different stakeholders.

"Dive in Social Entrepreneurship" is a capacity building project financed by the EU under the Erasmus + programme, Capacity building in the field of youth, and it will be implemented in period of 17 months and it will include partners coming from following countries: Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Brazil, South Africa and Costa Rica.

The project will consist from capacity building activities (kick of seminar and local researches) and mobility activities (seminar, training courses, study visit and job shadowing). The activities will be based on variety of methods and techniques of non-formal education and they will support active role of the participants in the project activities. The activities will target various groups including young people and youth leaders, youth workers, program managers and project coordinators, representatives of institutions and local authorities.

The key aim of the project is to provide a way for active development of human capital, practical encouragement of social entrepreneurial activities and establishment of effective pathways to youth employment in strategic cooperation with different stakeholders. Besides that, the project also aims to especially support creating cross-sectorial cooperation that is being consider by the partners of this project to be one of the key element in the process of creating support entrepreneurship environment in participant’s countries.

meet the project team

Metodija Stojceski Coordinator of the project Experienced in the civil society sector from 1998 with significant experience in coordination and management of the youth projects. He has been coordinator of many projects with impact at local, national and international level. Being from 2003 the President of YAK, he was involved in many international youth projects as coordinator: International Youth Conference "European values for the future of SEE countries" since 2003; Bilateral youth project "Contacts for the Common Future – Youth empowerment and employment" since 2010; national project "Youth creators of the local community" since 2006.

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Biljana Markoska Project assistant Involved in youth activities at local, national and international level for 13 years. For 8 years she is Director of International Programs Department within YAK. Project manager in the field of youth entrepreneurship and employment in last seven years: coordinator and trainer on TC "Ready, Steady=JOB" (YiA); coordinator and senior trainer on TC "Youth Social Entrepreneurship in Action" (YiA); coordinator and researcher at project "Social entrepreneurship – new trends or solution for youth unemployment"; - coordinator of national campaign for youth raising awareness about the social entrepreneurship among the students.

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Ilona Olehlova Member of the training team Project consultant, experienced trainer and facilitator of international youth projects implemented especially within Youth in Action/Erasmus + Programme and various national and local initiatives and programs e.g. local Workshops for Active Youth Participation implemented by Macedonian National Youth Council with support of British Embassy Skopje. She has also experiences in developing new tools and learning materials in the field of youth work.

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Anelija Mitrova Logistical assistant Youth activist since 2011, active member of Youth Alliance team since 2014. Responsible for the YAK's forum of volunteers. Communicative, enthusiastic, initiative, motivating young person with strong developed organizational skills due to the work as project assistant. Experienced in organizing project seminars, training courses and youth events.

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