A research conducted in Ostróda District revealed that the majority of students remain uninvolved with any extracurricular activities, and volunteering options are not perceived as an attractive form of civic engagement. From our conversations with teachers, we have learned that students lack the initiative and are reluctant to take part in school activities, including being part of the student council. Our goal is to engage the youth, support it in developing its social competences and encouraging more robust social life. We will promote the concept of voluntary engagement among the youth through a series of grassroots initiatives in our district. We will train and prepare young leaders in organizing sporting events for their peers. Along with our partners (rural schools) we plan to create three clubs and a volunteering center. The clubs will host a series of workshops focused on civic engagement, as well as sporting events. Our Sports Volunteers will be the members of the club. They will remain in contact and will support each other in completing their projects, exchanging ideas and motivating one another.
Our partners are three rural schools and their students. By creating the clubs using school facilities we will be able to motivate the students to engage with their peers and their school. Our final partner is the municipality of Miłakowo, which will support organizing sporting events and creation of the Volunteering Center, as well as promotion of our project.