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Centrul Regional de Economie Sociala

(CRES)

description of organisation

Regional Center for Social Economics (CRES) is a non-governmental organization working in the South-West Oltenia, with the main objective to promote community development and social economy at local and regional level.CRES works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives. The aim of this empowerment is to establish a wide-based community movement which encourages the positive involvement of young people in solving issues which affect them, treating them as resources, not as problems.Vision: To become a center of excellence in the provision of positive youth development programmes opportunities for every young person.Mission: The mission of CRES is to offer non-formal educational programmes that provide opportunities for young people to develop1 social connectedness; 2.a sense of personal efficacy and mastery motivation;3.a desire to learn and curiosity about one’s world; 4.a sense of identity and meaning in one’s life; 5.Positive self-regard Regional Centre for Social Economy is to develop programs that emphasize the voluntary and respect, protect and preserve the environment go hand in hand sectoral national strategies and priorities promoted by the European Union in the development of social economy. The organisation was borne out of the desire of its members to have a more structured framework trough which to be able to implement activities that would lead to community development and promotion of social economy.The organisation was founded on 8 Core Principles:1. Positive Potential for YouthAll young people have the innate right and capacity to develop their full potential as responsible and caring individuals.2 Young People as a PriorityFostering the positive potential in all young people is a critical priority and must be cultivated and strengthened by adults and their institutions.3 Positive Life Skills and Character DevelopmentYoung people become personally and socially responsible and develop strong character by learning and applying essential life skills in meaningful contexts. They should actively engage in their own learning and learning cooperatively with others.4 Personal and Social Responsibility The values, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for personal and social responsibility includes principles of respect and caring for self and others, honesty, and trustworthiness, a sense of justice and fairness, service to others, capacity for critical thinking and problem solving, and commitment to community, active citizenship 5 Local and International CollaborationThe power and breadth of our mission can best be achieved through dynamic, mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations and associations at local and international levels. 6 Emphasis on positive outcomesThe approach highlights positive, healthy outcomes (in contrast to reducing negative outcomes). Examples of desired youth development outcomes are competence (academic, social, vocational skills), self-confidence, connectedness (healthy relationship to community, friends, family), character (integrity, moral commitment), caring and compassion. 7 Youth VoiceIt is essential to include youth as active participants in any youth development initiative. They have to be equal partners in the process. Youth involvement presents a great challenge to adults and charges them to rethink how they have engaged in planning and program development and implementation. 8 Strategies that aim to involve all youthYouth development strategies are generally aimed at all youth. The assumption is that creating supportive and enriching environments for all youth will lead to the desired positive outcomes as well as reduced negative outcomes. However, experts in the field recognize the need to blend universal approaches with approaches that are targeting youth facing extra challenges. Within the organisation there are 3 main directions of action: - developing social inclussion through non-formal programmes that improves the day to day life of youth in social assistance centers and special schools - positive youth development programmes that aim at providing alternative personal and professional development opportunities for youth- stimulating democratic engagement and active citizenship among youth

Participants with fewer opportunities

  • This organisation has additional mentoring or other support suitable for young people with social obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences or similar.
  • Other experience, infrastructure and resources:

    One of the main tools for the support of young people with fewer opportunities will be the professional and personal development road map which is a individual document that is elaborated by the organisation in collaboration with the volunteer and the mentor that outlines the learning objectives for each volunteer together with milestones, methods, activities and indicators of success. This personalised document will be used to customize the support and assistance given to each volunteer by the mentor and staff so that the project best suits his needs, desires, aspirations etc.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Social obstacles
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
POZITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT - PYD -
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
May 2017 to Oct 2017
01/05/2017 - 30/10/2017
30/05/2017 closed
– Video Learning Evolution in a New Society- V-LENS -
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Nov 2017 to May 2018
01/11/2017 - 02/05/2018
01/11/2017 closed
AWARENESS BUILDING CAMPAIGNS- ABC -
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Nov 2017 to Aug 2018
01/11/2017 - 02/08/2018
15/02/2018 closed