ACTIVITIES IN 2016 AND EARLIER
Previous years we have addressed for example happiness and intercultural learning and we have developed storytelling methods.
Our projects have been supported by the following funders:
In addition to the activities listed below, we sent participants and contributed with team members in several international projects yearly.
Happy Ever After
Happy Ever After was a seminar held in Kobuleti, Georgia for five programme days in October 2015. The participants came from Finland, Georgia, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey and Armenia. The project was coordinated by Saga Finland.
The aim of Happy Ever After was that the participants deepen their awareness of what young people´s wellbeing consists of and developes consepts to support it.
The objectives were to:
understand the concept of happiness and wellbeing while exploring what it can consist of and how it can be reached,
build trust in the group and share personal life challenges,
discover how the elements of the society impact on young people´s mental health,
develop method consepts in youth work to support young people´s wellbeing, and
specify concept to beimplemented in the sending organisation.
Saga Finland is an active partner in the European - South American project SEEDS. As a partner Saga Finland contribute to the project both with leaders and participants, as well as host an activity in Vänö, Finland.
The project consist of a series of training courses, local workshops and meetings. The participating organisations are from Finland, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Romania, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Brazil.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of the social economy and social entrepreneurship practice in the nongovernmental sector, as an instrument for achieving financial self-sustainability and organizational development.
The project has three main objectives:
● Promote the concept and practice of social economy among the local communities and the NGOs involved in the project;
● The creation of a competence development instrument in the area of social entrepreneurship and project management by creating and testing a fit-all workshop and training modules toolkit;
● The development of a framework for cross-sectorial sharing of good practices between social entrepreneurship ventures and NGOs
Youth for Rural Employment
"Youth for Rural Employment was a training course held in 13-22 September 2013 in Reunion Island, France. The course was about how youth can find or create work opportunities in rural areas even in times of recession. The project was hosted by the local youth organisation Mission Local Sud and Saga Finland coached the team from application to report stage, and contributed with two trainers and three participants.
Raising Phoenix was an evaluation meeting that took place 24-27 of July 2013 (excluding travel days) in Kemiönsaari, Finland. 29 youth workers and leaders were present at the meeting and they came from the twelve European countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey. The theme of the meeting was European awareness and anti-discrimination and the objectives were to:
evaluate what we have learned from the previous projects made in common,
map the recourses and skills we have and what each of us could improve,
make a plan of our future actions to work towards our vision of global sustainable development, a strong Europe and tolerance.
The methods used were non-formal and all participants assisted with planning and facilitation of the sessions.
Shadow of Saga
Saga shadow was a job-shadowing project with which we aimed to map the good practices involved in starting up a new youth NGO and increasing the active participation and citizenship of young people in a rural setting. It was a bilateral exchange with an informal youth group from Ancona in Italy and the Finnish association Saga Finland rf. The youth group in Ancona will sent two participants to Finland, to shadow our activities and help out at a local event for increasing awareness about European opportunities and recruiting new members for the organization.
Phoenix Dramatic Glass
“Phoenix -dramatic glass” was a youth exchange that took place in Oslo, Norway the 11th-24th of July for 12 program days. The objective of Phoenix was a more open, tolerant, understanding and democratic world, both right now and in the future. Together with youth from all over Europe we took real action to help preventing a tragedy like the one in Oslo and Utøya 22.7.2011 to never will repeat itself. The themes are European awareness and antidiscrimination and the working methods are mainly design and performing art. The main material is broken glass from the bomb in Oslo. The countries involved were Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom. Phoenix was a project created and led by young people and made for young Europeans fighting for a more tolerant society.
The project was coordinated by Saga Finland.
The Saga project was a start for the organisation Saga. Here we developed methods of storytelling that we later used at other projects.
Saga was a youth exchange took place for six program days in Vatnsholt, Iceland the 19th – 26th of February 2012. The theme was cultural identity and European citizenship. The objectives of Saga were that young people get closer to their cultural identity and European citizenship, learn about current European issues like youth unemployment, nationalist movements, racism, mobility and migration within Europe and EU enlargement and adopt storytelling as a method of expressing themselves both during Saga and at home.
The eleven promoters involved were from Iceland, Finland, Romania, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, Turkey, Estonia and Italy. We involved in total 54 young people mainly in the age 18-25, five from each country, and the local community.