A Youth Exchange is an experience bringing together groups of young people from two or more countries, providing them with an opportunity to meet, discuss, and confront various themes, while learning about each other’s countries and cultures. The main aim is to encourage and promote the personal and social education of young people, reinforcing their feeling of being European citizens. The young people involved in the Youth Exchange, are an essential ‘active’ part from the very beginning till the very end of such a project.
From 8th to 18th July 2019 in Bari, 25 youths aged 13-18 years, guided by 5 group leaders, participated in #wecare youth exchange.
The selection and the involvement of these youths has represented the first step for the creation of the YPAGs in the partner Countries under the umbrella of TEDDY European Network for Excellence for Paediatric Clinical Research.
The youths selected for #wecare exchange expressed a common need to gain a better knowledge on Health issues, in order to better influence their social and political environment. Moreover, they showed great interest in actively participating in research activities, advising researchers and their teams in various projects and initiatives.
During these 10 days, the participants organized not formal activities based on the “peer education” and “learning by doing” approaches, aimed to increase their engagement on health issues (through a better knowledge and active engagement). Training activities (according to the YPAG training plan performed by KIDS Bari and KIDS Albania in 2018 and ongoing in 2019) was based on a training plan normally used in the YPAG members’ education and focused on 5 main areas: Biomedicine, Basic research, clinical research, innovation and information and Humanization of healthcare. Moreover, the youths had the possibility to visit the MRI room of the Paediatric Hospital “Giovanni XXIII” of Bari, recently beautifully decorated by the artist Sally Gallotti. Moreover, they visited the laboratories of the Department of Pharmacology and Genetics at the University of Bari. Finally, one of the aims of the project was creating an awareness campaign for lymphoma in occasion of the World Lymphoma Day on 15 September, creating a website and dedicated hashtag, logo and slogan.
Have a look at #wecare website!
Youth Exchanges are intended to contribute to the personal development of the young participants. The exchanges are open to all European young people, regardless of their background, education, or socio-economic situation.