Last 17th July 2019, the second kick-off meeting for the project EYVOL – “Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport” took place in Lisbon, Portugal. The international coalition of organizations from the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, Academia and civil society met to continue the implementation phase of the two-year project co-funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme and aimed at developing a common framework on “Sport Volunteerism”.
Announced from the United Nations Headquarters in November 2018, EYVOL will develop and implement innovative educational methods to train young volunteers on how to utilize sport to promote social inclusion, inter-cultural dialogue, peace building and socio-economic development.
During this second meeting, important practical aspects have been discussed by all partners on the research of volunteers; the dissemination phase and exploitation of results, especially the communication and the graphic design aspects and relevant coordination among the partner; as well as the evaluation and dissemination of the questionnaire whose objective is to develop a best practices guide on volunteering for social inclusion through sport.
Inspired by Save the Dream, the programme has been leading by the International Olympic Truce Center (IOTC) and implementing jointly with the Comite Olimpico de Portugal (COP), Orama Neon – Youthorama, the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI), the European Platform for Sports and Innovation (EPSI), the European Non-Governmental Sports Organization – ENGSO Youth, the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Fundación del Centenario del Sevilla FC, Universite Paris i Pantheon-Sorbonne and garagErasmus Foundation.
EYVOL will be officially backed by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and supported by Roma Cares Foundation and Al Sharq Forum.