The participants of our activities come from 11 countries in the South-Eastern Europe region, aged 18-27. The young changemakers submit their application as individuals, without an organization in the background, nor with a fully developed concept for their initiatives.
The criteria for the participants’ selection are:
- the readiness to commit to our programme consisting of 3 meetings and structured mentoring
- the potential to take responsibility for a project in their own local community
- the openness to personal development and self-growth regarding the development of civic competences
- the motivation to change their environment with civic initiative.
We greatly encourage application from the persons with fewer opportunities in terms of higher education, mobility and non-formal education.
In terms of impact, the 25-35 invited participants involve local teams back home. By involving in changemakers’ projects, the local team members get involved in the programme, too. Quite often, the team members are also invited to one of the three meetings in the year, and our outreach also extends to them. The target groups of the changemankers’ initiatives are as well included in a participatory way. This amounts to ca. 150-200 indirectly targeted young people from different communities all over the Balkans.