P.E.CO. is an Association of Volunteers born in June 2013 to promote opportunities of mobility and inter-cultural learning for youngsters from Genoa and its region.
The association works with local NGOs and institutions in order to involve local organisations and local communities in international projects . This network helps us to involve local participants, when possible with fewer opportunities.
As it is a young organisation our experience comes from previous activities in other youth organisations, so we are looking for long-term strategic partnerships in order to create our network. Our main activities are: Youth Exchanges, training courses and European Voluntary Service within the Erasmus Plus programme; events in local communities on different themes.
Our goal consists in stimulating the personal growth of youngsters, by raising their sense of citizenship, an active participation inside society and a real awareness about their role as European citizens.
We try to educate youngsters to a peaceful cohabitation with people coming from different cultures, countries and social conditions, by giving them the opportunity to confront themselves within an inter-cultural environment which stimulates the development of a conscience about the complexity of our society.
Our activities are youth exchanges, training courses, and sending Italian youngsters abroad, thanks to the European Voluntary Service programme: we have been accredited as sending and coordinating organization for EVS in July 2014 and we’ve joined RIVE, Rete Italiana Volontariato Europeo, the Italian Network formed by 9 EVS sending organizations.
One of our most important topic is the social inclusion. For that in all our projects we try as much to involve youngsters with fewer opportunities both in short and long-term projects. PECO is also one of the two referent for the Italian National Agency in the European network “Do you NEET” for the inclusion in European mobility project of the target group of the NEET – Not engaged in education, employment or training.