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Review

A selection of completed projects and events.

 

YOUTH workers 2.0

Advising and schooling of youth workers all over Europe in the use of ICT tools (information, communication, and technology tools = PCs, laptops, software programs, printers, etc.) and digital working methods.

From November 2018 to June 2020, ÖJAB was part of the Erasmus+ KA2 project “Youth Workers 2.0”. This project aimed to expand upon youth workers’ digital skills in order to improve the fundamental training of those who work with young people.

Two surveys were conducted as initial steps toward achieving this project’s objectives. One of the surveys addressed the direct target audience of youth workers, while the other addressed the indirect target audience of young people with low qualifications.

The findings from these surveys were used to compile a report that analyses existing needs. This report serves as background information upon which further employment-related studies for youth can be based.

The information thus collected is used to compile guidelines containing proven procedures with which to support youth workers’ daily efforts. These guidelines serve to inspire all of their readers and support them in their future work.

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Project duration: November 2018 to June 2020

Project partners: Spain (Coordinator), Austria, Romania, Hungary

Project website: https://youthworkers2-0.eu

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Mitglieder des Projekts beim Kick Off-Meeting am BPI der ÖJAB in Wien.Kick off meeting at the BPI of ÖJAB in Vienna.

ALMIT

From January 2018 to June 2020, ÖJAB was a partner in the project “ALMIT” (Acceleration of Labor Market Integration of Immigrants Through Mapping of Skills and Trainings). This consortium included a further eight partners from Bulgaria, Serbia, and Turkey.

The core idea of this project was to develop an innovative model for ascertaining the skills of migrants and refugees, thus making it possible to support this target group’s swift integration into the labor market.

The ultimate objective was to ensure both high-quality and sustainable employment as well as fair social protections, to combat social exclusion and poverty among migrants and refugees, and to improve the conditions under which members of this target group work.

This project was divided into a total of seven work packages. In these, activities including the following werecarried out by the project partners:

  • Development of an online language course including its curriculum and learning modules
  • Compilation of civil society-related and intercultural course materials
  • Pilot runs of the developed courses including their course materials
  • Compilation of a “train-the-trainer” handbook
  • Creation of an E-learning platform
  • Guidelines for labor market policy regulations
  • SWOT analysis relating to this project’s theme in the partner countries
  • Matching with companies
  • Publication including final conference in Vienna

All phases of this project involved close collaboration between ÖJAB and the other project partners. And for one of the work packages, ÖJAB was the responsible contact for the other partner countries. This work package had to do with compiling information on local labor market rules and trends as well as on rules pertaining to social assistance, cataloging of the target groups’ educational backgrounds and work experience plus compiling profiles that detail refugees’ skills, and ascertainment of current labor market demand.

Das ALMIT Kick-off-Meeting fand von 11.02.-14.02.2018 in Sofia, Bulgarien statt. Während des Meetings gab es nicht nur ein erstes Kennenlernen, es wurden auch die ersten Schritte geplant und die Verantwortlichkeiten abgesprochen.The ALMIT kick-off meeting took place from 11.02.-14.02.2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. During the meeting there was not only a first meeting, the first steps were planned and the responsibilities were discussed.
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Project partners: Bulgaria (coordinator), Serbia, Turkey, Austria

Project duration: January 2018 to June 2020

Project website: almit-project.eu

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IAMHC

Innovative Approaches and Methods for Home Caregiver 

IAMHC aimed at improving the collaboration between similar organizations in Europe as well as exchanging proven procedures relevant to (home) caregiving and caregiving personnel.

Nursing and health services on the European level

From December 2018 to November 2020, ÖJAB was a partner of the Erasmus+ project “Innovative Approaches and Methods for Home Caregiver”. This was ÖJAB’s first European project devoted entirely to the topic of nursing and health services.

This project aimed to improve collaboration with similar organizations all over Europe and to exchange proven practices with regard to home caregiving. This was accomplished by building an international network that made it possible to quickly exchange information and adapt to new trends.

Specific objective

Supporting the quality of care and the security of individuals who live in long-term care facilities, doing so in a manner and in an environment that upholds or enhances the dignity and respect accorded to every single resident while fully acknowledging his or her individuality.

 

Activities

  • Transnational meetings for the exchange of proven practices relating to home caregivers and home care.
  • 5-day “Best Practice” training session
  • Organization and conduct of local focus groups sessions and debates
  • Compilation of a catalog containing the best home care methods, experiences, and concepts.
  • Activities to disseminate these proven practices.
  • Members of the project at the kickoff meeting in Mesagne, Italy
  • Kickoff meeting in Mesagne, Italy
Members of the project at the kick off meeting in Mesagne, ItalyMembers of the project at the kick off meeting in Mesagne, Italy

Statement

  • Participation in the training event in Mesagne as part of the Innovative Approaches and Methods for Home Care Giver project provided me with an opportunity to engage in exchange with other participants on organizational and structural experiences in the context of home caregiving, a field of work that has seen successful development in Vienna by ÖJAB over a period of many years. From every country, at least one “best practice” was introduced and discussed in such a way that it was possible to obtain high-quality insights into the respective countries’ systems. During this training event, I was able to focus on both everyday and long-term plans and challenges in the field of home caregiving in other countries such as Spain, Finland, France, North Macedonia, and Italy, thanks to which I came away with new ideas and knowledge that can be put to work in ÖJAB’s home caregiving efforts.
    Nenad Kostic (department head at ÖJAB-Haus Neumargareten)
TeilnehmerInnen am Training in Mesagne. Foto: IAMHC.Participants in the training event in Mesagne. Photo: IAMHC
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Project partners: Italy, France, North Macedonia, Spain, Finland

Project duration: December 2018 – November 2020

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COUNTER HATE

Supporting youth workers in the fight against online hate speech.

From October 2018 to January 2020, ÖJAB participated in the project “Counter Hate” as part of a consortium together with three organizations from Latvia, Spain, and Bulgaria.

The objective of this project was to equip youth workers with the skills and knowledge that are needed in order to develop tools and arguments with which to counter online hate speech.

Specifically, “Counter Hate” concentrated on supporting high-quality efforts to provide all youth workers with the abovementioned knowledge and tools as they pertain to online hate speech against migrants and refugees. These prevention skills were expanded upon in the form of custom-tailored responses, counter-narratives, and awareness-raising campaigns.

The project partners’ ranges of activities included the following components:

  • Project survey and publication of a project survey report
  • Development of an E-learning course
  • Compilation of digital guidelines
  • Local workshops
Members of the project at the kick off meeting in MalagaKick off meeting in Malaga.
  • “Counter Hate” is an Erasmus+ project that seeks to offer the young generation the knowledge and tools needed to put an end to hate speech in Europe. We had the privilege of representing Austria in a Europe-wide context at a one-week intensive training course in Latvia. There, we worked together with other international participants to develop and propose solutions with which to combat various aspects of the hate and xenophobia that have grown increasingly widespread in our society, both on the Internet as well as in daily life. This project took place amidst the Nordic forests on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Riga, not far from the Latvian capital. A particularly special feature of this event was the enriching cultural exchange with the representatives of the participating countries of Bulgaria, Latvia, and Spain..
     
    Danke! Thank you! Gracias! Paldies! Благодаря!
    Barbara Preinfalk, Daniela Demean, Romy Dueller, Anxhela Golemi, project members
Group picture of participantsErasmus+ training for youth workers in Saulkrasti (Latvia). Photo: Counter Hate.
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Project partners: Latvia (Coordinator), Spain, Austria, Bulgaria

Project duration: October 2018 bis January 2020

Project website: http://counterhate.eu

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Volunteers 4 All

This project helps volunteers in NGOs to develop social skills.

Volunteers 4 All was a 20-month European project, co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + (KA2) program, which aimed to help youth workers and NGO volunteers develop new social and digital literacy skills in their day-to-day work need to address the refugee crisis in Europe. This project, in collaboration with four project partners, focused on promoting quality youth work in the social and digital sectors. 

In the project, an e-learning training was developed to familiarize volunteers with the possibilities of digital media, to get involved, to tell a story, to understand events, to create awareness and to bring about change. 

In addition, a digital guide was compiled, in the form of a series of learning materials as open educational resources.

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Representatives of participating partner organizations at kick-off meeting in Razlog, Bulgaria (October 23-25, 2017) (Photo Credit: Alternativi International).Representatives of participating partner organizations at kick-off meeting in Razlog, Bulgaria (October 23-25, 2017) (Photo Credit: Alternativi International).

Project partners: Alternativi International, Bulgaria (Coordinator), PROJUVEN, Spain, Futuro Digitale, Italy, ÖJAB 

Project duration: October 2017 to May 2019

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Involve

The Erasmus + KA2 project aimed to support further development and strengthening of volunteerism.

Training for volunteers was improved and, thus, the work efficiency of the organizations increased. The project aimed to eliminate or minimize the following problem areas: 

  • Decreasing motivation over time due to changing responsibilities and responsibilities
  • Lack of self-assessment in mental stress, revision, etc.
  • Inadequate conflict strategies in conflicts with the people being supported, with other volunteers or with supervisors.

INVOLVE aimed to create awareness of the value and benefits of soft skill training for volunteers as well as to deepen the methodological knowledge of these training efforts. In addition, the subject-specific knowledge of volunteers was strengthened according to the needs of the individual partner organizations.

Participants in the kick-off meeting of the project "Involve" in Athens.Participants in the kick-off meeting of the project "Involve" in Athens.

The project objective was achieved by the following measures: 

  • Identification of at least 2 national best practice examples by each partner organization and preparation of a summary and presentation of the best practice examples
  • Organization of an internet-based platform for knowledge exchange between the project partners
  • 2 international training workshops

The project was managed by the German NGO "Association for Inclusion and Social Work e.V.". 40 participants from 10 partner countries (Germany, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia) will participate in the project.

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Project partners: Germany (Coordinator), Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia 

Project duration: November 2017 to April 2019

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Like Home

Promoting the inclusion of newly arrived migrants and their integration into the labor market and the host society.

From December 2016 to November 2018, ÖJAB and 8 organizations from different EU countries participated in the „LikeHome" project. The overall aim of the LikeHome project was to foster the inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees to the host country education and training system, to the local economy and to the society in general.

As part of the project, the project partners implemented following activities:

  • Development and implementation of a framework of best practice models for the assessment and recognition of already acquired skills, qualifications and competences of migrants and refugees, based on models defined by the European Commission as best-practice models
  • Development of training materials for trainers, educators, and government officials responsible for reception of migrants and recognition of qualifications
  • Creation of the LikeHome e- assessment tool
  • Organization of Train the Trainer seminars
  • Piloting
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The LikeHome kick-off meeting took place on 14th  and 15th of December 2016 in Alicante, Spain. During the meeting, in addition to getting to know each other, the first steps were planned and responsibilities were clarified.The LikeHome kick-off meeting took place on 14th and 15th of December 2016 in Alicante, Spain. During the meeting, in addition to getting to know each other, the first steps were planned and responsibilities were clarified.

Project partners: Spain (coordinator), Austria, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy

Project duration: December 2016 - November 2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme under grant agreement No 2016 - 2791 / 001 – 001. It has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Radical Online Education

The project addressed the issue of radicalization and recruitment of youth for combat in war zones. This recruitment often happens through the internet and through social media.

Radical Online Educationist was a 20-month European project, co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus + (KA2) program. The project addressed the issue of radicalization and recruitment of youth for combat in war zones. This recruitment often happens through the internet and through social media. 

That's why "Radical Online Education" wanted to be pro-active against Internet radicalization and find an appropriate response to this threat. The project as aimed at trainers and social workers who want to improve their digital skills, learn effective online engagement and be trained in the targeted use of information and communication technologies. 

As part of this innovative project, an e-learning training program was developed so that trainers and social workers can use social networks to detect signs of digital radicalization early and to stimulate critical thinking. Furthermore, a digital best practice guide was compiled, which should include expertise in the field of radicalization prevention, all information and ideas exchanged by the participating organizations and advice for establishing critical thinking.

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Project partner at the kick-off meeting in Copenhagen (October 29 - 31, 2017) (Photo Credit: Danish Youth Team).Project partner at the kick-off meeting in Copenhagen (October 29 - 31, 2017) (Photo Credit: Danish Youth Team).

Project partners: Danish Youth Team, Denmark (Coordinator), PROJUVEN, Spain, Alternativi International, Bulgaria, ÖJAB 

Project duration: October 2017 to March 2019 

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Mobilna Prešernova

A mobility project of the economics and business school Ekonomska šola Ljubljana & Europass Mobility – an important EU certificate.– www.oejab.at/mobilnapresernova

Each year since 2017  10 enthusiastic school students from various classes at the secondary and grammar school Ekonomska šola Ljubljana (School of Economics Ljubljana) completed three-week internships at various ÖJAB institutions and subsidiary enterprises, including at the residence and nursing home ÖJAB-Haus Neumargareten, the occupational training institute BPI der ÖJAB – Ausbildungszentrum Wien, the ÖJAB Head Office, the education, conference, and event center Europahaus Wien, and the myNext hostels, hotels, and apartments.

The objective of this mobility project, which is conducted as part of the Erasmus+ program, is to link students’ theoretical knowledge relating to office and administrative work with practical experience through their activities at ÖJAB institutions while also helping to cultivate the students’ social skills via their experience of a new working environment.

ÖJAB, as the hosting partner organization, organizes and coordinates the Slovenian group’s stay in Vienna. This includes arranging their accommodations, sustenance, internship positions, and cultural activities. ÖJAB also monitors and evaluates the students’ internships along with preparing their Europass and ÖJAB certificates.

The school students are accommodated at the dormitory ÖJAB Europahaus Dr. Bruno Buchwieser and provided with meals by the adjacent education, conference, and event center Europahaus Wien. Their educational program in Vienna is complemented by cultural activities including city walks and tours of various sites accompanied by ÖJAB volunteers. And on the program’s final day, all participants receive the important EU certificate “Europass Mobility”, which documents not only their stay abroad but also the skills acquired during this stay.

The economic school in Slovenia (Ekonomska Sola Ljubljana) created a short video including some impressions due to the project which can be watched here.

Project partners: Ekonomska šola Ljubljana, Slovenia (coordinator), ÖJAB, Austria (project partner)
Project duration: 24. Juni bis 14. Juli 2018

This mobility project was supported by EU funds as part of the Erasmus+ program; increasing student mobility is one of the objectives of Erasmus+.

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