United Societies of Balkans (U.S.B.) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Thessaloniki, Greece working in the field of youth mobility, participation and facilitating youth awareness about social issues.
It was founded in 2008 by the inception of a group of active young people who wanted to address the social issues which affect the youngsters in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The vision of the organisation is the promotion of youth mobility, youth involvement and participation, voluntarism and human rights.
Key areas of the organization’s activities concern the defence of human rights, the organization of youth related projects such as youth exchanges and training courses, which can bring young people from Balkans and Europe together, and the organization of local interventions, campaigns, researches, seminars and multimedia productions. It envisions a global and inclusive society, where citizens are equally empowered to contribute in the shaping of a world with less prejudice, discrimination and other forms of injustice.
U.S.B.’s objectives and values are actualized in the society and the needs of the youngsters by:
- Promoting the values of non formal learning, voluntarism, active citizenship and democracy for the creation of a better future for the European youth;
- Promoting human rights, solidarity and respect for diversity amongst youth and the society;
- Involving minorities and immigrants into youth activities;
- Building healthy cooperation bridges between countries of the area of the Balkans and Eastern Europe with the rest of Europe;
- Using New Media and Citizens’ Journalism methodologies to encourage youth expression, to raise awareness about Human Rights and to promote intercultural dialogue;
- Utilizing arts as a tool for the cultivation and expression of youth;
- Locating and multiplying the special cultural attributes of our societies;
- Breaking down prejudices and stereotypes among the European countries and amongst youth.
United Societies of Balkans has been involved in several project working towards the inclusion and global education some of them are the following:
- “Empowering Youth Workers to Reach Out Young Migrants and Refugees – REACH OUT” (long term) Funded by the Erasmus+ Youth/KA2, September 2016-September 2018
The aim of the project is to develop and test an innovative training curriculum for youth workers to support them in reaching out to young migrants and refugees, and increase youth workers’ competences and foster their professional development.
- “Multipliers for Peace in 3Steps – MP3” (training course) Funded by Youth in Action 3.1.2, Taxiarchis, Chalkidiki, May 2013
‘’M.P.3’’ was a training course on the conflict management and peace education through three different stages. The first stage involved the peace with ‘’ourselves’’, the second with ‘’social environment’’ and the third one was peace between countries which faced different kinds of conflicts. During the training 20 young people from the Balkans, the Mediterranean and Caucasus countries were involved.
- “CHARM – Civic Help for Anti-racist Measures in Youth Work” (long term) Funded by Fundamental Rights and Citizenship January 2013 – December 2014
‘’CHARM – Civic Help for Anti-Racist Measures in Youth Work’’ was a 24 months international project which was mainly implemented in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain, Poland and Lithuania. The overall aim of the project was to transform the youth work in Europe into a sphere free of harmful stereotypes and thus to insure that racism and other forms of intolerance do not exist in youth projects and activities across Europe. Some of the project activities, were research on the situation of youth work in the six countries in relation to anti-racism and human rights, training of trainers for the preparation of the following in-country training seminars, 15 in country training seminars for a wide variety of youth organisations and more 6 exchange training seminars in all partner countries. Furthermore, the most significant activities of the project were the creation of training modules on topics of anti-racism and human rights for different type of organisations and online course for youth workers around Europe.
More info: www.charmingyouth.eu