Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, ECMA stays for European ChangeMakers Academy and is a project that aims to empower young people to become changemakers in their own community, fostering active participation on the local level as well as belonging to the European community.
Specifically the ECMA pProject is focused on:
- Building stronger youth organising on the local community level, while at the same time reinforcing its connection transnationally and to Europe.
- Mentoring the access to political life of young people as an underrepresented group through change ambassadors as role models.
- Experimenting new forms of capacity building to influence policy making from the grassroots to the European level.
- Creating a cross-sectoral and cross-target group cooperation, both in the consortium and on the different levels from local to European
ECMA is envisioning to contribute to this aims by introducing an Academy adopting a comprehensive mentoring programme where 20 activists in 6 countries (120 in total) of local communities (aka Multipliers) are supported by a transnational team of 6 Change Ambassadors and 30 ChangeMakers, who are well-experienced and through the project, trained in local community organising, political participation with a European perspective and mentoring.
The project foresees a MOOC, national training courses, study visits and several international events, including a policy seminar, a European Youth Goals Ideathon and a final conference…
The project is run by OBESSU in cooperation with the following partners AEGEE Europe, YEU International, CONFIA, ARCI Liguria, Impossible Foundation, ISSU, AEGEE Budapest, AEGEE Zagreb, AEGEE Tartu, AEGEE Bamberg.