Introducing VOYCE: routes and tools to promote Youth volunteering Competence's
Cibervoluntarios Foundation will start working with praters from 5 european countries in a new Erasmus + project called VOYCE (207-2018). The goal of this new partnership initiative is to enhance the learning outcomes of young volunteers by fostering their employability. The youth volunteering across Europe are numerous, and such experiences can represent for them an important opportunity for learning. Volunteering is an activity that can offer a meaningful boost to the individual growth of young people as well as providing a bridge to enter the labour market. Besides, the importance of learning acquired in non-formal and informal ways is recognized by every educational agency, and the issue of how to make such learning useful to access the labour market is among the top priorities of the EU Agenda. The VOYCE actions will allow young people to improve their prospects for career advancement through a capitalization of learning acquired through volunteering experiences.
The objective of VOYCE is promoting the employability of young people by using learnings acquired thanks to volunteer experiences. Practical instruments for identifying and certifying learnings will be created, and shall be usable by volunteers of the organizations which host them. It emerges that approximately 100 million citizens in EU - over a fifth of the population – are regularly involved in voluntary activities, from which they seem to benefit. The highest level of participation is observed in Northern Europe, where over 40% with a minimum of 18 years of age are volunteers. Noticeably lower is the level in Eastern Europe, where participation stands at 15%.
As concerns the relation between youths and volunteering, the research provides a complex picture. The youth volunteering are several (21.6% of European aged 18-34), however both the frequency of such activities, and the amount of hours dedicated to them increases over time. Whereas referring to the motivations of youths, along with the desire of feeling useful there is the will of acquiring new competences likely beneficial in their future prospect of work.
To address such matters the project activities intends to:
• Identify practical tools to be used to validate the learning of volunteers.
• Enhance the use of such tools among the organisations that deal with young volunteers.
• Make sure the learning acquired are easily accessible by companies and usable in the labour market.
The expected results of the project will be four:
1) Creation of innovative tools in order to validate the learning acquired through voluntary activities
2) Promotion of a link between young volunteers and labour market
3) Training of operators who work together with young volunteers at service of the project to implement the tools developed
4) Support and diffusion of experiences within the project among subjects potentially interested: public institutions, firms, third sector.
The experimentations of the project will be realized by a partnership of 9 organizations, covering 5 member countries.
• CESV Centro di Servizi per il Volontariato: Service Centre for Volunteering, Coordinator of the project (Italy)
• CPIA 3 of Rome: a public school for the permanent training of adults (Italy)
• CEMEA Centre: An organization with a long experience in non formal and informal education of youths through creative activities (France)
• Docete Omnes Foundation: Vocational training school for disadvantaged people (Spain)
• Cibervoluntarios Foundation: Organization promoting the social use of thecnology through a network of more than 1.500 cybervolunteers (Spain)
• Era Ewaluacji: educational and research centre (Poland)
• IPR Institute: organization that implements services and training for youths at risk and disadvantaged categories (Portugal)