YEE Member, Young Researchers Serbia, organised a week long training course “Green Voice of Youth in Media” in Avala, Serbia between 19-26th of August. 19 participants coming from all over Europe developed their skills and knowledge on environmental sustainability, social media tools for organisations, campaigning and more using non-formal education methods. Secretariat member, Cansu Yetisgin represented YEE as a participant.

Participants shared the different environmental practices such as eco-labelling and availability of sustainable products in their local markets, what is sustainable green living concept and green purchase behaviour and fairtrade. During the training course, participants had also the opportunity to learn from experts about how to use social media tools to increase the visibility and reach of youth organisations, Mattia from Legambiente, delivered a training on how to create successful campaigns and later participants created their own environmental campaigns based on problems they think are important for them and their community.

Later, participants had a training on green entrepreneurship and came up with their own ideas to pitch to the juree of trainers. Among many great ideas were; a green marketing agency, initiative for sustainable clothing and entrepreneurship idea on food waste.

Last task of the participants was to create a follow-up action in their local communities, so keep your eyes open for many great actions all over Europe to spread the green message!

My EVS is coming to an end! What to say? This was a very busy year, full of discoveries, learning, friendship and emotions. I gained in confidence, I learnt tuns of new things and I met great people from all around Europe and beyond.

When I started my EVS, I had no idea that I would work with a cow, explore deep caves in wild Moravia, be a facilitator in a training course, learn how to cut wood with a chainsaw and make such close friends. I am really thankful to YEE for this huge opportunity and for giving me the space to try new things, to acquire new skills and to grow up.

I perfectly remember the day I arrived in Toulcův Dvůr for the first time.

It was the end of August 2017 (August 31st, to be precise) and I got out of the bus 177 (I can now say my dear bus 177: I took it every morning at 9.46am from Zahradni Mesto, direction Chodov!); I was wearing short pants and sleepers – bad choice, since the air in Czech Republic was way chiller than in Italy!

Welcome to the new issue of YEE e-Newsletter. July has been very busy month for YEE. Scroll down to catch up on the news from our network:  we have new publication and we are saying goodbye to a office team member. You can also read reports from the training course “Youth for environmental future” and YEE Annual Meeting 2018. There are also interesting news from our members EDEN Center, Argonauta and ECO-UNESCO.

Find the new issue here.

It seems that now it is my turn to say goodbye to YEE! I joined YEE office 6 years ago first as an EVS volunteer and then moved on to stay and work here as a Main Coordinator.

I am very grateful for this experience! Working in YEE gave me so much - I worked on so many interesting and diverse projects, visited different countries, worked with so many people. I learned a lot and gained skills which I will be using in all my future jobs and during my whole life. I also made many friends from all over Europe - these are people with whom I worked but also had a lot of fun. And this is the beauty of YEE for me - that it gives so many opportunities for young people from any background. It allows to try out new things, gain work experience which is not always available for young people and meet like-minded people. I thank YEE for that and I really hope it will continue supporting young people in Europe who are passionate about protecting our planet.