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The story of organization Future Generation Europe started with the idea that young people lack a clear overview of their possibilities and opportunities rolling on them from every side today. Clarity in these information can not only lead to success in professional career but also to personal satisfaction.
Although the organization was not officially founded until 05.01.2015, work on FGE projects had already begun a little earlier. Initial work of the founders Matúš Jarolín, Tomáš Hajdušek and Katarína Jankovičová has therefore started already during their time in the international organization – Erasmus Student Network Slovak Republic (ESN SK) which was the time period of Summer 2014. Year 2014 was also the year when the first rounds of project Mini-Erasmus (November 2014) and project EuroSchool (Autumn 2014) were officialy launched.

Since the target group of ESN are ERASMUS+ students and the target group of above-mentioned projects are secondary school students, a new brand was founded in January 2015 – Future Generation Europe.
Despite its short existence, Future Generation Europe achieved several great achievements. FGE became the national winner of Charlemagne Youth Prize 2015. This prize is awarded by European Parliament for youth project initiatives and is awarded each year in Aachen, Germany. Later that same month, FGE has launched another project – Lead Up mentoring program which was oficially supported by Slovak president Mr. Andrej Kiska.

Up until the end of the year 2015, FGE achieved to stabilize project Mini-Erasmus offering it to over 550 students from whole Slovakia at once. Aside that, project Lead Up managed to establish a co-operation with general partner ESET Foundation.

In year 2016, FGE continued its work on the priority projects. Thanks to the support of the ESET Foundation, Lead Up created its first joint meetings for the talented mentees. Also, first reception of project Lead Up came to light which hosted many successful people from both public life and business. Project Mini-Erasmus confirmed its importance with 4th round organized in April 2016. With our delegation being sent to Strassbourg and Brussels, FG Europe launched its co-operation with European contacts with the aim of expanding beyond Slovak border.

After mayor expansion of the team in August 2016, FGE activities were enlarged by new mentoring project – Lady Up. This 1 on 1 program focuses at mentoring of young girls who want to be successful in the realm of business. Together with the project Lead Up, they both started yet another continuation in Fall 2016. After the November round of Mini-Erasmus however, the organization decided to pursue a radical decision – terminate Spring round of Mini-Erasmus and fully dedicate to the Fall round.

In September 2016, FGE won the Award National Career Advisory Prize 2016 for innovative approach in career advisory to high school students. The Award was awarded by Euroguidance Center – SAAIC.

The decision to terminate Spring round of Mini-Erasmus opened for the organization new creative possibilities. Activities of the organization were extended by the project Wake Up which focuses on overcoming mental barriers preventing one to succeed. FGE also decided to chart new waters – preparation of the comeback project for foreign Slovaks – Back from Abroad, supported by the ESET Foundation.

All these concepts were launched next to stabilized activities of project Lead Up and Lady Up. Huge success for Lady Up was the achievement of financial support by Accenture nadačný fond – Nadácia Pontis.

In april 2017, the organization was awarded yet again. Project Mini-Erasmus was nominated to the final nomination of the Award – Volunteer of the Year 2016, in category Volunteer project of the Year. Despite the fact that the project did not manage to win, achieving final nomination was a huge success for FGE. The award is organized by the volunteer center CARDO.

Up until the Summer 2017, FGE helped over 2.500 students from all over Slovakia. Activities of the organization are conducted by 30 volunteers – youth workers and university students. These people dedicate their time to help the future generation.

FGE continued its activities also in year 2018. This year was known for creation of many projects of the organization. We have finished up successful project Back from Abroad and began our work on new rounds of Lead Up, Lady Up, Wake Up, MiniErasmus and Networking Night.

Our activities were expanded by Youth 2 Business and Success is Free. These projects were created for HEI students with the goal to  provide also quality contect for this target group.

During summer, we also started to develop our regions – Banská Bystrica and Košice. We have created projects Born to Succeed and ERASMUS+ RoleModels. During fall, we have started to work on the competition Bermudia. In 2018, our help extended to overall 3500 students. Naturally, the time has finally come to expand beyong borders. In fall 2018, MiniErasmus has been organized in Brno, CZ for the first time. Expansion to Prague soon followed in 2019.

Internal activities has been developed through project FGE Days.

Year 2019 proceeded in accordance with standard partnerships of FGE. That served as a proof that FGE established itself in the spectrum of education supporting programs. Project Lead Up ran yet its another course with the support of ESET Foundation – along with MiniErasmus project. In 2019, we were also providing project Lady Up and Wake Up for young students again.

Although changes on horizon, FGE still managed to provide its long term services thanks to its partnerships. In year 2019, we have decided to focus on quality over quantity. FGE organized less projects but made their depth for participants even more considerable.

Internally, FGE turned its attention to re-invent its long-term objective. During FGE Days sessions, we decided that our current goal was to “make youth ready for the future”. The point was to prepare youth for the future career decisions via every suitable guidance tool or platform. FGE decided to safeguard this principle in Slovakia and also Czech republic, where project MiniErasmus happened again in March and November. Our reach has extended to over 4500 students.

Year 2020 had to be the year of a significant expansion of FGE into Czech republic. However, our organisation has also been plagued by COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this year we struggled with various online and offline versions of our events in Lead Up and Lady Up. As time progressed, we were able to move our events into online space entirely. This resulted for example in creating MiniErasmus Online in November 2020.

The year 2020 has also been specific from different perspective. We have used COVID-19 situation to create new internal structure. Our veteran members became “community leaders” and our newer volunteers became “project members” so they have their place in the structure where they can express themselves. Also, we have created “community” level for our fans and previous members who found themselves in situation where they currently have no time to volunteer in FGE, but they want to stay in touch with us.

In spite of COVID-19, the year 2020 commenced the biggest expansion of our Slovak volunteers in FGE ever since 2015. All our projects are being done by new members. 2020 starts a new era for FGE.

The beginning of the year 2021 was heavily confronted with the reality of COVID-19. Therefore, our projects decided to opt for online form. We are more than pleased though that some aspects of Lead Up Academy and Lady Up could have been organized live. 2021 was about building up of establishment and foundation of FGE. We have fully implemented the 3 level organizational structure and we have started to conduct in-depth internal analysis. As a result, we have implemented procedural guidelines in fall 2021. Last part of the year was important also from the perspective of other events. Most of our 2020 newcomers were now ready and able to expand their projects. In 2021 – 2022 we were therefore expecting expansion of these activities.

Huge thing happened in the end of the year 2021! We have successfully achieved for the ERASMUS+ project Beyond Future Skills to be funded. Thanks to this project, we will be able to hire two part-time workers in the 2022. Building of internal capabilities bore finally fruits.