International Association for Civil Commitment
professional training in cooperation with Enterprises, Local
Bodies and Universities
Association for Civil Commitment is a non-profit
organization created in Messina, Italy, in 1988 to protect the
rights of the citizens and further local resources both at a
social and economic level. Since its foundation the A.I.I.C. has
undertaken several activities aiming at developing the civil and
democratic awareness in the fight against the organized crime
and the spreading practice of corruption, usury and extortion;
awakening the public opinion to social problems such as drug,
alcohol and AIDS; fostering art and culture.
organization is mainly engaged in combating youth unemployment,
especially in the regions of Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. This
fight is carried on by fostering human resources and investing
on professional qualification, permanent training, development
of the enterprise culture, preservation of traditional local
jobs and of the cultural and artistic heritage.
In line with this
aim of A.I.I.C., the Association carried out many activities
that helped the participants to mature. Among them it is
important to include 20 professional training courses –
co-funded by the European Social Fund – in addition to two
projects linked to the P.O.M. and two linked to the P.I.C.
Employment, the Volet Youthstart and the Volet Now. This
qualified about 500 unemployed young people from Sicily,
Calabria and Puglia who then can get into the new job market.
Being in charge of these courses let the Association to enjoy an
effective collaboration with advisors, professionals and experts
in different fields and to strengthen working relationships with
University Institutes and Bodies for professional training that
are known nationwide, Moral Bodies, companies and professional
The Association coordinates a large network of
associations, cooperatives, social companies, cultural
Since 1990 it has been managing many projects financed by the
European Social Fund and the Ministry of Labour Found with funds
from the Regional Labour Councillorship:
Training course for
“European Reporter” in collaboration with the most important
newspapers and regional television stations
Two courses for
Courses in tourist
Courses for expert in
Two courses for expert
in architectonic restoration
Courses for expert in
Various courses for
expert in informatics
Courses for cutter of
Various courses for
agricultural enterprises manager and for farm holiday manager;
Several courses for
Courses for artistic
handcrafts ( ceramics, wood, forged iron…)
Courses for social
In 1996 A.I.I.C. organized and financed the Interregional
Project “Magna Grecia” n. 0459/E2/Y/M with funds from the
Ministry of Labour and the E.S.F. . During the development of
the project it supervised the starting up of the enterprises,
the research and the Trainers Training, vocational activities
and it hold five courses addressed to 70 young people.
The Project involves Greece, France
(2 partners), England, Germany, Spain (2 partners) in a
1998 it organized and funded the Interregional Project
“Forgepam” for equal opportunities n. 0459/E2/Y/M with funds
from the Ministry of Labour and the E.S.F., proposed by the
University of Messina and “CoNISMa” (Consorzio Nazionale
Interuniversitario delle Scienze del Mare – National Consortium
of the Universities of Naval Sciences) with 28 Italian
universities for the training of sea experts.
The project involves France,
England, Germany, Spain as transnational partners.
2002 the Regional Labour Councillorship financed two projects
with the funds from the European Social Fund:
In 2006 the Regional Labour Councillorship funded two projects
with funds from the European Social Fund:
projects include English or a second foreign language teaching.
The A.I.I.C. is involved in other transnational projects:
In 2000 and in
2001 two projects linked with the “Leonardo Da Vinci”
In 2001 one
project was approved:
Socrates-Grundtvig 2: 2Ei (Employabilité Européenne
Interculturelle). It lasted three years.
- In 2002 one project was approved:
Socrates-Grundtvig 2: Social Tourism in the Mediterranean Area.
In 2005 a pilot project Socrates-Grundtvig1 was approved:
euSDET – Enlarged European Sustainable Development Training
In 2005 a project Socrates-Grundtvig 2 was approved:
Raoul (3 years).
It involves a network of Italian Bodies such as A.U. C. I. S.,
the Consortium for the Cooperation and the Euro- Mediterranean
Development of the Third Countries, the Consortium Incomparable
Land, the Literary Park “S. Quasimodo” etc.
A.I.I.C. enjoys good work relationship with public local Bodies
such as the Municipality of Messina and the University of
The Association, with other public and private Bodies, has
created the Literary Park “S. Quasimodo”, financed by the
European Fund of Regional Development as pilot project for the
cultural tourism. Furthermore, it has been developing activities
with social aims.