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Adina Marina (Calafateanu) Serban, PhD in Political Sciences (Comparative European Youth Policies in Romania and Turkey), with extended expertise in grassroots youth work and youth work methodologies and practices, youth participation methodologies and inclusion and digital inclusion policies. MA in Comparative European Social Studies (MACESS) at London Metropolitan University, holding a BA in Political Sciences and one in Social Work – University of Bucharest. She is also the president of CSCD – Center for Sustainable Community Development, Giubega, Romania, being a former Advisory Council on Youth Member 2012-2013, with experience in youth policy development processes serving as the chief of staff of the State Secretary in the field of Youth at the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sport in 2020. Grassroots youth worker, trainer – member of the Pool of Trainers of the Romanian National Agency, SALTO trainer and member of the Trainers Pool (TP) of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe- has extended training experience in working with young people with fewer opportunities, participatory methodologies, community development techniques, nonformal education tools and instruments, social entrepreneurship approaches on youth work, human rights education, mixed abilities group learning processes development, intercultural education and education for citizenship. Adina had been also part of TALE – Trainers for Active Learning in Europe and is currently member of the PEYR – Pool of European Youth Researchers and national correspondent for European Knowledge Center on Youth Policy – EKCYP and Youth Wiki correspondent, her research interests being related to social policies for young people, structured dialogue and participatory youth structures, youth led movements, digital inclusion and grassroots youth initiatives, as well as into the transfer mechanisms of European policies and programmes to the local realities.

Explore the author’s contributions to the discourse on solidarity.

Creating Community Impact through Solidarity

This research explores the way community impact occurs through European Solidarity Corps (ESC) funded projects. The goal of the research was to explore the various ways ESC funded projects and organisations create community impact.

The research explores a series of 15 examples of practice from organisations implementing ESC funded actions. The various actions explored are: solidarity projects, team volunteering projects,  individual volunteering projects.

Showing Solidarity with …

The report contains case studies of twenty-nine European Solidarity Corps projects. It includes key messages about the nature of projects nominated and how they related to the concepts of solidarity as defined in the 4thought for Solidarity research. It compares the projects to findings in this research and asks further questions about what we mean by solidarity.

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