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Project Update – October 2016

In October 2016, partners started to re-focus delivery from: learning to dissemination, results and intellectual outputs. Between now and March 2017, Asfar will lead partners in producing 3 key intellectual Outputs:

  • MESAP Manual – a document which will provide guidance and resources to youth organisations wishing to run a similar project
  • Digitalising the Youth Sector – a manual with easy to use learning resources on running a youth exchange focusing on Digital skills, Enterprise & Social Action and wider Cultural informal learning
  • Enterprising the Youth Sector – a manual on training youth workers to offer Enterprise & Social Action as an alternative to Employment and Education. The manual will include the full learning programme pilot from January 2016.

These intellectual outputs will be free to all those working in the sector and will be available both from the MESAP website, partners’ site and open source websites. Further information to follow.

Project Update – September 2016


In September 2016, young people from UK and Bulgaria participated in a unique youth exchange in Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of the Erasmus+ Micro-Enterprise & Social Action international Programme.

The youth exchange, entitled Digitalising the Youth Sector brought young participants from each country together to learn about different countries, peer young people and to learn how digital technology can be used to benefit their Enterprises, Social Action projects and general personal management.

The activity involved Digital Skills training, International Enterprise & Partnerships; Global Business; Cross Cultural Awareness; and Language Skills.

The youth exchange learning experience will eventually be translated into manuals for other youth worker sector professionals and will be available from March 2017.


Project Update – August 2016

August, primarily saw all partners preparing for the final learning element of the programme: MESAP Digitalising the Youth Sector youth exchange.

Following the transnational, it soon became apparent that the issues, especially surrounding our Turkish partner: Cukurova Universite, had not improved and not only was travel going to be a problem for young participants, but also parents were forbidding their children from going abroad. Many were concerned that if they left the country, they would not be able to return. Also from a functional perspective, it became to be apparent that Turkish participants may not even be able to apply for Visas for Bulgaria.

To prevent the youth exchange dissolving, Asfar contacted the UK National Agency, who agreed that we could increase the number of Bulgarian young people, to re-balance the activity.

NAMCB identified key staff members for the 7 day youth exchange and finalised accommodation and facilities in Sofia for young people.

It was a very busy month all round from booking flights, providing briefings and generally finalising elements of the programme’s workshops.

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Project Update – July 2016

In July, partners visited London for the second MESAP transnational meeting. Unfortunately, due to political reasons, Cukurova Universite could not participate in person, but instead engaged via skype.

The meeting was an opportunity for partners to re-engage, to discuss key elements of the programme and to prepare for the next key step: the Youth Exchange in Sofia, Bulgaria – Digitalising the Youth sector.

In particular, the final agenda was discussed and structure identified. Also recruitment of participants was also a key theme, especially as Cukurova Universite believed it may be a key issue, if Turkish participants, especially those connected to a University, tried to leave the country at this time. The political situation did open a number of discussion points and potential issues.

The meeting also resulted in some key decision on dissemination, i.e. the re-launch of our Facebook site due to the technical problems, that are faced everyone time it used. And also a monitoring review on how the local training in Enterprise and Social Action was delivered.

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Project Update – June 2016


MESAP is approaching its’ second transnational meeting in London, UK on 29th and 30th July 2016. The key focus of the meeting will be:

  • Partner updates
  • Project’s developments so far
  • How successful was the youth worker training: Enterprising the Youth Sector training pilot in Adana, Turkey in January 2016
  • Delivery of local Enterprise Skills and Social Action project Skills in each partners’ country
  • Preparations for Digitalising Enterprise Youth Exchange in Socia, Bulgaria, 6th to 12th September 2016
  • Intellectual Outputs review


MESAP partners’ Asfar, Cukurova Universite and NAMCB have been out rolling its domestic training on Enterprise and Social Action within their own communities between June and August.

NAMCB completed training in June. In order to understand how this training was approached NAMCB provided a brief update on what occurred during the activity:

What was the training?

MESAP local delivery: Youth Enterprise Skills and Social Action project Skills

Where/when did it take place?
The training was held in the seaside town of Pomorie, 13th and 14th June

How many young people participated?


10 young people

What did they learn?
They are trained on the topics:
-based entrepreneurship
-role of entrepreneurship
-entrepreneurial skills
-features of the plan on entrepreneurship
-plan on entrepreneurship
-major decisions and framework ppp -national legislation
-major decisions and framework ppp
-concept of ppp
-key elements of the ppp

What feedback did you get from young people:


Young people completed questionnaires to obtain feedback from training

What type of Enterprises/Social Actions projects ideas did young people focus on?

They would like to set up:

Young people expressed their ideas for development in the fields of:

a) health;
b) education;
c) culture;
d) sport, recreation and tourism;
e) social assistance, social housing and dormitories.


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Project Update – April 2016


Partners have identified the Transnational dates in July 2016 this month. The dates will be:

  • 29th July-30th July 2016 London, UK

The transnational will focus on the following key parts of the project

  • Delivery, Outcomes and Achievements to date
  • Local Delivery successes
  • Digitalising Enterprise Youth Exchange – September 2016 – Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Intellectual Outputs review

In April 2016, partners also identified and agreed provisional dates for the September 2016 youth exchange in Sofia, Bulgaria. Full information to follow shortly.


Project Update – March 2016


March 2016, has been spent primary managing the project partnership, finances and learning as it reaches Year One end.

The aim throughout Year Two is to be more structured and to manage partners on a higher performance basis, to ensure all the key project outcomes are achieved.

This month has witnessed Asfar, Cukurova Universite and NAMCB to focus on the delivery of localised skills training aimed at young people with particular focus on Enterprise and Social Action Projects.

It is expected that the local skills training delivery will launch in May 2016. All of the local delivery is due to be completed by August 2016.

Project Update – February 2016

Following the successful Enterprising the Youth sector – Youth Worker training in Adana, Turkey, staff members from Asfar, Cukurova Universite and NAMCB partners are contemplating how best to implement their new skills in promoting Youth Enterprise and Social Action.

Throughout the week, staff members learned about and developed new skills in:

  • Enterprise – skills, behaviours and knowledge
  • Different types of businesses and social enterprises
  • How to develop a Business Idea and launch it
  • What is Social Action


Check out some of the photos from the week – here

Project Update – January 2016


Enterprising the Youth Sector – youth worker training – 18th January 2016 to 24th January 2016

Partner, Cukurova Universite is hosting the Erasmus+ MESAP Enterprising the Youth Sector – youth worker training session between 18th January 2016 to 24th January 2016 in Adana, Turkey.

The 7 day training session is a pilot and aimed at staff working with young people, especially in the careers, welfare to work and youth work sectors. The training is designed to develop Youth Workers’ skills and knowledge in Enterprise and Social Action, in order for them to be better placed to promote Enterprise and Social Action as an alternative to the traditional options open to young people such as: Employment, Education and Training.

The Enterprising the Youth Sector will develop skills within our staff and volunteers which in turn will be used in the delivery of a 6 week programme focusing on Youth Enterprise Skills and Social Action projects for young people in London, Sofia and Adana.

Enterprise the Youth Sector Training will include:

  • What is Enterprise?
  • Enterprise and Young People
  • International Enterprise: UK; Turkey; Bulgaria case studies
  • Different types of Enterprises
  • Developing a Business idea
  • Basic accountancy skills
  • Digital tools in Business
  • Mobilising enterprise skills into Social Action


Asfar and our partners are currently recruiting for young people to participate both in local training Youth Enterprise Skills and Social Action projects programmes and the pilot youth exchange in Sofia, Bulgaria, September 2016.


If you are a young person interested in Enterprise or Social Action or a youth worker/teacher and would like to refer a young person to the programme, please get in touch by emailing


Project Update – November 2015


Enterprising the Youth Sector – youth worker training – January 2016

The MESAP partnership is currently developing materials towards the key youth worker training activity due to take place between 18th and 28th January 2016 – final dates to follow here shortly. The training is aimed towards internal staff members working or volunteering with a MESAP partner. If you are a Youth Worker and would be interested in learning more, please get in touch and we will ensure your receive the final manuals. Contact Sheniz at entitling your email as MESAP.

From December 2016, Asfar and our partners will start recruiting for young people to participate both in local training focusing on Enterprise and Social Action and the pilot youth exchange in September 2016. Please get in touch either through visiting ourApply now pages or via emailing





Project Update – October 2015

On 1st October and 2nd October, Asfar and our partners NAMCB and Cukurova Universite participated in our first transnational for MESAP, the Erasmus+ Micro-Enterprise and Social Action programme (MESAP).

The transnational was hosted in Adana, Turkey by Cukurova Universite. See the agenda here:

Agenda – Transnational September 2015

The transnational meeting allowed greater development and implementation of our programme, authentic partnership collaboration and review of key areas, including deciding time frames, discussions around learning activities and how to approach dissemination.

The transational also saw the launch of the MESAP programme’s Dissemination platform. Further information on how to access this platform, to follow shortly.

If you would like to learn more about the Erasmus+ MESAP programme, please email