“Stories That Matter” Erasmus + project is a small-scale partnership between a social-profit organisation Maks vzw from Brussels and Vega Youth Center from Belgrade. It aims to develop an innovative methodological approach to active citizenship in vulnerable youth through the exchange of best practices concerning Digital Storytelling (DST) and Design for Change (DFC) methodologies that Maks (in case of DST) and Vega YC (in case of DFC) successfully used in their youth work in the past. 

This creative exchange aspires to be experimental, meaning both methodologies are creatively combined and applied in each micro-management process. Micro-projects will be managed by primary and secondary school pupils, as well as high school students or youngsters outside the school walls. After the training for trainers in Belgrade, organised from 23rd to 30th August 2022, 30 educators – 15 from Belgium and 15 from Serbia – became the first programme trainers to implement their training to numerous youngsters creating about 250-300 inspirational stories that matter.

These projects will treat different SDG-related topics: ecological, socio-cultural and civic local problems and challenges that participants will define together with their teacher (like cleanliness, disability, drug abuse, education, environment, nutrition, health and hygiene, inclusion, infrastructure, nursing homes and orphanages, poverty, social issues, traffic problems, value education, water management, etc.).