Erasmus+ Project

 

Mountains are calling for YOUth

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Description

Acknowledging the disconnection of youth with mountains and Mountain Sports and Activities (MSA) as identified in a survey with youth conducted by Active Zone Outdoor, the KA3 project “Mountains are calling for YOUth” aims at enhancing and fostering the participation of youth with such kind of sports and activities through the engagement of youth with decision-makers in structured dialogues.

The total budget of the activity is €23.360,00.

Objectives

In alignment with the EU Youth Strategy and specifically with the Goal 2: Equality of All Genders; Goal 3: Inclusive
Societies; Goal 4: Information and Constructive dialogue; Goal 5: Mental Health and Wellbeing; Goal 6: Moving rural youth
forward, McYOUth addresses the following objectives:
-Explore the positive impact of MSA for the physical and mental health of youth;
-Raise awareness about the variety of MSA;
-Create more inclusive MSA for youth emphasising on increasing the participation of women and girls given on women and girls;
-Develop safety awareness to allow youth to exploit MSA while minimizing the risks of injuries;
-Identify the traits and the profile of role models and trainers in MSA;
-Enhance democratic participation of youth through their participation in 4 dialogues with policy makers while raising awareness about the EU Youth Strategy and the significance of KA3 projects in enhancing the participation of young people in democratic life;

Activities

The project will engage a total of 375 participants including young people aged between 13 and 30, 225 of which will physically participate in the four dialogues of the project and 150 will participate in the online consultation survey for the purposes of the project.

The first dialogue will identify measures to make MSA more accessible to youth acknowledging the various difficulties that discourage youth from actively getting involved in MSA. Bearing in mind the significantly low engagement of females in Cyprus in MSA, the objective of the second dialogue, which will be organized with the support of the NGOs Cyprus Girls Can and Thkio logia, is to initially explore the reasons which preserve this situation and further elaborate on possible measures which could improve it. The third dialogue is connected to the development of safety rules in MSA and risk assessment ability, identifying the principles related to safety, focusing on measures of how to create safe MSA experiences and also producing a Safety Guide to be distributed to organisations, clubs, groups operating MSA. The final dialogue will explore the traits of role models, leaders and trainers in MSA acknowledging their important role in motivating youth to be active in sports The dialogues will be facilitated with the methodology of the Structured Dialogue and will be organized in remote, mountainous areas and National Parks. The Safety Guide produced in the third dialogue as well as a Policy Paper and a Booklet from an online consultation with you, which will be developed as the main tangible outcomes of the project, will be presented at the project's final conference.

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