|Grant Number||RO_X 2008_71|
|Organization||Romanian Association for Debate, Oratory and Rhetoric (ARDOR)|
|Project Name||You Speak|
|Amount Awarded||USD 34,670.00|
|Grant Period||July 01, 2009 - February 28, 2010|
The goal of the project is to increase Romanian youth participation in the public environment and its capacity to influence the public agenda by encouraging the use of critical thinking and argument-based dialogue and by increasing youth awareness on topics regarding pressing matters of the society. Specific objects: • Create a functional online platform (www.youspeak.ro) of the project agenda to host a minimum of 75 debates on the 3 selected topics and to reach a minimum of 3000 hits up the last month of the project; • Attract a minimum of 100 participants to compete in the online debating tournament in order to gain critical thinking skills; • Create a suitable debating format for the online competition (and a set of rules for judging debates); • Thoroughly inform the participants through the Information KITS provided by the partner NGOs and the visitors of the site about the 3 debated topics and partner initiatives in the field; • Instruct top 30 competitors to deliver creative, structured speeches on any topic in front of an audience by the end of the You Speak Camp; • Instruct top 30 competitors to have the competences to become ARDOR Junior Trainers by the end of the You Speak Camp; • Have at least 20 of the 30 participants of the camp enrolled in the internships provided by ARDOR and the partner associations during the time span of 6 months.