|Project title||Democracy Academy|
|Thematic area||Youth and children rights|
|Name of the organization||Foundation for Democratic Youth|
|Postal address||1111 Budapest, Karinthy Frigyes út 16. I. em. 5.|
|Phone||00-36-1-354-11-91; 00-36-30-718-86-31; 00-36-70-534-52-95|
|Project manager||Galambos Henriette Rita|
|Project timeframe||October 1st, 2013 - January 1st, 2016|
|Amount of support||117,975 €|
DIA’s macro project aims to enhance the capacity of participating organizations by involving young people as volunteers or interns in their work. The active work with civil society organizations will develop young people’s democratic and active citizenship skills. The organizations involved in the programme are working with youngsters in order to make the lives of marginalized youths better and draw public attention to the socially disadvantaged. DIA in the mean time strives to become a high quality organization involved in civil society development. The project focuses on an interactive exchange of experiences (taking stock of assets, site visits, trainings, organizational development, coaching, blogging, and public advocacy events, etc.), and the creation of an innovative methodological portfolio. The expected results are that the participating organisations will get stronger, a network of youth service organizations will be created, the organizations’ advocacy potential will further develop, so will the social dialogue, and solidarity while the democracy deficit will decrease.
Progress of the project:
One of the main aims of DeMo was to provide opportunities for organizations and projects working with young volunteers to get acquainted with one another’s work in order to be inspired by them and to share their experiences. Building on those a knowledge centre will be established where the most important methods, case studies are available for other interested organizations and initiatives to benefit from.
So far the organizations got connected and an intensive professional dialogue and cooperation started.
What has also been established:
•DeMo blog: the professional forum of the project
•Interactive trainings for organizations
•Coaching of leaders of the organizations
•Working groups: thematic work on methodology
•“Night of Democracy”: a night when democracy was in the centre
•Portfolio of methods: organizational conditions (volunteer management, social impact measurement, communication, etc.)
•Handbook for teachers: collection of practices for teachers
•Social innovation competition: how to compensate social disadvantages by innovative means
“We were reinforced in our belief that we are on the right track but there is still an awful lot to learn.”
“It’s inspiring to experience that others also struggle with the same problems and look for similar solutions. Perhaps we will be more patient from now on.”
“We’ve had a lot of “aha experience” during the organizational development and saw new directions which we would love to follow but find it hard to take the first steps.”
“A professional network is developing where we can learn from and in the meantime help one another.”
•It’s important and necessary to create a platform to civil society organizations and initiatives working in similar fields.
•It is vital to have exchanges of professional experiences and common thinking.
•The organizations need development to be able to work in a sustainable way and to fight present challenges.
•All these require resources and new ways of getting them.