Bucharest-based nonprofit continues to break new ground with innovative, international partnerships
Se Poate Association (“It’s Possible”), a nonprofit nongovernmental organization serving youth and young adults in Romania and across the European Union, is pleased to announce VIRAGO, a new program designed to promote regional partnerships and provide opportunities for young women to develop the skills, confidence, and leadership experiences necessary to prepare them for active engagement and participation in governance and policy development at the local, regional, national, and international levels, a press release issued on Tuesday by the association informs.
VIRAGO — co-founded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Union to achieve the goals and outcomes outlined in the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 — draws its inspiration from the ancient Latin concept of “women who demonstrate exemplary heroic qualities” in order to engage, connect, and empower more than 1600 women between the ages of 18 and 29 in Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Turkey.
“As we enter a new decade, projects like VIRAGO are more important than ever before because they provide young women with the mentoring and the core competencies required to level the playing field. Women have been historically underrepresented in civic participation and political life, and VIRAGO makes it possible for young women to both imagine a better world and to participate in its creation,” said Paula Sabou, Youth Worker and Volunteer Coordinator for Se Poate.
Since 2014, Se Poate Association has successfully prepared, organized, and implemented more than 15 youth exchanges, 3 Erasmus sports projects, and 3 national projects focused on sustainability and environmental protection. In addition to VIRAGO, Se Poate’s current and future projects focus on providing empowerment and employment, communication skills, active citizenship, and cultural learning/exchange programs that incorporate the principles of experiential, hands-on learning for at-risk and disadvantaged youth.