VOLPOWER studies how volunteering could contribute to youth interaction and empowerment. It investigates the impacts of personal politics, geography, mobility, and creativity on community building and integration. We aim to tackle this via an analysis of the manifold interdependencies between the social and the spatial catchment areas of volunteer initiatives, and a thorough inventory of the specificities and structure of micro-communities. Our impact will be to provide volunteering opportunities focused on interactive efforts and harnessing digital tools for community building between EU nationals (EUN) and third country nationals (TCNs). For community building and social integration, VOLPOWER will deliver, first, direct, active and participatory processes; second, enhanced dialogue, collaboration and resource sharing to promote cultural exchange; third, youth volunteering projects in sports, and creative arts and culture; fourth, mentoring activities to help volunteers to facilitate intercultural dialogue; fifth, gender focus in community building with a concentration on diverging gender roles and identities, including the LGBTQI communities; and sixth, volunteering hubs – VOLHUBs – and a volunteering app – VOLAPP – for sustainable volunteering.
|Effective start/end date||1/12/18 → 30/11/20|
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):