Avatud Ühiskond MTÜ

PIF

Partner Identification File for organizing your Youth Exchanges, Training Courses, VET & Staff mobilities, Strategical Partnership or other relevant EU projects

A. PARTNER ORGANISATION

PIC 910956392
OID E10016461
Full legal name  (National Language) Avatud Ühiskond MTÜ
Full legal name  (Latin characters) Avatud Ühiskond NGO
National ID (Registration Number) 80420360
Website http://erasmus.uhiskond.ee/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AvatudUhiskond/
Email info@uhiskond.ee
OTLAS database https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/otlas-partner-finding/organisation/avatud-uehiskond.14834/

B. PROFILE

Type of Organisation Non-governmental organization
Is the partner organisation a public body? No
Is the partner organisation a non-profit? Yes
Official Partner of Estonian Unemployment Service Estonian Unemployment Service – Confirmation of verification
Verified Educational Centre by the Department of Education The Estonian Education Information System (EHIS) – Confirmation of Verification
Facebook Video of last Project Promotional video of Avatud Ühiskond’s Youth Exchange

Please briefly present the partner organisation.

Open Society is a non-profit organisation devoted to the inclusion of youth and educators from a wide array of socio-economic backgrounds enabling them to become front-runners in civil society insusceptible to any and all animosity towards concurrent societal adversity. Open Society believes that the key to competence is the youth with bold leadership skills in cooperation with a penetrating insight into non-violent communication, rhetorical argumentation and modern civilization itself. Our organisation strives to use methods of non-formal education in order to further the aforementioned competencies in our target group. 

Our mission is to gain recognition as the choice youth organisation in Estonia with accredited trainers, a multitude of partnerships on an international level and the means to fulfil the potential of every young person that reaches out to us.

Open Society envisions being a representative organ for youth and educators through the implementation of youth councils and assemblies in rural areas and the further substantive development and support of the latter in larger communities with such institutions already in place. The subject matter at hand is of crucial importance to us.

Open Society aims to support the active involvement of young people in various areas of public life; to promote personal development and democratic citizenship, volunteering and youth mobility; sport and healthy lifestyle; to support the development of the abilities and potential of young people from different social and ethnic groups, and young people with disabilities. The path to this is participation in various national and international projects, implementation of joint activities in partnerships with other organizations or networks; organizing advocacy campaigns; development and implementation of strategies and programs at local, national and international level. Members of the organization are involved in developing, evaluating and managing various programs and projects in the social sector, education and the media. 

One of the main priorities of Avatud Ühiskond is developing international partnerships with similar organizations, active exchange of ideas and best practices, creating a rich network of European partners. 

The year 2019 In Review

  • 286 individuals sent abroad
  • 61 mobilities abroad
  • 68 new “Youth Club” members
  • 8 simulations and lectures for high/vocational school students
  • 4 new long-term international strategic partnerships
  • 24 different countries and 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited
  • Acquisition of a computer class & office.

Achievements of 2019

  • Facilitating cooking lessons for more than 1000 children under our project “Cooking Roadshow”, together with a VET school Tallinna Teeninduskool. 
  • Facilitating training courses under Governmental Training Procurement
  • Co-hosting Opinion Festival with more than 10 000 visitors
  • Giving 16 computer-sets for a charitable cause in the municipality of Kose and Rapla
  • Member of roundtables and workgroups hosted by the Ministry of Education.

On a transnational standard, we aim to facilitate the buildup of youth empowerment. Organisational objectives for 2020 – 2024 will categorise into three main topics: Youth development, happy community and empowering growing leaders. We aim to open up a training centre, be partners for 100 international projects annually and engage more than 30000 people every year. To keep our community running, we aim to involve 100 active volunteers, organize social activities monthly to strengthen the bond between members & hosting annual Summer Camps and Winter Schools of Avatud Ühiskond. The organisational development plan involves establishing and preserving cooperation with governmental institutions, creating an international cooperation incubator combining representatives of students, VET schools and municipalities. 

Our organisation has been composed of a committed team of versatile members qualified in fields such as youth work, hobby education, student entrepreneurship, voluntary aid and other topics related to aformentioned subjects. The team has years of experience in working with youth on civic engagement projects, organising lectures and training courses and participating in international projects. Independently they have already made an imperative impact on Estonian society as a whole, however, hope to refine and amplify their practice united in cooperation under a coherent organisation. 

We are one of the most active organizations in Estonia when it comes to participating in Erasmus+ programme, having extensive knowledge in regards of KA1, KA2, KA3. We have sent more than 250 young people from Estonia in 2019 to projects in most European countries. Having said this, we are positive that we have a vast experience in partnership building and capacity to actively be part of and organize and support applications under Solidarity Corps, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, ESF & LIFE Programme. 

We have been actively involved in all stages of youth exchanges and training courses: planning, defining roles and responsibilities of project partners, meetings, preparation, logistics, communication between all partners involved, arranging project timetables, as well as promotion of projects and dissemination of their results through our Internet pages and by organizing informative sessions for the local youth for better visibility. 

We have extensively prepared volunteers who have a long length of service in the non-governmental sector and in the field of intercultural dialogue, youth initiatives and involving different people in one mission. We believe each of our members could have great contribution to the project aims and will do their best to actively look for new possibilities for solving current issues.

We will assist at every step of the project – planning, defining roles and responsibilities, meetings, preparation, analysis, communicate the project itself, as well as its follow up. We will advertise this project in local media, our website and the social network. After the project, we will organize sessions with local youth to ensure further dissemination and visibility of the project. The multiplier effect is important for us and our members are ready to help.

Over the years we have created vast networks of young people through which we can easily reach out and disseminate the results of the projects. Thus the message we want to spread can be easily seen and continued.

We have been cooperating efficiently with Unemployment Service of Estonia, Department of Education, Tallinna Teeninduskool (largest VET school in Estonia), Erasmus Student Network, municipalities.

What are the activities and experience of the organisation in the areas relevant for this application?

Our organisation has been composed of a committed team of versatile members qualified in fields such as youth work, hobby education, student entrepreneurship, voluntary aid and other topics related to aformentioned subjects. The team has years of experience in working with youth on civic engagement projects, organising lectures and training courses and participating in international projects. Independently they have already made an imperative impact on Estonian society as a whole, however, hope to refine and amplify their practice united in cooperation under a coherent organisation. 

We are one of the most active organizations in Estonia when it comes to participating in Erasmus+ programme, having extensive knowledge in regards of KA1, KA2, KA3. We have sent more than 250 young people from Estonia in 2019 to projects in most European countries. Having said this, we are positive that we have a vast experience in partnership building and capacity to actively be part of and organize and support applications under Solidarity Corps, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, ESF & LIFE Programme. 

We have been actively involved in all stages of youth exchanges and training courses: planning, defining roles and responsibilities of project partners, meetings, preparation, logistics, communication between all partners involved, arranging project timetables, as well as promotion of projects and dissemination of their results through our Internet pages and by organizing informative sessions for the local youth for better visibility. 

We have extensively prepared volunteers who have a long length of service in the non-governmental sector and in the field of intercultural dialogue, youth initiatives and involving different people in one mission. We believe each of our members could have great contribution to the project aims and will do their best to actively look for new possibilities for solving current issues.

We will assist at every step of the project – planning, defining roles and responsibilities, meetings, preparation, analysis, communicate the project itself, as well as its follow up. We will advertise this project in local media, our website and the social network. After the project, we will organize sessions with local youth to ensure further dissemination and visibility of the project. The multiplier effect is important for us and our members are ready to help.

Over the years we have created vast networks of young people through which we can easily reach out and disseminate the results of the projects. Thus the message we want to spread can be easily seen and continued.

We have been cooperating efficiently with Unemployment Service of Estonia, Department of Education, Tallinna Teeninduskool (largest VET school in Estonia), Erasmus Student Network, municipalities. Having a wide range of partners, we have been initiators for:

 Learning mobility of individuals (KA1)

  • Youth Exchanges and Training courses (KA105)
  • Vocational Education and Training Mobility Charter (KA109)

Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices (KA2)

  • Strategic Partnerships for School, Vocational, Higher and Adult Education (KA201-KA204)
  • Strategic Partnerships for Youth (KA205)
  • School Exchange Partnerships (KA229)

Support for Policy Reform (KA3)

  • Youth Dialogue Projects (KA347)

General experiences and responsibilities relevant to the project application:

– Planning and management of start-up procedures

– Communication with the Partners.

– Promotion of the project

– Selection of suitable participants according to the partner profile.

– Planning and implementation of the preparation activities (before the departure)

– Preparation of the participants and their travel plan and tasks.

– Management of administrative procedures and all technical and organizational aspects

– Management of the flows of participants

– Management of the relationship with foreign partners and with participants

– Planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities

– Planning and implementation of the follow-up activities

– Disseminating the results and work towards better visibility.

– Multiplying the results with the Peer-to-Peer method

What are the skills and expertise of key staff/persons involved in this application?

Our team possess vast experience in the youth sector and the field of youth exchanges and training courses, as well as the implementation of KA2 and KA3 projects. Each of our members has a previous background in the non-governmental sector and has been involved in voluntary activities. Through the numerous projects that we have taken part in, organized and prepared groups for activities abroad under different youth initiatives, we have gained experience and developed a good sight over the youth work. During the years we have gained significant experience in the fields of event management as well as communication with national and international partners on different organizational levels. All of our team members have significant experience in the NGO sector, as we have worked on integration processes of minority groups, refugees and disabled people. Currently we are preparing several initiatives in this direction All of our members are very motivated and work with great passion. During the years we have created vast networks of young people through which we can easily reach out and disseminate the results of the projects. Thus the message we want to spread can be easily seen and we are always in touch with young people, who could be involved in various activities.

Our team consists of four highly motivated and active founding members and 86 young volunteers. 

The volunteers assist in the development of the youth voluntary activities and youth exchanges under the Youth in Action Programme and ERASMUS+. 

– R. Puusep is a board member of the organization and is doing his bachelors in the University of Tallinn. Studying political science and governance. He’s been a board member of the Estonian School Students Councils’ Union and a Estonian representative in the European umbrella organisation for Student Councils. In addition, he has participated on the local elections to become a representative in the local municipality council. Rynaldo has immense experiences amongst debating community, organizing European Youth Forum events and international MEP sessions. Rynaldo has also been nominated as a Young Person of the Year 2017, Volunteer of the Year 2018, Youth Worker of the Year 2019.

K. Laansoo (Founder and President) – bachelors degree on Law at the University of Concordia, masters degree on English literature at the University of Tartu. Highly skilled person in representing the NGO. Involved in the NGO sector since 2011, excellent communicator and youth worker, teacher. Actively involved in national youth projects and international Youth in Action and Erasmus+ projects.  An English teacher of 20 years and a voluntary trainer of adults and youth. She has experiences of EU funded projects situated in schools and higher education institutes. She is deeply interested and specialised in outdoor activities and environment. Extensive experience in project management with the former Youth in Action Programme, and now Erasmus+. Kaia Laansoo has been selected as a techer of the county for several times, a nominee for the teacher of the year. 

A. Uusmaa – has a bachelors and masters degree on graphical design at Estonian Academy of Arts. She is dealing with youth policy of the organization, documentation and stability of the structure, communications service. Anu is personally interested in human rights, entrepreneurship, employment and employability, youth empowerment, PR and fundraising of NGO’s, events of contact making and creating partnerships. Her motto is “Nothing is impossible to design”.

A. Tamm is a  bachelors student in the University of Tartu and an active member in our organization as a coordinator of the volunteers. Asko has been a EVS volunteer for a short-term and a long-term project. Participated in many Red Cross events and trainings, also very active in Erasmus+ and the Solidarity Corps. His work is to find, appoint, motivate, delegate and coordinate the work of the volunteers so that they feel involved and have self-satisfaction of being an active members of the society.

The accountant: specialised in NGO accounting and works with several NGOs that apply for various grants. Her experience and abilities are proven by the exact calculation of the budget and by excellent work regarding reimbursement of participants.

Selection of participants

Participants will be selected via public call at: http://erasmus.uhiskond.ee/. Everyone is able to apply and the call will be disseminated in various channels, including organization’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/avatuduhiskond

Depending on the target group, call will be shared in other channels, such as the offer’s list on Estonian national agency’s page: http://noored.ee/pakkumised/ The call will be promoted to Regional Youth Councils, Youth Centres, newsletters and infolists, including also organisational partners, partner schools and to the members of Avatud Ühiskond. 

Participants will be selected based on their profile, motivation and willingness to get involved and contribute to organizational activities. While selecting participants for youth exchanges, we pay special attention to including young people with fewer opportunities, who will have priority. Our young people have mainly economic (young unemployed or in difficult financial situation), geographical (from rural areas or small towns), social (family related issues, self-confidence issues), cultural (minority groups) and health related (health problems, disabilities) obstacles. Selection process is standardized and all the candidates (either selected or not) will be notified. The organisation has the ability to assist the participants with purchasing the travel documents for youth with fewer opportunities.

Preparation of participants

Avatud Ühiskond MTÜ will arrange a group meeting with the participants for each sending project. Whereas neccesary, there will be additional meetings held in private with the underage adolescent and parents. 

There will be created a private Facebook group for each project to establish a better communication – organisational coordinator will add all the relevant information there. To exchange data between different stakeholders, Avatud Ühiskond is using different platforms (Slack, Trello, Skype, Google Drive, Cloud Services).

Organisation has created a booklet of guidelines for all participants taking part of projects in order to enable them better support. The booklet contains overview of the programme and opportunities,  frequently asked questions, past projects and experiences of participants, support material for energizers, team-building activities, workshops and intercultural evening preparation. 

Whereas possible and required, Avatud Ühiskond will provide a group leader who has extensive experiences with the programme, is working as a social/youth worker or as a teacher, is able to provide cultural and task-related preparation. The main task of the group leader is to offer psychological support for the participants, foster reflection and mapping the experiences. For emergency issues, organisational contact person is available by phone 24/7, the organisation has direct contacts with The Department of Foreign Affairs.

Approved projects in the last 3 years

Programme Identification/contract number Beneficiary Title of the project
Erasmus+ 2018-1-EE01-KA105-047008

Good Example Award

Avatud Ühiskond MTÜ “Populism – threat to our democracy?”
Erasmus+ 2019-2-EE01-KA105-051794 Avatud Ühiskond MTÜ “Europhobia – The downfall of Democracy”