Article submitted by Eurodesk UK Partner Asha Centre.
European Solidarity Corps – the one-stop shop for all youth opportunities
With the recent launch of the European Solidarity Corps, young people and youth leaders all over Europe are experiencing the jaw-dropping and eye-opening realisation that there are a lot more placement opportunities available than just those under the Erasmus+ programme. This article seeks to draw attention to and highlight one of the many angles (combatting discrimination) to approach the European Solidarity Corps.
When signing up to European Solidarity Corps, simply register your interest in both volunteer and occupational programmes as well as selecting the following kinds of European Solidarity Corps projects that you are interested in:
- Social challenges
- Reception and integration of refugees and migrants
- Citizenship and democratic participation
European Solidarity Corps will then match-make you to any projects that are in line with your interest in combatting discrimination. For an example of the kinds of projects available, read on!
Reasons to sign-up?
If any of the below themes or activities appeal to you, do sign-up to the European Solidarity Corps as soon as possible and make sure you don’t miss a dream opportunity to get involved in this important work.
The kind of projects expected to involve young people are:
- Grassroots projects on preventing and combating Antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred and intolerance;
- Projects on preventing and combating homophobia and transphobia;
- Projects promoting the development of tools and practices to prevent, monitor and combat online hate speech;
- Projects to create better understanding between communities, including religious communities, and prevent and combat racism and xenophobia through interreligious and intercultural activities.
Activities will therefore typically involve:
- Mutual learning on tolerance, respect and non-discrimination, exchange of good practices and strengthened cooperation between key actors, including representatives of the communities;
- Development of monitoring and transparency tools on hate crime and hate speech;
- Capacity building and training activities for key stakeholders, including representatives of communities and youngsters;
- Dissemination, awareness raising activities and campaigns (e.g. Production of counter and alternative narratives) aimed at preventing Antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred, xenophobic or anti-migrant sentiment, homophobia and transphobia and other related forms of intolerance.
- Supporting community leaders and local authorities to fight against racism, xenophobia and other related intolerance through community building, creation of networks, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, initiatives serving the community and boosting self-esteem, creativity and a sense of belonging, breaking of stereotypes and the developing of counter-narratives.
Once again, if the above sounds like something you (as a youth worker, leader or young person) want to get involved in, be sure to sign up to the European Solidarity Corps here!