The concept of Changemaker Lab is centered around the idea of empowering individuals and communities to drive positive change in their local and global spheres. It is a platform that provides resources, tools, and support to individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities and the world. It offers a range of workshops, and mentorship opportunities to help individuals develop the skills and knowledge needed to bring their ideas to life. These labs also provide access to networks, and partnerships that can help to scale and sustain their impact.
One of the key features of Changemaker Lab is its collaborative approach. It brings together people from different backgrounds, disciplines and sectors to work together towards a common goal of creating positive change. This collaboration fosters a supportive and inclusive environment, where individuals can learn from each other and leverage each other’s strengths and expertise to achieve their goals. The lab also recognizes that change is not just about implementing new ideas, but also about challenging and transforming existing systems and structures. As such, it provides a space to engage in critical reflection, analysis and dialogue around the root causes of social, environmental and economic challenges. This enables the development of more effective and sustainable solutions that address the root causes of problems.
In this context the YES-SI partnership has proceeded to the implementation of its 4th deliverable, the YES-SI Changemakers LABs. These aim to provide a unique and comprehensive experience for young people and youth workers. As both virtual and real-life spaces, the labs offer a flexible and accessible platform for them to engage with the YES-SI training modules and turn their ideas into tangible projects. With a dedicated guidebook and train the trainer material, youth workers and facilitators will be equipped to deliver the program in their own communities, creating a wider impact. The implementation of at least one YES-SI Changemaker Lab in Germany, Spain, Greece, and Italy will be a collaborative effort between the lab and city stakeholders, including professionals, citizens, researchers, and policy makers. This co-creation process will ensure that the labs meet the specific needs of each community and are able to drive meaningful change.
In conclusion, the additional blended-mobility program provides a transnational exchange of experiences, with 16 young people and 6 youth workers or trainers coming together to share their perspectives and approaches. This exchange will further enhance the impact of the YES-SI Changemaker Labs and create opportunities for cross-cultural learning and collaboration. All in all, this concept is all about empowering communities to create positive change in the world, develop the skills, knowledge and resources needed to bring their ideas to life and drive real impact.