Between 2001 and 2006 we have worked as an informal group. From 2006 we have established YOPA for providing possibilities for young people (aged between 13 and 30) and people who directly work with young people in our Region as youth workers, teachers, social workers, psychologist, etc. being involved into European youth work in order to improve local youth work. To become more professional youth workers by using and improving non – formal education in Hungary. To provide the opportunity for young people with fewer opportunities e.g. rural youth, Roma young people, socially disadvantaged young people to participate youth exchanges and EVS, and initiate and run youth initiatives.
Our mission is to coach NGOs, local youth councils, local councils in South Plain region in Hungary in order to be able to participate in European youth projects and initiate and run youth exchanges, EVS and trainings by themselves in order to give opportunities for their target groups as young people to become active citizens locally and feeling to be European citizens.
Our main themes we deal with: Competence development through non – formal education; Cultural events, cultural diversity, intercultural communication, Active participation of young people; Working with minorities; Providing equal opportunities; Human Rights; Local voluntary activities; Supporting refuges and (im)migrants and their families, etc.
Themes of our international youth trainings supported by Hungarian NA and European Youth Foundation of CoE since 2006:coaching techniques within youth exchanges and youth initiatives; interethnic conflicts; Youthpass and recognition of non – formal learning; cultural diversity and cross community cooperation among EU and SEE countries; European Youth Strategy “investing and empowering young people; youth work activities within Erasmus + programme with EU, EACA and Western Balkan countries; European citizenship; developmental model of intercultural sensitiveness and how it can be put into youth work practice; develop youth leaders’s skills and competences for successful leadership of outdoor volunteering activities, initiatives and projects that support healthy life styles and sport; self – directed and social learning within local and transnational voluntary youth work activities; dealing with cultural and religious differences and developing local online and offline campaigning against xenophobia and racism; competence development of young people with fewer opportunities by cooperative learning structures through youth work activities. YOPA is associated member of SEEYN Network (South East European Youth Network).
Motivation regarding to this project:
YOPA has located in Szeged, next to the Serbian border in Röszke where refugees and (im)migrants mostly from Arabic and African countries tries to enter into the EU. We have already organised a grass roots initiative how to support them with food, shelter, information and respect their human rights against the political approach of our government. We fight against radicalisation and extremism of our young people, fight against discrimination of refugees and immigrants and organise different type of youth activities among Hungarian and refugees young people which can support our young people not to be xenophobic towards them.