As a member of YEU International, CID is taking part in its long-term project called ”RESTART: Rethinking, Assessing, Activating And Evaluating Youth Organizations”. The project is focusing on finding new methodologies and methods to increase youth participation of young people in sociopolitical life on local level, implementing the Quality Assurance framework on local level and contributing to achieving multiplying effects of non-formal education processes in local communities.

The project has 6 activities:

  • Activity 1 – Survey among local youth
  • Activity 2 – Training course ”Rethinking participation”
  • Activity 3 – Assessment of partner organizations
  • Activity 4 – Training course ”Discuss – Evidence – Assess Quality”
  • Activity 5 – Local actions
  • Activity 6 – Training course ”Evaluate to improve”

Angela Veljkovska and Florim Rexhepi from CID took part in the training course organised in Istanbul between 11th-18th of April as participants, while Milos Ristovski was a trainer. The training, named ”Rethinking Participation”, focused on defining new tools that foster youth participation and result in the development of action plans per organization on how to boost youth participation on local level.

Angela is offering us an insight into what happened during the training:

”There training had participants from Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Ukraine, Turkey and Poland. First of all the trainers introduced us to the YEU network and explained us what participation means, and the forms of participation. Than we discussed the topic “How to participate”, about how we should motivate people to participate in our organization, what we do about that and what we should do in the future. Then we had a session about the RMSOS model (rights, means, space, opportunities, support). We also presented the results of the Community mapping that we did before going to Istanbul.

We had another session about Organizational Assessment. We had three groups (SWOT method, Organizational development and RMSOS model); we had the opportunity to choose in which group we are going to work. Florim and I chose Organizational Development and we made the questionnaire for the people that work in CID and for the CID volunteers. We also discussed about the action plan that we should do between Brussels and Molina.

I am glad that I participated because I personally learnt a lot of things, I got a deeper look into the work of the NGOs, but the most important thing is that I got motivated to continue working on this project, so I am looking forward to the activity in Brussels.”