Welcome to You SI Net Reload: Pioneering Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Our Vision

The Youth Social Innovation Network Reload (You SI Net Reload) emerged in response to the unequal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our project is co-financed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). As a pilot project, You SI Net Reload is committed to revolutionizing virtual education in social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Additionally, this pioneering initiative is co-financed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), highlighting its significance and broad support in the educational and cultural landscape. 

Our mission is to empower youth, especially those in Europe and the southern Mediterranean region, transforming today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities.

Our Partners

You SI Net Reload represents a unique collaboration with the support of the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) aimed at enhancing the skills and cross-border cooperation of five youth organizations from Europe and the southern Mediterranean, supported by three seasoned social enterprises. 

This virtual exchange system aims to empower the relevant skills and the cross-border cooperation of 4 youth organizations: 2 from Europe (Associazione Promozione Giovani – Italy and Fundacion Transparencia Desarollo Social Responsible – Spain) and 3 from the southern part of the Mediterranean area (Parachute 16 – Jourdan, Future Islands – Tunisia, Icealex – Egypt).

Our Approach

Community Engagement: Focusing on the unique needs of local communities, we engage youth workers to initiate meaningful regeneration activities that resonate with the heart of these communities. 

Empowering Entrepreneurs: At You SI Net Reload, we are committed to nurturing young social innovators and entrepreneurs. We offer tailored courses and resources to equip young minds with a blend of professional skills, encompassing hard, soft, and digital competencies, thus promoting a culture of social and cultural self-employment.

Cross-Border Collaboration: Aiming to bridge Europe and the Mediterranean, we spread European values and policies related to social innovation, fostering unity and cooperation. 

Intercultural Dialogue: As a platform for exchanging ideas and best practices, You SI Net promotes intercultural dialogue, celebrating the benefits of social innovation and our diverse cultural heritage.

Our Impact

You SI Net Reload is more than a project; it’s a testament to the resilience of young people, particularly in the Mediterranean region, in tackling immediate and long-term societal challenges. By supporting communities heavily impacted by the pandemic, we’re not just training innovators; we’re cultivating future leaders of change.

Join Us

Are you ready to embark on this transformative journey? Whether you’re a youth worker, an aspiring social entrepreneur, or simply passionate about making a difference, You SI Net Reload invites you to be a part of our movement. Enroll in our courses and join a network of innovators committed to creating a brighter, more equitable future.

How did Future Islands manage to organize an eco-friendly bootcamp?

Organizing an eco-responsible event comes with many challenges. In Tunisia, as elsewhere in the world, we are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues. Organizations are also invited to consider the environmental impact of their events (workshops, bootcamps, training sessions, etc.) and think about reducing their carbon footprint. We at Future Islands do our best to organize successful bootcamps while respecting the environment and nature. We believe that every experience is a lesson to be learned. That’s why we’d like to share with you our experience of running two bootcamps as part of the Prototyping for Green Solutions incubation program. To successfully organize a three-day Bootcamp, we had a few key factors to guide us in planning the event.

FIRST: Choosing an eco-responsible location
Choosing an eco-friendly venue that truly respects the environment and has implemented a whole ecological system is proving to be a challenge. The “ecological” and “eco-responsible” labels are increasingly used for marketing purposes. Dar Zaghouan presents Tunisia’s first ecological farm and a self-catering cottage. With its various ecological services and practices, it sets itself apart from other places. Dar Zaghouan has provided us with everything we need to reduce our use of plastic to 100%, optimize our consumption and optimize waste management thanks to personalized containers. To introduce our young entrepreneurs to best practices, we’ve put in place a few simple and effective self-organization rules. In terms of water consumption, we used tap water in glass bottles (the water in Zaghouan is potable). As for food, we decided to limit our consumption of sweets and opt instead for seasonal fruit. At mealtimes, participants and organizers were asked to clear the tables themselves, reduce the amount of food and ask for more when they wanted it. The venue itself is very well maintained, with antique decor and spaces designed using ecological and recycled materials. For our training sessions, we chose a fully-equipped, eco-friendly wooden room with a capacity ranging from 50 to 150 guests. The room allowed us to respect sanitary measures and maintain a safe distance. It’s a place of peace and tranquility, and a great opportunity to strengthen human relations during Bootcamps. Future Islands chose this venue to provide its participants with the opportunity to be close to nature while focusing on the development of their green projects.

We collaborated with Colibris throughout our training sessions, which took place in Dar Zaghouan and SafSaf, La Marsa. Our common goal was to have a collective selection of waste, avoiding its destruction by incineration or landfill for better management and recycling.

SECOND: Better waste management thanks to Colibris
In its work policy and organization of its bootcamps, Future Islands resorts to limiting the use of plastic to minimize damage to the planet. To eliminate all use of plastic (plastic bottles used outside training, packaging, etc.), Future Islands called on Colibris, the first Tunisian startup specializing in door-to-door collection of recyclable waste from households and SMEs.

THIRD: Our marketing materials
To advertise Future Islands during past holidays, Commonly, during events, organizations use a Roll-up consisting of an aluminum structure, a printed tarpaulin and a case for rolling up the printed visual. To stay true to our values, we opted for MDF, an ecological, durable and above all recyclable material. Our creative team has designed a model that goes hand in hand with the “Prototyping for Green Solutions” support program. This device comes in the form of a tree where we’ve displayed our logo, the logos of partners and participants, our contacts and so on. This device enabled us to do away with polluting materials, while retaining the usefulness of such a support, which can be used on other occasions. We went round the agencies to find one that suited our budget, deadlines and needs. “Media Pub”, an advertising and multimedia agency, helped us build our tree using MDF.