What is a Solidarity Action Day?
A Solidarity Action Day is a day on which you won’t find the participating pupils at school. Instead, they get to exercise a job of their choice for a day. This could be anything from working in a local shop to accompanying an important politician or businessman on their duties for the day. The money they earn goes to the youth-related project(s) their national organization has chosen to support that year. Due to the fact that the aim of the Solidarity Action Day is to show solidarity with young people who have fewer opportunities in their region of the world, some of our member organizations refer to their Solidarity Action Day as a ‘Social Day’. For more specific information on all our member organizations’ Solidarity Action Days and the projects they support, please refer to their websites.
What are SAME’s goals?
Here you will find, what we stand for and what we want to achieve.
How are you funded?
Most of our funds come from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.
Why are there only 7 organizations in the network?
Not all established Solidarity Action Day organizations acting in Europe are part of the SAME network. There are multiple reasons for this, e.g. no interest or not sharing our values. On the other hand, SAME actively supports new Action Day initiatives by inviting young people interested in organizing an Action Day in their own country to Summer Camp as observers. We are also working on a starter’s kit for new initiatives. We do, however, demand that organizations that want to join the network comply with the Basic Common Principles and the SAME Quality Guidelines.
Can I join SAME? How can I support the network?
Can I support SAME financially?
Donations to the SAME network are much appreciated and will help to ensure the future of the network. If you wish to donate, please contact us.
How do you communicate?
Our working language is English: it is the language we use in our working groups, internal and external communication and the main language used at Summer Camp. Our methods of communication vary so as to include a maximum of participants. We hold a few physical meetings a year, but we also take full advantage of the Internet by using e-mail, social networks, video conferencing and interactive documents.
How do you take decisions?
SAME makes a point of respecting every member organization’s sovereignty. All decisions made within the network are considered supplementary to the individual organizations’ policies.
Therefore, all proposals must be approved by the member organizations either during the annual general assembly of SAME or during a Council meeting.