AIESEC in Albania works in partnership with every other AIESEC entity worldwide (126 entities in the moment of this submission). We also collaborate with local NGOs - like "World Vision" and UNDP etc.. We constantly collaborate and cooperate with Municipalities, Embassies, governmental institutions, public and private universities and other big companies like Vodafone, T-mobile, Deloitte, etc.
The world is counting on the Sustainable Development Goals to improve our future and we believe that the youth has the right potential towards achieving this goal. By raising awareness within young people over the fact that we are the ones creating the future, we want to reach a global mindset and get closer to our ambition.
There is a notable lack of belief among Albanian youngsters concerning their capability to impact the future of our society. The challenge is to get young people out of the apathy and mistrust by showcasing actual examples of our peers around Europe - students that are self aware, solution driven and decision makers within their own society. And what better way to do that other than introducing and giving them responsibility over the achievement of the SDGs?
We aim to reach out to young people building leaders of tomorrow. We want leaders to be self aware, solution driven, world citizens and able to empower others. We want the youth to know the actual global issues, becoming a global citizen and understanding what the SDGs are, what do they mean and how can we work to achieve them. We aim to improve their mindset by teaching them the responsibility they have for a better future and how this is directly connected with the realization of the SDGs.
In 10 months we aim to send 100 Albanian students in projects abroad. We aim to bring 40 foreign students to participate in local projects based on the SDGs, such as “Make It Possible” which gives general SDG knowledge to high school and university students; “Summer in SOS Village” through which we aim to raise awareness for Quality Education, Health and Well Being; Balkan Project approaches a sensitive topic in the Balkans and aims to Reduce Inequalities and promote Tolerance among different cultures; “Green Tirana” which will target SDGs concerning Quality of life and Climate Change. With a total of 100 outgoing exchanges and 40 incoming exchanges we believe we can make an impact in the Albanian and European youth mindset and their beliefs towards the power they have in making a change.
We target a wide group of young people everywhere, but with a focus on Europe. We don’t discriminate in base of gender, sexual orientation, religion, profession etc. Considering that we mainly implement projects about social awareness, we aim to target youngsters as we believe they are the ones capable of making the change. High school and university students are the ones we want to impact, either by offering them to be a part of our programs or by targeting them as recipients of our projects.
Our projects are open for students and recent graduates of all backgrounds in order to have different perspectives and ensure a full coverage of each problem. We train and prepare each individual to suit the needs of the projects. Most of our projects are based on teaching local high school or middle school pupils. This way we believe that each person can impact many others in order to spread awareness and create ambassadors of responsible citizenship.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses for 10 months, including utilities and supplies – 5700 Travel expenses for outgoing exchanges – 12000 – covered by us Meals for incoming exchanges for the duration of the project – 16800 Materials for public relations such as printed materials, T-shirts and bracelets – 9684 Personnel Costs – 31000 – covered by us
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