The Confederation of European Senior Expert Services a.i.s.b.l., known as CESES, is an international not-for-profit association of 17 organisations from the member states of the European Union. The first such legal entity of its kind in Europe, it encompasses the skills of over 25,000 volunteers. Combining the vast resources of these organisations, CESES offers professional, voluntary, short-term assistance and advice to enterprises and institutions.

Mentoring young disadvantaged people for inclusion

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Future meets Experience: Mentoring for Inclusion,
19th of June 2019 - European Committee of the Regions

On the 19th of June, CESES ( Confederation of European Senior Expert Services) held a meeting of the Erasmus+ Mydi Project at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The MYDI Project gathers 11 partner organisations from 7 countries (Austria, Belgium Finland, France ,Germany, Italy, Slovakia). It focuses on social integration of young people, whether nationals, migrants or refugees and provides assistance in their professional and personal field, in social competences or in civic participation. Senior experts assist young people by coaching and mentoring them on a voluntary base, thereby contributing to a more sustainable and inclusive cooperation.
 
During the meeting, the participants benefited from high level interventions on the topic. The president of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl Heinz Lambertz opened the welcome session stressing the importance of cooperation between regions: "We need more positive and encouraging projects having, like the MYDI-Project, an innovative approach and which can thus better the mutual understanding among generations as well as the social integration of disadvantaged young people. Sharing, participation and inclusion are the essential conditions for building coherence in our society." Michalis Moschovakos, policy officer of the European Commission and Ulrike Engels from the German National Agency Education for Europe outlined the importance of this topic on the European and national levels.
 
Project partners presented their national initiatives: the VERA programme in Germany using a one-to-one approach for trainees, French activities on the empowerment of NEETs  (people neither in education or vocational training) and the Finnish model to enhance the integration of refugees in society. 
Of particular interest for the public has been the various testimonies of young people having benefited from this intergenerational cooperation.
 
In the final session, the public was informed about the results achieved :problems in the different countries are comparable, educational systems are different, good methods can be transferred between regions and the launching of a follow up project.
 
The participants were invited to embark themselves on similar projects and to lobby for more recognition, acceptance and support from public authorities and stakeholders on intergenerational cooperation.

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CESES signs partnership agreement with SES

With a view to implementing the Erasmus+ MYDI project the President of CESES, Jacques van Egten, and the Executive Director of SES, Dr. Susanne Nonnen, signed on 29 November 2017 an agreement to jointly implement the Erasmus+ MYDI project.

11 partner organizations from seven European countries cooperate in this project to identify best existing and innovative approaches for addressing young people in order to facilitate their access to employment and civic participation and lower the risk of radicalization of young disadvantaged people.

CESES will contribute with recommendations and input to all activities of the project with special emphasis on information, promotion and dissemination on European level. It is also planned to organise a final seminar in 2019 in Brussels on the project outcome.

CESES Director for international cooperation, Dr. Joachim Fronia, will be the contact point for the MYDI project and will follow closely its implementation and budgetary execution.