Strategic Partnership Institute (SPI) is a non-profit youth organisation based in Warsaw, Poland. The board members of the organisation are expatriates living in Warsaw. Thus, they know the challenges that the youth and expatriates face.
Strategic Partnership Institute aims are:
– To promote European values and include youth to European educational programs;
– To promote the active participation of young people with fewer opportunities and to develop different ways to ensure their impact on the local community by using non-formal education and intercultural learning methods;
– To promote self-fulfilment and personal development of young people through educational programs of the European Union;
– To improve the quality of life of refugees and migrant communities by working on integration through youth work;
– To provide volunteering opportunities for young people in order to develop their skills & competencies by making a positive impact on society.
Strategic Partnership Institute is working with:
– Education activities (education projects based on non-formal education methodology, focused on tackling racism and xenophobia, promoting human rights principles, active citizenship, refugee integration, youth employability);
– Intercultural activities (programs and projects of youth mobility, education on international topics, promotion of different cultures)
– Cultural events (conferences, seminars, cultural evenings of different nationalities).
We focus on youth with fewer opportunities (incl. refugees, minority groups, NEET’s). By organising various non-formal education activities, we give them an opportunity to express their knowledge and share experiences and ideas in order to promote social cohesion and diversity. The main staff of the organisation is working with the Ukranian community in Warsaw, Poland, thus, will be able to actively chip them in project activities.
This way, both the local Polish youth and partner organisations could learn more about the problems Ukrainian IDP’s are facing and help find innovative solutions to them. Apart from that, the organisation united more than 15 volunteers, who are keen to organise integration events and activities in the city. The organisation is also organising various social events for local migrant communities (esp. youth).
The organisation itself already cooperates with more than 15 organisations across Europe and will organise various training’s using non-formal education as a tool to tackle different social problems. The key staff and volunteers have a vast experience in project writing and implementation; thus, are able to not only host projects in Poland but to well organise them abroad as well.
Relevant experience & activities
Regardless of the fact that SPI is a young organization, we already have an extensive background in youth work and a very good network of partner organizations with expertise in work with IDPs/Refugees. We are promoting re-integration of IDPs/refugees and contribute to the positive social changes in the European continent. SPI’s one of the main focus is the integration of young people with fewer opportunities. The staff of SPI has a relevant experience obtained from different projects as elaborated above. Due to the cross-border cooperation, the SPI team had an opportunity to facilitate the training course „ A Million Voices’’ which was held in a conflict zone – Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Most of the projects we have taken part were directly related to refugees, IDPs, the EU and social inclusion.
We are confident, that we have all the expertise to organise a high-quality youth exchange since our staff has been involved in youth worker since 2014 across Europe. We are aware of how to draft a life-changing project, find relevant partners/participants, fully engage partner organisations in organizational activities, disseminate the results to the target audiences and prepare a comprehensive report. We are also lucky to have experienced designer in our organization who will assist us to prepare high-quality video/photo materials by allowing us to reach the public and spread the positive impact after each project.
Since we have been leading various Erasmus+ projects and been involved in youth work, we have a thorough understanding of non-formal education methods, including ice-breaking & team-building activities, reflections, interactive workshops for integration, brainstorming sessions, non-formal discussions, intercultural dialogue, etc. The working approaches used by us is promoting active participation among youth in project activities, supporting self-confidence, and fostering learning from each other. These methods are fully inclusive and participatory.
The expertise of the key persons involved
The key individual involved in the application and the implementation of the project is the head of the Strategic Partnership Institute – Tomaš Jenkelevič.
Tomas is a young leader with more than 5 years’ experience in youth work in Lithuania, Turkey and Poland. He has a thorough understanding of the non-formal education and Erasmus+ program. Tomas has been a facilitator of various Erasmus+ youth exchanges and training courses, such as “Rural Entrepreneurship Heroes”, ‘’A Million Voices’’, “Diversity Academy’’ etc. Most of the projects implemented by Tomas were directly related to refugees, IDPs, the EU and social inclusion. Besides, Mr. Jenkelevic has studied in Poland (BA in Political Science at the University of Warsaw), Turkey and Lithuania and acquired necessary knowledge and skills for the communication with people of different needs.
Tomas is accompanied by the active members of the organisation – Raul Labadze and Monika Mazurek. Raul Labadze is a graduate of the College of Europe where he obtained a master’s degree in European Interdisciplinary Studies, major in European Neighborhood Policy (full ENP scholarship). Raul is a young ambassador of the European Union in Georgia and has a thorough understanding of the Eastern Partnership and Erasmus+. He has been active in youth work since 2013 and has organised several projects (still under Youth in Action scheme). He has recently organised a carnival party (various fun activities like art workshops, face painting workshops, dancing classes and other sports activities) for refugee children visiting College of Europe (Natolin) from Foundation for Freedom (Fundacja „Dla Wolności“).
Monika holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+) and has a solid background in the area of humanitarian action. Besides the Erasmus+ JMD program, she has facilitated several TC and provided comprehensive training regarding the EUBAM and the EUMM. She has been into youth work for three years and has extensive experience in working with young people from specific needs.
Last but not least, the application has been drafted jointly by all stakeholders. The project has been initiated by individuals with extensive experience in topics directly related to IDPs/Refugees which would bring extra value to our common idea.