Volunteerism and Youth

4 January 2013

The future through civic participation and volunteerism

Susanne Rauprich, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (UK) and Carrie Bodley-Bond, Program Officer of Innovations in Civic Participation (U.S.) will address the issue of volunteerism in democratic societies.

The Conference is taking place with the cooperation of the General Secretariat for Youth, the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the British Council, on Wednesday January 9, 2013 at 19:00. Entrance is free with priority passes which will be handed out starting at 17:30. There will be simultaneous translation from English.

How can volunteerism inspire the youth, how do young people volunteer and design the lives they want to live? What are the motives to volunteer and to understand the benefits for their communities, their societies and to contribute so that societies develop and empower?

Both are women of great experience and knowledge on volunteerism and social networks and are visiting Athens to address these issues in the framework of the Megaron Plus series. They will both transmit their experience in the field of volunteerism, and the perception that each one has the power to enhance the way we live. Mr. Dimitrios Kalavros-Gousiou, Founder of TEDxAthens will be the conference moderator.

Susanne Rauprich is the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), the coordination and facilitation network for youth NGOs in England. Youth services in England have a long standing tradition of being run and shaped by volunteers, and as sector advocate, NCVYS's role has been to championing their contribution to the lives of young people.

Susanne Rauprich was born in Germany and trained there as a teacher. She relocated to the UK in 1986 and worked there as a youth worker, trainer, counsellor and service manager. She took up the position of NCVYS CEO in 1994 and established the network as the go-to partner for the sector and government on all matters relating to young people and civil society. This involved growing the NCVYS membership from 120 organisations to over 290 with a reach into every community in England.

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