Stichting Open Future Institute Nederland
No matter where we come from, which language we speak, which culture we grew up in: we all have the same longing to connect with each other and to build a bright future. With our program we connect young people from all over Europe. With our Big Questions Program we make them discover who they are, what they have in common, where they can add value to each other. And we make them create a project for young people back in their country with our support.
Different European Countries
1. In the educational systems there hardly is attention for character development in the curriculum, or focus on how our students will become citizens in quite a complex world. 2. On a european exchange level, we see many exchange programs in schools and youth organizations, but hardly anything that puts at the heart the real inter-human exchange: how can I, with my background, connect add value to you with your background? How can we interconnect and build something beautiful together?
We are aiming for young people from different countries to share with each other their Big Life Questions, to learn from each other, to appreciate and respect the differences and the common grounds. We aim to explore how each, as an individual, can interconnect and together create a project to inspire young people back in their countries with the support of our organization. We aim to create a movement amongst young people of curiousity, a sense of interconnectedness and a call to action.
We have done 1 project (European subsidy) already with young people from The Netherlands, Lithuania, Ireland and Italy. Their feedback is that they feel they have now a much broader view, understanding and respect for each other's choices and culture.Some of them (not all!) have taken the step to create a project in their own country with young people over there to address big life questions and interconnectivity in the same way. We wish to scale up this idea by starting at least two projects this year. This entails: 1. identify the schools and youth organizations 2. get the funding (50k Euro), 3. find a good location 4. adapt the program to this group. 5. prepare with the handlers of the youngsters. 6. 2x 1 week with the youngsters plus evaluation
1. The target group is young people accross Europe between 15 and 25 years old. 2. We work with schools and youth companies who actually are interested in sending their students/youth. 3. The teachers in the schools and the handlers in the youth company are key as they accompany the students/youth in the weeks abroad.
Most schools and youth associations have exchange programs to other countries to visit cultural highlights like historical sites or to learn a foreign language. Our aim is to bring young people together from different countries to interconnect at a deeper human level and to forge a project together, to pass on the openness and the broader perspective they have just acquired.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel: 25.000 for 2x 1 week for the youngsters plus 2x (advance planning visit and after evaluation) for the teachers/youth workers Food & Lodging (appr 35 persons): 20.000 Various liability insurances: 3.000 Materials for the workshops: 1.000 Unforeseen: 1.000
Of course.... we would love to hear what you think of our project! Also: any ideas you might have to strengthen the bonds between individual young people from different countries.... an exercise, an interactive game, etc.... please let us know!