COSI is a non-governmental and non-profit entity aiming to promote social integration of disadvantaged youth and young adults, as well as individuals with special needs, by overcoming social exclusion through social, educational and civic complementary, coherent initiatives.
Social activities: COSI supports and assists disadvantaged people in Bucharest and the surrounding areas who face critical situations of marginalization, extreme poverty and social exclusion by providing necessary and highly required benefits/services (clothes, food, hygiene articles, school supplies, materials of construction, guidance and counselling, etc.) in order to enhance a dignifying level of life, re-integrate in society and/or educational system through humanitarian aid actions.
Civic education: COSI aims to develop awareness among the general population of Romania (especially NEET youth) of important societal factors that are still obstacles to equal rights and non-discrimination values according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by promoting: human rights, solidarity, transparency and good governance, participatory democracy, volunteering, active citizenship and inclusion, inter-cultural acceptance and tolerance; and combating racism and xenophobia, discrimination, social inequality, poverty and exclusion of any kind (including rural areas), gender-based inequality through civic/educational activities (events, workshops, seminars, trainings and debates) and raise awareness campaigns (Offline and Online).
Our raise-awareness core schedule is based on the UN Days Calendar.
Educational initiatives: Nonetheless, COSI is working towards introducing inter-cultural, non-formal education in order to promote critical, open and creative thinking among Romanian youth, develop a sense of belonging to the EU values, through international mobility projects, especially within ErasmusPlus and European Solidarity Corps programs and local initiatives.