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We are Dedicated, Open, Positive & Enthusiastic (DOPE)

Dear Partner,

Thank you for considering us for your project. As an organization we always give our best in everything we do. If we do not know something – we strive to learn that. If we are experts in the field – we share our knowledge.

More importantly, we value honest & straightforward communication. Thus, if you have any questions or simply want to chat, call/email (see below) us anytime.

We speak: English, lietuviškai, по-русски, po polsku, français, svenska & Nederlands.

Our PIC: 947299382

National Agency identification Agency of International Youth Co-operation, Lithuania (LT02)
Organisation full legal name Asociacija “Aktyvus Jaunimas”
Acronym AJ
National id 303244347
EVS accreditation 2016-1-LT02-KA110-004956

Legal representative / Contact person

First name Gediminas
Family name Kondrackis
Position Director
Email info@activeyouth.lt
Telephone +37064331871

Brief description

Active Youth Association (AY) is a for-purpose organisation working with youth and communities in need in Lithuania and across borders. We have extensive experience in non-formal education, as well as a range of other topics. Most important among which: migration, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyle, human rights.

AY has been actively involved in local and international (youth) projects since the very start of its existence. Up until now, the organization has successfully implemented (getting just the highest scores from the evaluators) more than 20 separate project actions on its own (and several times that as a partner). What is more, our NGO has built up a large partnership network all over Europe (more than 400 organisations). All of that can be used for the current project.

In whatever activity we carry out, we follow our 4 core principles: 1) dedication – meaning that we give our 100% and more; 2) openness – we work with – and for the public; 3) positivity – we see opportunities rather than problems; and 4) enthusiasm – we want to change our surroundings for the better. Surely, it’s easy to list these values on paper and a lot harder to follow them through in real.

That is why, we focus extensively in having the right team for every project. The people we will be working with (in the current project) are professionals with relevant experience and a record of success (whether in youth work and/or the topic of the project). We also rely on a deep pool of volunteers (over 1000) and potential partners to ensure: 1) the project’s implementation goes smoothly; 2) the dissemination efforts reach the specified target groups.

The projects AY takes on, as a rule, focus on demanding and sensitive issues (e.g. refugee integration in Lithuania). Hence, we look forward to challenges offered by the current project.

Please briefly present the partner organisation/group (e.g. its type, scope of work, areas of activity and if applicable, approximate number of paid/unpaid staff, learners and members of the group).

Active Youth Association (AY) is a for-purpose organisation working with youth and communities in need in Lithuania and across borders. We have extensive experience in non-formal education, as well as a range of other topics. Most important among which: migration, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyle, human rights.

AY has been actively involved in local and international (youth) projects since the very start of its existence. Up until now, the organization has successfully implemented (getting just the highest scores from the evaluators) more than 20 separate project actions on its own (and several times that as a partner). What is more, our NGO has built up a large partnership network all over Europe (more than 400 organisations). All of that can be used for the current project.

In whatever activity we carry out, we follow our 4 core principles: 1) dedication – meaning that we give our 100% and more; 2) openness – we work with – and for the public; 3) positivity – we see opportunities rather than problems; and 4) enthusiasm – we want to change our surroundings for the better. Surely, it’s easy to list these values on paper and a lot harder to follow them through in real.

That is why, we focus extensively in having the right team for every project (presently, our paid staff is 7). Commited people are professionals with relevant experience and a record of success (whether in youth work and/or the topic of the project). We also rely on a deep pool of volunteers (over 1000) and potential partners to ensure: 1) the project’s implementation goes smoothly; 2) the dissemination efforts reach the specified target groups.

The projects AY takes on, as a rule, focus on demanding and sensitive issues (e.g. refugee integration in Lithuania). Hence, we look forward to challenges offered by the current project.

What are the activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project?

To be filled according to the project’s topic.

AY has been active in the field of x for years. We have carried out the following projects/initiatives: x. They have focused on: x. This experience will allow us to contribute to the objectives of X.

Our aim is, by definition, to not just address the issue, but also inform the local communities about 1) the benefits of such projects; and 2) the seriousness of the issues being brought to light. For that reason, AY pays attention to every detail and carries out the full spectrum of activities. From early research to later stages of result dissemination. Such approach & competences are relevant for any project.

What are the skills and/or expertise of key persons involved in this project?

Key persons involved in this application are the board members of AY – Gediminas Kondrackis, Paulius Jurgutis and Justinas Liaudinskas. They are accompanied by other staff of the association, who all have international experience.

Board members are young leaders, who developed during their studies & life in Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, USA, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Lithuania and Latvia. This has not only given them strong educational basis but has also taught them how to communicate with people coming from different cultural and social backgrounds.

The key staff involved have been part of all the previous activities of the association (see above). Therefore, they have the necessary knowledge to chip in to the current project as well.

Through their other endeavours, they have led seminars for youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills (Lithuania), educated children about studies abroad (Lithuania, the Netherlands), worked as animators in youth clubs (Denmark), organized international student competitions and study fairs, social inclusion programs of foreign students to the local community, youth university exchanges (Latvia), and several sport events encouraging healthy lifestyle (Lithuania). In addition, they have participated in previous ‘Youth in Action’ & Erasmus+ projects themselves (e.g. “Creative Approaches for Youth” in Ukraine, “Be Part of It” in Romania, “Eco Startup” in Spain), courses about NFE methods, environmental initiatives, and activities supporting Ukraine during the “Euromaidan” events. All of this has given them a range of skills and competencies usable for a project as this one.

Furthermore, the key staff has a truly entrepreneurial spirit. Apart from AY, they have also founded their own business enterprise – “MB Wellness Travels”, where they create further employment opportunities for youth. With this business, Gedimina & Paulius have appeared in a few publications aimed at inspiring the young (e.g. “BZN Start”, “Panele” journals), start-up events and award ceremonies, as well as youth employment forums to deepen their insights in the field. Additionally, the board members have started a Lithuania-based initiative aiming to help and integrate the incoming refugees from Syria & Africa (http://refugees.lt & http://refugeeseurope.com).

All in all, the previously mentioned activities have indeed given the key staff the needed experience to work in a multinational environment.

Please provide a short presentation of your organisation (key activities, affiliations, size of the organisation, etc.) relating to the area covered by the project. (limit 2000 characters*).

Active Youth Association (AY) is a for-purpose organisation working with youth and communities in need in Lithuania and across borders. We have extensive experience in non-formal education, as well as a range of other topics. Most important among which: migration, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyle, human rights.

AY has been actively involved in local and international (youth) projects since the very start of its existence. Up until now, the organization has successfully implemented (getting just the highest scores from the evaluators) more than 20 separate project actions on its own (and several times that as a partner). What is more, our NGO has built up a large partnership network all over Europe (more than 400 organisations). All of that can be used for the current project.

In whatever activity we carry out, we follow our 4 core principles: 1) dedication – meaning that we give our 100% and more; 2) openness – we work with – and for the public; 3) positivity – we see opportunities rather than problems; and 4) enthusiasm – we want to change our surroundings for the better. Surely, it’s easy to list these values on paper and a lot harder to follow them through in real.

That is why, we focus extensively in having the right team for every project (presently, our paid staff is 7). Committed people are professionals with relevant experience and a record of success (whether in youth work and/or the topic of the project). We also rely on a deep pool of volunteers (over 1000) and potential partners to ensure: 1) the project’s implementation goes smoothly; 2) the dissemination efforts reach the specified target groups.

The projects AY takes on, as a rule, focus on demanding and sensitive issues (e.g. refugee integration in Lithuania). Hence, we look forward to challenges offered by the current project.

Please describe also the role of the organisation in the project. (limit 1000 characters).

To be filled according to the project’s topic.

AY has been active in the field of x for years. We have carried out a few/several/many related projects/initiatives: x. They have focused on: x. This experience will allow us to contribute to the following objectives of X:

Therefore, AY’s role in the project consists of: 1) …; 2) …

As a rule, AY pays attention to every detail and can carry out the full spectrum of activities (from early research to later stages of result dissemination). Such approach & competences are relevant for any project.

Operational capacity: Skills and expertise of key staff involved in the project / network

  • Paulius Jurgutis

Description changes according to the project’s topic.

Co-founder of AY, who will act as X under this proposal. In short, he will manage and coordinate the entire implementation & coordination of the project in Lithuania. In AY he is mainly responsible for international relations and communication with external organizations, which will be crucial in building the stakeholder network for the current project. Mr. Paulius is also responsible for human resources within the organization = managing volunteers, trainees and the rest of the staff. Mr. Paulius organized and acted as a trainer himself in more than 20 international projects (with a total of 600+ participants). Among which, Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic partnership project: “Together: Refugees & Youth”.

Paulius Jurgutis is also a devoted entrepreneur: he is responsible for the strategy development & sales of Wellness Travels (a medical tourism start-up). This experience will be highly valuable for this project also. Mr. Paulius holds a BSc Degree in Stockholm School of Economics and a MSc Degree in Norwegian School of Economics.

  • Gediminas Kondrackis

Description changes according to the project’s topic.

Another co-founder of AY, who will be responsible for X. He is the general manager of the association. Thus, has experience in all 1) finance-related; 2) organisational; and 3) legal matters. Mr. Gediminas has contributed to many international & local projects (more than 20). Mostly, by providing trainings on social entrepreneurship (e.g. in “More than Money: Social Entrepreneurship Heroes” and “Together: Refugees & Youth) & other topics (“X”). In his work, Mr. Gediminas focuses on NFE methods and is constantly updating his knowledge, which will be very important for the current project as well.

He is also able to build online platforms & use professional software, such as Photoshop. This is an asset for any project team. Mr. Gediminas holds a BSc degree in Economics from University of Amsterdam.

We are/were lead partners in the following:

Programme or Initiative Identification/contract number Title of the Project Project impact and achievements
Erasmus+ 2014-1-LT02-KA105-000118 Let’s Turn Discrimination into Tolerance! Youth exchange has gathered youngsters from 6 countries to discuss discrimination and ways to reduce it. This included all kinds of intolerance: sexual-orientation, racial, religious, etc. A few prominent guest speakers were invited, which has helped to identify what is necessary for more inclusion. Special e-booklet was prepared on that.
Erasmus+ 2014-2-LT02-KA105-000393 Social Entrepreneurship Heroes: More than Money Project has consisted of two actions: training course & youth exchange. During the 1st one, youth workers have come up with means to teach youth on how to start a social business (starting from the basic ideas, marketing, sales and finishing with the actual business plans). While the 2nd action, has tested the created resources.
Erasmus+ 2014-2-LT02-KA347-003780 Democracy through Dialogue not Conflict The project included an international meeting of politicians and youth in the Foreign Affairs’ Ministry of Lithuania. During the meeting the ways for Eastern Partnership youth to get involved were analysed and best ideas shortlisted. These were then made available for the relevant institutions and organisations across the participating countries.
Erasmus+ 2015-1-LT02-KA347-003964 Time to Act! Project was part of the European Youth week of 2015 and had its goals aligned with the ones of the Week. The participating youth have taken part in the events taking place all over the city of Kaunas and has also held a session in the municipality. Ideas for higher youth participation were shared were with the local policy makers.
Erasmus+ 2015-1-LT02-KA105-003920 Appetite for Waste The youth exchange discussed ways to reduce food waste. 4 R’s were analysed: recycling, reusing, reducing and recover. Best ideas were chosen and e-booklet prepared.
Erasmus+ 2015-2-LT02-KA105-004132 Languages - the Opportunity to Beat Youth Unemployment Project has consisted of two actions: training course & youth exchange. During the 1st one, youth workers have come up with means to teach youth on how to be better learners and users of foreign languages. While the 2nd action, has tested the created resources.
Erasmus+ 2015-3-LT02-KA105-004416 Gross National Happiness The project looked for ways to promote alternative approach to education, personal decision making and governance. Youth analysed how happiness impacts creativity, productivity and learning outcomes. They have practiced that through creating their own NFE activities for others.
Erasmus+ 2016-1-LT02-KA105-004565 Let’s Digitalise Youth organisations This training course was aiming to teach youth workers how to employ digital tools & methods to: 1) become more efficient at what they do; 2) better reach the target audiences. E-booklet was produced as a result.
Erasmus+ 2016-1-LT02-KA205-004666 Together: Refugees & Youth Erasmus+ KA2 project. The main aim was: to create guidelines on how to involve refugees through youth work. Throughout the project: 64 integration events (involving refugees & local youth) were organised across Lithuania & Latvia. These included: sports, cultural, public & educational events.
Erasmus+ 2016-2-LT02-KA105-004804 Art over Problems The goal of the youth exchange was to find ways how art can tackle certain social problems. Such ‘social’ art was also created by the participating youngsters.
Erasmus+ 2016-3-LT02-KA347-005063 Project Your City This KA3 project involved youth & policy makers. The goal was to give more opportunities to youth to get engaged in urban planning (of city spaces). To this end, the participants done practical tasks in the city, as well as debated & pitched their ideas to participating municipalities.
European Youth Foundation 9029.1.PA.2017 Make Love Speech The project turned “Make Love Speech” into movement in Lithuania. Through it we have organized further activities to increase general public’s awareness of the existing problems of hate speech, racism, and discrimination.
Erasmus+ 2017-1-LT02-KA105-005164 Village Myth Busters Project’s mission was to change the approach to- and opinion about people from countryside, minimize negative stereotypes towards them and reduce the ensuing social exclusion.
Erasmus+ 2017-2-LT02-KA105-005470 Cycle and the City Cycling (as an activity, as well as a mean of transport) was promoted in the city of Kaunas. An activity in the public (bikes with car frames around them) was organised to raise awareness on the various benefits of riding a bike.
Erasmus+ 2017-3-LT02-KA105-005503 Eco-friendly Europe 36 young adults (from Denmark, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Poland and Lithuania) joined to tackle/address environmental problems that are acute in the participating countries. They were discussing and searching solutions for making our lives more sustainable and friendlier to the environment.
Erasmus+ 2017-3-LT02-KA105-005505 Research Makes Perfect This project aimed to enhance youth workers knowledge about different research methods, setting up and running research studies to boost their performance at work. Theory & practice was combined & all of that resulted in 4 different public experiments.
Erasmus+ 2018-1-LT02-KA105-005798 Community: Seniors Involved Ongoing project
Start-up Neighbours Ongoing project
Sports Together Ongoing project
Erasmus+ 2018-2-LT02-KA105-006001 A Million Voices Ongoing project