Global Youth Forum 2013
Evana Simo, Albania and Claudia von Ellerts, Switzerland
Angel Dimitrievski, Macedonia; Tsvetiana Zaharieva, Bulgaria; Samantha Kirtikar Mazenauer, Switzerland; Ruta Pels, Estonia; Claudia von Ellerts, Switzerland
3C in Youth Work Training Course, Pavel Smulski
Celebration of the Day of Partisan Glory
Global Youth Forum 2013
PTPI World Cafe
Oroslavje, Croatia (The Eagles) Student Chapter
Youth in Action Training Course
New Newsletter Available!
The PTPI Europe Newsletter December issue is now available. Included in the newsletter you will among other things find:
- Experience reports from the Global Youth Forum and the Language Ambassador Program
- Coming Events, including dates for the European Conference 2014
- PTPI Updates:
- European Awards from PTPI
- Global Youth Mural Winners 2013
- Visit to Vilkaviskis, Lithuania
- Twenty-six chapter reports
Many thanks to all contributions from your chapter events. Deadline for next issue is February 15.
Awards to Europeans
The following European members and chapters were recognized at the Board of Trustees Meeting in New Orleans and the Global Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., United States:
Richard "Chalks" Corriette, PTPI's Brussels, Belgium Chapter (pictured): Outstanding Leadership Award for the European Region
- PTPI's Tallinn, Estonia Chapter: James T. Doty Memorial Award
- Susanna Grigoryan, PTPI's Yerevan, Armenia Chapter: Chapter Leadership Award
- Janusz Wozniak, PTPI's Katowice, Poland (Silesian) Student Chapter: Outstanding Adult Advisor
- Tsvetiana Zaharieva, PTPI's Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins) Student Chapter: Student Chapter Leadership Award
- Tamara Torosyan, PTPI's Yerevan, Armenia University Chapter: University Chapter Leadership Award
- PTPI's Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves) Student Chapter: Chapter Membership Award
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your good work!
"The Dolphins" are Saving the Zebras
On October 9, PTPI's Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins) Student Chapter started working on a project for higher road safety together with the Bulgarian Association for Car Accident Victims. The event "Save the Zebra" was the first of many events yet to come: the members and the partnering organization went into the city, crossing the streets carrying a big poster saying "Thank you for stopping" to the drivers. The aim of this project is to raise awareness about safe driving and the crossing of roads.
The second part of the project took place the following day. The chapter and members of "Open Youth" went to one of Varna's dangerous streets to create a list of the problems that were noticed. This was then sent to the local government in the form of a petition.
New Sister Chapters for European Chapters
The following chapters are newly found Sister Chapters:
- PTPI's Bern, Switzerland Chapter and PTPI's Mombasa, Kenya Chapter
- PTPI's Yerevan, Armenia Chapter and PTPI's Atlanta, Georgia Chapter
- PTPI's Skopje, Macedonia Chapter and PTPI's Oklahoma Christian University Chapter
- PTPI's Gjirokaster, Albania Chapter and PTPI's Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria University Chapter
These chapters renewed their partnership:
- PTPI's Bern, Switzerland Chapter and PTPI's Roman, Romania Chapter
- PTPI's Bucharest, Romania Chapter and PTPI's Interlaken, Switzerland Chapter
- PTPI's Roman, Romania Chapter and PTPI's Chisinau, Moldova Chapter
- PTPI's Vladivostok, Russia Chapter and PTPI's Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria University Chapter
The chapter has elected a new president, Tsvetiana Zaharieva (standing on the left), who previously was the president of PTPI's Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins) Student Chapter.
As can be seen on the picture, in November this year, Lars Poignant from PTPI's European Office in Berlin visited the chapter.
PTPI in Lithuania
Since September 20, 2012, PTPI has a student chapter in Vilkaviskis, Lithuania. On November 20, Verena Denk went to Lithuania to visit the chapter. She conducted a special leadership workshop, and chapter members and officers learned about important aspects of successful team work, goal setting, and leadership styles. They also viewed and discussed two films created during the training course "Film for Inclusion – Film as Universal Language" in Berlin. A journalist from the local newspaper participated in the workshop and conducted a short interview with Verena afterwards.
In the late morning, nonmembers of the school located in Graziskiai were told about PTPI by Verena. She also had the pleasure to meet the director of the school, representatives of the local municipality, as well as the priest of Graziskiai. In the afternoon, students at a school in the city of Vilkaviskis learned about PTPI. Afterwards, the adult advisors of the student chapter, Daiva Snipaitiene, Edita Migliniene, and Vilija Zajankauskiene, the school director Grita Launikoniene, and the German teacher Aldona Adomaityte showed Verena some interesting sights in Vilkaviskis and Marijampole.
We thank the members of the chapter for bringing People to People International to Lithuania and for their hard work and dedication to our cause! We also compliment Daiva Snipaitiene and her colleagues for their excellent organization and team work!
Berlin: Films for Inclusion
On December 13, People to People International is going to present and discuss three films in KREATIVHAUS Berlin.
When: Friday, December 13 at 19.00
Where: KREATIVHAUS e.V., Fischerinsel 3, 10179 Berlin, Germany
July 27 to August 4, thirty Europeans from ten different countries met in Werftpfuhl, near Berlin, to exchange experiences on their projects and create a film with the overarching theme of inclusion. The participants came from diverse backgrounds, uniting ages 14-59, rural and urban origins, Western, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Europe. The result of the week was not only the development of great friendships, but also the production of three great films; "Soap Bubbles", "Under the Mask" and a Making-Of film.