SLYMS Program: Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Societies with Mobility

Socio-cultural Youth Learning in Mobility Societies (SLYMS) is a three-year research program, which began in July 2018, funded by the European Commission and supported by ERASMUS+. Universities, Municipalities and NGOs from the 3 European countries (Greece, Spain, Portugal) are all partners of the program. The program is mainly for refugees and immigrant populations. In particular, it focuses on young refugees, as they are currently the biggest challenge.

The research aims at designing and implementing a modern, functional and efficient social model of integration and participation, based on the principles of multicultural education and the logic previous models. SLYMS research centers around the inclusion of mobile populations, with the intention of integration from the base of the community – the Municipality. As well as using previous scientific research, educational knowledge and field experience to do so, personal experiences, knowledge and abilities of the travelling people are also taken into account.

Job Vacancy for one Interpreter/Cultural Mediator Sorani or Kurmanji to Epirus region

ARSIS – Association for Social Support of Youth is looking for 1 new employee to be contracted with a 4 months contract, in the framework of «Support to refugees and migrants in Greece through an integrated multi-sector response» project. The project is implemented in Epirus in the Refugee Hosting Facilities of Katsikas, Doliana and Filippiada in collaboration with ASB and WAHA and it is funded by European Union under the Funding Agreement ECHO/-EU/BUD/2018/01001.

The following vacancy refers to Epirus region.

PRESS RELEASE: “Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child)

“Psychosocial and health interventions for the well-being of children from vulnerable populations” called “In4Child” (for the child) are being implemented by ARSIS – Social Support Organization for Youth, the University St. Kliment Ohridski Higher Medical School of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UKLO, UNESCO Club of Serres and Lifestart – Growing And Learning together.

This crossborder project aims at strengthening the cooperation between Greece and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the field of child protection and support for vulnerable social groups. Representatives of the four partners held their first official meeting on Friday 29 June in Thessaloniki, in order to jointly organize the implementation of the actions.

The project is funded by the INTERREG IPA CBC Program “Greece – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2014-2020”, co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries.

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PRESS RELEASE – July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Children:Victims of human smuggling and trafficking

20 percent of human trafficking victims worldwide are children; in certain areas of Africa and Southeast Asia trafficked children even make up the majority of the victims. This is the sad result of a UN report on Human Trafficking, published on the 30th of July, the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

With increased refugee and migration flows to Europe new challenges arise as well as they allow human movement to get directly related to human trafficking. Even though children are the most vulnerable it is still extremely difficult to get them formally identified as victims of trafficking.

ArtsTogether – Integrating Migrant Children at Schools through Artistic Expression

ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth is member of the consortium for the implementation of the European project “ArtsTogether – Integrating Migrant Children at Schools through Artistic Expression”.

“ArtsTogether” is co–funded by the AMIFund of the European Commission and its duration is 24 months (January 2018-December 2019). The core partners are 10 institutions from five different European countries (Greece, Italy, Austria, Belgium, UK). The main objective is to create specific measures that target migrant children in early childhood and primary education, aiming to contribute to the elimination of the educational disadvantage and cultural barriers they experience.

The project ArtsTogether aims at developing and testing a curriculum based on artistic activities and collaborative approaches that will be used in order to equip teachers for dealing with diversity, fostering mutual understanding and respect among their pupils and improve the educational performance of migrant pupils.