Who we are?
BACKSLASH is a non-governmental youth organization established in 2014 in Valencia, Spain, which aims at empowering youth, promoting peace, tolerance, and solidarity through assisting young people in acquiring knowledge and developing their skills and competencies.
The mission of BACKSLASH is to foster and support the sustainable development of local communities and individuals’ empowerment through education and training, human rights, democratic values, and international cooperation. For this, our activities are focused on career orientation, entrepreneurship promotion, youth participation and the inclusion of youth with fewer resources. Another very important pillar of the organization is its expertise in dissemination and promotion of activities and events.
BACKSLASH actively participates in the local youth council and contributes to the improvement of the youth policies of the city and region, working closely with both administrations and representatives. The organization has its offices in the building of the youth department of the Municipality, where also advises youth about the possibilities that Europe brings them in terms of work, education, training, and volunteering, promoting a wider idea of European citizenship and cross-border mobility.
The organization implemented several projects in the last years, being the most relevant ones:
Be visible! Develop your media skills! helping youth organizations to implement online marketing tools to their daily activities
Youth Vision, helping organizations to promote and communicate their activities
SENTYR, developing work methodologies with youth with fewer opportunities.
VOCCESS ONLINE, Career orientation and promotion of entrepreneurship.
We can divide our main activity in two:
On the one hand, to promote youth mobility and to support and empowerment of young people directly, through one information desk we have in the municipality. From here we can be in contact with a lot of people, and to raise awareness about European citizenship among others
On the other hand, we focus on communication. We offer young people a lot of opportunities in Europe through our website Aprovecha Europa, created to disseminate projects and possible experiences in Europe.
Our staff is full of experience in European Projects, as well as on other topics as tolerance, conflict management, intercultural dialogue and couching.
All the staff are certified youth workers, with years of experience working in the youth field from different sectors, as NGO’s, public and private sectors. The Coordinator of Backslash is certified in PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. He is also certified by the platform SALTO-YOUTH in various fields, as well as part of the Pool of Trainers of the Spanish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme.
Backslash team is very well trained in dissemination and exploitation of results because one of our main goals as NGO is to empower young people through informing them about the opportunities that Europe provides them.