Interviews of some ternYpe members made by the EU parliament journalist

Merdjan Jakupov, Macedonia, 24
Currently I am in Germany, where I have been volunteering at Amarodrom Berlin for the past 8 or 9 months. It's a young organisation of roma and non-roma together. We do a lot of self-organising, mobilizing and building a cultural identity. Amaroforo, on the local level, has three different groups: a youth, a political and a cultural group. And then you also have TERN YPE, which is an international organisation of 9 countries of Roma. It is with them that I am here in Brussels. But I love volunteering in Germany, not in the least because it's a very fast and easy way to learn the German language. It's also a good way to learn to be responsible. My favourite part of being here in Brussels at the Youth Convention is working with young people, promoting TERN YPE, putting us on the map and trying to recruit members for our organisation. My message to possible recruits? "Be young, be a volunteer!"


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Call for Applications: Youth Response to Xenophobia and Racism in Europe

The Open Society Foundations announce an open call for proposals for new and innovative initiatives that promote tolerance and inclusion or combat racism and xenophobia in Europe.

The Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people across societies, especially marginalized and excluded communities.  The Open Society Youth Initiative seeks to identify, support and promote the work of European youth seeking to combat xenophobia and intolerance and to promote inclusion.

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Young Volunteers Stand Up! The II Youth Convention on Volunteering

The Event in a Nutshell
From 7th to 11th September 2011, the European Parliament will host the biggest public event organised by the European Youth Forum in the frame of the European Year of Volunteering.
The target audiences of the event are young people, youth organisations, public institutions and the wider public.



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Being Jewish is sexy! Being Roma is sexy! Volunteering is sexy!

Volunticipate -  community building through voluntary work across Europe
a partnership building activity between Roma and Jewish youth organizations  

During the 1st-7th August 2011 thirty young volunteers and NGO professionals are meeting in Hungary to build partnerships between Roma and Jewish youth organizations, across eight countries in Europe. The theme of the “Volunticipate!” project is community building and volunteer work related to social change. Participants will plan projects together, and exchange experiences about minority identity and grass roots civil activism. 

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Deadline July 26th: Roma Youth Conference - September 26-30, 2011

The Roma Youth Conference aims at bringing together Roma youth organisations and Roma youth representatives to discuss the priority needs and objectives for a Roma Youth Action Plan within the Council of Europe. In addition to the need to implement a youth dimension to the Strasbourg Declaration, the youth sector of the Council of Europe is driven by the need to refresh its approach on working with young Roma in view of the bi-annual programme of activities for 2012-2013. A Roma Youth Action Plan will provide a strategic approach to the youth policy of the Council of Europe regarding Roma by pooling resources and initiatives and by linking individual activities with medium-term goals.

The involvement of Roma young people in discussing and preparing the priorities and approaches of such a Roma Youth Action Plan is crucial to its relevance and success. The Roma Youth Conference is organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sport, together with the Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues. It is prepared in cooperation with European Roma youth networks (FERYP and Ternype) with participation of the Advisory Council on Youth and the European Steering Committee on Youth, the two bodies of co-management in the Council of Europe youth sector.

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