Press Release – SENEET journey coming into an end
The beautiful journey of the EU project Social Entrepreneurship to battle Youth Social Exclusion, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, is coming closer its end and the partnership has may creative results to share with you. During, this project, five organisations, E-School Educational Group from Greece, Cda College from Cyprus, Klaipedos Valstybine Kolegija from Lithuania, Centrul Judetean De Resurse si Asistenta Educationala Arad from Romania and Sdrujenie-Bisnes Inkubator-Gotse Delchev from Bulgaria, worked together with the aim to empower youths facing social exclusion due to unemployment, by giving them an opportunity to fulfil their potential and be impactful members of their society by introducing them to the benefits of social entrepreneurship.
During the project lifecycle, five LTTAs were held in the partner nations. Through the LTTAs the NEETs gained an improved understanding of the concepts and the benefits of social entrepreneurship, improved skills and competences with regard to being successful in social entrepreneurship, they have now a good idea of how successful social enterprises function through the visits in businesses, also they are now able to use the internet and social media to promote their businesses and disseminate the impact of their work, gained a better grasp of topics as entrepreneurial marketing and behavior, business planning, market assessment and social entrepreneurship, improved communication, interaction, cooperation and language skills, Improved knowledge of different cultural environments and developed a sense of belonging in a wider European community.
In the first LTTA, in Lithuania, youth teachers trained on Virtual Enterprises software in order for them to be able to provide training on Virtual enterprises to youths in their respective countries. Teachers also visited successful examples of companies in the field of social entrepreneurship and familiarized themselves with the functions and operations of social enterprises in order to devise teaching methods to effectively represent the functions of social enterprises in the Virtual Enterprises software.
In the second LTTA, in Bulgaria, 15 youths learned about the concept, role, organization, basic operations of social entrepreneurship. Youths got training on developing and organizing social businesses and learned about social impact and economic value. At the end of this LTTA, they improved the skills and competences that are required to succeed in the field of social entrepreneurship. Youth workers attended the same course and helped the trainees to better understand the content of the courses.
In the third LTTA, in Cyprus, youth trainees learnt business fundamentals to apply to their own social entrepreneurship ideas. The youth trainees enhanced their knowledge and comprehension of fundamental business functions, how value is produced, how an idea may become a start-up, and strategy implementation. They are ready to use this knowledge in Virtual Enterprises examples. Youth workers attended the same training and helped the trainees understand the content of the courses.
In the fourth LTTA, which took place in Romania, youths learned about digital and social media marketing as tools for commercial success. Digital Marketing and its new market potential were presented to youths. Youths increased their abilities to use the internet and social media to advertise their companies and/or themselves online. Teachers (youth workers) attended the same course to train youth groups in each member countries and assist trainees understand the content of the courses.
In the last LTTA, hosted in Greece, NEETs presented their social business ideas and social businesses they created with the help of the youth teachers. The best ideas were selected and business planning was done to facilitate the implementation of these ideas in a real business environment.
The results of the project are freely accessible through the project website: https://www.seneet.eu/ and the partner websites. SENNET is also in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/S-E-NEET-108849617207269