The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ QUALITY YOUTH MENTORING FOR INCLUSION: A BIG BROTHER TO OVERCOME SHARED BARRIERS was held on June 6th, 2023. The online meeting, coordinated by Fundación Isabel Gemio, was attended by representatives of all the partner organizations of the project:
- Federación Española de Enfermedades Neuromusculares
- Parent Project per la Ricerca sulla Distrofa Muscolare
- Rare Diseases Croatia
- Cyprus Alliance for Rare Disorders
The main objective of the project QUALITY YOUTH MENTORING FOR INCLUSION is to create a network of national rare disease organisations to design and implement an empowerment strategy for young people living with barriers. We will develop a training course for mentors and big brothers that help young people experiencing similar barriers, so they can develop their self-confidence, learn about their situation and consequences, and discover mechanisms to achieve inclusion.
Other goals of this initiative, co-funded by the European Union, are to promote the inclusion of young people and children with RD (Rare Diseases) through active participation and volunteering and to create a more inclusive European culture where local communities, social partners and governments support children and young people living with RD.
The first face to face meeting of the consortium is planned to be held on July, in Madrid, Spain.