Project place: 13 – 21 November, 2022
Project dates: Dilijan, Armenia
Deadline for applying: URGENT!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Hate Speech is experienced daily by many young people across Europe. With the development of social networks, the number of cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment cases has increased, increasing the risks to democratic order and creating concerns among young people and youth organizations. As youth organizations working with young people on local, national and European levels and promoting digital participation, we have developed the long-term project “UP! Unleashing the Power of Youth Work to Counter Online Hate Speech” to address and transform online hate speech in a safe and transformative way. Through the joint efforts of 14 youth organizations involved, we aim to equip 36 youth workers and educators from the European Union (the Netherlands, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain) and Neighboring Partner countries (Armenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Ukraine) with necessary skills, knowledge and tools to support young people’s fight against online oppressive narratives, propaganda and hate speech.
The long-term project has 2 activities (Training Course and Evaluation Seminar) and pursues the following main objectives:
A. Creating a network of activists, youth workers, educators and youth organizations who combat online hate speech and building their capacity in campaigning against online hate speech with both a national and European dimension;
B. Exploring the notion of hate speech and examining its main roots, inspiring youth workers to find out innovative mechanisms and solutions in fighting hate speech, targeting different layers of society;
C. Equipping youth workers and educators with skills, knowledge and tools to provide quality training for young people and support them to recognize and transform hateful speech online;
D. Exploring various good practices and developing local campaigns, educational activities and materials that support young people to combat hate speech online;
E. Improving internet and media competences of youth workers and educators so they are better equipped to counter hate speech online and are to promote responsible internet presence and conscious content generation among young people they work with.
THE PROFILE OF THE PARTICIPANTS
The Training Course is targeting 36 youth workers aged 18-45 from 14 organizations ) with an aim to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools to support young people’s fight against oppressive online narratives, propaganda and hate speech. The project will include a total of 36 youth workers in both stages of the project and experienced trainers. The group will consist of professional youth workers and youth leaders of mixed genders, aiming to ensure 50/50 participation of both male and female participants.
ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.
Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 EUR.
Participation fee: NONE!
Sending fee: 500 MKD!