About the Forum
The Social Leader Forum 2015 is the continuation of the previous activities from 2013 and 2014 with the new focus on employability, brain drain, labor migration of young people and the development of innovative tools to address these challenges. The Forum offers young professionals dealing with this issues from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey, a unique communication, learning and exchange platform on topics of social innovations and cross-sectorial collaboration concerning the issue of employability, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. This includes questions of special trainings for youth (for example vocational trainings, skill-trainings, exchange with practitioners, youth entrepreneurship trainings) reaching disadvantage youth groups and be aware of their specific needs and challenges, prevent brain drain, dealing with the social challenges of labor migration, etc.
With the combined experiences from all participating countries enriched by inputs and discussions with guest speakers, new ways of tackling these issues should be discussed, evaluated and transferred.
We want to promote by this interdisciplinary, cross-sector and cross-border dialogue and sharing of best practice of how to develop key competences for young people, (social) entrepreneurship skills and to tackle the described challenges with innovative approaches.
Special focus will be given here to the chances and challenges of collaboration of civil society actors with public institutions and the business sector, with a special focus on social entrepreneurship. The participants will also plan and conduct cross-sector and/or cross-border study visits and learn by this how other organizations and institutions are working on the topics as well as establish new cooperation. Here, we also want to improve the sustainability of civil society activities by adapting working models from other sectors (like it is done in social entrepreneurship).
September 30 - October 6, Tbilisi, Georgia
First meeting of stakeholders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Russia will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, and will gather representatives of different sectors to discuss problems mentioned above.
October 5 – public Career Development Forum will be organized in frames of the meeting, Young people, with special focus on students, as well as marginalized groups will have a chance to meet possible employees and participate in open workshops organized as learning spaces. Main goal of the event is to open communication with companies, as well as get skill training according to labor market needs. Forum will be organized based on open space principle.
October 17 – 22, Istanbul, Turkey
As the project is going through development phase, we are organizing stakeholder meeting in Istanbul. Main participants of this meeting will be institutions interested in further cooperation from all partner countries, as well as foundations, alumni and former coordinators of the program. With this meeting we aim to work on our strategy for the upcoming year, as well as prepare base for fundraising plan for November 2015.
This Partnership-building Activity is for 24 participants from Turkey, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU and recommended for Youth workers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Youth Policy Makers, NGO representatives, Business sector, Public Sector
All expenses are covered including travel and accommodation. There is NO participation Fee.