On 28th August 2013, MEH celebrated 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' speech with learners from the Grundtvig Learning Partnership project Connecting Generations and young Deaf people from the Big Lottery Awards for All project Inspiring Social leaders!
Inspiring Social Leaders is a Big Lottery funded project running over the next 12 months. This project is dedicated to young people aged (18-25) from the community, and encourages them to participate, work and volunteer in the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector.
The project includes an intensive, interactive training programme for 3 weeks which enables the young participants to gain an insight into different social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations, interviews with professionals and organised talks and Q&A sessions. Thus, young people gain skills and a greater knowledge of the work of voluntary and community and social enterprise sector. They are also encouraged to take part of the community life and will develop the skills to become a Social Leader.
As part of the project an event to inspire young and olde peopl across different generations and backgrounds was held on the same day as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings I have a Dream Speech. The MEH team work together with young people from the Inspiring Social Leaders project to develop a film that was shocased to the the public during the event at new Martin Luther King building at the International Slavery Museum in the Albert Dock Liverpool.
The group of young people were supported to implement their community project which enables them to engage with their local community, develop management and leadership skills and assess the benefit to and impact of the activities on the community.
The event highlighted successful collaboration across Europe highlight by the involvement of European Youth Worker Irene La Pera from Palermo Italy who is working at MEH for 6 months under the Youth in Action 4.3 project 'YALIM - Youth Active Learning in Moving' also worked as part of the MEH team to support the facilitation and planning of the event and support the learners from the Connecting Generations projects. The project was truly European as more than 6 different countries were represented during the event.
The young people who participatedon the course have better chances in the labour market as the project will improve their functional and key skills for example IT, English and maths, communication, negotiation, team working, problem solving, and keeping to deadlines. Further to this the young people also gain valuable experience of different work settings through the course and also by delivering the team community project which will provide them with experience of project development, delivery, and fund raising. These are all key skills which will support their development as future social leaders. The aim of the project is to empower the young people to take a more active role in their community and look at the third sector as a viable pathway to employment.
For more information about the project contact:
Merseyside Expanding Horizons