Youthmakers Hub & Ecogenia in collaboration with the Career Office of the University of Piraeus co-organised an interactive workshop with the subject: “State of the Union: Transforming challenges into EU Opportunities” in the context of Erasmus + nEU Citizenship programme, funded by the National Agency of Greece (Grant Agreement 2021-2-EL02-KA154-YOU-000038235).
For 2022, Youthmakers Hub has been one of the 14 Eurodesk Multipliers in Greece, participating in several events organized from Eurodesk in Brussels and Eurodesk in Greece by the National Agency for Youth. Moreover, Youthmakers Hub organized several events in the Time to Move Campaign 2022 from September to November 2022. Let’s have a look at what happened in 2022!
Youthmakers Hub has been invited to the 10th Secondary School of Kallithea to inform students about EU opportunities. The co-founder and Program Coordinator of YMH, Marilena Maragkou, explained to students how they could apply for Erasmus+ opportunities and other EU projects. In particular, they became acquainted with Erasmus+ Youth Exchanges, DiscoverEU, European Youth Portal, and the SALTO platform.
From 21 to 25 November 2022 the preparatory meeting of the Erasmus + project EUth Voices for Social Change took place in Turin, Italy. More specifically, trainers and professionals from Fundacion Farrah, Youthmaker Hub and Microkosmos took part in this transnational training aiming to exchange good practices between the partners and to develop the frame of reference within which to progress. Microkosmos, as the hosting organization, was responsible for the implementation of the five-day meeting between the partners.
On the 10th of November, the co-founder and Program Coordinator of YMH, Marilena Maragkou, gave an interview about “WE AfriHug” to Open TV and specifically to the TV program “Emeis” (“We”). In particular, she described the initial steps, the aim, and the main objectives of the educational project “WE AfriHug.” Marilena Maragkou elaborated on the visits to African universities, schools, and CSOs, expressing her willingness to make “WE AfriHug” more sustainable in a way that empowers local communities in collaboration with the locals.
On the 2nd and 3rd of November, the AfriConEU project held its first event of the AfriConEU Transcontinental Partnership programme – the International AfriConEU Brokerage Event – in Bologna, Italy with parallel events in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, gathering more than 160 investors, startup entrepreneurs, DIH teams, African-European diaspora communities, among others support network participants.
From the 19th to 20th of October 2022, Youthmakers Hub, in partnership with Ecogenia, implemented the two-day training seminar “Using digital tools for civic engagement”under the Erasmus+project “nEU Citizenship” in Athens, Greece. This training seminar was the third out of seven events under the KA1 Erasmus+ program, co-funded by the Erasmus+ of the European Union and the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (INEDIVIM).
Youthmakers Hub participated in the kick-off of the Erasmus+ project “EUth Voices for Social Change”. The consortium members of the project Fundación Farrah,Youthmakers Hub,and Microkosmos met online on the 7th of October 2022 to discuss the project’s plan, milestones, and expectations.
On the 27th and 28th of August 2022, the digital event «Call2Act: A Hackathon for project managers» was held on the Zoom platform. The event was organized under the programme Project Managers Academy which is co-financed by the European Solidarity Corps of the European Union and the Lifelong Learning Foundation in Greece(INEDIVIM. This was the fourth and last activity of this project.
The University of Piraeus organized the 4th Erasmus+ International Staff Week in Piraeus on the 18th – 22nd of July 2022. Participants from African, Asian, and European countries like Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, Algeria, Albania, Armenia, the Republic of Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Morocco, and Germany attended the event. The event lasted five days and included 34 speakers and 200 participants, including university students, professors, and administrative staff. Youthmakers Hub was invited to present its organization, projects, and services.
Youthmakers Hub has participated as a Communication Partner in the exhibition “Η Πορεία της Γραμμής”, where pieces of engraving art created by Panagiotis Pristouris, have been shown to the public. The exhibition was organized by My Artist and co-organized by the Epigraphic Museum, and it was the first fully accessible art exhibition in Athens.
Youthmakers Hub has been invited as a Jury Committee to evaluate students’ presentations at the University of Piraeus. Dr. Sofia Mastrokoukou has organized a hackathon in the framework of the course “Tourism Entrepreneurship” of the Department of Tourism Studies.
On the 28th of May, 2022, the Youthmakers Hub participated in the First Lego League Discover and Explore Piraeus under the umbrella of Piraeus Sea Days 2022,. Through the event the young participants dived into the secrets of Robotic Science, exploring and discovering new ways to present their ideas.
On the 27th of March 2022, Marilena Maragkou was invited to the radio show program “Athens Calling” which is broadcasted by the First Program, Periklis Vasilopoulos. She had the opportunity to talk about the project WE AfriHug, the challenges and opportunities in the Africa continent and also the impact of the project on the local communities.
In March 2022 the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation evaluated the European Solidarity Corps Program entitled “Post Co(vi)dingAcademy” by 93/100 points and recognized it as a “Good Practice”.
According to the report “Post Co(vi)ding Academy” initiative was implemented by Youthmakers Hubwith success. Indeed, the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation certified the correspondence of the program to its proposed action plan. What is more, participants’ evaluation data also confirmed the positive effect of the program and their gained skills and knowledge. The praise was given to the intra-organizational distribution and supervision of each team member’s responsibilities for offering high-quality results and coping with contingencies. Additionally, the dissemination of the project’s context and results was considered to be remarkable. At last, the overall appraisal of the project is summed up by its recognition as a “Good Practice”.