Asociatia Tinerilor Activi Civic
Galati, Romania

Asociația Tinerilor Activi Civic (Association of Civically Active Youth) is a youth organization, apolitical, NGO that aims to drive the development of the Romanian society attracting young people towards active citizenship and promoting the local and national cultural values.

A.T.A.C. was established in 2010 in Galați by a group of young people in order to contribute to the social and personal development of local youth.

We are active in our community – working with children and youth from placement homes, poor families, old people, unemployed and facing other social problems. In order to realize our objectives, we cooperate with families, local authorities, primary schools, high schools and universities and we develop projects with them.

Some of our activities include:

– Effect ITF – Independent Theatre Festival Galati;
– We run for Community – charity marathon with participation fee. The participants sustain a cause and the cause sustained by the winner gets all the funds.
– ACUFest – cultural performing activities, graffiti, exhibition and outdoor sports in Galati; dance competition;
– Be a volunteer, volunteering counts – Encouraging young people volunteering through a series of seminars and conferences with the support of Peace Corps volunteers in Republic of Moldova.
– Mediations of internships – Trying to help young people find a job by mediating a dialogue between those who want to do internship / volunteer in the state or private companies and those that require unskilled labour;
– Applied Budget (a campaign to develop the civic sense of people in Galati, showing them that their opinion matters and that they can influence some of the Town Hall’s future budget);
– Introducing Public Speaking and other non-formal type of courses for local youth and young entrepreneurs;
– Presentation of the Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programme to students from university and high schools;
– The road to the sea (20 volunteers accompanying kids with disabilities and from placement homes to the seaside and offering them three days of fun);
– The Magic of Christmas-Christmas Show (for kids from placement homes and families with less opportunities);
– Campaigns in local schools about the abuse of legal and illegal drugs;
– Whish Box (Christmas presents for children coming from poor families).

The members of ATAC have participated in other youth exchanges and training courses during the Youth in Action programme and Erasmus+ about how to be active citizens in the society in general and in their local community in particular. A few of our members are also artists: actors, dancers, singers, photographers, designers.

We keep good collaboration with our international partners and we are opened for new contacts. We pay special attention involving youngsters with less opportunities and newcomers into international projects.

Some of our Youth in Action and Erasmus+ Project we have participated in only in 2016:
– Afsin, Turkey – The Language of The Earth – Study Visit designed to raise consciousness of the young people in the field of soil pollution, guiding them towards acting in protective manner, attitude and in social responsibility, also teaching them that consciousness is the most important source for prevention;
– Argos, Cyprus – Conflict management and Peace initiatives – Training Course dedicated to promotion of non-violent actions, development of peace initiatives and facilitating network of youth workers and youth leaders;
– Durres, Albania – Hurry Into the Right Employment Direction – Training course for youth leaders and workers who want to develop creativity as an essential competence to enter the job market
– Zakopane, Poland – Music connecting people – Youth exchange designed to help increase knowledge of participants about other cultures, traditions and music of every country also to show how much we have in common as citizens of Europe;
– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain – Get Safe! – Youth exchange aiming to make young people aware that they have the right to ask questions, raise concerns and to refuse to do work that is unsafe. At the same time, they have a responsibility to follow the policies of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and take care of our own security and that of our peers.
– Murcia, Spain – Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education – Training Course aiming at developing the competences (skills, knowledge and attitudes) of trainers to implement human rights education activities with young people through different methodologies and tools mainly focusing on drama and theatre based approaches;
– Zagreb, Croatia – Democracy requires involvement – Youth Exchange designed to explore and learn about topics such as European citizenship, active participation and civic initiatives development, thereby providing them an opportunity to develop relevant and high-quality skills and competences regarding active citizenship as well as promoting civic competences;
– Poronin, Poland – Street Wave – Youth Exchange for young people from 13 to 17 years old, interested in Hip-hop Culture, dance and street theater, which every day face various problems and to teach them about tolerance, self-discipline, to break stereotypes, raise their language skills and through knowledge transfer and motivation give them the confidence that they can take fate into their own hands;
– Pompei, Italy – CulturArt – Youth Exchange where participants had the chance to learn about arts and crafts, and culture from different countries, develop their knowledge, skills and competences, become more tolerant, open and aware of their own and other cultures and also have different discussions, presentation, forum theater, meeting with local entrepreneurs in the field of art;
– Palermo, Italy – A.N.T.Y.G.O.N.E.( Acquiring New Tools for Youth to Get Out NEET and Exclusion) – Youth Exchange designed to exploit the rich potential of creativity, body expression and movement techniques for highlighting communal solidarity, self-confidence and self reflection in the work with young people at risk or in situation of social exclusion and marginalization, also promoting the sharing of best practices in the field of youth work, namely in the creative industry.
– Kiyikoy, Turkey – Learn in Games – aim of our the Training course is strengthening the capacity of local youth organizations and improving the quality of implementation of non-formal education in youth works on local level through enhancing knowledge and skills of the people who has experience as youth workers, youth leaders, volunteers or facilitators on designing and producing innovative learning games in the frame of the themes; social inclusion of disadvantaged groups, active participation, European citizenship and democracy and empowering local youth organizations by building new networks and future partnerships
– Granada, Spain – Not Only in Facebook – Training course designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of participants, necessary to address the visibility and dissemination in a project under the Erasmus + program following the principles and standards of quality;
– North Mitrovica, Kosovo – European Minority Youth Inclusion – Training course promoting and raising awareness about social cohesion, tolerance, diversity and solidarity.