Period of project implementation: 03.05.2016. – 02.10.2016.

Budget: 37.000,00 Kn

Overall goal of this project is encouragement and affirmation of cultural, musical and other kind of children and youth creativity, while specific object is organization of cultural and artistic events for children and youth.

The programme is divided in 5 main sections through eight months, and activities are: theatrical activities organized in cooperation with Kerekesh theatre where participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops on how to organize, prepare, act and implement theatre play, and in the end, they will all participate in one. Philatelist part is organized in cooperation with Young Philatelist club Trakošćan. They will organize two lectures on benefits of philately, what can be learned through philately and how to develop creativity in that direction, especially in children and youth. As result, an exhibition will be organized, and the participants will choose theme of the exhibition. Cartoon workshops are being organized in cooperation with Film-Creative Studio VANIMA from Varaždin. They will hold five workshops on theme of development, production and finalization of cartoon, and everything will result in cartoon and film projection made by participants with help from professionals. Independent Youth Association will be responsible for organization of four creativity workshops thorough the duration of the project with professional guidance from members and volunteers of the Association. Beside creative workshops, two quiz nights will be organized on which participants will test their knowledge of general culture, but with special attention on themes related to the project. Quiz will be made by members and volunteers of Association in cooperation with partner organizations. Through entire programme volunteerism and youth entrepreneurship will be promoted.

Goals:

  • Youth skill development
  • Promotion of quality use of free time for young people
  • Familiarizing youth with different forms of cultural creativity
  • Promotion of cultural creativity
  • Encouragement on volunteering
  • Encouragement of youth activism

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Partners:

Arts organization “Kerekesh Theatre”
Young Philatelists Club “Trakošćan”
Film and Creative studio VANIMA

Period of project implementation: 01.01.2015. – 31.12.2015.

Budget: 19.400,00 Kn

"Communicate with the team more, about everything better be informed" is programme intended primarily for young people from city of Lepoglava area, but also for all interested citizens that want to spend their free time in useful and entertaining way. Programme is designed with the purpose of educating and informing young people about various themes with accent on informal education. This programme aims to fulfil and enrich activities for youth, and all that with goal for inclusion of youth in civic initiatives in community, promotion of volunteerism, education and setting up the frame for expression of community members creative potentials.

Also, this project will try to indirectly influence on prevention of addiction and violence among young people. Programme consists of several activities which will be conducted by young people from Lepoglava area. Facing the issue of inadequate physical activity of young people, by socializing and organizing activities like Parlor games and sports games in which interpersonal communication is essential, we want to encourage youth to consider and join healthy life style by promoting outdoor activities. Creative café is designed as series of workshops to be implemented throughout the year and in which participants will develop their creativity, give ideas for other workshops, socialize with other young people from Lepoglava. Prevention of addiction among children and youth will be conducted during November and December. Lifelong Learning Weak is manifestation marked on national level during September and October. The goal is to familiarize youth with the concept of lifelong learning and point out importance of continuous education and specialization in numerous areas so they can ensure themselves greater competitiveness on labour market and enable them more active participation in every-day social life. Facing the problems in communication with others, workshops on communication skills will be organized, with the goal of boosting logical thinking about importance of quality communication in every-day life, job interviews, etc. In relation with development of communication skills, workshops on writing a CV, cover letter and self-assessment of own professional opportunities will be held, and they will provide for young people necessary information that will help them in search and in application for a job. Considering that work of Independent Youth Association is based on volunteerism, part of the programme will be directed to organizing volunteering actions with the aim of raising awareness of young people, but also other citizens, about the importance and benefit of volunteering for individuals and community. With this programme, the goal is to include as many as possible young people in work of civil society, to stimulate critical thinking and to point out the importance of personal and professional growth.

Goals:

  • To ensure more opportunities for youth to quality spend their free time
  • To promote acquisition of new knowledge and skills outside formal education
  • To emphasize importance and necessity of lifelong learning
  • To promote socializing and better cooperation of youth
  • To influence upgrading youth social life and situation
  • To influence advancement of youth communication skills
  • To encourage young people on active participation in society through different programmes on local, regional, national and international level

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Period of project implementation: 01.01.2015. – 31.12.2015.

Budget: 75.000,00 Kn

Since Association implements great number of activities, employment of one person on full time would systematically increase number of activates that are being conducted to realize our goals and our vision and mission, thus Association would go through organizational advancement and progress in its scope of activities.

Hiring a person would greatly effect on ensuring mechanisms for financial sustainability, strengthening the capacity of the Association, intersectoral cooperation and coordination of project activities. By combining opportunities of Institutional support and needs of the Association, we would greatly secure its stability and quality of work. Financial capacities for financing planned activities are being secured by other projects and from city budget, and by employing one person, competitiveness of our projects on new calls for proposal would increase.

Goals:

  • To secure the implementation of current projects
  • Promotion of volunteerism
  • Acquiring new skills
  • Enhancement of competitiveness on labour market
  • To influence improvement of social life and situation of young people
  • Promotion of socialization and better cooperation of young people
  • Development and promotion of Community services
  • To encourage young people on active participation in society

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Period of project implementation: 01.01.2015. – 31.12.2015.

Budget: 31.000,00 Kn

With this programme, we want to increase informatic literature of fellow citizens, respectively encourage them to use personal computers in every-day business and personal life. Today, it is unimaginable to run business without the use of modern technology, whether it is the use of internet for data search, use of office tools for data processing, creation of information, for communication and education.

Programme is divided into two levels, initial and advanced. This way we want to include as many as possible beneficiaries regardless of their previous knowledge and experience. Initial level would provide education on computer basics and their use, basics of Microsoft Windows operating system, browsing and assessment of data on the Internet and use of information services like central government portal e-Citizen, official website of EU in Croatian language, website of National newspaper (Narodne novine), and other useful portals and websites. Also, participants will be familiarized with basics of Internet communication by using e-mail and social networks, tools for sending instant massages and tools for audio and video communication. In addition, participants will be familiarized with basics of word processing (Microsoft Word) and use of spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel).

As a continuation on initial level, participants will get acquainted with advanced use of word processing and spreadsheets, and will also learn how to use data bases (MS Access) and presentation tools (MS Power Point).
In the first part of the programme, web portal will be built with free multimedia content which will cover above mentioned areas, while in the second part, education will be held in classic way, in groups. This way participant will only learn on how to use this portal, so they can for themselves, from home, learn and work on raising their informatic literature.

Goals:

  • To introduce citizens with usage of computers and informatic equipment
  • To introduce citizens with usage of Internet and ICT tools.
  • To introduce citizens with assessment of data and creating information form it
  • To introduce citizens with tools for information processing and making of documents
  • To introduce citizens with possibilities provided by Internet for purpose of education and skill development
  • To build a portal and DVD with materials for e-learning

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Period of project implementation: 25.09.2014. – 25.09.2015.

Budget: 85.000,00 Kn

Youth Club Lepoglava ensures to the youth a place for useful spending their free time, promotes informal learning and encourages youth participation in activities in local, national and international level.

Young people’s free time, that is, the time spend outside the system of formal education is often unorganized on which the state and local and regional government have little or no effect. Activities on organizing free time and creation of stimulative surrounding for inclusion of youth in life of community are in domain of civil society organizations and often depend on volunteer engagement of individual. Work with young people includes activities that provides them the opportunity for acquisition of new skills, knowledge and values, strengthening them in social sense and helps them to become active members of their communities. Youth club acts in local community and insures a place for socializing and education of young people, it encourages their participation in social procedures and contributes to integration of youth, promotes mobility and international cooperation.

Key tasks of Youth Club Lepoglava are: insuring useful spending of free time for youth; promotion of informal learning and gaining new skills and knowledge by implementing different programmes, projects and activities of informal learning; promotion of youth participation in organizations and initiatives that are in their interest; consulting youth about important issues for them; promotion of youth participation in activities, projects and programmes on local, regional, national and international level.

Listed tasks will be achieved through basic activities of the Club, and activities would include: living room/space for socializing, info-point, cyber lab, project office, promotion of mobility and international cooperation.

Project goals:

  • To insure more possibilities for youth to quality spend their free time
  • To promote acquiring knowledge and skills outside formal education (by implementing different programmes, projects and activities of informal education)
  • To improve social life and position of youth
  • Promotion of participation in youth associations and initiatives 
  • To give access to relevant information in accordance with their interests and requests
  • To encourage youth on active participation in society through different programmes on local, regional, national and international level
  • Raising awareness about importance and benefits of carrying out preventive and educative programmes aiming raising the quality of life for youth

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Period of project implementation:  September 2014. – September 2015.

Budget: 99.879,00 Kn

Youth Info Centre Lepoglava is project designed with the purpose to establish information system for young people about their rights and possibilities, about programmes and services that are in their disposal in the City of Lepoglava, in accordance to European Youth Information Charter (ERYICA).

Youth Info Centre Lepoglava is a project that insures activities for providing information services for young people, and it is intended for young people in the city of Lepoglava.
Location of Info Centre is envisaged as multifunctional space in which information desk, internet corner, small library, living room, work space, notice board and space for employee (archive and administration) are set. Also, web page of Info Centre will be set.

Information desk is a place where a young person is informed about terms and procedures of use of Info Centre, and about everything that is on its disposal. Internet corner will have three computers, desk and three chairs. It is planned that users independently use computers for their needs (researching information, advertisements, writing documents and papers, doing homework).  In mini library, visitors will have access to various brochures, youth programmes, laws and regulations, contents about European Union, city maps, etc. Living room will be also set as part of Info Centre with space for sitting and studying available literature, materials and magazines, work space and space for employee. Notice board and web page will contain relevant information for youth.

Project goals:

  • To provide systematic information for youth in city of Lepoglava
  • To provide the space where young people can be informed, that is, where they can receive accurate, verified and free information
  • To provide information and consultation services in the areas of education and information technology, active youth participation in society, youth culture and free time, mobility
  • To allow access to all necessary information in one place
  • To provide all necessary support in finding answers to questions relating the youth issues
  • To organize group activities
  • To promote Youth Guarantee

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association

Period of project implementation: 01.03.2014. – 31.12.2014.

Budget: 24.000,00 Kn

With this project, we want to promote and pursue volunteerism, solidarity and responsibility for civil society, to encourage participants to be more active in the life of local community, to acquire new knowledge and experiences which will help them to increase their competitiveness on the labour market.

The programme will allow coordination of volunteers and those who require volunteers on data base principle which will be constantly updated. We want to influence promotion and development of volunteerism, solidarity and responsibility for civil society. Goals set in this project will be achieved by organizing different activities where as many people as possible will be familiarized with basic acts relevant for volunteering, but also involved in activities that require volunteering services. For achieving this, different activities will be organized, like lectures on basics of volunteering (Ethical Codex, Law on Volunteering, rights and obligations of volunteers, volunteer position in society), workshops with the aim of socializing, gathering and informal learning, volunteering actions (cleaning the environment, help for elderly, help in learning), meetings with volunteers from other centres aiming on sharing experiences, setting up data base of volunteers, setting up good cooperation with organizations and institutions that require volunteering services, inclusion of volunteers in the work of Red Cross.
With this project, people will be informed about volunteering which even today is not recognized in society. Doing good and helping other people without financial compensation is considered absurdly by some individuals. Implementation of activities will influence on humanity of people, number of volunteers and awareness of citizens will increase, and awareness of people for benefits of professional development will increase. Additionally, data base of volunteers will be set up with detailed profile which will allow coordination of volunteers when needed.
Private or legal entities and organizers of certain manifestations and events will be able to refer to volunteer office which will in its database find volunteers that can and are willing to do the job or service.

Project goals:

  • To promote and develop volunteerism, solidarity and civil responsibility
  • Associating citizens with organizations and institutions that require volunteer support and act in the city of Lepoglava and surrounding area.
  • Strengthening bonds and partnerships between civil society organizations and public sector
  • To familiarize citizens with the idea of volunteerism and acts associated with volunteerism
  • To increase the number of volunteers
  • Organization of workshops with the goal of socializing and informal education
  • Organization and implementation of volunteering actions (cleaning the environment, help for elderly, help in learning)
  • Organization of meetings with volunteers from other centres with the goal of sharing experiences
  • Celebration of International Volunteer Day
  • To set up volunteer data base so organizations that need volunteers can easily find available volunteers
  • Setting up cooperation with organizations and institutions, seekers of volunteering services and with Red Cross

Partners:

Students Club of City of Lepoglava
City of Lepoglava Youth Council
Astronomic Society Lepoglava
Youth Centre Lepoglava

Period of project implementation: 01.03.2014. – 31.12.2014.

Budget: 9.000,00 Kn

With the programme "Be intelligent, stay competitive" we want to primarily motivate young people on active inclusion in social life of community and quality use of free time with socialization and informal education.

Participants in this programme will have opportunity to participate in workshops and lectures on astronomy, prevention of youth violence, photographic workshops, creative cafés, workshops on lifelong learning and online education platforms. Part of the workshops will be focused on improving life skills and information and telecommunication technologies.

Project goals:

  • To familiarize youth with informal and non-formal education
  • To encourage youth on quality use of free time
  • To influence improvement of social life and the situation of young people
  • To encourage socialization among youth
  • Development and improvement of community services
  • To encourage youth on active participation in society

Partners:

Students Club of city of Lepoglava

City of Lepoglava Youth Council

Astronomic Society Lepoglava

Photo Club 10K

Period of project implementation: 01.07.2014. – 25.07.2014.

Budget: 12.000,00 Kn

The idea of this project is renovation of neglected recreation fields so young people would have space for engagement in amateur sport and parlour games and thereby increase youth participation in life of civil society.

Lack of physical activity and healthy life style of youth is in constant increase, so we want to encourage young people in active participation in healthy life style by promoting outdoor activities and amateur sport. This way we are promoting healthy life style, supporting social inclusion and active participation of youth in society. Obesity attracts other health problems, and its estimated that 50% of male and 35% of female population in Europe is overweight. From consequences of obesity 320000 people dies every year. The biggest cause of such conditions are inadequate physical activity and poor nutrition. Healthy life style is made of everyday recreation, healthy diet, outdoor activities and healthy interpersonal relationships. All that is considered solution for everyday problems, obesity, lack of physical activity and socialization. Beside health issues, there is also more prominent problem of social life of young people. Even though there are numerous social networks that simplify communication between people, it often happens that young people completely replace physical form of communication with virtual.  This way, virtual communication can become obstacle and not relief in communication, which can lead to social problems whether in education system, at job finding or in personal life.

Project goals:

  • To renew neglected recreation fields to offer young people a great range of activities they can addressed to
  • to secure space that can be used by other organizations in creation of activities for young people and other citizens
  • To affect the acquisition of self-confidence
  • To include youth and other citizens in social life of community

Lead partner:

Independent Youth Association, Lepoglava, Croatia

Period of project implementation: 02.09.2013. – 20.06.2014.

Budget: 20.000,00 Kn

With this project, we want to influence children’s attitude towards addictions, develop healthy life style and social skills and raise awareness on resisting pressures which will help them to overcome the risks of growing up.

School, as place to gain knowledge and as extension of family fostering, is preparing children for their next step in life and helps them as they grow up. Education, development and encouragement of competences, creativity and skills are strong foundation for children’s growth. School is a place where young person meets its peers and adults outside family home and because of that it is not only a place to learn, gain knowledge and skills. School is also source of stress for children and learning disabilities, and with it connected sense of failure and problems with peers represent additional source of stress. Dramatic increase in number of adolescents and children that in all younger age are starting to consume different addictive substances is associated with increased stress in adolescence, weakened support from society, but also with the influence of social context in which consuming alcohol or drugs is more and more socially acceptable behaviour (Mavar, M., 2012.). Adolescents that in stressful situations don’t have social support or means of their own to successfully cope with problems, can use different addictive substances as a way of coping with their problems. Most common indicated personal risk factors for addiction problems are inefficient strategies for coping with stress, low self-esteem, depression and hopelessness (Mavar, M., 2012.). Possibility of preventive actions is manifested in early recognition of symptoms of depression, creation of social support networks in cases of exposure to the stressful life events, adequate strategies for coping with problems and positive self-evaluation. Addiction prevention programme in city of Lepoglava is designed to influence the children’s view towards addiction through organization of activities for them with main task to educate, raise self-esteem and self-respect, develop skills and raise awareness for pressure resisting. All the above influences on creation of value system and attitude that prevents risky behaviour of children. Preventive programme will be implemented in school year 2013/14. In three primary schools in the wider Lepoglava area: Primary School Ante Starčević Lepoglava, Primary School Ivan Ranger Kamenica and Primary School Izidor Poljak Višnjica. Project is realized in partnership with Independent Youth Association Lepoglava, while schools are associate partners and they will participate in organization of workshops and they will also secure space for their implementation. Planed activities will be held during classes, and children will work on learning life skills, mastering pressure resisting strategies, solving anger management issues and stress, understanding and encouraging the need for closeness and group membership. Children will be familiarized with the work of non-governmental organizations from Lepoglava area which will help them to quality and constructively spend their free time. As for the way the programme is running, different teaching techniques are planned, like group work, group discussion, research, debate and role playing. Activities will be implanted by project manager (Ivana Šumečki) and associates, and all activities have the goal to develop healthy life styles and social skills in children and youth which will help them to overcome all the risks of growing up, consummation of addictive substances included.

Project goals:

  • To change the attitude of children towards addiction
  • Strengthening children’s self-esteem and self-respect, and developing skills and competences which will help them to cope with problems of growing up and making decisions for themselves
  • Raising awareness about importance of resisting pressure which influences on creation of value system and attitude that prevents risky behaviour of children
  • To promote proper attitude about healthy life style and to encourage children in inclusion in activities which will allow them to quality spend their free time

Lead partner:

Croatian Society of Red Cross Ivanec

Partner:

Independent Youth Association