Democracy and participation, Education

The Solidarity Action day Movement in Europe …


Who is behind this?

Jana De Poorter

SAME - Solidarity Action day Movement in Europe ivzw


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Every year, over 200.000 secondary school students in 6 European countries exchange their seat at school for a job of their choice during the Solidarity Action Day. Besides gaining practical work experience, the participants raise awareness and money for youth projects all over the world. Young people are in charge, from leading the Action Day organisations to electing the supported projects. By cooperating on a European level, we can spread and strengthen the Solidarity Action Day movement!

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

The European idea is in a deep crisis: Populist and Europhobe parties are getting stronger while youth unemployment is still high, leaving many youngsters disillusioned. This project aims to empower European youngsters to face these challenges by using peer-to-peer education and intercultural exchange to spread the SAME ideals of European cooperation, global solidarity and active citizenship. Our goals is to create a community which encourages youth to act towards the world they want to see.

What is your impact?

The SAME Academy will have trained about 50 high school students from the SAME member countries in areas ranging from public speaking over project management to youth-led development cooperation during a 10 day boot camp in the summer. Besides becoming a national Action Day ambassadors, the Academy participants will be supported by the SAME volunteers to develop common projects aiming to spread the ideals of global solidarity, active citizenship and European integration even further.

How do you get there?

March-May 2016: recruiting trainers and mentors – developing program and promo material – logistical preparation

May-July 2016: recruiting and preparing participants - finalising program and logistical preparation

August 2016: the first SAME Academy boot camp takes place!

September 2016- March 2017: the participants stay in touch through online platforms and implement the projects they developed with the support of their mentors and mini-grants. An extensive evaluation of the entire program takes place.

March 2017-March 2018: after the concept is reconsidered on the basis of the evaluation, the second SAME Academy is implemented, preferably with the participants of the first edition in the driver seat as trainers or mentors

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The principal target group of the SAME Academy are 50 high school students (+/- 16 years old) from the SAME member countries (Italy, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Serbia) that want to become part of the SAME movement on a national and European level. Through the projects they are developing and implementing, these SAME Academy participants will impact other stakeholders as well (e.g. policy makers, other high school students around Europe, employers, …).

What makes your idea stand apart?

What makes the action day unique is that (1) it is completely driven by young people and (2) it manages connects the worlds of (non-)formal education, development cooperation and the labour market: for one day, European high school students get in touch with their future employers while raising awareness and money for youth projects around the world. SAME and the SAME Academy brings yet an extra dimension since it shows the power of European Action day organisations being united in diversity.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 40000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

30.000 (transport, food and accomodation) 10.000 (mini-grants)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are looking forward to your feedback! How can we promote active citizenship and global solidarity among young Europeans in an effective way?



Idea created on Feb. 19, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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