Over 100 people were together for a more inclusive, active and creative world! The International Conference and World Tea, of the StayOn project, took place on the island of São Miguel, Azores, at the Maia Tobacco Museum, with the aim of bringing to debate the issue of NEET young people and their settlement in the rural areas where they come from.
CRESAÇOR, the partner entity of the project and of the international consortium, responsible for the implementation of the StayOn project in Portugal, was the organiser of the event, supported by the other international partners from the 7 countries that compose the consortium: Greece, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Poland and Ireland, along with Portugal.
On the first day of the event, the international consortium and some guests participated in the World Tea, with the methodological world café format, to discuss and share ideas on how we can make rural areas more attractive for young people in NEET situation, involving all the social, economic and institutional fabric.
The second day, 4 April, was the time for the conference, which had simultaneous translation, where the results of the first year of implementation of the StayOn project were presented and also where issues such as the impact and management of projects of this dimension were discussed in a round table format.
One of the highlights of the day was the presence of the young Ana Ferreira, Social Worker, and participant in the project in the year 2022. The audience included several members of the Regional Government of the Azores, as well as deputies, experts in youth issues and many, many young people. The public was also an active part, being able to participate in a voting system that helped prioritise the major themes identified to be part of public policies.
The third and last day of this event, took the whole team to the CRESAÇOR facilities, for a last meeting to discuss the conference outputs and also to define the next steps.
The project StayOn, which has as main objective to offer the necessary conditions to young people who are unemployed or not studying, so they can increase their skills and be successful. In the aftermath of what was the first big event of the project, we can end as we started: together for a more inclusive, active and creative world!