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Migration and Media. Workshops for young influencers

Do you have your own social media channels? Are you below 26 and want to learn how to communicate? Are you concerned about current migration crisis and want to know how to use your social media to play positive role and create effective change? Apply to become a part of a team of influencers and journalists working on solutions and impactful narratives.

Join us and fill out recrutation form in April! Be a part of “Migration and Media” workshops!

Are you elligible?

Participants will be recruited from the group aged 18-26 coming from Eastern & Central EU (Baltic countries, Ukraine, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus as well as Germany & Sweden).

Why you should take part in “migration and media” project?

One of the methods to create relevant and efficient social movements and to create a real change is to use effective methods of community organizing and to create a developed communication strategy. Above all, we want to make young voices heard. Therefore, our project will aim at training up to 60 young leaders with different backgrounds in creating communication strategy, as well as equipping them with community organizing skills.

What will happen during the “migration and media” workshops?

Two series of workshops will be conducted with help of experienced journalists, politicians, influencers and NGO activists from Poland and EU. 

During the first series of workshops we will learn how to create own vision. Moreover, we’ll develop one’s map of values and “translate” it into an effective communication. Young leaders will also discuss examples of most effective ways of engaging volunteers. As well as examples of the most often mistakes in volunteer movement management. 

In addition, during the second series of workshops participants will share in a special hackathon to develop their own ideas of events&projects on building a social cohesion and making young voices better heard by involving their peers. They will work together on how to create their own volunteer communities. Communities which – as an ultimate goal – would help them effectively influence local and nationwide political decisions.

The discussions during both phases of workshops will be delivered around the topic of migration which is rather seen as “hot potato” in EU public debates.

Finally, thanks to participation in these workshops, participants will create their own community themselves. For instance, a community which will be a potential source of alliances and cooperation.

When it will happen?

First series of online workshops will take place in May (there will be 5 sessions, two hours each). Second series of online workshops will take place in June (there will be another 5 sessions, two hours each).

After that, in September we will choose some of the participants to take part in a session in Krakow, which became one of the migration hotspots. 

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All dates will be set closer to the date. Most of our trainers need flexible calendar because of a character of their work. 

Why do we want to talk about migration and media?

Democracy is effective only when voices of all people from diverse communities are heard. Recent experiences in EU and USA shows, that one of the most impactful reasons of the current democracy crisis is a neglect of needs of the youth. In Poland, Eastern Europe but also in MENA region countries millions of young people lose hope. They see how inefficient, non-transparent and corrupted political elites are. Public opinion research published by NDI in 2018 revealed a lack of political engagement among young people in Central Europe.

Why? They are not treated seriously. Sometimes, their voice of anger might be heard, but usually it is treated as something harmless. And therefore irrelevant (like Women’s or Climate Strike). In short it is treated seriously only when it is really loud. When it takes people to the streets or has serious, tangible consequences.

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The best trainers

During our workshops you will be able to work with our experienced trainers from Poland and EU. Meet our fantastic trainers:

Isabel Schayani

She’s a German-Iranian television journalist in the foreign/daily news section of WDR. She studied Islamic studies, modern history and international law in Bonn. Moreover she learned Arabic language. She worked in the most important German media. For instance ARD, FAZ, Cosmo TV, Monitor and WDR. Since 2015 she deals with the topics such as migration, integration and media. Since January 2016 she has been responsible for the online project “WDRforyou”. It is published in Persian, Arabic, English and German. You can find Isabel on Twitter.

Lorenzo Tondo

The Guardian correspondent covering Italy and the migration crisis. You can find Lorenzo on Twitter.

Sara Cincurova

Human rights journalist from Slovakia. She focuses on migration, human rights, humanitarian issues, and women’s rights. She’s had bylines in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC and Der Spiegel among others. She has reported from about fifteen different countries. As well investigated issues such as sexualized violence against women dissidentents in Venezuelan prisons or violence and torture against pregnant refugees in Libyan detention centers and those who crossed the Mediterranean during pregnancy.

She also reported on forced sterilizations of transgender people in Slovakia. Sara took a train with Chechen refugees as they were attempting to reach the EU from Belarus. Moreover, she investigated how domestic abuse impacted disabled victims in Covid times. In 2021, she was embedded aboard the Sea-Eye 4 search-and-rescue vessel in the Mediterranean as a journalist on board for one month. Therefore, she participated in the rescue of 408 refugees and migrants. Finally, she currently focuses on the conflict in Ukraine. You can find Sara on Twitter.

Paweł Cywiński

Co-worker of Pacyfika Agency, Doctor of Social Sciences, lecturer at WGiSR UW. As well as a co-founder of, uchodź‍ and Chlebem i Solą organization .He received “Pióro Nadziei” from Amnesty International for various types of campaigns. He was a finalist of the Polish Business Roundtable Andrzej Czernecki. The projects he co-created received awards such as the Intercultural Achievement Award, the Awards of Gazeta Stołeczna or the S3KTOR Grand Prix of the Capital City of Warsaw. He was also a finalist of Traveler National Geographic in the Social Initiative category in 2016 and 2019. He’s a co-creator of the campaign for the European Parliament by Janka Ochojska. He co-created the presidential campaign by Szymon Hołownia. And besides that: he has traveled every fourth country in the world.

Julia Święch

Co-worker of Pacyfika Agency, entrepreneur, campaigner, activist and co-founder of Ogień Agency. She worked in the communication and production team on the campaigns of Wiosna Party, Robert Biedroń and Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz. She co-created the #SEXEDPL Anja Rubik campaign. As well she’s the finalist of the Nieprzeciętni 2019 plebiscite. In 2020, she was awarded in the Businesswoman of the Year of Success Written with Lipstick competition. One year later, she became a finalist of the nationwide Make TikToks Contest. In Pacyfika she manages projects and ideas.

Anna Alboth

Journalist, blogger, political activist and co-worker of Minority Rights Group. She gained international attention as the initiator of the Civil March for Aleppo—a peace march on foot from Berlin to Aleppo from December 2016 to August 2017. Therefore she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. In the summer of 2021, she co-initiated Grupa Granica. GG is a group of Polish human rights organizations that care for refugees on the Belarusian–Polish border.

Karol Wilczyński

He’s the main organizer and trainer of “Media and Migration” project. He is an educator, peace journalist and communication strategist. Karol deals with communication strategies of social and fundraising campaigns in cooperation with numerous NGOs and organizations. He provides media and social media training. As a creator of Salam Lab, for the past 8 years he is involved in work with people on the move and forced migration. Moreover, he’s a member of A World of Neighbours network and lobbying for developing a developed migration policy in Poland and EU. He wrote a doctorate on Arabic philosophy and bridges between Greek and Arab cultures in the Middle Ages as part of the Artes Liberales Academy. He graduated from inter-faculty humanities studies with pedagogical specialization at the Jagiellonian University. Karol studied at the University of Rochester and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich as a visiting student.

Currently he lectures Islamophobia and Politics of Fear at the Department of Comparative Civilization Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Additionally teaches ethics and global education at the Primary School Mikołaj Rej in Krakow. He conducts workshops on global education as well as on Islam and migration processes. Finally, he is an author of the educational program „Empathy and Diversity”.


Join us and fill out recrutation form in April! Be a part of “Migration and Media” workshops!

The Migration and Media project is funded by Landecker Democracy Fellowship Program and Humanity in Action.

Dane rejestrowe

Stowarzyszenie Laboratorium Działań dla Pokoju
ul. Elizy Orzeszkowej 10/17
31-065 Kraków.
NIP: 6772471257
REGON: 520484716

Stowarzyszenie Laboratorium Działań dla Pokoju jest wpisane do ewidencji stowarzyszeń zwykłych  prowadzonej przez Prezydenta Miasta Krakowa.

Numer w ewidencji stowarzyszeń zwykłych: 191.
Data wpisu do ewidencji: 17.1.2021 r.

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Stowarzyszenie Laboratorium Działań dla Pokoju
ul. Elizy Orzeszkowej 10/17
31-065 Kraków


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57 1140 2004 0000 3102 8192 3774
IBAN: PL57 1140 2004 0000 3102 8192 3774

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