Build Your Self by FUEN


Ways of Motivation in Working with the Youth

Date: 11-12 June 2021 Language: German

Working with young people is of particular concern to our member organisations. For this reason, we are organising a training to look at the various possibilities in working with young people. The aim of the training is to show how both young people and the organisers can benefit from the cooperation. Furthermore, the role of social media in communication and networking will be worked out together.

Expected number of participants: 20.


Gergo Butka

Gergo Butka is a community organizer from Satu Mare: since returning to his hometown from the European Studies Faculty in Cluj-Napoca, he has been organizing cultural and sports events for more than 15 years. He came to the municipality from the economic sphere, but he also has significant experience in NGO organizations. As one of the most active city councilors and then as a communications consultant for Satu Mare City Hall and the mayor, he brought several new projects to the city: organizing job fairs to attract young people home to university towns, building a skate park and organizing the StreetMusic Festival and other events. From February 2021, he is the manager of the city’s cultural center. Its main activity is now the reorganizing of the institution and for the year of 2021 he wants to bring many new experiences to the community.

Kurt Rothleitner

Kurt Rothleitner is a former deputy Landesobmann and member of the federal board of the Junge ÖVP. The married father of 2 children works as a city political trainer and can look back on a wealth of experience from many years in the banking industry. Besides that, he is voluntarily involved in various associations in the fields of politics, sports and the federal army.

Sofia van der Vegt

For almost fifteen years, Sofia van der Vegt has regularly taught and trained for the Robert Schuman Institute on different topics, spanning from soft skills such as team-building, communication skills and personal development to EU related subjects. She attended university in Switzerland, Hungary and Germany, studying international economics and receiving a Masters degree in European Studies from the Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg. She has lived in eight different countries, calls three nationalities her own and is married to a Dutch, which is probably why Sofia van der Vegt also teaches a Masters course on Intercultural Communication at Edward Bernays University College, in Zagreb, Croatia.

She started her professional career in the private sector in Vienna, but soon went to Croatia where she gathered valuable experience working for a German political foundation developing and implementing EU funded projects across South Eastern Europe between 2004 and 2010. Sofia van der Vegt enjoys writing - with her first novel almost finished- plays tennis, meditates, and loves spending time with her family and friends who happen to live all over the world. She is a devoted mother of three and speaks three languages at home, as she believes each language we speak opens the door to another universe.


11 June, Friday:
CET 10.00 – 10.05 Team briefing by Sofia van der Vegt
CET 10.05 – 12.00 Youth without motivation? Trainer: Kurt Rothleitner
CET 15.00 – 17.00 Let's get it started Trainer: Kurt Rothleitner

12 June, Saturday
CET 10.00 – 12.00 How do we build a youth-friendly city? Trainer: Gergő Butka, Counsellor to the Mayor of the City of Sathmar.
CET 15.00 – 17.00 How do we build a youth-friendly city? - workshop Trainer: Gergő Butka, Counsellor to the Mayor of the City of Sathmar.
CET 17.00 – 17.15 Summary and evaluation of the seminar with Sofia van der Vegt

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the event program.

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