This project has it’s own dedicated website: http://promyse.eu/ Please check the project website for the latest updates.
PROMYSE stands for PROMoting Youth Social Entrepreneurship.
The project website can be found at www.promyse.eu
At a critical point for Europe when youth unemployment continues to rise, IARS has put together a strategic partnership organisation to run PROMYSE as a youth-led, transnational project that will enhance the quality and relevance of the learning offer in education, training and youth work by:
- developing a new, innovate and youth-led course for young prospective social entrepreneurs (with an emphasis on NEETS), and
- supporting the adoption of best practices in promoting social entrepreneurship in the health and social care fields.
The objective of PromYse is to promote social entrepreneurship in the health & social care sectors as an alternative pathway to youth self-sustainability, by developing the social entrepreneurship and business skills of unemployed youth, with relevant educational or professional backgrounds, and raising awareness of the benefits and added value of social enterprises to the community as a whole.
The economic crisis, its effects hard-felt by most EU countries, has hit young people disproportionately. Eurostat published that youth unemployment had taken an upward trend peaking in 23.8 % in early 2013, before receding to 20.9 % in 2015. Youth unemployment is on average at least twice as high as for the overall workforce, with countries like Greece and Italy experiencing unprecedented numbers (2015: GR-48.9%, IT 40%). In the UK, the rate is 12.7% (2016) and in Belgium 22.1%. Thus there is scope for cross-learning. The persistence of the economic crisis coupled with social inequalities have led to a deepening alienation of young people, a decline of social values and reduced belief in bottom-up social change. This impact also implies restricted access to education and training and thus fewer opportunities for personal and professional development. At the same time, the economic cost associated with caring responsibilities becomes unbearable for many families, while the full potential of the third sector in this regard has not yet been neither explored nor reached. To respond to this current European reality and youth needs, the objective of PROMYSE will be to promote social entrepreneurship in the health/ social care sectors as an alternative pathway to youth self-sustainability, by developing the social entrepreneurship and business skills of unemployed youth, with relevant educational or professional background, and raising awareness on the benefits and added value of social enterprises to the community as a whole.
Our project is based around a theory of change model that we have created to ensure that the project has a positive impact on young entrepreneurs.
The theory of change model has been constructed using key building blocks to bring about our long-term goal. It is reviewed on a monthly basis throughout the project and is a context for considering the connections between the project mission, strategies and actual outcomes, while creating links between who is being served, the strategies or activities that are being implemented and the desired outcomes. This theory of change is depicted as a “pathway of change framework”, a graphical representation of our progress:
The PromYSE curriculum is now written and the online platform is being tested. Partners from around Europe came together in September to share their experiences and undertake training. The reports from our IARS delegates can be found below.
If you would like to get involved in the programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
User and Civic participation is one of IARS’ founding values. The project will develop user-led training with the beneficiaries. What is unique about our evidence-based programme is that young people, especially NEETs are directly involved in design and delivery of the training. Due to their own lived experience, the young people are experts on the issues that affect them, and the project gives them an opportunity to have their voices heard.