The project in a few words

“ARTivate Yourself!” (AY!) is a 12-day Youth Exchange about art, activism and active engagement in society. We will explore topics related to the ecologic and social transition while focusing on Artivism as a creative tool for empowerment, self-efficacy and for having an impact.
The project will involve 42 participants from 7 countries, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Croatia, and Slovenia.

Main Objectives

  • Raise awareness about the social power of artistic expression and discover artistic ways to raise our voices and take active participation in society.
  • Empower young people by teaching performative and creative methodologies which can be used for self-expression and to raise their self-efficacy by encouraging them to express themselves through different artistic expressions.
  • Empower Youth citizenship: Provide a platform for young people to take ownership of their learning journey, develop leadership skills, and drive positive change in their communities.
  • Cultivate Environmental Awareness: Use artivism to raise awareness about topics such as climate change, sustainability, and ecology.
  • Promote Intercultural Dialogue: Facilitate meaningful interactions and exchanges among participants from diverse cultural backgrounds, fostering mutual understanding, respect, and empathy.
  • Encourage Personal Growth: Create opportunities for self-reflection, personal development, and the cultivation of mindfulness through immersive travel experiences and experiential learning activities.
  • Foster Global Citizenship: Inspire participants to become responsible global citizens, committed to promoting social justice, cultural diversity, and environmental sustainability.
  • Promote Inclusivity and Diversity: Celebrate the richness of human diversity and create a safe, inclusive space where all participants feel valued, respected, and empowered to share their perspectives and experiences.
  • Disseminate Good Practices: Encourage participants to become ambassadors for active citizenship in their communities and bring new ideas to their peers about methodologies to express their needs in society.
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Align the objectives of the exchange with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 13 (Climate Action), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequality), Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and strong Institutions) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)

Who can apply?

Youngsters (18-25 years old) that…

  • are interested in the project topics;
  • have an interest and motivation to participate in an intercultural learning experience;
  • have at least medium knowledge of English and desire to get involved and broaden their communication in a foreign language;
  • have the possibility to take part in (face-to-face and/or virtual) preparation meetings for the project and in evaluation meetings of the experience.

Youth Exchange

Struppen, Germany

30. June – 12. July 2024

Deadline for applying: 1.05.2024
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Hosting Organisation

 Dreaming OPEnly e.V. (Germany)
Dreaming OPEnly e.V. (Germany)

Dreaming OPEnly e.V. is a youth-organization based in Leipzig, Germany, focused on offering developmental experiences based on non-formal learning approaches and mobility opportunities to young people in Germany and abroad. Our mission is to facilitate transformative change through non-formal education, critical thinking and artistic expression.

Partner Organisations

Asociación Brujula Intercultural (Spain)
Brújula Intercultural is an association created in June 2017 in the province of Burgos with the aim to promote mobility and learning opportunities among young people in the region. The mission of the organisation is to provide non-formal education opportunities for young people in international contexts, involving as many as possible right from the planning stage and trying always to involve others that have never participated before.
Świat Rozpędu (Poland)
Świat Rozpędu works in the local community to help young people in their personal and professional development with a wide range of non formal education projects and activities.

Through collaboration with partner organisations, they enrich their work by adding an international dimension, while also implementing their own international projects such as leadership programs, youth empowerment initiatives, digital skills training, life skills development, and more.

Legambiente Lecco Onlus (Italy)
A distinguishing feature of the association from the outset has been scientific environmentalism, i.e. the decision to base every project in defence of the environment on a solid basis of scientific data, a tool with which it is possible to indicate concrete and feasible alternative paths. Legambiente Lecco Onlus è il circolo di Legambiente che opera sul territorio lecchese.
Društvo Lojtra (Slovenia)
Founded in 2014, Lojtra is a young and committed organisation for young people. Our work is divided into two pillars: YouthWork and SustainableDevelopment.
These two themes are at the heart of the various activities carried out locally and internationally.
Rakonto (France)
Rakonto has a very specific mission: to use art and non-formal education to rewrite the narrative of our society. They firmly believe that the future towards which we seem to be heading is not the only possible path.
Udruga Prizma (Croatia)
Udruga Prizma is a community of creatives connected to the core values of a new world where peace, inspiration and creativity are the foundations. They believe that individual development of creativity is the first step in the creation of a powerful personal potential. They create opportunities and actively participate in the promotion of education, they support innovation and promote the dialogue of different minds.