04/02/2019 - 11/02/2019
- Jakub Kohiar
- Danica Juházyová
- Veronika Kolesárová
- Martina Hlinická
- Lenka Radomska
- Ferdinand Jagelka
Rural Power! Erasmus+ Youth Exchange in Italy organized by HIGH ON LIFE
All this made NGOs from Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Greece, Poland and Slovakia unite and create a project for youth to expand their knowledge about business opportunities in rural areas. As a result, Erasmus+ youth exchange “Rural Power” was held in Mileto village, Italy on February 04-11. The project aimed to raise awareness of participants existing asset, provide them with the skills on how to identify the business opportunities that exist in rural areas & develop the idea. After the exchange, they stand ready to contribute to the local communities. One of the biggest expected impacts from this is that they could also create jobs for other people in rural areas and especially youth with fewer opportunities. Apart from that, they could also help inspire other marginalized youth to think about their own rural businesses.
36 participants arrived to Mileto and took part in a variety of workshops and activities. The participants took part in how-to sessions, business simulation in rural environment and business idea contest. Together participants have created many solutions how to prevent unemployment in rural areas and what should be done to improve infrastructure there. During the exchange they have learnt a lot about rural entrepreneurship and possibilities of starting their own business. Most importantly, in groups they have developed their ideas for rural business. It is our aspiration that it will inspire them to use the ideas, create start-ups, develop rural areas in their regions and motivate other to do the same.
This project was aiming to raise awareness of their existing asset, provide them with the skills on how to identify the business opportunities that exist in rural areas & develop the idea. They can provide for themselves & their families without accepting a lower-paying job. They can help provide & contribute with what the local communities have been needing the most. One of the biggest impacts from this is that they can also create jobs for other people in rural areas and especially youth with fewer opportunities. Apart from that, they can also help inspire other marginalized youth to create other businesses in the rural areas.One of the best ways marginalized youth & youth with lesser opportunities can use to be self-sustaining and self-reliant is by starting businesses. Since starting businesses in urban areas can be expensive and highly competitive, starting businesses in rural areas is a feasible alternative for them. This alternative is highlighted because they can capitalize the existing asset of their own familiarity of their hometowns, while fulfilling the demands that are not being met in rural areas.