The European Solidarity Corps is a funding programme of the European Union that creates opportunities for young people to volunteer, work, train, and run their solidarity projects that benefit communities. A Solidarity Project is an in-country solidarity activity -based on non-formal learning – initiated by young people themselves for a period from 2 to 12 months, addressing key challenges directly linked to the local community they live in, but with a clear EU added value.
“Project Managers Academy” aims to provide the project’s beneficiaries with the necessary knowledge to manage projects and develop competitive funding proposals, as well as to enhance entrepreneurship spirit with a strong societal extension. The target group consists of youth aged 24-30 years old residing in Athens, looking for opportunities to create projects and get funding for their projects.
The activities under this programme are:
- 2-day webinar: Project Management: Introduction to Project Management (April 2022) (online activity)
The goal of this webinar is to provide beneficiaries with an understanding of the essence and crucial role of project management. More specifically, this webinar will include a project management introduction, a detailed analysis of the several stages of project management (Initiation, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation).
During this webinar, participants will learn about the tools required for successful project management. Beneficiaries will gain knowledge on several platforms and digital tools which are recommended for the organization of projects, such as the Asana tool and Gantt chart, as well as the use of excel when it comes to the delegation of tasks. Furthermore, the trainer will explain how to develop activities, monitor documents, and last but not least several case studies of projects will be used so as to provide beneficiaries with not only a theoretical but also a more practical, realistic approach to the project management process.
The goal of this activity is to provide participants with guidance concerning their preparation of applications for submission. During this activity, the participants will be divided into teams according to their skills and interest in topics for submitting projects for the Call Round 3 of ESC in October 2021. The participants may submit a proposal with their organization by utilizing all the knowledge gained during the digital training.
- 2-day Hackathon (July – August 2022) (online activity)
Participants will be divided into teams based on their preference regarding the topics which include mental health, environmental-healthy practices, and sustainable business development. The participants will then be asked to find solutions to specific challenges. During the Hackathon, participants will be working in teams and will have to seek feasible ideas, develop an action plan, a poster for their solution, a logo, and a presentation. By the end of the Hackathon, they will present their ideas to an evaluation committee.