The idea for together was born in Thessaloniki during the pandemic, when us young people – among others – had to redefine our habits and daily lives abruptly, regarding issues such as digital isolation, lack of interpersonal relations and the limited networking opportunities in Thessaloniki. As a team we came face to face with a social phenomenon that we wanted to embrace, understand and approach solutions through the program!
In collaboration with TITAN Cement Group we designed and implemented 3 cycles of a holistic empowerment program, aiming to support young professionals in Thessaloniki through 4 pillars of action:
Networking with organisations
in the city
Strong networking events, aiming to create new cores of action, ideas, start-ups and development opportunities in Thessaloniki’s workforce.
Trainings on professional skills
Educational workshops on professional skills (soft & hard) that are trending globally and also affect the workplace in Thessaloniki.
Activities to relieve stress from everyday life as a result of living in a high-speed society, with the aim of balancing professional and personal life.
Initiatives and open events, to empower each member of the community in issues that matter to young professionals.
💡 1st cycle
December 2021 – May 2022
150 professionals from Thessaloniki were chosen and made members of the most innovative community of young professionals in the city! For 5 months they actively participated in hybrid (in-person & virtual) activities aiming to network, work on their wellbeing and develop skills. Highlights to remember: Inspirational talks from successful professionals!
💡 2nd cycle
October 2022 – December 2022
70 more professionals are chosen and added to the biggest community of young professionals in Thessaloniki. 3 months filled with in-person and virtual activities. The aim was professional empowerment, work-life balance and building strong relationships. Highlight: The community’s alumni events that happened for the first time!
💡 3ος κύκλος
Απρίλιος 2023 – Ιούνιος 2023
Another group of 70 young people participated in the program, creating a strong core of young professionals that choose to remain in Thessaloniki. The new members followed the program’s path of personal understanding, team empowerment and networking with other communities. Highlight: The closing event of the program that took place at TITAN Cement Group’s factory!
The holistic approach of designing and implementing the program, lead us to understand what could actually upgrade the lives of young professionals in Thessaloniki and we used the following methodology:
The entirety of the program and its impact to the ecosystem of Thessaloniki is unique, due to its strong partners and the large community of young professionals that has already benefited from the program and continues to develop.
The project is a case study on a national level as it was awarded a PR Award in the Community Engagement category, winning third place!
The together program acted as a case study for community building aiming for networking, wellbeing and work-life balance. Its operating model can also be applied in other cities, with the aim of empowering young people at a local level and in collaboration with other city agencies/bodies.
It is a comprehensive 3-cycle program that has benefited 300+ young professionals and Thessaloniki’s ecosystem. Participants from different backgrounds (employees, professionals, entrepreneurs, startupers, researchers) have more confidence in their skills and are more familiar with global trends, which they now bring to the workforce having more trust in it and the opportunities it can provide.
It was able to respond to the participants’ essential need for a strong network by involving local agencies. Overall, the program was the reason for organisations in Thessaloniki to discuss the present and future of communities in the city. The incentives/motives that have been given through the three cycles of the program have contributed substantially to the networking of the participants, which has created new cores of action and opportunities to stay in the city.
The community now continues independently by the initiative of the alumni under the name “Together Network” and is an example to emulate for other communities and business ideas.
The next goal is to hold events that will solidify the program as a model practice by highlighting its results in Thessaloniki and to make the program systemic, meaning that it has affected young people in Thessaloniki holistically and has left an imprint throughout the country.