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Organization: YAP Youth Action for Peace Italia
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Postal address of organization/institution

Via Marco Dino Rossi 12/g, Roma, Italy

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Telephone of organization/institution

+39 06 7210120

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Partnerships: Via Pacis (Hungary), Waslala (Spain), YAP Österreich (Austria), JAVVA (Belgium), SJ (France), YAP-CFD Germany, FSL INDIA, Baladna (Israel), NIFC (Nepal), IPYL (Palestine), YAP Romania, WORLD 4 YOU (Russia), Greenway (Thailand), VAP UK (United Kingdom), Nataté (Mexico), Chantiers Sociaux Marocains (Morocco)

Networks: CCIVS, AVSO, NVDA, ALLIANCE, European Youth Forum, Forum Nazionale dei Giovani, Tavolo della Pace (Provincia di Bologna), Rete Lilliput

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Yap Italy's main activities are international voluntary workcamps, projects during 2-3 weeks, aimed to promote intercultural learning and the support of local development initiatives with a solidal spirit. We work as sending organization to our partners abroad and as organizers of those taking place in Italy, toghether with local organizations (NGOs, associations, public institutions, informal groups). Workcamps organized by YAP Italy are more than 25 per year, covering a wide range of topics, from culture to social work with disadvantaged people, from environment to the work with children. Every year, prior to the beginning of summer workcamps, YAP organizes two tranings for workcamp leaders in Rome and Bologna, based on conflict solving skills, interculturality, project management, international volunteering basis.
YAP Italy also organizes middle- and long-term volunteering projects in "Third World" countries, and works as income and outgoing organization for European Voluntary Service projects within the EU's Youth in Action programme. Outgoing volunteers are regularly given pre-departure training in Rome.
Apart from its standard work, YAP Italy often carries out local projects within schools, disadvantaged areas, universities, as well as seminars, open debates and presentations:
2009 - Project of non formal education on Human Rights with young people in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples)
- Participation to the World March for Peace and Nonviolence
2008 - Organization of the seminar SHOROUK: EuroMediterranean Training Course on EVS with focus on project quality and participation, in cooperation with Inaernational Cultural Youth Exchange in Europe and the municipality of Arpino;
- Project of non formal education with school students in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples), focusing on the Millenium declaration, culture of peace, the removal of economic, gender, social and cultural barriers;
- Public meeting in cooperation with University of Bologna with the joung Afghan director Amin Wahidi and discussion about cinema and human rights
- Project NEA "Napoli Europa Africa" networking with other organizations regarding international cooperation in Africa
2007 - Public meeting in cooperation with University of Bologna with the journalist Gabi Jammal and discussion about the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon;
- "European evening", meeting in Bologna with non-profit organizations at European level in occasion of the anniversary of the treaties of Rome.
- Living library, organized by the All Different All Equal local committee
2006 - EU.FOR.ME Accomplishment of a 3 years-long project in partnership with other NGOs and associations for accessibility of public places for people with disabilities
- AEYVE Asia-Europe Young Volunteers Exchange, job shadowing project with the Philippines
- Free Italian language course for foreigners. Project designed to support immigranst overcoming linguistical barriers
- International Seminar "Citizenship, History and Migration". Civitavecchia (Italy). Participants from Italy, France, Palestine
YAP Italy regularly participates in non-profit related gatherings and exhibitions such as "Fŕ la cosa giusta" in Milan and "Volontassociate" in Bologna. It works closely with several local and international networks of organizations and NGOs, as well as with public institutions.
Finally, YAP Italy publishes a quarterly issue of the review Cittadino Globale and a newsletter.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

It is hard to quantify progresses obtained, as local projects remain, in spite of the efforts of many organizations, drops in the sea. However, most of the projects carried out in the last 5 years were successfully implemented and, without any doubt, the impact on participants, local communities and partner organizations was significant.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

As for many voluntary associations, YAP Italy has to cope on an everyday basis with financial  shortages, as well as limited human resources. Communication remains an important gap to be filled: as getting attention from main media is virtually impossible, reaching a wider public remains an hard struggle. Being a volunteering-based organization, which YAP Italy considers a fundamental value, nevertheless results quite time-demanding for volunteers (mostly University students). Finally, a general worsening of the public attitude toward inclusion and non-discrimination issues, increases the challenges YAP Italy has to face.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

In YAP Italy's agenda figures first of all the 2010 workcamps season. In addition the following projects are in progress:
- European Commission's Amicus action with the association Papa Giovanni XXIII, Yap Ro, SJ, AS JC, GTR, Youth center Corinthia, Emilia-Romagna Region and municipality of Rimini.
- EVS projects in Chapas, Palestine and Africa.
- "Young peace reporters", a multitask project with students and young volunteers from San Giorgio a Cremano aimed to the creation of a museum-laboratory of peace, involving English and photography courses, the creation of a reportage, a peace march and an international workcamp.
- Educareintegrare, a project about integration and interculturality with schools the province of Bologna with an high number of immigrant students.
- meeting in Bologna with a journalist correspondent from Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

By sensibly increasing cooperation and coordination among organizations, NGOs, associations and public bodies, rationalizing the existing coordination structures more effective results can be obtained. Yap Italy works constantly in this sense.
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