CTE Closer To Europe Network

CTE Closer To Europe Network

Via San Nicola 15, Soverato, Italy

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The C.T.E is a network of organizations, trainers and European project managers developing trainings and implementing trainings to foster Life Long Learning, Inclusion, Innovation and Internationalization, especially in local contexts. The C.T.E. is coordinated by JUMP Start Up Youth based in Soverato. According to the new aims of the 2020 Strategy and answering to a specific need of the actual society to fight youth, unemployment and the economical crisis, JUMP started to focus on 3 main sectors:
TRAINING, INFORMATION AND EUROPEAN PROJECT DESIGN&MANAGEMENT.
JUMP means "to jump" and express the "playing up" of resources and creative thinking into action. Gioventù in riSalto can be translated with "Start up youth", a title which underlines that the association was born to empower youth and the "young spirit" that should exist to wake up the sleepy society.
In 2015 JUMP started a new process in the field of:
- entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship cultural development;
- access to finance and to European funds through specific training courses on European Project Management and Project design;
- internationalization of local business and development of creativity and spirit of initiative among youth, young entrepreneurs, school directors, teachers and also adult people but with a "young spirit";
- raising awareness on European topics organizing public events for citizens and stakeholders. JUMP is a cultural association which was born with the specific mission to bring Europe and internationalization in Calabria, especially in the province of Catanzaro characterized by the lack of services and opportunities.
According to the new aims of the 2020 Strategy and answering to a specific need of the actual society to fight youth, unemployment and the economical crisis, JUMP started to focus on 3 main sectors:
TRAINING, INFORMATION AND EUROPEAN PROJECT DESIGN&MANAGEMENT.
JUMP means "to jump" and express the "playing up" of resources and creative thinking into action. Gioventù in riSalto can be translated with "Start up youth", a title which underlines that the association was born to empower youth and the "young spirit" that should exist to wake up the sleepy society.
In 2015 JUMP started a new process in the field of:
- entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship cultural development;
- access to finance and to European funds through specific training courses on European Project Management and Project design;
- internationalization of local business and development of creativity and spirit of initiative among youth, young entrepreneurs, school directors, teachers and also adult people but with a "young spirit";
- raising awareness on European topics organizing public events for citizens and stakeholders.

Since January 2015 JUMP is one of the founder of the C.T.E. Closer To Europe (in Italian Centro Territoriale Europeo) which is a start up team of experts in European project management aiming at the creation of a Cluster Network of Pan european partners working for EU enlargement and cooperation among macro regions of the world. The C.T.E. aims at bringing citizens, stakeholders, institutions closer to Europe in all the fields of social life, economy, education and environment.

JUMP is now a competent team of experts able to run international projects, to develop training pathways, bring innovation and transfer innovation to have a local and global impact. JUMP works also to mainstream results and foster a dynamic dialogue with decision makers in order to change policies or take part to public debates at political level.

Main activities are:
- mobility projects for educators and youth, sending organization for youth trainings, seminars, youth events, youth exchanges and EVS volunteers
- HOSTING projects for EVS volunteers and traineeships with Erasmus Plus, Entrepreneurs with the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme
- teachers trainings on leadership and stress management; use of ICT and social media; how to make your communication effective and with an high impact; group management in classroom, conflict resolution and situation at risk; mentoring with social disadvantaged young adults and school drop out; drop out prevention, European project management and access to European funds; entrepreneurship education and European citizenship education
- entrepreneurs meetings and trainings on entrepreneurship and start up, access to finance and European funds, empowering companies through creativity and innovation, internationalization and transfer of innovation in business
- contact making meetings for managers and leaders for Partnership Building and to start up future cooperations
- local development and internationalization for public administration and local authorities
- development of European policies through European projects involving transectorial actors from civil society and public institutions
- placement of students and teachers by local partners (companies, commercial studios, insurance, institutions, entrepreneurs, medical services, social assistance services etc) make traineeship, learning or working experiences.


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







JUMP is gaining even more experience in the field of training, students and young people placement thanks to the background of the president and the international officer in the area of European Project Management. You can see from the profiles indicated in the website www.closertoeurope.eu the highlight curriculum of the team to whom you have to add a pool of external experts in the different ambits of the proposed activities.
In 2015 JUMP organized many trainings in Italy, not just in Soverato but also in other cities of the national territory and cooperated with educational institutions like the regional office of Molise and Abruzzo.
In second half of 2015, JUMP hosted more than 30 teachers for a training on Coaching&mentoring and then coordinated an international project with the Republic of Macedonia hosting in Soverato 10 university students involved in traineeships by companies, commercial studios, insurances and schools.
For all the info visit the website http://cteformazione.wix.com/europeantraining

In May 2016 JUMP organized the 2nd edition of the Euro.Soul Festival ( http://www.eurosoul.eu/) to celebrate Europe's birthday (9th May): a great success with cultural events, international trainings with Erasmus Plus participants from Portugal, Poland, Turkey and Antilles' Islands held in 9 cities of Calabria region and also in partnership with other 2 regions: Abruzzo and Puglia where schools associated to make joint events.

From September 2016 to May 2017 the plan foreseen 3 international trainings with Erasmus Plus participants coming to Soverato from Azores Islands, Slovenia, Spain, Romania, the 3rd edition of the Euro.Soul Festival with a wider impact to all the Southern Italy and beyond.
Furthermore, thanks to international partnerships and cooperation, JUMP is developing 2 KA2 Erasmus Plus projects:
- one titled, "Social media in formal education", supporting a local school being responsible for the development of the mobility plan for 20 among teachers and students
- one as official partner of a VET project titled "So-Vet" coordinated by a Macedonia partner.
JUMP is also partner of many youth associations organizing youth exchanges and trainings in different countries in Europe and in Partner Countries and is often searching for young people for mobility projects.

THE ADDED VALUE
Our method is based on the enthusiasm to welcome international guests in Italy, especially in the South, where the level of internationalization is very low and the need of new energies and competences is high and strong.
When we organize a project, can a short or a long one, we always plan more than plenary or formal sessions of training or institutional seminars. We propose experiential learning as the base of our method, visits to observe and meet experts on the job, debates and practical activities. This is non formal education for us and our method is enriched by an high professionalism in running workshops and training sessions. We use non formal activities from European manuals (Council of Europe tools or EC tools) but we always use our creativity to adapt it to the groups needs and aims, to the real context and to the topic.
What we consider a JUMP added value is the care dedicated to every partner and every project taking strongly in consideration the local context of the south and the link with the local community.

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